Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 30, four days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 players.
—Today's schedule: Practice 11:35; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice approx. 1:00
—The Redskins last played a game that counted 233 days ago. It will be 13 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 19; Browns @ Redskins 33; Redskins @ Ravens 40
Some thoughts from Redskins Park
—I’m not sure if the Redskins are going to go after the recently released Pot Roast Knighton or not. But I do know that his departure was more a matter of performance than it was of money. They did make a late bid to keep him right before he signed with the Patriots but it wasn’t all that serious. I know that even after signing Cullen Jenkins they still could use help but in some cases you have to move on, not reach back.
—Jenkins is not a lock to make the roster but he is a solid favorite to stay around. He told me yesterday that being able to rush the passer is his main calling card and the Redskins can use that on the defensive line. Bottom line, I don’t think they sign him unless they intend to keep him. Barring a massive failure on his part I think he stays.
—Did Shawn Lauvao get the break he needed to secure the starting left guard job? Spencer Long has started all three preseason games so far and according to Gruden he was doing well. The competition for the starting job was still a coin flip per the head coach. But now Long is suffering from an ankle injury and Lauvao is getting all of the first-team reps. It’s not known how many days Long will have to spend on the sideline but it could well be long enough to give Lauvao a chance to lock the job down. Gruden said that he anticipates announcing who will start against the Steelers the Wednesday or Thursday before the game.
—Jay Gruden said yesterday that they are considering putting injured RB Keith Marshall on injured reserve. In fact, the decision may already have been made. Yesterday afternoon Gruden said that he, Scot McCloughan, and head trainer Larry Hess would talk about Marshall “in the next couple of hours”. Even if they have decided to put him on the shelf they likely will wait until after 4 p.m. today to do it. By waiting until after squads have been cut to 75 they will avoid the need to expose Marshall to waivers.
—Gruden said that regardless of what they do with Marshall they are not looking to add another running back right now. He said that Mack Brown and Robert Kelley would play against the Bucs on Thursday and they will take it from there. They still could claim a back if they see one they like on the waiver wire or sign a veteran before the season starts but for right now they are standing pat.
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