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Need to Know: Will Hall cover Chargers' Gates?

Need to Know: Will Hall cover Chargers' Gates?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 1, two days before the Washington Redskins host the San Diego Chargers.

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Five notes and quotes from Redskins Park:

1. Jim Haslett was asked if DeAngelo Hall would be covering Chargers tight end Antonio Gates any on Sunday. His answer was somewhat coy. “Well, we usually don’t match a corner on a tight end, but he has the ability to do almost anything,” he said. “We’ve put him on, obviously, big receivers.” At 6-4, Gates certainly qualities as a “big” receiver and he is a much bigger receiving threat than any Chargers wide receiver. Keep an eye out there.

2. Roy Helu Jr. on his comfort level now compared to his rookie year: “I feel more comfortable, probably because I've been with the coaching staff for a few seasons now. I think my rookie year I just didn't feel as comfortable for whatever reason, it was a whole new approach coming into the NFL . . . I do know schematically more in the run game and more in the run game where blocks should be.”

3. Bacarri Rambo’s path out of the doghouse consists of playing well on special teams. He said today that’s not something he had to do much of as a star at Georgia but he now realizes that special teams are part of life in the NFL. “I'm doing a whole lot better [on special teams]. I take special teams serious, I always did,” he said. “I just go out there to help the team. If they need to play special teams the whole game I'm going to go out there and do it and give it my all.”

4. Kyle Shanahan was asked about the running game compared to last year. “I think it’s been right there with last year. I think we’ve got good yards per carry. I think we’re doing solid,” he said. “Haven’t gotten Robert on the perimeter as much as we did last year, but we’ve had our games where we have. But I’ve been happy with our run game.”

5. During game chats and occasionally on Twitter I get asked why the Redskins don’t throw deep on occasion just to keep the other team honest. In answering a question about Griffin’s accuracy on the deep ball, Kyle Shanahan addressed that issue as well, invoking an old-school reference in the process:

“He is at times. Nobody’s perfect. It’s a low percentage ball down the field – we’re not the 1970 Raiders where I’m just going to say ‘we’re going deep for no reason, we’re just going to go deep because that’s who we are.’ We go deep when we need to go deep. And when those coverages are presented, you’ve got to get them out of stuff – they’re daring you to do it, and you’ve got to take that challenge and it’s usually the difference in winning and losing. And if you come up with those plays, I think you’ve got a good chance to win. If they’re daring you to go deep and you can’t go deep, it’s tough to go short also. And it makes it a long day.”


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Stat of the day

—In the first quarters of their seven games, the Redskins have been outscored by 47 points (67-20).

Timeline

—Days until: Chargers @ Redskins 2; Redskins @ Vikings 6; Redskins @ Eagles 16

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Player availability and Mike Shanahan news conference after practice (approx. 1:15)      

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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a roster move just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins

Out

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

Cardinals

Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.