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Practice report: Josh Wilson back in the swing

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Practice report: Josh Wilson back in the swing

RICHMOND—It’s getting hotter here every day but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Here is your practice report for Monday afternoon.

—Jarvis Jenkins is in limbo. He’s the starter at left defensive end but he won’t be on the roster for the first four games. So he is spending some time with the second team, yielding first-team reps to Kedric Golston and Chris Baker so that they can get ready to play in the opener.

—Robert Griffin III is working on his hard count. Early in practice when the offense was going against air, the hard count worked so well that the entire right side of the offensive line jumped.

—Josh Wilson was a full participant in practice today for the first time. In one on one action he let Josh Morgan get a little behind him on a deep pass. But Wilson showed some good makeup speed and got to Morgan just in time to bat the ball away.

—There was a scary moment later in the one on one drill. DeAngelo Hall was covering Skye Dawson. The receiver took a few steps forward then planted and cut back to the QB. While Hall was slamming on the brakes to stay with him, he went down. At first it looked like he had seriously injured his right leg and he was helped off the field. He sat on a cooler as trainers took a look at the leg. After they taped up his ankle he tested it out a little bit and then went back into the lineup. He was in for one play, a deep pass, and then he exited. Hall watched the rest of practice from the sideline. Look here for an update.

—Lance Lewis is starting to flash some ability. Later in the one on ones he outmaneuvered Wilson for a deep pass and haled it in.

—Aldrick Robinson also had a good day. On one long pass from Kirk Cousins, Robinson had gotten past the defense. The pass was a touch underthrown and that gave safety Reed Doughty a chance to jump and almost knock the pass away. But Doughty didn’t quite get there and Robinson maintained his focus and hauled in the pass.

—Griffin was 8 for 10 in the seven on seven drills. That’s a few more snaps than he’s been getting there. The incompletions were one pass that was a little high a wide for Fred Davis and one that Pierre Garçon had in his hands until Chase Meriweather knocked it out. One of his passes was a nice intermediate dart to Aldrick Robinson. That’s the kind of pattern that Robinson needs to master is he’s going to get more playing time.

—Baker jumped offside on one play and then slapped himself on his facemask with both hands to punish himself.

—No, I wouldn’t want Rex Grossman running the read option very often—or ever, for that matter. But you’d have to admit it would fool the heck out of the defense. That’s just what happened today when Rex took a Pistol snap, pulled the ball out of the back’s belly and took off around right end. He had wide open spaces out there.

--Adam Gettis was out of practice with a hamstring strain, the same ailment that still has Donte Stallworth sidelined.

—Today’s camp attendance was 8.738 (2,255 for the AM walkthrough, 6,123 for the PM practice). The total for four days is 43, 260.

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Goal to go situations another problem area for Redskins' defense

Goal to go situations another problem area for Redskins' defense

In the third quarter of the Redskins’ Week 3 game against the Giants, New York drove to a first and goal at the Washington 10. A Trent Murphy sack and two incompletions later, Josh Brown came in and kicked a field goal.

Since then, opponents have had goal to go situations 12 times. They have scored touchdowns on every one of them.

The stop against the Giants was one of just two all year. They had one against the Cowboys in Week 2. Their opponents’ goal to go success rate is 90.5 percent. That’s the second worst in the NFL.

The failures have been costly. On Sunday, the Cardinals recovered a Kirk Cousins fumble and returned it to the Washington 10. The Redskins led 13-10 at the time and coming out of that situation with the game tied would have been large. But on third and goal at the six Carson Palmer hit Michael Floyd with a touchdown pass and the Cardinals had both the lead and the momentum.

Opponents usually haven’t had to work that hard. Teams have run 21 plays in goal to go and they have 10 touchdowns.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Cowboys got to goal to go three times. A stop on any one of them would have been a boost to the Redskins and would have changed the dynamic of the game. But Dallas was three for three.

The goal to go problems are a subset of the Redskins’ problems with red zone defense in general. Opponents have scored touchdowns on 27 of 40 red zone trips, a 67.5 percent success rate that puts the Redskins 30th in the NFL.  

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NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

The NFC East was a beast for a while, but in recent weeks, the division is fading. All the teams outside of Dallas lost this weekend, and losing streaks are popping up throughout the I-95 Corridor. Here's the NFC East update:

  1. The Minnesota Vikings gave the Dallas Cowboys all they could handle last Thursday night, and yet, the Cowboys won 17-15. Dak Prescott was not impressive in Minneapolis, but Ezekiel Elliott was and the Cowboys defense did just enough to slow the Vikings terrible offense. At 11-1, Dallas has clinched a playoff berth, and with a date in New York this Sunday night, Jerry Jones' crew has a chance to avenge their only loss of the year, which came in Week 1 to the Giants.
  2. It seemed expectations met reality for the New York Giants last Sunday in Pittsburgh. Ben McAdoo's team had won six games in a row, but largely, faced poor competition. In their first tough test since the leaves started falling, Eli Manning's offense could not get going and the Giants fell to 8-4, still in possession of the first NFC Wild Card spot. Even on their win streak, the Giants didn't pass many eye tests. Beat Dallas on Sunday night and all that changes.
  3. Two weeks ago the Washington Redskins were one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Winners of two straight and with a surging Kirk Cousins, the Redskins marched to Dallas on Thanksgiving and gave the Cowboys a real test. Despite the loss, Washington still held its spot with the second NFC Wild Card. After a deflating loss in Arizona, now the 'Skins are on the outside looking in of the playoffs. Good news for Jay Gruden and company: The team can get right back in the thick of things this week in Philly, and the remaining four-game schedule looks advantageous. 
  4. While the Redskins have lost two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the playoff race, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost three in a row and look to be falling apart. Rookie QB Carson Wentz is devoid of offensive weapons to work with and the Eagles have been outscored 85-42 in their last three games. Philly can get their first NFC East win this week with the 'Skins visiting, but it will take a different effort than they've shown in the last month.

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