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Redskins' Gruden takes a more subtle approach to 'Code Red'

Redskins' Gruden takes a more subtle approach to 'Code Red'

Sometimes a coach will shout a message to his team from the rooftops. Sometimes he will take a subtler approach.

Jay Gruden took the former approach last year after his team fell to 2-4 with a loss to the Jets. He said that the team’s game against the Bucs the following week was a “Code Red”. The Redskins apparently got the message as they responded by rallying from a 24-0 deficit to shock Tampa Bay. That started a 7-3 run to end the season and the Redskins won the NFC East.

This week Gruden is being a bit more restrained in talking about the elevated importance of the team’s upcoming home game against the Vikings and the following game against the Packers, also being played at FedEx Field. But the message is clear.

“You hate to make one game more important than the other but these next two games in general are going to be important,” said Gruden. “They’re two home games that are very, very big for us. We’re 4-3-1. We’re right now currently I guess the No. 7 or 8 seed, whatever it is and we’re in a position that we’re in a good position but we’re in a position where we don’t have a lot of room for error. We really have to take advantage of our home games and the advantage that the home field gives us. We have to take advantage of those, so they are important.”

Actually, they are the No. 6 seed in the NFC, positioned for the second wild card spot. They are 0-1-1 in their last two games so if they are going to stay in playoff position they are going to have to start winning some games.

The games against the Vikings (5-3) and Packers (4-4) carry elevated performance because, as Gruden pointed out they are home games. The Redskins are 2-2 at home this year. They will need to do better than break even at FedEx Field to make the playoffs.

In addition, the next two games are against teams that will be in the wild card mix along with the Redskins. It is unlikely that the tiebreaker that comes with winning a head-to-head matchup will come into play since the Redskins’ tie against the Bengals means that barring a tie by one of those teams they won’t end up the same record as either the Packers or Vikings. But adding wins to your ledger while adding losses to your rivals’ records certainly helps your situation.  

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Redskins activate TE Reed off of the PUP list

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Redskins activate TE Reed off of the PUP list

 

The Redskins have struggled on offense in the preseason. The good news is that they are getting one of their best offensive players back to work.

The team announced that tight end Jordan Reed has been activated off the physically unable to perform list (PUP). He was placed on the list at the start of training camp with a toe injury.

At first coach Jay Gruden indicated that the injury would be a short-term problem but as it turns out he spent 24 days on the PUP list.

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Reed made the Pro Bowl last year despite missing a total of four games with a shoulder injury and with a concussion, He caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns.

His removal from the list means that he can start practicing with the team immediately. Reed would be eligible to play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals next Sunday. However, given how cautious the team has been with his injury and his value to the offense it seems likely that he will not take the field for a game until the Redskins’ season opener against the Eagles on September 10.

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WWE icon Jim Ross really loves Redskins running back Samaje Perine

WWE icon Jim Ross really loves Redskins running back Samaje Perine

Redskins fans don't quite know what they're going to get out of rooking running back Semaje Perine, but legendary WWE icon Jim Ross certainly does. 

Ross, a University of Oklahoma fan, saw a lot of Perine when he was a star on the Sooners. 

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Ross recently went on CSN to let the people know what, exactly, they were getting from the Oklahoma product. Here's the list of accolades, in no particular order, that Ross has for Perine:

- Restaurant quality running back

- tougher than a 2$ steak 

- a man's man

- all man (which is different than being a man's man, somehow)

- a yard wide (?)

You can see the whole thing here, with Ross coming in at the 1:22 mark. 

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