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Redskins have opportunities but fall to Falcons

The injury toRobert Griffin IIIwasthemajor storyline after Sundays 24-17 loss to the Falcons.Concern No. 2? The state of the teams shaky kicking game.A week after missing his first three field goal attempts before making a job-saving 41-yarder in Tampa,Billy Cundiffwent 1 for 2 at FedEx Field, connecting from 23 and missing from 31.As Cundiff pointed out, the Redskins lost by seven points, not three. But who knows how the game would have turned out had Washington pulled ahead 10-0 in the second quarter? Thats a very makable kick, Cundiff said. I should have made it. Lets just keep it simple: I just missed it. Its my responsibility to make those kicks and it just didnt happen.Cundiff is now 7 for 12 on the season.Asked if he was unfocused or distracted by previous misses, he said. I dont think so. I just think I missed it, to be perfectly honest. I should have.After last weeks struggles, CoachMike Shanahanelected not to audition kickers. Its unclear whether hell do so this week.Im disappointed, especially when its a chip shot there, Shanahan said. I never say anything right after a game. You let 24 hours go by and collect your thoughts and make decisions based on what you think gives you the best chance to win.Cundiff said he wont worry about a decision thats not in his hands.Its not my job to worry, he said. My job is to focus on what I do and thats make kicks. It is frustrating. ...You look at the final score, even if I would have made that field goal, we would have needed four more points.Some other notes, quotes and observations from todays loss:Home (not) sweet home:After Sundays loss the Redskins eight in a row at FedExField the team has now gone almost 13 months between victories on its home turf.The last win, in fact, was a 22-21 win over the Cardinals on Sept. 18, 2011.Its kind of confusing trying to figure out what the common theme is, nose tackle Barry Cofield said. But I dont really see one. Theres been all sorts of different types of games, different types of opponents. Weve played some tough games and played some games where we came out flat. I dont know. All I know is we have to get it figured out. If we dont bounce back quick, well be out of this division race.Teachable moment for RG3?:Lorenzo Alexander said he hopes Griffin realizes the importance of avoiding hits such as the one that knocked him out of the game. Alexander said Griffin should have thrown the ball away instead of trying to make something out of nothing.He was good, Alexander said. Hes coherent and responsive. Obviously, his spirits were down because hes a fighter and wanted to come back out and play. But health comes before anything. He has nothing to prove to us; we know hes a tough guy. Any type of concussion is serious business. Hopefully he learns from it by throwing the ball away and not taking shots like that.By the numbers:Dating back to last weeks game, the Redskins have converted just three of their 20 third downs, including a woeful 1 of 9 against the Falcons.Atlanta, by comparison, was 9 of 17.Play of the game:Ryan Kerrigans second career interception returned for a touchdown.Early in the second quarter, Kerrigan stepped between Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner and leaped and grabbed Ryans attempted. Twenty-eight yards later, Kerrigan was in the end zone and the Redskins had a 7-0 lead.Just looking at Ryans release, Kerrigan said. Trying to make sure I was in the throwing lane. Not too jump too soon, not to jump too late. Fortunately, I timed the jumped well.It was the Redskins third defensive touchdown of the season, marking the most since the team racked up four in 1999.Elite company:Running back Alfred Morris surpassed the 100 yard mark for the second consecutive week, amassing a career-high 115 yards on 18 carries. His 6.4-yard per carry average was the best of his young career.Morris joined Eric Dickerson as the only rookies to rush for at least 75 yards in their teams first five games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.The 500 Club:With two receptions, including a 77-yard touchdown catch, veteran Santana Moss recorded his 500threception with the Redskins. Only Art Monk, Charley Taylor and Gary Clark have as many.Quotable:Alfred Morris: We have work to do and there is always room for improvement. We have the weapons. We have what it takes to be something great. But it all comes down to how bad we want it. After this loss, we have to get back to the drawing board, get back to working hard, probably rearrange some things.

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are praxctixcing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

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Redskins release LB Houston Bates, sign free agent tight end

Redskins release LB Houston Bates, sign free agent tight end

Redskins training camp officially got started in Richmond, Va. on Thursday and the team did not waste time making roster moves.

Linebacker Houston Bates was released following a failed physical.

The move was made in order to sign free agent tight end E.J. Bibbs.

The Redskins started training camp thin at the tight end position, with Jordan Reed on the PUP List and Vernon Davis dealing with a tweaked hamstring.

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Bates, a former standout at the University of Illinois, joined the Redskins as an undrafted free agent.

He appeared in 10 games in 2015, amassing 10 tackles and one safety. In 2016, he played in 14 games, picking up seven tackles.

Bibbs joins the Redskins after spending the 2016 season bouncing between the Jaguars' practice and full-time roster. He played seven games in 2015 as a member of the Cleveland Browns, but did not see the field during his time in Jacksonville.

The undrafted Iowa State tight end was waived by Jacksonville in May, 2017.