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Shanahan familiar with Eagles' Foles

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Shanahan familiar with Eagles' Foles

Although it appears the Eagles won't have concussed quarterback Michael Vick on Sunday, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said his team will prepare for both Vick and rookie backup Nick Foles.

“Obviously you have to get ready for both,” Shanahan said after Monday’s practice at Redskins Park. “We’re not sure what the situation is. We’ll kind of wait and see there. With the concussion that he had, I don’t think you’re really sure.”

A few hours after Shanahan addressed the local media in Ashburn, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that a source informed him Foles will indeed be under center at FedEx Field. The Philadelphia Inquirer, meantime, reported that Andy Reid emphasized the severity of Vick’s concussion but had yet to rule the veteran out.

“Whoever you think the starter may be, you’ll have a game plan [for him]," Shanahan added. “For a guy like Mike, you got to have a second game plan."

With Vick ailing, Foles is expected to get the first-team snaps in practice Wednesday.

Vick was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys in the second quarter after absorbing a pair of crushing blows. He was replaced by Foles, who was 22 of 32 for 219 yards plus a touchdown and an interception in the Eagles’ 38-23 loss. The defeat was Philadelphia’s fifth in a row, the longest drought in Reid’s 14-season tenure.

Fans have clamored for Foles to replace Vick in recent weeks as the 32-year-old veteran stumbled. Vick has 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season and, in the Eagles’ first six games, lost five fumbles.

As the Redskins install their game plan, they certainly are more familiar with Vick. But Shanahan has some first-person familiarity with Foles, too, having coached the 23-year-old at the Senior Bowl in January.

“He’s big, very strong, got great arm strength,” Shanahan said of Foles, a 6 foot 6, 243-pound out of Arizona. “Looks like he reads defenses very easily and can make all the throws.” 

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Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.

"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.

Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.

"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."

The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterwards, Cousins and a numbr of other players signed autographs. 

"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."

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Need to Know: How do the Redskins stack up in the NFC East?

Need to Know: How do the Redskins stack up in the NFC East?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 29, 15 days before the Washington Redskins start their mandatory minicamp on June 13.

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Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/27) 59
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 73
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 104

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A few words on the state of the NFC East and how the Redskins stack up to their rivals after all of them had active offseasons. 

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Posted by Rich Tandler on Monday, May 29, 2017

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