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The Week That Was: 'Gummy Bear' makes the Redskins' cut

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The Week That Was: 'Gummy Bear' makes the Redskins' cut

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 1, eight days before the Redskins open their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.

That was the week that was

—I don’t know why the Redskins decided to keep four quarterbacks but it wasn’t so that they could trade Kirk Cousins. He is going nowhere.

—They also didn’t keep Pat White and Rex Grossman because of “concerns” surrounding RG3. Griffin is starting against the Eagles.

—But regardless of why White is on the 53 and no matter how long he stays there, he deserves credit for taking advantage of the opportunity. It seems like he has a long way to go before he could be a regular NFL quarterback but he’s willing to work at it so anything is possible.

—Jose Gumbs, who Raheem Morris calls “Gummy Bear”, was brought in as a free agent when Jordan Bernstine was released at the start of training camp. As he and his new teammates were stretching prior to his first practice there were some front office types out there with him showing him some paperwork to sign. He literally signed his contract while on the field.

—Gumbs is a smallish safety (5-feet-10, 210) but he hustles and hits. This is his third stop in the NFL after coming out of Monmouth in 2012. If he’s active for games he’ll get a heavy dose of special teams play.

—We’ll ask Mike Shanahan why Chase Minnifield was let go. I suspect it was in part because they like Jerome Murphy, who was a third-round pick of the Rams in 2010 and was around here last year. I also think they believed that Minnifield has some work to do before he is a legitimate NFL corner.

—The Redskins can start forming their practice squad this afternoon. The claiming deadline for practice squad eligible players such as Minnifield, running back Jawan Jamison, and wide receiver Nick Williams is noon today. If no other teams claim them the Redskins can offer them positions on their practice squad.

—Many predicted that the Redskins would go with eight offensive linemen with the three linemen the team drafted in 2012 as the backups. But it’s another thing actually to see it, especially Tom Compton as the swing tackle. In past seasons, Shanahan has kept an experienced guy like Jordan Black or Sean Locklear around for that role. Josh LeRibeus is the only one of the three who has seen so much as a snap of NFL action. Adam Gettis was on the roster for 16 games last year and was inactive all 16.

—In case anyone cares, I correctly predicted 49 of the 53 roster spots. On defense I had DeJon Gomes in over Gumbs and Minnifield over Murphy. On offense I had nine O-linemen with Tony Pashos in and Pat White out. I also had Keiland Williams in instead of Evan Royster.

—Evidently some of the Redskins had a costume party last night. Well, at least I hope they did.
Introducing the 2013 Jamaican bobsledding team. @RyanKerrigan91 @KirkCousins8 @NotOnDuty__ @TomCompton76 pic.twitter.com/Ja8qkHXyNt

— Josh LeRibeus (@JLeRibeus) September 1, 2013
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Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

When you’re fighting for a playoff spot, it’s not only about what happens to you. It’s also about what happens to the teams you’re competing against for that playoff spot. And one of the Redskins’ main competitors got some very bad news this morning.

The Giants, who are in the No. 5 spot in the NFC, the first wild card spot, got word today that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has had sports hernia surgery. The recovery time is at least four weeks, probably more like six. The Giants’ season is likely to be over by the time six weeks elapse, barring a playoff run without one of their best defensive players.

Pierre-Paul has helped solidify what was a shaky Giants defense last year. He has seven sacks and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. He has been heating up down the stretch with 5.5 sacks in his last three games.

His loss is a big blow for the Giants. They are a game ahead of the Buccaneers, who hold the No. 6 spot, and a game and a half ahead of the Redskins, who are currently seventh.

The Redskins play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins have to pick up just one game on the Giants over the next three to have a shot at passing them in the season finale.

The chances of that happening looked pretty good with Washington playing playing three teams with losing records in the Eagles, Panthers, and Bears and the Giants going against division leaders Dallas and Detroit in addition to the Eagles. With the Giants now without Pierre-Paul, the Redskins’ probabilities got tilted in their direction a little bit more.

Just finishing ahead of the Giants wouldn’t guarantee a playoff spot but it would come close. It would mean that the Redskins would have at least nine wins and the Redskins’ tie means that two teams would have to get to 10 wins to knock them out of the playoffs. The Bucs have to win three more games to get to nine wins and the Packers and Vikings would have to run the table.

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Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins run game against Arizona - a game coach Jay Gruden admitted did not feature enough carries for Robert Kelley. 

The Redskins had a lot of success with their GAP runs early in the game.

In the first half they were successful on 75 percent of their GAP runs. 

As the game wore on the Redskins moved away from what had been successful and only ran two GAP runs in the second half.

As the Redskins power run game vanished, so did their prospects for winning the game.

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