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The Week That Was: What can Davis and Garçon do together?

The Week That Was: What can Davis and Garçon do together?

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 4, four days before the Redskins play the Titans in their preseason opener.

That Was the Week That Was

—The Redskins have just three full practices next week and so don’t look for any major changes to what Robert Griffin III does. Mike Shanahan said that the second phase of the team’s plan for RG3’s practice activities would not kick in until the Monday after the Tennessee preseason game. That day is the start of the final week of training camp in Richmond. The good folks in the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia might get a peek at RG3 running in 11 on 11 drills. Or they might not. Shanahan wouldn’t say one way or the other yesterday.

—I’ve written off Santana Moss more than once and he usually proves me wrong. I didn’t write him off this year and, hey, it looks like I’ll be right. The one-handed catch he made last week (you can see the picture here) was the play of camp so far. And his camp has been more than one spectacular play; he has been catching virtually everything throw in his direction the whole time. I’m not sure what I’ll be saying about Moss next year when his contract is up but right now the call is for a lot of key plays from No. 89 in 2013.

—Fred Davis says he’s pain free about nine and a half months after surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon. Pierre Garçon has been doing well after choosing to rehab the toe injury that cost him six games last year rather than a surgical procedure that had no track record of results. And both of them talk of being able to help each other as a Mr. Inside (Davis) and Mr. Outside (Garçon) combo. It will be interesting to see what the two can do together. By the time Garçon had regained his form last year after dealing with the toe injury that he suffered in the first quarter of the season opener, Davis was on the shelf with his injury.

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One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

The Eagles defense is on a big-play streak, but not one that defensive coordinators will like very much, and it could be very good news for the Redskins and DeSean Jackson. 

At this stage of his career, Jackson is a well-known deep threat. While much of the 2016 season has been disappointing for Jackson, in back-to-back weeks, the vertical passing attack has worked. In Arizona last Sunday, Jackson only caught one pass, but it went for 59 yards. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Jackson hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as part of his season-high 118 receiving yards.

"What he brings to this football team, he brings something that not a lot of people can bring, and that’s obviously the speed and the big play ability," 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson.

The last two games moved Jackson's yards-per-catch average back in normal range with the rest of his career at 16.5. Halfway through this season, Jackson was averaging below 14 YPC, which would have been by far the worst of his career.

"A lot of people think that we haven’t utilized his speed quite like we should, but I think he has had a major impact on this football team," Gruden said. "His deep threat has an impact on the defense. It opens up areas for Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder and the backs sometimes. He’s been a major influence for this football team in a good way."

Beyond just the big plays, the Eagles defense has given up 645 passing yards in their last two games. Cousins has historically played well in Philadelphia, and should be in good position to do the same this weekend.

And based on the Eagles' past six games, expect Jackson to have another big game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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