After five games, the Redskins rank dead last in the NFL in third down conversion rate.They converted only one of nine third downs in Sundays 24-17 loss to the undefeated Falcons, dropping the teams success rate to 23.3 percent (14 for 60) as Redskins record slipped to 2-3. Over the past two weeks, in fact, Washington is just 3 for 20 on third downs.We missed a third down and one, third down and two, third down and three, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday, rattling off the missed opportunities. Obviously, its an area where we have to get better at. We were also 0 for 2 in the red zone, an area where we had been good. So you take the combination of being 1 for 9 on third downs and 0 for 2 in the red zone, its really hard to win a football game.Fullback Darrel Young added: We got to start making plays. Third downs have been our shortcoming.The Redskins had the second-worst conversion rate in 2010 before jumping to 15thlast season. Now theyre scuffling again.Weve been putting ourselves in better situations on first and second downs, Young said. But we have to get over that hump. Thats what we need to win games.In addition to hurting the teams point production, it has an adverse affect on the defense, as Young pointed out.But 81 snaps is entirely too much for any defense,"Young said, referring to the number of plays Atlanta ran on offense. "We have to take at least 15 to 20 snaps away just to help them. Its on the offense.Its important, Young added. I cant say we have to take more pride, because guys are serious about what were doing on third down. Its just were not executing.
Redskins fans may not remeber David Bruton from his brief tenure in Washington. The safety and special teamer barely played in his single season with the Redskins in 2016 due to a concussion suffered in early October. He was placed on injured reserve and later released.
He couldn't have known it at the time, but that injury would be the end of his career. Bruton, who played seven seasons in Denver prior to arriving in D.C., announced his retirement Monday.
Suffering six concussions in eight years in the NFL contributed to the decision.
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“I’m burnt-out, definitely worry about my health," Bruton said, via ESPN. “Another season was cut short by a concussion [in 2016] – that’s six."
"I’m a guy who likes to use his brain. Especially back in school, I need as many brain cells as possible with all these science classes. It came down to health, and I’ve definitely had my time in the league. I’m ready to move on."
He also shared the announcement on his Instagram account.
#ThankYouAll After 8 years in the NFL, I am calling it a day in the league. I want to thank everyone who helped me a long the way. This decision did not come easy being that I've done this for so long and my love for the game, but it comes to an end for everyone and mine is on July 24, 2017. Thank you to my family, friends, Pat B., the Bowlen Family, the Broncos, the Redskins and the fans. It's been a hell of a ride and a lot of stories to pass down to future ball players. #MuchLove
As for what's next, the Notre Dame graduate is pursuing a career in physical therapy. He has already returned to school at the University of Colorado-Denver.
Bruton also has plans to work alongside training staff when Broncos training camp opens on Thursday.
With Redskins training camp less than a week away, a new report indicates veteran safety DeAngelo Hall won't be on hand for the start.
Instead, he will enter camp on the physically unable to perform list, according to ESPN's John Keim. The same is true of linebacker Houston Bates.
Both Bates and Hall are working their way back from torn ACLs. Hall suffered his ACL tear in September, while Bates was injured in December.
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It's possible other players will be added to the PUP list following team physicals scheduled for Wednesday.
Hall, who will be 34 years old in November, restructured his contract to take a pay cut this offseason. He's valuable as a veteran leader on defense, especially in the secondary where neither of the projected starting safeties – Su'a Cravens and D.J. Swearinger – played the position for the Redskins last season.