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Touchdown eases Garçon's pain

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Touchdown eases Garçon's pain

When the Redskins arrived at Cowboys Stadium last Thursday, Coach Mike Shanahan wasn't sure Pierre Garçon’s injured foot was going to allow the team's No. 1 wide receiver to perform on the artificial turf.

Shanahan's concerns, however, disappeared after Garçon’s acrobatic, 59-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter of the team’s 38-31 victory.

“I wasn’t sure if he was going to play,” Shanahan said Monday. “You were always hoping there was no setback once he gets on the turf. But I’m not surprised by how well he played because at full speed – you can see on that one catch – people just don’t make that very often. And for him to keep his feet and outrun some fast guys was quite impressive.”

The touchdown was Garçon’s second of the season and first since he suffered a plantar plate tear in his right foot early in the team's season opener.

Since then the Saints game, Garçon has been in and out of the lineup because of the injury. But his standout effort on Thanksgiving – he hauled in five passes for 93 yards – has given the 26-year-old hope that he’ll be able to continue to contribute down the stretch, despite playing at less than 100-percent.

“When you perform well on an injured foot, it makes the injury a little better, not totally go away,” Garçon said. “It’s still a long ways away. There’s still a lot of treatment, a lot of things that need to be looked at. But it’s coming along. It just makes you feel a little bit better.”

Garçon has played in two consecutive games after missing four straight because of the injury. He said he’s been able to return to the lineup, in part, because he now knows what to do (and what not to do) during the practice week.

"You don’t want to take too many reps throughout the week," Garçon said. "Don’t want to bang it up too much. Don’t want to do anything crazy. I just want to continue to get the work in but not have any setbacks.”

Shanahan said it's been a learning process for the coaching staff, too.

“The main thing is he's feeling good about where he's at and what he has to do,” Shanahan said. “We are not going to overwork him, but we are going to give him enough reps where he can be effective just like he was Thursday. Hopefully he keeps on playing at that level.”

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 27, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

It’s been 146 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 106 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 17
—Training camp starts (7/27) 61
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 75

The Redskins week that was

Here are some of the most popular post from the last week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com

How well will the Redskins' defense adjust to six new starters? The Redskins unquestionably got an infusion of defensive talent but as we have seen in the past that does not guarantee better results. Throw a new defensive coordinator into the mix and it could take some time for this unit to reach its full potential. I think that there will be struggles early in the season and a better (but not dominant) unit by the time November rolls around.

Which Redskins will surprise in 2017? Every player carries expectations into the season. Some will be better than we believe right now (think of what many thought Vernon Davis would do last year) and some will play worse (Josh Doctson). I take out the crystal ball to figure out who will exceed expectations and who will fall below them.

Don't count out 3rd straight franchise tag for Cousins—Yes, Bruce Allen said that he is willing to franchise tag Kirk Cousins for a third time next year, a move that would cost $34 million for one season. But I think that’s a total bluff; the Redskins’ salary cap situation for 2018 would make such a move very difficult for them to pull off. The best hope for Cousins being a Redskin in 2018 is getting him signed to a long-term contract by July 15 of this year. The tone of the conversation regarding a new deal has been positive lately but the team must come up with a serious offer for a deal to happen.

For Redskins, finding a nose tackle needs to be a priority—Well, it’s up to Jim Tomsula to “make” a nose tackle. Phil Taylor is a true NT and he will get a shot. But he hasn’t played a snap since 2014. Undrafted free agent Ondre Pipkins also has nose tackle size at 6-3, 325. But he is a long shot, as are the Redskins’ chances of being significantly better against the run if they don’t find someone, anyone to be an adequate solution as the nose tackle.

Did Vernon Davis make the NFL change celebration rules? Although I prefer the John Riggins way of celebrating a touchdown—hand the ball to the referee because you’ve been in the end zone before and you expect to be back again soon—elaborate celebrations don’t bother me. After a TD in a game I’m covering I’m focused on writing about the scoring drive. When I’m watching at home, my attention goes to Twitter or to the refrigerator. I do think that it was dumb for the Redskins to lose 15 yards of field position because Vernon Davis put a jump shot over the crossbar so that’s why I’m glad that the NFL changed the celebration rules.

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85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is always open to some coaching no matter who it comes from. On Friday that coaching came from Veronica, an 85-year old woman who works at Congressional Country Club and is a die-hard Redskins fan.

Cousins posted a picture of the pair together on his Instagram account Friday afternoon. 

Veronica made some solid suggestions, especially the one about him getting the ball out of his hands quicker. 

Despite the rocky contract situation with the team, there's no question that Cousins loves the passionate Redskins fan base. 

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