April 19, 2019

Washington Redskins: Gruden and Cousins talk improvement, while DeSean Jackson says all the right things

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Everyone knows what is on the line Saturday. Win and the Washington Redskins are hosting a playoff game, probably against Seattle again, for the second time in four years. DaShon Goldson knows how important it is to maintain control of one’s own destiny, so he organized a pre-practice team huddle to get things off on the right foot. Following one of only two practices in the shortened week, head coach Jay Gruden, quarterback Kirk Cousins, and ex-Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson addressed the media.

The theme of Gruden’s presser was all about improvement. On the defense, Mason Foster and Will Compton have “played well together” and Preston Smith has gotten off the ball better with speed and aggression. On offense, Gruden called the connection between Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed a thing of beauty because the latter is playing “with a lot of confidence” while Kirk has a “great feel for him [Reed].”

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Washington Redskins: Injury Roundup after Week 15 beatdown of Buffalo

Yes the Washington Redskins are healthier relative to earlier in the season, but they came out of the Bills game with a few more question marks. In a shortened week with a Saturday night date with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Skins cannot afford any more hits to their impact players.

RT Morgan Moses (left ankle sprain), C Josh LeRibeus (ankle sprain), FS DaShon Goldson (rib fracture), MLB Will Compton (neck), RB Matt Jones (hip contusion), WR Ryan Grant (aggravated oblique) all seem to be day-to-day according to head coach Jay Gruden. Losing any of the aforementioned individuals would be a serious blow to the franchise this week.

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Washington Redskins: Week 15 Injury Report

The Washington Redskins have been one of the harder hit franchise in the National Football League and in the midst of a NFC East playoff battle, they can ill afford to lose any more valuable pieces because they simply are not a good enough football team to overcome it.

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Washington Redskins: Week 14 Injury Report

Although not as bad as earlier in the year where you could not count the number of starters out for a game on one hand, the Washington Redskins are back to losing out on important members of their team. If they want to have any chance of winning the weakened NFC East, they will have to get the most out of their healthy players against the Bears on Sunday. To put in nicely, the Redskins are “a little banged up right now” according to Jay Gruden.

With the shortened week following a Monday night game, Washington held a walkthrough on Wednesday.

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Washington Redskins: Week 13 Injury Report

The Washington Redskins started the month of December in the driver seat of the NFC East, but with five games left in the season Trent Williams knows maintaining dominance is the key. When the Redskins host archrival Dallas on Monday, they will hope to be fairly healthy in a physical matchup in the trenches.

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Washington Redskins: Week 12 Monday Wrap Up as the NFC East Division Leaders to Start December

Following the drama surrounding a benched Robert Griffin III towards the tail end of the preseason, who could have possibly seen the Washington Redskins as the team in the driver’s seat of the NFC East heading into December? Not me. Head coach Jay Gruden knows that with five games left, there is nothing that is being taken for granted and preaching consistency during this final stretch.

After Sunday’s first victory of the New York Giants since 2012, it was revealed by players in the locker room that veteran safety DaShon Goldson was responsible for calling a players-only meeting on Saturday night with a theme of “stop losing” according to Pierre Garcon. Monday, Gruden claimed to not have any involvement in or knowledge to such a meeting. “Sounded like it was beneficial” said Gruden about the opportunity to possible air out their issues.

Although Washington certainly has veteran leaders on both sides of the ball from DeAngelo Hall to Trent Williams, Kirk Cousins probably is not in that role as a leader yet though he did draw the compliments of rookie running back Matt Jones yesterday for taking charge. Cousins is “still finding his way” according to Gruden who said the Redskins is “his team.” Gruden believes “the leadership stuff will come” even if being a vocal leader is not his style because he is still looked up to because of “how hard he works.”

On the development of Jordan Reed into an all-around tight end in this league, Gruden started out by stating the obvious that the Redskins “love him in the passing game.” The Gator was given a bit of a pass on his three early penalties yesterday, which Gruden described as “ticky-tack”, but he must “get his hands inside.” Reed is a “huge weapon” on third down and the red zone thanks to his flexibility.

The performance of Washington’s patchwork secondary against one of the best receivers in football, Odell Beckham Jr., and a two time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Eli Manning, was superb. Whether it was veteran journeymen corner Will Blackmon, converted wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, or rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett, Washington got it done when it counted. Gruden attributes that to the “glue” provided by DaShon Goldson and the “excellent job of just teaching” by Perry Fewell, last years Giants defensive coordinator.

As for a quick injury update, Derek Carrier (high-ankle sprain), Quinton Dunbar (open dislocation on index finger), Andre Roberts (knee inflammation), and Chris Thompson (AC joint sprain) are all listed as day-to-day. Dunbar will probably not require surgery as the Redskins will try a splint as their first option in treatment.

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Injury Report

With first place in the weakened NFC East on the line, the Washington Redskins are hoping to be completely healthy when they take on the New York Giants at FedEx Field.

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Washington Redskins: Week 11 Monday Wrap Up After Another Mistake Filled Road Letdown

After Andre Roberts returned a kickoff for a touchdown to tie the game at 14, the Washington Redskins gave up 30 points unanswered on their way to an embarrassing loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. On Monday, head coach Jay Gruden addressed some of the many points of concerns about the loss.

A recap of the injuries suffered on Sunday are headlined by a left knee patella contusion for Trent Williams and reaggravation of Alfred Morris‘s rib injury from the Saints game. Both are considered day-to-day and Gruden hopes both to be available in a divisional matchup against the Giants on Sunday. Jordan Reed also was dealing with an MCL sprain, but returned to the game. CB DeShazor Everett suffered a hamstring sprain and would be a loss for the team on special teams as a gunner.

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Washington Redskins Game 10 Review: Turnovers, penalties, and missed tackles doom Skins against Panthers

CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY REVERSES PICK-6, MOMENTUM AS PANTHERS BLOW OUT SKINS

Even though this might not have been a “must-win” for the Washington Redskins against the undefeated Carolina Panthers, it would have been huge for the DC franchise to keep pace in the muddled NFC East. After an early shootout similar to the Saints game last year, Washington had a pick-6 interception get called back on a controversial and questionable personal foul penalty. Not only was the 14-point swing a big deal in the final score, but the Redskins had no swagger about them on their way to a mistake-filled blowout. The Redskins fell to a record of 4-6 after a 44-16 thrashing to the 10-0 Carolina Panthers.

One of the main keys for the Redskins on defense was to stop the running game and put pressure on Cam Newton in the passing game. In the first three plays they did exactly that by dropping Jonathan Stewart for no gain before forcing back-to-back incompletions from Newton thanks to pressure from Trent Murphy and Ryan Kerrigan. Unfortunately for Washington, on a third down for Kirk Cousins felt the pressure and delivered way to high for an open DeSean Jackson for an interception.

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Washington Redskins: Week 11 Injury Report

Despite the considerable amount of starting caliber talent out for the season on injured reserve, the Washington Redskins are a relatively healthy team. Last week against the Saints, only middle linebacker Keenan Robinson missed the game due to injury. This week against the undefeated Carolina Panthers on the road, Washington hopes to have their full roster available.

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