September 21, 2019

Five takeaways from the Washington Redskins Week Two victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars

Here are five big takeaways from the Washington Redskins’ 24-17 home opener win over the Jacksonville Jaguars: [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 1 Recap: Frustrating season-opening loss to Houston Texans

The Washington Redskins lost their season opener against the Houston Texans, 17-6, with an extremely frustrating performance with several missed opportunities. Despite new coach Jay Gruden calling the shots, things looked exactly the same as Mike Shanahan’s team in 2013, when the special teams were atrocious, the offense turned the ball over, and Robert Griffin ended up on his back every other play.

The defense played well against a mediocre Texans offense early, but whether they got tired or lost focus, they could not get the critical stops at the end of the game. The Redskins lost their edge on the defensive side of the ball when Bacarri Rambo got turned around in coverage allowing DeAndre Hopkins to score on a 76-yard catch-and-run. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden comments on Brandon Meriweather’s suspension

The Washington Redskins have their final preseason game of 2014 on Thursday at Raymond James Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins are coming off of a 23-17 road loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Saturday. Washington is 2-1 this preseason and the Buccaneers are 1-2 after beating the Buffalo Bills 27-14 on the road on Saturday.

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BREAKING: Washington Redskins Safety Brandon Meriweather Suspended

Per Randal Liu, NFL’s Director of NFC Football Communications, Washington Redskins Safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended for the first two games of the season due to his helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith in the Redskins preseason loss on Saturday.

This will be the second time in as many seasons that Meriweather has received a suspension due to violations of the league’s safety guidelines regarding helmet-to-helmet hits.  Last season, he was forced out of game action for two games due to repeated similar hits, which was later reduced to one game after appeal.

This is also Meriweather’s sixth fine/suspension due to malicious hits since 2010.

This will certainly put the defense in a tough spot as the Redskins will be looking for a fast start to the 2014 season.  Sophomore safety Bacarri Rambo has impressed in preseason so far and perhaps will look to take on a significant role in at least the first two weeks of the season.  There has been no official announcement from the team at this time.

Washington Redskins Preseason Game 2 Analysis: Takeaways for the Defense

The Washington Redskins were able to defeat the Cleveland Browns Monday night in a sloppy game that ultimately resulted in a 24-23 victory for Washington. Here are some key takeaways for the Redskins defense:

AREAS OF CONCERN

Penalties: The yellow flags were a problem for the team all night as they accrued 11 penalties for 100 yards as a whole. The defense was responsible for five of them. The worst of which occurred in the second quarter with the Browns facing 3rd-and-18. Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel could not complete a short pass (which was highly unlikely to get a first down even if completed) but Redskins cornerback E.J. Biggers was flagged on the play for defensive holding. Only a five-yard infraction, but one that also results in an automatic first down.

As the official announced the call, the Redskins sideline voiced their frustration. There’s no telling what was said but the uproar produced another flag, unsportsmanlike conduct charged to the Redskins bench, immediately following the initial announcement.

While the second penalty can’t be blamed on the defense, the first one absolutely cannot happen especially in a third-and-long situation. Granted, calls like this one have been in vogue this preseason and it’s possible they’ll tone down the frequency of such calls once the regular season arrives, but it prolonged a drive that should’ve been over and in the regular season, the team can’t afford to give opposing teams those kinds of extra opportunities.

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Washington Redskins Training Camp Report: Patriots Practice

The Redskins hosted the New England Patriots for the first time before they take the field Thursday night in the teams pre-season opener. First year head coach Jay Gruden stressed using the opportunity to practice against a quality opponent as a learning experience. The Redskins have become familiar with each other, to an extent the offense knows what to expect and the defenses’ “tendencies” and vice-versa. When you bring in 90 new players and coaches it forces players to read and react in more of a game-like situation which is telling for the coaches of both staffs’.

A few players shined against the new competition in Richmond. Bacarri Rambo had a few solid plays in coverage, however, that was never the concern with Rambo, his tackling is what will need to improve greatly in 2014 if he wishes to stick around. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Select Georgia Safety Bacarri Rambo With Sixth Round Pick

The Washington Redskins continued their makeover of their secondary Saturday, selecting Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo with the 191st overall pick.

The pick of Rambo (6-0, 211 lbs) continues the Redskins’ theme of going after aggressive, ball-hawking defensive backs who can make plays. He finished his career at Georgia with 16 interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. Widely expected to go somewhere between the third and fourth rounds, Rambo fell to the Redskins in the sixth round and would appear to be a good value pick.

Rambo fell that far, some speculate, because of off-the-field issues while at Georgia. He was suspended for a game in both his junior and senior seasons for failing drug tests, as he tested positive for marijuana in both years.  The Redskins clearly did not mind taking that kind of risk in the sixth round, especially at a position they had already addressed earlier in the draft with safety Phillip Thomas. If Rambo’s issues are behind him, then perhaps the Redskins may have finally addressed the secondary concerns that have plagued them all offseason.

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