December 12, 2019

Washington Redskins: Week 3 Tuesday Press Conference Wrap Up

After the big news yesterday that the Washington Redskins had waived 2013 second round pick David Amerson (who was quickly claimed by the Oakland Raiders), the Redskins lost another member of the defense as backup ILB Martrell Spaight was placed on the injured reserve list due to a concussion. Spaight is now the third of ten rookies to no longer take a snap for the Redskins this season joining WR Evan Spencer and CB Tevin Mitchel. Placing Spight on IR opened up a roster spot for the recently reinstated Chris Culliver who missed last week’s win due to a one game suspension. Although Terrance Plummer, formerly of the practice squad, will be active for Thursday’s game, head coach Jay Gruden said that if Perry Riley cannot go then Trent Murphy could serve as the emergency middle linebacker, similarly to the Packers’ Clay Matthews.

Elsewhere on the defense, Gruden said that veteran corner DeAngelo Hall is becoming more confident in his body with regular season games under his belt. Hall is coming off of two torn Achilles tendon and will turn 32 before Week 11 this season.

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Washington Redskins: Monday Wrap Up After 24-10 Victory over Rams

The big news from Jay Gruden today had nothing to do with the Washington Redskins impressive 24-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams yesterday. Instead, it had to do with the Redskins waiving former second round pick David Amerson just over two years removed from being the team’s top draft selection in 2013. Although this seems like a big deal because it is the highest drafted player the Redskins have ever released, his ineffectiveness has been clear throughout his rookie and sophomore season before finally being given the boot with the position more than stable than when he arrived.

On a more pleasant note, Gruden also talked to the media about the positives of yesterday and also gave an injury update for Thursday’s game against the Giants, which is fast approaching.

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Washington Redskins: Week 3 Injury Report

With the Washington Redskins on a short work week by playing the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football this week all injuries no matter how relatively minor could play huge in who is and is not available for Washington. To better understand the matchup against the division rival Giants, we list all of the Redskins injuries below:

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Washington Redskins Waive Former Second Round Pick David Amerson

REDSKINS CUT TIES WITH FORMER SECOND ROUND PICK DAVID AMERSON

The big news out of Redskins Park today was that the Washington Redskins waived 2013 second round pick David Amerson in order to make a spot on the 53 man roster for defensive end Frank Kearse, who was sent down in order to make room for ILB Terrance Plummer. Amerson was due to make around $2.5 million over the course of this and next season but now will be a dead cap hit of just about $640 thousand. UPDATE: Amerson was claimed off of waivers by the Oakland Raiders just about 24 hours after he was released. It is not that Amerson cannot develop into a very good player as Gruden put it, but it was almost certainly not going to happen here.

In the first of two year without having a first round selection in the NFL draft due to the trade to draft Robert Griffin III, David Amerson as a second round draft pick (51st overall) was the Redskins top pick in 2013. The 2013 draft took place during a time of excitement as the Redskins had just won their first division title since 1999 behind the rookie of the year performance from RG3. There seemed to be little pressure on the Redskins to improve through the draft during the final year of the Shanahan regime with current President Bruce Allen acting as General Manager.

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Washington Redskins: Week 2 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

In preparation for a Week 2 hosting of the St. Louis Rams, Jay Gruden took a few questions from the media while defense coordinator Joe Barry was available for extensive question on both Week 1 evaluations and looking ahead. For all injury updates click here.

Head coach Gruden explained that moving the mandatory off day for players to Monday was implemented and has so far been a success because it allows all involved to digest events further. Moreover, it allows the film to have already been broken down by Tuesday’s practice.

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Washington Redskins: Monday Wrap Up after 17-10 Loss to Dolphins

So what did we expect? Things looked good when the Washington Redskins were up 10-0 although all fans had to be thinking they should have been up even more. Then when the punt coverage team gave up a house call that Tress Way blamed himself for not getting enough hang time, fans had watched this same story unfold multiple times before. The Redskins hoped that playing winning football would quite all of the off the field drama surrounding the franchise, but instead they are the same team from years past that choked away a lead.

Today things were shaken up quite a bit at Redskins Park as signings and waiving took place along with the loss of key starters.

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Washington Redskins: When it comes to football, Skins choke against Dolphins

Today marked the first time the Washington Redskins were able to let their work on the field talk for them in an effort to get out from under the past few weeks of constant drama. All the players knew that they had to block out the noise and hope they could put everything behind them with a win. Unfortunately, after cruising early the Redskins were unable to finish off the Miami Dolphins and fell 17-10.

As surprising as it might be, the Redskins actually dominated Miami for the first 28 minutes of this game. Kirk Cousins was helped out early with 35 yards from Alfred Morris on the team’s first drive where they marched down the field on 12 plays to get the early 3-0 lead. After a three-and-out from the defense, Cousins orchestrated another drive double-digit play drive but was rewarded with a missed field goal. The Redskins hoped that missed opportunities would not haunt them later in the game.

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Washington Redskins: Week 1 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

Just three days away from the start of the Washington Redskins regular season, head coach Jay Gruden again talked to the media following a session by new defensive coordinator Joe Barry.

The team is still waiting to receive a written report from the league’s neurologist regarding Robert Griffin III‘s concussion that he sustained three weeks ago. Gruden says that he has “no idea” why it has taken this long and again wants all to know that this is in no way should reflect poorly on the Redskins as it is something out of their control. Because Griffin currently cannot participate in a regular season game due to the possibility of contact, Colt McCoy remains the backup quarterback to Kirk Cousins, however Gruden has kept the door open that Griffin could actually be the backup on Sunday if cleared.

If Griffin is made inactive Week 1, it could be that he has still not been cleared and/or the coaching staff believes McCoy has “beat out” the former rookie of the year. The difference between the two may not be known unless officially announced beforehand. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Analysis of Preseason Dress Rehearsal Win over Ravens

We could write pages of the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins. Was Robert Griffin III benched? Does he and did he ever have a concussion? Who will start behind center Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins? It is too early to tell all of that regardless of the several reports saying one thing or another.

All we know for sure is what we can see on the field when former Michigan State Spartan, Kirk Cousins received the opportunity of his career to play with the first unit offense in the dress rehearsal for the regular season. What did he do with that opportunity? Lets discuss that along with the rest of important things learned about the Redskins. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Analysis of Preseason Home Opener Win over Lions

GRIFFIN CONCUSSED AFTER HIT REPEATEDLY BEHIND WEAK LINE

Another costly preseason victory for the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III left the game on his fourth series with a concussion and right shoulder stinger, though head coach Jay Gruden said RG3’s shoulder is “okay”. Griffin had no time all night as he was hit on six of eight drop backs, the result of using inconsistent  Willie Smith at left tackle and Brandon Scherff still just being a rookie in this league. You can see all the vicious blows Griffin took last night as well as the play he got hurt on below.

Besides Robert Griffin III, who could be out for upwards of a week and possibly not ready for Week 1 of the regular season, the Redskins also lost another special teams stud. Adam Hayward went down on kickoff coverage with a knee injury that many are reporting is a torn ACL, which would place him on the IR for the second straight year (tibia fracture). Having already lost Niles Paul last week to a dislocated and fractured ankle, the Redskins will put a premium on special teams play to round out their 53 man roster.

The quarterback play was similar to last week against the Browns. There is simply too small of a sample size to evaluate Griffin, who now may be out for the foreseeable future. The small part did he did play looks awful much in part to the fact he was hit on six out of eight drop backs with only one, in which he got hurt, being his fault. For those who will bash Griffin, they will get their chance to see Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy battle it out on the practice field while RG3 is out. Both backup quarterbacks played well last night; however it all must be taken with a grain of salt as they were playing against a backup secondary who were giving up open soft spots left and right.

The running backs were one of the lone bright spot for the Washington Redskins. After only providing 24 yards of support on seven carries for Griffin, also possibly the result of a weaker offensive line, we saw explosive runs behind the backup line. Rookie Matt Jones got things started with a 24 yard rumble up the middle with a good cut to make a defender miss mid way through. Chris Thompson also had a nice run around the right side and similarly to Jones made a defender go for a slip and slide ride with a smooth cut. Finally, the speedster Trey Williams put his track like ability on display with a 38 yard run down the right sideline. Although the Redskins combined for a whopping 179 yards on the ground on 40 carries, 81 of them came from these big plays.

Again the starting defense was shaky coming out of the gates. Yes they were missing the likes of DeAngelo HallBaushad BreelandRyan Kerrigan, and Junior Galette, but fundamentally they were not getting the job done. Throughout the game the Redskins could not sustain tackles and bring the ball carrier to the ground individually. From the starters, Keenan RobinsonDavid Amerson, and Chris Culliver were all guilty of that. The nice part however was the rest of the defense’s swarming to the football to make the additional yardage gain minimal through gang tackling.

The up and down nature of the starting defense continued with the coverage in the passing game. At times Matthew Stafford, without arguably the best receiver in the game Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, was simply dissecting the gaps in the defense (similarly to how Cousins and McCoy would return the favor). The Lions quarterback had four passes, out of his eight, for double digit yard gains. In the end the Redskins defense did a decent job preventing the Lions from entering the red zone. Both drives stalled for the Lions and they settled for a 49 yard Matt Prater field goal over the course of their two drives. Jason Hatcher was a key pass rusher in stalling both drives as he twice hurried Stafford into not converting on third down.

Now lets take a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling as the Redskins continue their evaluation process to cut their roster to 53 players by Saturday, September 5th.

  • UP: Tackle Tom Compton. With all the problems on the offensive line yesterday, Compton who was used multiple times as a blocking tight end (trying to fill the void of Logan Paulsen), did an effective job. The backup lineman has the mobility to sustain blocks down field which allowed Alfred Morris to gain a 10 yard clip on the opening possession. With Brandon Scherff moving to guard, opening an extra roster spot at tackle, Compton is all but a lock for the final roster.
  • DOWN: Tackle Willie Smith. For Gruden to say Smith played “pretty good” is laughable. The tackle was playing in place of Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams who could have gone it it were a regular season game. Smith was beat repeatedly. Three times Lions defenders got clean shots on Griffin around the outside. Smith was bailed out the fourth time from the fact that Scherff got blown up quicker than he did. If Ty Nsekhe shows he is the least bit competent in being a backup tackle, the journey man Willie Smith will continue his journey right out the door.
  • UP: Punter Tress Way. Arguably the Redskins most worthy player of a Pro Bowl of All-Pro selection might just be their dynamite punter. In a special teams that has been horrendous over the years, the Redskins might have found their changer in field position for the next five years. Way led the league in gross punting average at 47.5 yards. Last night Way averaged 51 yards on four punts and helped his coverage team with directional punts that helped limit punt return yardage to a total of 13 yards.
  • DOWN: Guard Brandon Scherff. Yes he is a rookie and yes he was not the only problem on the offensive line, but the 5th overall pick was absolutely bull rushed straight back into Griffin on a drop back. If Scherff is going to worth the value of his draft pick, he MUST at least develop into a above average guard where he supposedly more suited to start his development. Scherff also had a somewhat tough time on running plays as the Redskins got no substantial runs running to the right where he anchors the line with Morgan Moses. Scherff would say postgame that the play of the offensive line is “unacceptable” and says he needs to work on “everything”.

Everything moving forward will depend on the recovery timetable set for Griffin who has to pass the league’s strict concussion protocol before being able to do any work in practice. Head coach Jay Gruden has already come out and said he imagines Griffin to still be the starter. This might be frustrating for some who want to see Cousins or maybe even McCoy to get another shot at the starting job, but to me you cannot give up on Robert yet even though this is his third straight year with an injury.

Important Dates:

  • Face the Baltimore Ravens for the third preseason game (“dress rehearsal”) in 8 days on 8/29 at 7:30 PM.
  • The final cuts to a 53 man roster will take place over the next 15 days by 9/5.
  • Season and home opener against Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 13 in 23 days.

 

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