May 30, 2017

Washington Redskins fall apart after good first quarter once Aaron Rodgers and Packers return to form

REDSKINS TAKE SECOND-HALF LEAD, BUT PACKERS PROVE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE

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The Washington Redskins were looking for their first playoff victory in a decade when Sean Taylor helped Joe Gibbs and company knock of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, their demise was foreshadowed by points left on the field in the first quarter as the Redskins were up only 11-0 instead of 16-0.

From that point on, Aaron Rodgers returned to his reigning MVP form and shredded the Redskins defense with an assist from his run game. Green Bay finished the game outscoring the Redskins 35-7. Washington dropped their fourth straight playoff game, 35-18, and will head into the offseason. Though disappointing now, the franchise is in good hands with General Manager Scot McCloughan.

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Washington Redskins lose Carrier, left looking for tight ends again

It was Derek Carrier’s first catch since Week 12 against the New York Giants. The pass was behind him and the tight end made an athletic play to bring it in.

The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Carrier pirouetted to make an acrobatic catch that most players at his position can’t make. Unfortunately, the Chicago Bears’ defender tackled him low, and the hit left the three-year veteran clutching his knee and rolling around the field in obvious pain. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 14 Monday Wrap: Injuries, tight ends, quarterback play, and more

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After Jordan Reed‘s stellar performance for the Redskins in Sunday’s 24-21 win at Chicago, Washington head coach Jay Gruden confirmed on Monday what had been feared late Sunday — that Derek Carrier, a backup for Reed at tight end, was out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL.

Gruden said at his Monday press conference that he and general manager Scot McCloughan will look to bring in a couple of new tight ends for workouts Tuesday morning.

“There’s a couple that we’re looking at. Scot is looking at them now and [Director of Pro Personnel] Alex Santos and they’re doing their work now. We’re going to maybe bring in a couple of guys in the morning for a workout, see how that goes. But with Je’Ron Hamm, obviously Jordan and [Tom] Compton, who has played a significant amount of reps at Y, has done a good job, so we have that option also.” [Read more…]

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 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: Cousins takes advantage of bad Saints defense and score most points since 2005

In a “must-win” game for both the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints, both sides faced off on a beautiful fall day at FedEx Field. Although Drew Brees still can orchestrate one of the most elite offenses in the league, Washington knew they would have their chances to put up points as well against a bad Saints defense. After an early shootout that resulted in a tie game, 14-14, the Washington Redskins scored 33 unanswered points

Things got off to a rocky start to say the least for Washington. Kick returner Rashad Ross made the cardinal sin of reversing his field, multiple times, and ended up running about 60 yards to get out to the eight yard line before a penalty moved the ball back to the four. Then after a big run by Alfred Morris was called back for a hold on Morgan Moses, Washington might have been looking to simply give Tress Way room to punt.

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Washington Redskins: Week 10 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

After Thursday’s practice that saw no one sit out for the first time this year, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media.

When asked about the possible lack of production opposite of Ryan Kerrigan, Gruden partially avoided the question by explaining that they are always looking for more from Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. Gruden elaborated that both young players are a “work in progress” that have a “ways to go”. Barry added that both have had “some good, some bad”. Washington would have loved to have the talent of Junior Galette, who continues to “rehab his butt off” at the Redskins facilities, according to Gruden.

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Washington Redskins: Week 9 Monday Wrap Up after mistake filled loss to Patriots

Following a tough loss to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Sunday, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media on Monday to discuss the self-inflicted wounds and moving on to the New Orleans Saints.

The only injury concern that will be monitored throughout the week on Sunday was a hamstring strain for FS DaShon Goldson. Gruden said little about DeAngelo Hall and Kory Lichtensteiger besides that they are still progressing. Gruden does not know if Terrance Knighton‘s migraines will keep him out long-term, but he certainly hopes he does not loose another member of his defense in his massive nose tackle.

Gruden said “clearly we’re disappointed with the [New England] game, but it’s important to move on to New Orleans”.

The astounding eight dropped passes yesterday was abnormal and Gruden hopes that “we got them all out of our system” because such a problem is destined to doom an offense on a consistent basis. Things could have turned out a lot differently if Pierre Garcon catches the Redskins first offensive play instead of the pass resulting in a pick or if Derek Carrier hauls in the beautiful touch pass from Cousins in stride.

With the regards to the continued terrible running game that produced just 37 yards, Gruden repeated the same old tune. It has to do with everyone from missed blocks on the offensive line, backs missing holes and/or not running through tackles, etc. Some of the run struggles with the offensive line are chalked up to youth by Gruden, which is understandable since the team has been unable to run the ball ever since the losses of Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger. Gruden said that he does not expect a finished product for a while.

Between the drops and non-existent running game, it is no surprise that the Redskins could muster up just a field goal before a touchdown during garbage time.

With regards to Kirk Cousins, who in my opinion did not play anywhere as poorly as the rest of the offense, Gruden commented on his decision making. “Sometimes Kirk Can overthink some things…he’s got to be decisive with the decisions he makes”.

After being a team that got out to an early lead just to give it away at the end earlier in the season, the Redskins have seen themselves fall into 24 and 17 point holes over the past two games. Gruden stressed the importance of a quicker start against the Saints because “we can’t keep putting ourselves in 17 point holes”.

With the return of the speedy DeSean Jackson, many fans thought that all the offensive woes would be fixed instantly. That was far from the case as Jackson was targeted just three times prior to the fourth quarter. Gruden said that cohesion was stunted by Jackson’s absence in voluntary OTAs and training camp to explain the lack of involvement from the receiver.

The lack of run defense starts, but unfortunately does not end, with the pitiful play from inside linebacker Perry Riley, who’s struggles in coverage are a completely different story. Riley was juked twice in the hole within the Patriots first three runs of the game. Finally the coaching staff had enough and decided to play Will Compton in an increase role at inside linebacker. This does not mean that Riley will not start against the Saints, but Gruden also did not rule out that possibility.

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