May 30, 2017

Washington Redskins: Everything you need to know from “Clean Out Your Locker Day”

(Photo by: @Mason_Foster)

(Photo by: @Mason_Foster)

It was a somber day at Redskins Park when the players that worked through adversity for much of the year had to come to terms with the fact that their season was over. The close-knit group sat around playing cards to try and delay the inevitable exit interviews and cleaning out of lockers that would officially end their season. Mason Foster put it best on Twitter by posting the picture to the right with the caption “THEM BOYS ARE HAVIN THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES” from Varsity Blues to underscore the special bond the team has developed.

With regards to in-house free agency candidates click here, but here is everything you need to know from the official last day of the 2015-16 season (ordered based on earliest completion of exit interviews):

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An early look at the Washington Redskins’ in-house free agent options

When the Washington Redskins season came to a sudden end at the hands of the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon, heartbreak fell over the DMV. The reality is that the Redskins were a much improved football team and no longer the laughing stock of the league. With Scot McCloughan at the helm, Redskins fans should feel confident about the stability of the franchise for the first time in years.

Knowing McCloughan’s work ethic of always evaluating talent, he will get right to work on offseason moves, starting with resigning key pieces before Free Agency begins on March 15 at 4 p.m. Here is a list of all 21 of the Washington Redskins 2016 free agents and determining who must be back or who the franchise could afford to let walk. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 17 Injury Report

The Washington Redskins have clinched the NFC East division and are locked into the fourth seed of the playoffs, but must finish out the regular season against the Dallas Cowboys before getting set to host an unknown foe. Although it is expected for Jay Gruden to rest the banged up Redskins, he still has the “intent of playing guys that are going to be healthy.” As a result, the likes of Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed will start for at least a set amount of snaps.

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Washington Redskins: Week 16 Injury Report

With the biggest game of the season approaching, a Saturday night matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles for the chance to represent the NFC East in the playoffs, the Washington Redskins are hoping for positive news on the injury front as the week progresses. Washington has shown that they are capable of playing competitive football, but Scot McCloughan has not had enough time to put together a team that can withstand so many injuries. With 14 players already on the season ending injured reserve list, the Redskins can ill afford losing any more bodies following the Bills game.

With the shortened week, Washington will hold walkthroughs on Tuesday and Friday that sandwich “two good days of practice” on Wednesday and Thursday.

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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 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

After their first official practice in a shortened week, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media.

Although the running game has been consistently abysmal at times this year, Gruden continues to preach that “you cannot abandon it”. Washington ran the ball on 15 of 22 first down plays against Dallas on Monday so there is definitely room for mixing things up better. Defenses have continued to cheat up into the box because of the lack of consistent deep throws. If this team wants any chance of making the playoffs, the ground attack is going to have to come along.

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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 Saturday Press Conference Wrap Up

On the last day of practice before facing the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay addressed the media.

Beyond a rather hefty injury report that has six Redskins questionable for Monday’s game, Washington waived safety Trenton Robinson with an injury designation on Friday after he re-tweaked his injured hamstring. Washington will wait until Sunday to fill the spot on the 53 man roster. Even though Mason Foster is expected to start at the linebacker position, the Redskins could add another to the active roster with the injuries to Week 1 starters Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley Jr. Carlos Fields, Derrick Matthews, and Lynden Trail are on options off the practice squad.

Sean McVay knows that the Cowboys defense is “extremely sound” especially with their personnel that is well suited for Joe Barry‘s father-in-law Rod Marinelli’s defense.

McVay also talked briefly about some of the position players that he has to work with:

  • DeSean Jackson “brings a different element” to the team and is able to “open things up.”
  • Kirk Cousins is “getting better each and every week.”
  • Alfred Morris is a “rhythm runner” but is running the “same” relatively to last year. The coaching staff continues to have “a lot of confidence in him.”
  • Jordan Reed “knows he can be better in the run game” compared to his rather high number of penalties, 10, so far this season.

Washington Redskins: Week 13 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

Following the Washington Redskins second practice of the week, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media ahead of Monday night’s key matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

With the news that Perry Riley Jr. will be out three to six weeks with a broken fifth metatarsal, Gruden called it a “big loss.” Barry knows that the team has to “move on” although he “feels horrible.” Washington is preparing for Mason Foster to start because Keenan Robinson is still not a lock to return to the fold. Foster “knows the defense” and has a lot of practice reps according to Gruden. All of the injuries have been unfortunate, but the mentality of backups being “starters in waiting” is why Barry believes they have been able to get past the adversity.

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Washington Redskins: Week 13 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

With the Washington Redskins set to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, “a dream” for Kirk Cousins, their first official practice of the week came on Thursday. Head coach Jay Gruden and Cousins addressed the media after an “outstanding” practice.

Gruden is also not taking into account the Cowboys record when preparing for the rivals because they can “dominate the line of scrimmage”. Dallas’ level of physicality is hard to match so Washington will be going at it hard in practice to remove any sense of complacency.

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