After the last practice before the Washington Redskins take on the Philadelphia Eagles on what is expected to be a wet Sunday, Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay took questions from the media.
The Washington Redskins, weather permitting, are scheduled to face their first division foe of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles, at FedEx Field this Sunday. Both teams enter this game looking to get to the .500 mark for the first time this season. Philadelphia looks to build off of a 24-17 win in New York vs. the Jets, while the Redskins try to erase the memory of a 32-21 loss to the Giants on Thursday Night Football.
The last time the Redskins faced the Eagles at home was Week 16 of last year, when they beat them in a 27-24 thriller, a rare bright spot in an awful 2014 campaign. The Redskins look to duplicate that success against an Eagles offense that looks very different from 2014. Sam Bradford is now the starting QB for coach Chip Kelly rather than Nick Foles/Mark Sanchez, and RBs DeMarco Murray Ryan Matthews join the party in place of LeSean McCoy. The Eagles will stick to the classic Chip Kelly offensive scheme, just with different personnel than the Redskins are accustomed. [Read more…]
The Washington Redskins took part in an an outdoor practice in the dreary rain, in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin’s effect on Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. According to sources the game WILL be played this weekend and not postponed until both teams have byes during Week 8 of the regular season. Afterwards, coaches Jay Gruden and Joe Barry both addressed the media.
Skins and Eagles will play this weekend. The teams have been notified
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PR chief Tony Wyllie says, "We are preparing to play the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend at FedEx Field. No one has told us otherwise.”
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After the Washington Redskins were forced to put two more players on season ending injured reserve on Tuesday, the team got back to business with their eyes set on a matinee matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. Here you will find everything you need to know from Wednesday’s practice including what head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins had to say. For a complete update on all the injury concerns for the Redskins this week, click here.
Admit it. After the Washington Redskins beat the St. Louis Rams last week, you allowed yourself to get excited again. It’s okay, you’re allowed to admit it. Admission is the first step in recovery.
The Redskins played well enough against the Rams, limiting mistakes, taking advantage of opportunities, and dominating on the rush. If you squinted your eyes and pretended just a bit, it almost looked like the same recipe used in D.C. for generations, from John Riggins to Gerald Riggs to Terry Allen to Stephen Davis and Clinton Portis.
The 1-2 punch of Alfred Morris and Matt Jones — with a revamped offensive line — didn’t just look good, it looked competitively good. With all the uncertainty in the division, suddenly folks were looking at the 1-1 Redskins and wondering, “Why not?”
Well, no longer. [Read more…]
Going into this season, there was probably less hope for the Washington Redskins than ever before in recent history. Robert Griffin III did not look the greatest, suffered a concussion, and was subsequently benched. Two weeks into the season, the Eagles and Giants were both 0-2 and the Cowboys were without their three best offensive players from last season (Romo, Bryant, and Murray). The Redskins had a chance to build momentum after an impressive 24-10 win over the St. Louis Rams, but instead came out slow and never recovered on their way to a 32-21 loss to the New York Giants.
After getting off to solid starts the first two weeks of the season with 10-0 leads, the Redskins decided to flip the script early. On the first drive of the game, Jordan Reed was penalized for pass interference, which Jay Gruden did not agree with, that not only negated a big play but stalled the drive into a punt attempt. I say attempt because the Redskins poor special teams reared its ugly head again as practice squad addition Terrance Plummer got blown up by running back Rashad Jennings leading to a block and safety.
The Washington Redskins and the New York Giants head into their Thursday night showdown in slightly different situations. The Redskins are riding high after a dominating 24-10 performance against the St. Louis Rams, while the Giants already find themselves in a 0-2 hole fighting for relevance in the NFC East. Both are seeking to take advantage of a very vulnerable NFC East division, with Philadelphia struggling at 0-2 and Dallas, at 2-0, missing its two best offensive players in Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
The Redskins came out like a bat out of hell in the first half of the Rams game last week, compiling a 17-0 first half lead led by the powerful running of Matt Jones and Alfred Morris, along with the consistent play of Kirk Cousins. The hometown boys cruised to a 24-10 win. Most Redskins fans agree that it may have been the most complete first half, and perhaps game, they had seen in quite some time. [Read more…]
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.
The Washington Redskins looked to show everyone that they were not just going to go quietly throughout the season like they have the past two years. Today was a step in the right direction as they faced off against the St. Louis Rams who upset the NFC East Champion Seahawks last week. Behind strong play from all three phases, yes I know it has been a long time since that has happened, the Redskins were victorious 24-10.
Things were a defensive struggle early on has on the first three possessions the teams combined for a single first down before a punt. Then the Redskins running game woke up in a big way. After a 35-yard run by Alfred Morris in a three tight end set, Matt Jones took it 39-yards to the house two plays later for his first of hopefully many touchdowns as a Redskin.