March 24, 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: Jay Gruden, Joe Barry, and DaShon Goldson talk about Cary Williams’ contribution

(Photo by: Evan Habeeb/ Getty Images)

(Photo by: Evan Habeeb/ Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins are hoping that Scot McCloughan‘s magical talent of picking up players off the street that can contribute immediately continues with veteran cornerback Cary Williams. Jay Gruden previously discussed how the Redskins first year general manager has done a nice job of signing players that can come in on Monday to play the following Sunday, which looks to be the case with the former Legion of Boom member.

Jay Gruden believes Williams has “done well” and does not think “there will be an issue as far as the mental part” of the game.” With Baltimore and Seattle running “very similar coverages” it is just a matter of “calling them [coverages] what we call them” since he’s played all of the pro type of coverages before.

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Washington Redskins: Injury Report prior to Wild Card match up against Green Bay Packers

It still might not have soaked in yet that half of the NFC East teams are looking for new head coaches and that does not include the Washington Redskins. The NFC East champions actually have more important things on their mind: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Defensive backs coach Perry Fewell has been working with an undermanned unit all year and that will likely continue on Sunday. The banged up secondary is just one aspect of the Redskins injury report heading into the playoffs.

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Washington Redskins sign CB Cary Williams to help injury plagued secondary ahead of Wild Card match up

When Kyshoen Jarrett was ruled out on Monday by Jay Gruden, general manager Scot McCloughan must have felt the need to go out and get a veteran talent to contribute to the team’s efforts right away. He has done that all year with the likes of Will Blackmon and Mason Foster and now Adam Schefter reports that former Seahawks, Eagles, and Ravens defensive back Cary Williams will join the burgundy and gold.

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Washington Redskins: Skins clinch NFC East with impressive victory over Eagles in primetime

When the season started, the Washington Redskins were easily the laughing stock of the NFL. Robert Griffin III was benched and Kirk Cousins was given the keys to the team. With Tony Romo hurt, Chip Kelly’s player personnel thinking not panning out, and the Giants defense out of sorts, the NFC East was up for grabs.

Things might not have looked pretty early in the year, or even near halftime of today’s game, but in the end Kirk Cousins is showing why he is a starter in the National Football League. Behind 365 yards passing, four touchdowns, and poise after making an ultimate blunder from Cousins, the Washington Redskins steamrolled the Philadelphia Eagles 38-24. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Gruden and Cousins talk improvement, while DeSean Jackson says all the right things

(Photo by: @Redskins)

(Photo by: @Redskins)

Everyone knows what is on the line Saturday. Win and the Washington Redskins are hosting a playoff game, probably against Seattle again, for the second time in four years. DaShon Goldson knows how important it is to maintain control of one’s own destiny, so he organized a pre-practice team huddle to get things off on the right foot. Following one of only two practices in the shortened week, head coach Jay Gruden, quarterback Kirk Cousins, and ex-Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson addressed the media.

The theme of Gruden’s presser was all about improvement. On the defense, Mason Foster and Will Compton have “played well together” and Preston Smith has gotten off the ball better with speed and aggression. On offense, Gruden called the connection between Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed a thing of beauty because the latter is playing “with a lot of confidence” while Kirk has a “great feel for him [Reed].”

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Washington Redskins: Dominant early, gutty performance late equals Skins first road win of season against Bears

Even with a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and Jay Gruden know that everything they want to achieve is still obtainable. The Redskins still control their own destiny in the playoff hunt, but they know that there was no longer room for error. Against the Chicago Bears on the road, it looked like Washington might run away with things early by jumping out to a 14-0 lead, but an inability to capitalize on turnovers allowed Chicago right back into the things. Thanks to another great game from Jordan Reed and the heavy foot of Bears’ kicker Robbie Gould, Washington escaped Soldier Field with their first road victory of the season, 24-21, and move to 6-7 on the year.

Usually things do not go well for Washington when they are forced to start with the football instead of deferring to the second half; that changed today. Kirk Cousins was a perfect 5 of 5 for 60 yards on the drive including a strong throw to Rashad Ross outside the numbers for a third-and-12 conversion. Jordan Reed came up huge with two first down thanks to extra effort and yards after the catch. Alfred Morris scored from one yard out for his first touchdown of the year to give Washington the early 7-0 lead.

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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 continue trend of primetime nightmares by fumbling away division against Cowboys

DESEAN JACKSON BUNGLES LATE PUNT RETURN, SCORES MINUTES LATER — ALL TO NO AVAIL

Mark Tenally/Associated Press

Mark Tenally/Associated Press

Last week’s victory over the New York Giants to take control of the NFC East showed that the Washington Redskins are indeed contenders, not just pretenders. However, with the Philadelphia Eagles returning to form with the return of Sam Bradford, the magnitude of a prime time matchup against the archrival Dallas Cowboys grew.

In their last 22 games in night games, Washington is a dismal 4-18, though they were victorious last year in Dallas under the lights. After the team’s traded  field goals, an action-packed final two minutes ended in the Redskins doom.

Dan Bailey hit a 54-yard field goal with 9 seconds to go and the Cowboys further muddled the mess that is the NFC East with a 19-16 win over the Redskins.  [Read more…]

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