On the game winning 90-yard touchdown drive, Gruden said he saw “poise and confidence” out of Kirk Cousins. Something that Robert Griffin III struggled with, getting through his progressions, is what Gruden credited Cousins with doing yesterday. Gruden believes that the “confidence that he’s starting to get” is leading to improved performances. Gruden also credited the offensive line and specifically now starting left guard Spencer Long for playing “great”, which can only help Cousins as he continues to develop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke to the media about evaluations from last week and a preview of this weeks game against the St. Louis Rams. Here is what you need to know.
Trenton Robinson, who played nearly every snap after Duke Ihenacho suffered his season ending wrist fracture, was named the starting strong safety over ex-Seahawk Jeron Johnson. Gruden said that besides Johnson’s hamstring injury during training camp, Robinson’s speed also helps separate himself from the free agent acquisition.
The Washington Redskins take on the Miami Dolphins at FedEx Field at 1pm.
Probable: DE Frank Kearse (shoulder), C Kory Lichtensteiger (finger)
Inactive: QB Robert Griffin III (concussion), OLB Jackson Jeffcoat
Probable: T Branden Albert (knee), RB LaMichael James (shoulder), WR DeVante Parker (foot), CB Jamar Taylor (thigh)
Doubtful: T Jason Fox (concussion)
CBS: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (color commentary), Evan Washburn (sideline)
ESPN 980 Redskins Radio Network: Larry Michael (play-by-play), Sonny Jurgensen (color commentary), Chris Cooley (analysis), Doc Walker (sideline)
The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for today’s game against the Miami Dolphins:
The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 10 QB Robert Griffin III
o No. 19 WR Rashad Ross
o No. 53 LB Jackson Jeffcoat
o No. 61 G Spencer Long
o No. 68 T Tom Compton
o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio
o No. 85 TE Anthony McCoy
On Saturday, the Redskins signed No. 96 linebacker Houston Bates (6-3, 250) to their active roster from the team’s practice squad. The team released No. 73 defensive end Frank Kearse.
The Dolphins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 29 CB Will Davis
o No. 36 CB Tony Lippett
o No. 38 RB Jonas Gray
o No. 58 LB Chris McCain
o No. 74 T Jason Fox
o No. 83 WR Matt Hazel
o No. 96 DT A.J. Francis
On Friday, the Dolphins signed No. 65 center Sam Brenner (6-2, 310) and No. 38 running back Jonas Gray (5-10, 225) to their active roster from the team’s practice squad. The team released No. 66 center/guard Jacques McClendon and No. 5 quarterback Logan Thomas.
For the last time before the Washington Redskins host the Miami Dolphins at FedEx Field, Jay Gruden spoke to the media and for the first time since early on in training camp second year offensive coordinator Sean McVay discussed expectations for the offense.
The breaking news came from team president Bruce Allen prior to Gruden’s media availability when he told WTOP radio that Robert Griffin III received written clearance from the league neurologist last night, three weeks removed from the concussion he suffered at the hands of the Detroit Lions pass rush. Gruden reiterated this news by telling the media that “Robert finally got cleared” and saying he will be listed as probable for Sunday’s game because he was still able to participate in non-contact practice, although not with the second unit. When asked about Colt McCoy‘s previous status as the backup quarterback, Gruden said that decision will be made when the team has to submit their 46-man active roster shortly before the game.
Although being demoted might bring on the worst feeling for a professional football player, Gruden has reiterated the feelings of others when saying Griffin has responded well to the situation and has not shown any frustration he may be feeling inside. McVay put it that Griffin “handled himself very maturely”, a credit to his character when faced with a “tough situation”. A full hour after practice concluded, Griffin was still putting in the work by running through drills with a team staffer.
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…]
Prior to the Washington Redskins Week 1 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke for the first time since Sunday.
First, and something we of course could not forget to mention, is the status of Robert Griffin III. The former franchise quarterback was against limited in practice as he is cleared for non-contact activity, while the team waits for written, not verbal, results of the tests he underwent a few days ago. The written report should come in with the next day or so. Since the organization cannot be sure that Griffin will be ready to backup Cousins on Sunday, the mentality is that Colt McCoy will be QB2 and the depth chart behind Cousins will work itself out once everyone is healthy. [Read more…]