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redskinsanalyst Gruden wants reinstated Meriweather to 'bring the funk'

Maybe they’re not Batman and Robin or any other dynamic duo you can think of. After all, Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather haven’t yet lined up on the field together for a regular season game. But now that Meriweather has served his two-game suspension for repeated violations of the NFL’s safety rules, Redskins coach Jay Gruden is excited to get both of his team’s starting safeties onto the field. “It’s another guy to communicate, another guy to help handle the defense,” said Gruden. “Ryan Clark has done a great job of holding the fort down. Now you throw another guy out there who knows the defense inside and out and can communicate with the linebackers and the defensive line and they really play well together. You can see that all through training camp.” And Gruden likes more than the communication aspect of the two safeties playing together. He likes the fact that the middle of the field might be a very inhospitable place for opposing receivers. “[Meriweather is] another physical presence to our defense,” said Gruden. “You throw Ryan Clark out there and Brandon Meriweather out there, two guys that’ll bring the funk so to speak, tackling-wise, it makes a big deal when receivers go across the middle.” If Clark and Meriweather do indeed “bring the funk” when they tackle the defense will have a dimension it hasn’t had in quite some time. As long as both safeties stay with the NFL’s safety rules it could be fun to watch.
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redskinsanalyst Redskins' Gruden clarifies Griffin recovery timeline

We seem to have a firmer timetable for the recovery of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III from his ankle dislocation.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden was somewhat vague about how long Griffin’s rehab will take when he talked about it on Monday as the results of an MRI on the ankle were still being evaluated. He clarified things when he was asked about it on Wednesday. “He’s going to be in a cast for about 10 days, and then they’ll reevaluate after they take the cast off,” said Gruden. “Nothing new popped up as far as any new injury popped up. It’s what we thought it was. It’s just going to be 10 days in a cast and then we’ll look at it from there and it’ll be a rehab process – probably four to six weeks, somewhere in there.” Under the timetable stated by Gruden, the earliest that Griffin would be ready to play would be Washington’s Monday night game in Dallas on October 27. The latest would be on November 16 at FedEx Field against the Buccaneers, after their bye week.

There could be setbacks or Griffin’s rehab could run ahead of schedule so thos return dates are highly fluid.
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jetsfanuk Me and my girlfriend @hellohanxo with the couples vintage-style New York Jets tee's. (Pardon the weird facial expressions xD) #Jets #NYJ #NFL #GF #Love #InstaCouples #NFLUK #CouplesTees #NFLDraft #NFLCouples 14h

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redskinsanalyst DeSean Jackson wonders how he'll be welcomed in Philly

DeSean Jackson is confident he’ll be healthy enough to suit up Sunday.

What he doesn’t know is how he’ll be received by the fans in Philadelphia, the place he called home the past six seasons. It’s also the city where Santa Claus was once infamously booed. “That’s something I’m going to have to wait to see,” Jackson said Wednesday.

Despite posting career numbers last season, the Eagles released Jackson in late March amid allegations of gang ties and rumors of friction with head coach Chip Kelly. He signed in Washington a few days later. “I felt I put it [all] on the line for them when I played there and [they know] what I’ve done to help that organization win games,” Jackson said. “As far as if they congratulate me or boo me or whatever the case may be, I’m ready for whatever it is.”
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  •   jackyboi76 Probobly booed cause ohilly fans r soooo bad 15h

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redskinsanalyst Gruden feels 'pretty good' about Jackson's chances of playing vs. Eagles

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Jordan Reed were among a handful of injured Redskins who did not participate in practice on Wednesday.

Coach Jay Gruden said he’s hopeful Jackson (shoulder) will be able to suit up Sunday in Philadelphia. Earlier in the day, Jackson all but said he intends to play against his former team. “I feel pretty good,” Gruden said of Jackson’s chances. “A lot of these injuries, I can be optimistic or not [but] it doesn’t really matter. It depends on how he feels, really, and whether or not he feels like he has full motion in the shoulder. We’re not going to put him out there in any circumstance where he’s going to be playing in pain because that will away from his style. He’s a reckless player, a fast player and if he’s not 100-percent, he’s not worth being out there.” Gruden added: “He’s a tough kid and I think he’ll get right.” Reed, meantime, has not practiced since suffering a hamstring strain in the first quarter of the opener. “It’s just a dang hamstring,” Gruden said. “It’s one of the most difficult injuries to guess upon, try to predict. Because you push him out there too quick he’ll reinjure it.” In addition to Jackson and Reed, linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee), cornerback Tracy Porter (hamstring) and defensive end Kedric Golston (groin muscle) also did not practice.

Limited in their participation were Darrel Younf (neck/back) and kicker Kai Forbath (groin muscle). Running back Roy Helu Jr. (knee/thigh) and left guard Shawn Lauvao (knee) practiced fully.
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  •   tmac_51 I knew we was gonna kill the jags but lets focus on the eagles now 16h
  •   m_lainez If he plays, he'll give us some momentum off the break. Besides a fluke FG kick returned for a TD in HOU this team has shown improvement in all areas especially the D. This is the first real test of the season! #IsItSundayYet 15h
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redskinsanalyst Redskins' Gruden: Eagles' release of Jackson a 'curious move'

Redskins coach Jay Gruden doesn’t know why the Eagles released receiver DeSean Jackson last April and he really isn’t all that concerned about it.

During a conference call with the Philadelphia media today, Gruden was asked if he found it strange that Chip Kelly decided to part ways with Jackson after he had led the team in receiving in 2013. “It was a curious move, yes. No question about it,” Gruden said via Philly Media. “When you have someone who has that kind of production on a football team, to just let him go seems a little odd. But people have their reasons. We have no idea why coach [Chip] Kelly and the Eagles organization did it.” Gruden, Bruce Allen, and the rest of the brass in the Redskins organization were happy to scoop up Jackson, signing him less than a week after his release. “We just have to move forward with our decision to go after him and target a guy with that kind of speed and production,” said Gruden. “Talking to him and talking and talking to his agent, we felt very comfortable about bringing him into our organization despite some of the reports that were out there.” Often on team’s trash is another team’s treasure. The Redskins hope that Jackson can be a jewel in their offense.
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  •   m_lainez How about an update on his status for this Sunday? 18h
  •   b_boi_jettson Any word on signing another QB? 17h
  •   redskinsanalyst @b_boi_jettson The Redskins could decide to sign a third quarterback to the 53-man roster or add one to the practice squad. The pickings are rather slim in the veteran free agent market, which is populated by such names as Curtis Painter, Kevin Kolb, David Garrard and Trent Edwards. Among those who would be eligible for the practice squad are Greg McElroy, and Matt Scott. 16h
  •   b_boi_jettson Yeah that is some slim pickings. People hate me when I say this but Tebow is out there too. I think it could be a good move and Jays brother John is fond of his upgraded & revamped QB skill set... I'm just sayin 16h

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redskinsanalyst Cousins: 'You’re going to have turnovers'

Kirk Cousins has appeared in nine regular seasons NFL games with four starts and five relief appearances of varying length. He has thrown at least one interception in all but three of his game appearances and four times he has thrown a pair of interceptions in a game.

It’s certainly fair to say that throwing interceptions is a weakness is Cousins’ game. Last year, NFL quarterbacks had 2.8 percent of their passes picked off. Cousins had an interception rate of 4.5 percent in 2013.

Cousins acknowledges that protecting the ball is important. “Protection of the football is one of those areas that is just critical to winning and successful to having a good team over the long run,” said Cousins, who is now the Redskins’ starter for at least as long Robert Griffin III is on the shelf rehabbing his dislocated ankle.

However, Cousins says that interceptions are part of the game. “You’re going to have turnovers,” he said. “The best quarterbacks in the league are going to average an interception a game. If the throw only 16 picks you’re probably going to lead the league in interceptions thrown. It’s part of the position; if you’re going to make some great throws and make some third down completions you’re going to have to, at the same time, throw some picks, too. So you take the good with the bad.” Actually, Cousins’ grasp of the numbers isn’t quite right. Nine quarterbacks who started all 16 of their teams’ games threw 12 or fewer interceptions. Still, interceptions happen.

But the Redskins aren’t good enough to make very many mistakes. In both of their games, the team that won the turnover battle won the game. That pattern is likely to continue for the rest of the season.

A pick here and there is understandable. But if Cousins throws one per game, the Redskins’ margin for error in their other aspects of the game will be very, very slim.
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redskinsanalyst Where are we? The state of the Redskins after Week 2

Here is where the Redskins stand after Week 2 of the NFL season. Statistical rankings won’t be included until a few weeks into the season.

Record: 1-1
vs. NFC East: 0-0
vs. NFC: 0-0
vs. AFC: 1-1
Home: 1-0
Away: 0-1

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 2-2
Opposition cumulative—wins: 0-2
Opposition cumulative—losses: 2-0
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 13-15

Rankings

Offense (yards/game): N/A
Defense (yards/game): N/A
Passer rating offense: N/A
Opp passer rating: N/A
Yards/rush attempt: N/A
Opp. yards/rush attempt: N/A
DVOA (Football Outsiders): N/A

Year to day MVP’s:

Offensive: Alfred Morris followed up a good game in the opener with another solid effort against the Jaguars. He’s now third in the NFL 176 yards rushing and he will be a key to Sunday’s game against the Eagles. A good running back is an inexperienced QB’s best friend and he and Kirk Cousins, who will be making his fifth NFL start, should be good buddies on Sunday.

Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan led the Redskins record-setting sack brigade against the Jaguars with four sacks. He forced a fumble that kept the Redskins in the game against the Texans and has generally become the all-around defensive force the Redskins envisioned he would be when they took him in the first round in 2011.
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redskinsanalyst OPEN THREAD: How many sacks for Skins vs Eagles?

In 13 regular season games in 2013, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw just two interceptions. Through two games in 2014, Foles has already thrown two interceptions. The dynamo the Eagles saw last year in Foles once Michael Vick went down has not been nearly as crisp in the early going this season. Couple that with the Redskins improved pass rush, and it's worth exploring the impact Jason Hatcher, Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo and Co. could have on Sunday's Redskins game against the Eagles. "When you get the push up the middle, it opens it up for everybody else and you saw Kerrigan get four and Orakpo had one and a half or two and it gets everybody involved," Gruden said Monday after the dominant 10 sack effort against Jacksonville. "The key is to obviously get teams in third down and long." The push up the middle comes from Hatcher, an impact free agent signing. In two games, Hatcher looks like one of the better free agent signings the Redskins have made in some time.
Playing against the Eagles will be tricky, however, due to their up-tempo style and focus on the run game. Philly coach Chip Kelly tries to avoid long third down situations where the Redskins have excelled.

What do you think? Will the 'Skins pass rush be able to get to Foles? What kind of impact will Jason Hatcher have? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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  •   cody1120 @redskinsanalyst The Eagles will be running a lot on Sunday to avoid placing Foles in too many pass rush situations. It will be on the Skins linebacker corp to fill those gaps and shut down the run. 1d
  •   mreightfour I agree with @cody1120 screens and draws will be another thing to watch out for with our lb core. 24h
  •   zero_to_250 More then 4 23h
  •   httr99_rob I'm gonna say 3 and I think Rak will get 2 bc of they gonna focus on Kerrigan 19h

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redskinsanalyst Redskins 2013 draft class already a bust

They say that it takes four years to judge a draft class. But it may not be premature to call the Redskins’ draft class of 2013 a bust.

Washington drafted seven players in that draft just 17 months ago. On Sunday when they face the Eagles, it is likely that just one of those players, second-round pick David Amerson, will be in uniform for them. The only other member of that draft class who remains on the roster, third-round selection Jordan Reed, might dress but will probably miss his ninth game due to injury of the 18 he has been on the roster.

Amerson seems to be rounding into a solid starter and Reed can be a star if he can stay healthy and in the lineup. But only having two players from that draft class on the roster is, well, atrocious.

What happened to the rest of that draft class? —S Phillip Thomas (4th round) is on the Redskins’ practice squad. He missed all of last season with a Lisfranc injury and has suffered from a variety of maladies this year. —RB Chris Thompson (5th) also is on the practice squad. He made the 53-man roster as a rookie but was ineffective as a kick returner and wound up on injured reserve after playing in four games. —OLB Brandon Jenkins (5th) was cut early in training camp. He never showed signs of developing into the pass rusher the Redskins were looking for when they drafted him. —S Bacarri Rambo (6th) started his first two games as a rookie and was benched. After he started the first two games this year they took it another step and cut him. —RB Jawan Jamison (7th) spent some time on the practice squad and was promoted to he 53 late in the 2013 season. He didn’t get into a game and he was waived during the spring.
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redskinsanalyst Redskins cut ties to safety Bacarri Rambo

The Redskins have waived safety Bacarri Rambo, a league source confirmed on Tuesday morning.
Rambo, the team’s sixth round draft pick in 2013, struggled in Washington’s first two games. Against the Texans, he failed to tackle DeAndre Hopkins and the result was a 76-yard touchdown. Then last Sunday against the Jaguars, Rambo took a poor angle on pass to Marcedes Lewis, who made the catch and raced 63 yards for a score. Rambo was promptly replaced by safety Trenton Robinson following the miscue.

Rambo’s struggles are not isolated to this season, though. As a rookie, he won the starting free safety job but was benched after only two games. The coaching staff, however, hoped the former Georgia standout had turned the corner after a decent preseason. But it was apparent after the mistake on the Lewis touchdown that he had not.
Cutting Rambo created a spot on the roster for veteran safety Brandon Meriweather, who is returning following a two-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit. Meriweather is expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday in Philadelphia.

The Redskins’ depth chart at safety currently includes Ryan Clark, Meriweather, Robinson, Akeem Davis and Duke Ihenacho.
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redskinsanalyst Some game plan changes coming with Cousins at QB for the Redskins “Well, Robert threw from the pocket at Baylor quite a bit and he won the Heisman, so he did some good things in the pocket and he did some good things his first year here,” said Gruden. “A quarterback skillset is different from one quarterback to another and Kirk might be your more standard, prototypical quarterback as far as pocket passers are concerned, but Robert has all those traits to become a pocket passer also, plus he runs a 4.3 so there’s nothing wrong with that.” Before he left Sunday’s game, Griffin had run twice after keeping the ball on read option plays, gaining 22 yards. Cousins’ only rushing attempt came on a kneel down from victory formation on the last play of the game. That is an obvious difference between play calls for Griffin and play calls for Cousins. Gruden acknowledged that some plays would come out of the game plan with Cousins behind center. "Well, we have a number of plays Kirk is very comfortable with and we don’t have to make a lot of wholesale changes with Kirk in there,” said Gruden. “It just might be a package of plays we don’t run, but even some of those plays are good on occasion with Kirk. Kirk can do everything, you know, everything we've done from day one at OTAs to now is up and running. So, we'll have a special specific game plan for the Philadelphia Eagles and there will be plays that Kirk's comfortable with." What Cousins was able to avoid in this game is what has plagued him in the past. In his four career starts he has thrown six interceptions, at least one in start. He didn’t start against the Jaguars but he ended up playing the last 71 offensive plays and he didn’t come close to throwing an interception.

If he can keep that up, he should be very effective in running the plays that Gruden has set up for him. That likely will make for a tough decision for the coach when Griffin is ready to play.
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redskinsanalyst Redskins WR DeSean Jackson might play in Philly

Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson might be able to suit up Sunday in Philadelphia after all.

Coach Jay Gruden said on Monday that Jackson has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder. “He’ll be day-to-day,” Gruden said.

Jackson’s availability for Sunday’s game, Gruden said, could come down to his pain threshold. But given that the contest is in Philadelphia, and the Eagles are the team that unceremoniously dumped him in March, it’s expected that Jackson will do everything possible to get ready to play. “Depends on if he can play with the pain [whether] he’ll be good to go on Sunday,” Gruden said. “But we’ll have a better idea probably Thursday or Friday where he is.” Jackson was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s 41-10 victory over the Jaguars and did not return.
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redskinsanalyst Gruden won't speculate about future RG3 vs. Cousins questions

The Redskins will be without the services of starting quarterback Robert Griffin III for an undetermined amount of time. He will be in a cast for a few weeks and then he will be evaluated after that.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden seemed confident that Griffin will return to the team this season. But what happens when he does? Apparently that is up in the air.

When asked what he would do when Griffin is ready to play if backup Kirk Cousins plays well as the starter, Gruden declined the opportunity to affirm that Griffin is the team’s starter no matter what. “We’ll cross that bridge when that comes,” he said. “Now we are going to prepare with Kirk Cousins as our starter and Robert’s going to rehab. All decisions after that will come after that.” During the preseason Griffin struggled while Cousins seemed to be more comfortable running Gruden’s offense. If Cousins plays as well as he did in finishing the game against the Jaguars (22 of 33 for 250 yards and two touchdowns) in the coming weeks, Gruden could have a tough time deciding which quarterback to use.

It would be difficult for the Redskins to keep Griffin on the bench after they invested three first-round picks in him in the 2012 draft. On the other hand, if Cousins is playing well and the team is winning, Gruden could be reluctant to go back to Griffin.
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