Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 27, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden press conference, open locker room after practice, approx. 2 p.m.
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 9
—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 16
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 27
Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Cowboys
QB Kirk Cousins—Last year, Cousins put up big yardage numbers against the Cowboys in both games. But red zone problems—an interception in the first meeting and an inability to finish multiple drives in the second—cost the team both times. If they are going to win this time around Cousins will have to do what he can to punch the ball in when they are close.
RB Rob Kelley—Outside of the first quarter and part of the second against the Rams, Kelley hasn’t done much this year. In his second return from an injury on Monday he got six yards on his first carry and then 10 more yards on six carries the rest of the game. He’s not on the verge of getting benched or anything but he may not have unlimited rope if he doesn’t start producing. Sunday, going up against the No. 24 rushing defense in the league, would be a good time to start.
WR Josh Doctson—I had said that Terrelle Pryor had a permanent spot on this list until he broke out but he apparently is now a part-time player so the focus shifts to Doctson. At some point, the process of ramping him up slowly has to end and he needs to produce. Getting on a roll with a big game against the Cowboys would be a quick way to turn himself into a new fan favorite.
NT Ziggy Hood—He is one of several players who will be responsible for slowing down Ezekiel Elliott. I chose him because he plays the more in running situations than other linemen. As always, stopping Elliott on first down—he’s averaging 4.2 yards per rush on first down this year—is the key to slowing down the Cowboys attack. That’s when Hood will usually be in the game and it will be up to him to clog up the middle and get Elliott running to the linebackers.
S D.J. Swearinger—Per Pro Football Focus, Carson Wentz completed five of five passes to receivers covered by Swearinger for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He needs to bounce back in a big way. A solid game against Dallas would be a good bounce back, getting his first interception as a member of the Redskins on top of that would be even better.
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From the locker room
Josh Norman on getting active in practice again. He is hoping to get final clearance to play in the. next day or two.Posted by Rich Tandler on Thursday, October 26, 2017
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