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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The injury bug, Fuller impresses

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The injury bug, Fuller impresses

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 18, 15 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 229 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 23 days.

Today’s schedule: Practice 11 a.m.; Player availability after practice, approx. 12 p.m.

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 1
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 30
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 37

The Redskins week that was

A look back at some of the past week’s most popular posts and most important topics from CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com.

Kendall Fuller impresses, Kirk Cousins frustrates—There’s no other way of putting it—Fuller struggled as a rookie last year. The third-round pick was mostly healthy last year but he lacked confidence in his repaired knee. He has been looking much better in camp this year; look for him to get plenty of snaps as the nickel corner.

5 observations from Redskins' empty loss to Ravens—I like doing these “gut reaction” posts right after coming back to the press box from the locker room. I haven’t re-watched the game but I’ve gathered a little more information from Jay Gruden and the players. Often these first reactions are the best, most accurate comments I make.

Redskins Su'a Cravens reportedly to miss 2-3 weeks—This report came before the surgery to repair some meniscus damage. The timetable didn’t get altered very much; the three-week mark would have been after the last preseason game anyway. Now he is supposed to be ready for Week 1. That’s likely but, as with all injuries, we don’t know until he actually gets on the field.

Report: Murphy suffers season-ending injury—While the impact of this injury is being minimized by some, Murphy was very good last year. He had nine sacks and forced three fumbles. The injury makes the Redskins more dependent on Junior Galette, who has not played since 2014. Yes, OLB was an area of depth but it’s tough when you start to burn through that depth in the first quarter of the first preseason game.

Redskins to keep Murphy on 90-man preseason roster—Instead of putting Murphy through waivers before putting him on injured reserve, the Redskins put him straight to IR. Read the post to see why this was a somewhat curious transaction but the explanation makes it clear that the Redskins are making moves with 2018 in mind.

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 23, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 7:30 NBC Sports Washington; Redskins vs. Giants, NBC, 8:30  

Days until:

—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 7
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 17
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 24

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Giants

Look out for Eli—There are many reasons why the Giants are 2-8 but Eli Manning is not one of them. He isn’t nearly the turnover machine he has been for much of his career. His interception percentage this year is 1.6; he hasn’t been under 2.3 percent interceptions this decade. Manning only has 14 touchdown passes but considering that Odell Beckham, who went out in the fourth game of the season, still leads Giants wide receivers in touchdown receptions, that’s not bad.

Running game stuck—What makes Manning’s performance even more impressive is the fact that he doesn’t get much support from a running game. The Giants are 26th in the league with 920 yards. They have gained some traction lately after installing Orleans Darkwa as the starting running back; he is averaging 4.8 yards per carry for the season and 71 yards per game over the last three games. The Redskins certainly don’t want to let him get going tonight.

Reverting to reality—The Giants ranked 32nd in total defense in 2015. They dropped millions on free agents such as Janoris Jenkins, David Harrison, and Olivier Vernon and jumped to 10th. Now, this year they are 31st and equally bad against the pass (29th) and the run (30th). Health hasn’t been a huge issue, although Vernon has missed a few games and Jenkins was suspended. Redskins fans know full well that spending sprees don’t necessarily make for permanent improvements and Giants fans are learning it this year.

Keys to winning

  • Run the ballThe Redskins are 4-2 this year when rushing for 90 yards or more.
  • Continue to protect the ball—The Redskins have turned the ball over just twice in their last three games.
  • Don’t give them hope—The Chiefs let the Giants hang around last week and New York stole a win. The Redskins need to get on top early and mash down on the gas pedal.

Prediction—It’s hard to see a scenario where the Redskins lose this one. Even in their injury-depleted state they are battling every game and the same can’t be said for their opponents today. The weather forecast is for cold temperatures but not much wind, ideal conditions for Cousins to throw for 300 yards. For once, the Redskins get up early and keep going.

Redskins 31, Giants 13

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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

The referees made a fairly obvious mistake last week in the Redskins loss to the Saints when they flagged Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins for intentional grounding late in the game. 

Let's be honest: the call was terrible.

Cousins never felt a pass rush on the play, and was very obviously throwing the ball away. Jay Gruden talked about the play on Monday, and could not figure out how a flag came out in that situation. 

We had two receivers in the area. Quarterbacks throws it away all the time that are uncatchable balls whether they are in the pocket or not. As long as there is a receiver in the area, you can throw it whether they are looking or not. Guys run bad routes – one guy runs a hitch and he’s supposed to run a go and the quarterback throws the go ball, it’s not grounding. So I don’t know why the confusion.

The NFL even reached out and apologized to Redskins team president Bruce Allen for the blown call, a hollow gesture that did not generate much excitement from Cousins (via 106.7 the Fan). 

Whatever they do to say, ‘we’re sorry, wrong call,’ it’s tough because there’s nobody bringing that up in February or March when we're making decisions about which direction to go with the organization. We appreciate the clarification but you know it really doesn’t do much.

If you're keeping score, the NFL, the Redskins head coach and the Redskins quarterback all know the call was wrong. 

You know who doesn't think the call was wrong? Fox analyst, and former Cowboys Hall of Fame QB, Troy Aikman.

Grounding? Free rusher? Decide for yourself below.