Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 16, five days before the Washington Redskins go to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.
Redskins Park news and notes
Here are five notes and quotes from Jay Gruden’s press conference on Monday (none of them RG3 related):
—Brandon Meriweather was back in the building for the first time in two weeks. He served his suspension for an illegal hit during the preseason. “He’s back, he’s ready to go, and he’s excited,” said Gruden. “I saw him today, he’s bright eyed, bushy tailed, and fired up to get back on the field.” After seeing Bacarri Rambo’s gaffes leading to the only two touchdowns the Redskins’ opposition have scored this season there’s no doubt Gruden was glad to see Meriweather return.
—Niles Paul caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown, a career day for the tight end. “Niles is one of the most improved players on the team I believe, not just in the passing game but in the running game,” said Gruden. “He has done an outstanding job blocking and not to mention he is one of Coach Kotwica’s core guys on special teams. So he really has been a very active player for us, a very valuable player for us.”
—Punter Tress Way kicked off in place of the ailing Kai Forbath against the Jaguars. He was pretty good, putting seven of eight kickoffs in the end zone including three for touchbacks. But he may or may not continue as the kickoff man. Kai had a little bit of the groin deal so we chose to kick with Tress and he did a nice job both punting and kicking and that’s something to look at,” said Gruden. “I think when Kai feel like he is back to 100 percent he will probably resume the kickoff duties.”
—Gruden updated us on some of the less discussed injuries. “Roy [Helu] (knee) is going to be day to day,” he said. “I think he’s fine. Shawn [Lauvao] is fine. He walked off the field. He had a little knee soreness. He’ll be fine. Tracy Porter’s [hamstring] getting better.”
—Gruden stayed away from talking about Rambo but he did praise Trenton Robinson, who replaced him in the second half. “Trenton has had a couple of good week of practice. He’s been a special teams demon for us and after the play at the end of the second half we thought we neeed a look at Trenton, give him a chance, see what he could do. And he didn’t disappoint. He got an interception and was in on a few tackles and did some good things. He was part of the big play we gave up in the second half, but overall I thought Trenton did a nice job.”
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—Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 5; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 9; Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 21
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