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Need to Know: Five (non-RG3) notes and quotes from Jay Gruden's press conference


Need to Know: Five (non-RG3) notes and quotes from Jay Gruden's press conference

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.

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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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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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