Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 23, 11 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 players.
—Today's schedule: Practice 1:10; Player availability and Jay Gruden press conference after practice, approx. 3:15
—The Redskins last played a game that counted 226 days ago. It will be 20 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 26; Browns @ Redskins 40; Redskins @ Ravens 47
—Former Redskins quarterback and current team radio broadcaster Sonny Jurgensen was born on this date in 1934.
Gruden wants good vibrations, energy in final preseason games
The Redskins are halfway through their preseason with a 1-1 record, having lost in Atlanta before beating the New York Jets at FedEx Field. But the preseason is not about the record, it’s about getting ready for the regular season. It’s been so far, so good in that regard. Although they have bee sloppy at times—you need look no further than the 24 accepted penalties against them to see that—things have gone along reasonably well. Jay Gruden wants to keep that going.
“I think you want to get some positive vibes going,” when asked what he wanted to team to accomplish in the rest of the preseason.” You want to come out with some great energy. And I think you just want to display what we’re all about – the effort, getting out of the huddle, tempo, all of that stuff.”
The Redskins play the Bills on Friday in the third preseason game. Gruden rested many of his key starters against the Jets and he said that the first team will play extensively against Buffalo. That will be a good test of the tempo and “all that stuff”.
The fourth preseason game, in which the starters and key reserves won’t play at all, is September 1 in Tampa Bay. It is usually a challenge for a team to look efficient during those games. All the coaches can really hope for is the “great energy”.
Gruden can control some aspects of what happens in the two remaining games but he can’t ensure that everything will go the way he would like to go.
“Hopefully we get some two-minute, some different situational work to coach off of and learn from, and we’ll go from there,” said Gruden.
The two-minute aspect is worth watching. Kirk Cousins and the first-team offense played only eight plays against the Falcons and did not get into a two-minute situation. It would be good to experience one against another team before possibly needing to do it when it counts when the season starts against the Steelers on September 12.
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Gruden didn't directly say the #Redskins aren't shopping for an RB but when asked about plans: "We have the guys here who are practicing."— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) August 22, 2016
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