Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 12, two days before the Washington Redskins go to the Meadowlands to play the New York Giants.
Three and out
1. It will be interesting to see if Chris Thompson, who was just moved up from the practice squad, gets any touches in these last three game. I’ve heard he could return some kicks and perhaps they could rotate him in there on some snaps from scrimmage. The backfield lacks speed and we will see if they want to see what Thompson has that can help. His ability hasn’t been the big question but his durability has.
2. Morgan Moses’ Lisfranc injury throws quite a monkey wrench into the Redskins’ offseason plans for the offensive line. The injury usually has about a nine-month rehab period, which would wipe out any chance of Moses competing for the starting job at right tackle during training camp. He also misses out on the offseason opportunity to improve his technique to get to where he would be capable of starting. It could make 2015 a wasted season for Moses.
3. Moses would have gone on IR regardless of when his injury happened due to the nature of it but there could be a few more playerss moved there before the season is over. Such moves give the team the opportunity to sign younger players to the 53. That gives them the chance to automatically retain the rights to that player for next season. If a player is on the practice squad when the season ends he is a free agent eligible to sign anywhere after a brief exclusive negotiating window.
Out: The subject of spending “study” time at Redskins Park has been a topic of discussion this week. On Wednesday I asked Gruden if he was happy with how much “extra” time players spend in the building and he gave a “we all can work harder on everything” answer. He did, however, talk about players getting “brain cramps” and when I followed up and asked if the players who spent more extra time had fewer brain cramps he said, “That’s usually the way it works.” And then Chris Cooley said on ESPN 980 that when he arrives to do his radio show from Redskins Park at 4:00, the players are usually all gone. This is something that will continue to be talked about for the rest of the year. The big question is, will there be more than a handful of players’ cars in the parking lot when Cooley comes in to work at 4:00.
—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:10; Open locker room and Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences after practice, approx. 12:30.
—Days until: Redskins @ Giants 2; Eagles @ Redskins 8; 2015 NFL Draft 140
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