Here is what you need to know on this Friday, September 12, two days before the Washington Redskins open their home season against the Jaguars.
Redskins Park news and notes
Here is the buzz from around Redskins Park:
—Andre Roberts said that deep chances against the Jaguars will depend on what the defensive gives them. “We need to get the ball downfield more but it’s going to be predicated on what the defense does,” he said. “If they’re going to give up the short stuff we’re going to throw it. If we can complete it and get downfield, do what we do as pass catchers that’s just going to happen with the game.”
—This will be Jay Gruden’s first home game as and NFL head coach and he is looking for a lot of noise from the crowd. He showed that he understands that it’s the responsibility of the team to create the home field advantage. “With the crowd noise, the snap count becomes more difficult,” said Gruden. “We had a fumbled snap, we were late on a snap and it creates chaos for your offense when the home field crowd is against you, so it's very important for our fans to be loud and very important for us as a team to make them have something to cheer about. We have got to do something early in the game to get the people excited so we get rolling."
—New Redskins coaches have won their home debuts in their last four tries. Steve Spurrier, Joe Gibbs (second tenure), Jim Zorn, and Mike Shanahan all won in their first games at FedEx Field, as Gruden will be looking to do.
—Alfred Morris needs 21 yards rushing to get to 3,000 for his career. No Redskins running back has rushed for 3,000 yards in his first three full seasons in the NFL. Morris seems to be a lock to do it in two seasons plus two games.
—The Redskins thought that they were getting a pretty good player in Roberts. But word around Redskins Park is that he is even better than they thought he would be. “I think what surprised us was his ability to play outside as well as inside, and he showed that early on in training camp that he can play outside,” said Gruden. “I really am impressed with Andre.”
—Ben Kotwica had some praise for Roberts’ ability to know when the field a punt and when to let it bounce, saying that making the proper decision is “yardage that doesn’t get chalked up all the time.” Roberts talked about how he approaches making the decision. “If the ball’s past the 10 obviously you want to let the ball go, hopefully it will go in the end zone although punters are paid to knock it inside the 20 from time to time,” he said. “For the most part, I know if I have room.”
—On Sunday Keenan Robinson played in his first full game since 2011, his last year at Texas. I asked him what it was like. “It was fun, man,” he said. “I wasn’t nervous like I thought I’d be or you’d assume I’d be, I wasn’t jittery. I think the preseason games really helped because I played preseason game like they were regular season games to me so it was easy transitioning. I don’t take preseason games likely because for me every opportunity I get to put my play out there on film that’s getting sent out to 31 other teams I wanted to make sure I was on point.”
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—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:00; Player availability open locker room, Jay Gruden news conference, Sean McVay media availability after practice (approx. 1:00)
—Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 2; Redskins @ Eagles 9; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 13
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