Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 1, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.
Redskins Park news and notes
The Redskins had a rare Tuesday practice yesterday due to the Thursday game last week and the upcoming Monday night game. Here is some of what Jay Gruden had to say.
—The team doesn’t have to give an injury report until Thursday and Gruden was pretty tight lipped. “They’re still in the rehab position that they are in, and all of our injuries right now, you know… today was like a bonus day,” he said. “Tomorrow they’re off, and when they come back [Thursday] we’ll have a better idea. Today’s like a bonus day, but they’re still in the same position they were, a day-to-day type deal.” The question was about Jordan Reed and Kedric Golston, but he gave similar answers to all that he was asked about.
—Despite the loss to the Giants, Gruden thinks the team has what it takes to improve. “Obviously, we’re not excited to be 1-3, but that’s where we are,” he said. “But moving forward with the type of players we have, the coaches we have, I think we can get this thing turned around. That’s the ultimate goal.”
—The Redskins got caught in what seems to be a familiar patter on Thursday night football this year. One team gets things going in the right direction, the other one loses its edge and it’s over not too long before the game starts. “I think going into the game, I don’t think we used the short week or the injuries as an excuse,” said Gruden. “I think the thing that hurt us was, like I said, the snowball effect. Once something bad happened, then another thing bad happened, then another one and then another one, and nobody was able to dig us out and turn the tide. They just kept pouring it on, and we were unable to recover.”
—Niles Paul took a heck of a hit to the head against the Giants but he was acting normally in the locker room on Tuesday. That doesn’t mean that he pass the concussion protocol but it is a good sign. “He’s feeling better,” said Gruden. “He’s got to go through the concussion protocol, and they’re going to take the necessary steps with the doctors and the rehab and all that stuff. But, he’s making very good progress.”
—Fans who are driven crazy by corners playing off man coverage should be happier if Gruden follows through on what he said regarding his new starting cornerbacks. “I think moving forward with the type of corners that we have – we have big, physical, long corners in [Bashaud] Breeland and [David] Amerson – their strength would be to get their hands on people and they have got to do a better job with that and not giving tight ends out there out in space or receivers out in space free releases and easy access,” he said. “If they are going to be up there, let’s get them up there and press because they are both very physical and both very good at doing that.”
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—Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability
—Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Cardinals 11; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 26
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