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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Amerson ready for the challenge

Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Amerson ready for the challenge

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 2, five days before the Redskins open their season against the Texans.

Redskins Park notes and quotes

The buzz from around the team on Monday:

David Amerson played about 700 snaps last year and he’s taking a step up in 2014. Instead of guarding the slot receiver he will be covering the outside guys, the best in the game. Against the Texans, for example, that means some plays against Andre Johnson. "With me being a competitor you always want to go against the best . . . guarding their best guy,” the second-year corner said. “I’m ready for it.”

Robert Griffin III was present as a statue of him was unveiled at Baylor’s new stadium last night. Asked if he thought the statue at Baylor looked like him he said. "It better, it's gonna be there forever.”

—The team is using its practice squad as sort of a short-term reserve list for injury-prone players Rb Chris Thompson and S Phillip Thomas. “Some of those guys, Phillip and Chris, we had high hopes for, obviously, but being that they missed some time with some injuries, we just have got to make sure they get right and we feel good about them moving forward so that they can be a durable player for us,” said coach Jay Gruden. “So, get them on the field, get them practicing, let them show what they can do for a couple more weeks and then have them in the bullpen ready to roll."

—New safety Duke Ihenacho is not sure how much he will be ready to contribute Sunday against the Texans but he wants to contribute. “I’m going to do what I can,” he said. “[I’ll be] running under some kickoffs, playing in a few packages but I can play Sunday.

—Undrafted rookie RB Silas Redd made the 53-man roster and he told the media that running backs coach Randy Jordan said that things just got real. “’Your preparation has to change,’” Redd quoted Jordan as saying. “’Everything’s not good enough any more. You’ve got to step it up another level.’” Redd got the message. “I take full responsibility for that and I’m ready for it,” he said.

Kai Forbath had to fight off a big challenge to keep his job as the kicker. He said that he figured that the best frame of mind to be in would be that it was his job and he would have to get knocked off to lose it. “You always have to have confidence when you go in there,” he said. “I’ve been here to years so I’m kind of going, it’s my job to lose. Don’t give them any reason to. So, that’s pretty much what I did.”

—Gruden said that the Redskins would have claimed Ihenacho even if Brandon Meriweather had not been suspended. "It was just that he was available, a lot of experience, type of safety we're looking for that played special teams also,” he said.

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Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability

—It’s been 247 days since the Redskins played a game; in five days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 12; Redskins @ Eagles 19; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 24

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

There was some confusion about the Redskins’ Week 16 game in Tennessee when the NFL schedule dropped. The schedule pushed out by the Redskins said that the game date and time are to be determined. Other versions that went out, including the one on NFL.com, says the game will be on Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

So what’s the story? Well, if you’re thinking of making reservations to go to Nashville to watch the game you just might want to hold off for a while. Like, until early November. 

In an under the radar move, the NFL has established flex scheduling for its late-season Saturday games. Here are the details from the schedule press release from Redskins PR:

“Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday. Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.”

The way it sets up, if the Redskins and Titans are playing well in midseason there is a good chance the game will be played on Saturday, December 22 at either 4:30 or 8:20. If one or both teams are struggling, the league and networks could choose to flex two of the other four matchups to Saturday. 

This is taking flex scheduling to a different level. It’s one thing shifting a Sunday kickoff seven and a half hours from 1 p.m. to 8:30. It’s another to shift a whole day. The visiting teams can’t make travel arrangements, not knowing if they need to come into town on Friday for a Saturday game or on Saturday for Sunday. Fans who want to travel to the game are in the same boat. 

Of course, if you can afford it, you can just add a day to your Nashville excursion. There are worse things in the world than spending an extra day or two in Music City. 

If you have to wait to make your plans, as the Redskins do, you will find out no later than October 29, which is when Week 8 ends. 

Do you believe in trends? Then you should hope that the game does get flexed to Saturday. The Redskins have won three straight Saturday games, beating the Eagles in both 2014 and 2015 (the latter game clinching the division title for Washington) and the Bears in 2016. 

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