Here is what you need to know on this Friday, September 19, two days before the Washington Redskins go to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.
Notes and quotes from Redskins Park
—Eagles coach Chip Kelly has a lot of different types of screens in the Eagles’ offense. But to Jim Haslett, the effectiveness of the plays is less about the X’s and O’s and more about the players getting their hands on the ball. “It’s who gets the ball,” said the Redskins’ defensive coordinator. “A screen is a screen. They can throw to a tight end screen, they’ve got a lot of those, they’ve got a lot of halfback screens, they’ve got a lot of receiver screens. It’s really the guys that get them that make them good.”
—Like Jay Gruden, Haslett is very happy to have starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather back on the field. “He can do a lot of different things,” said Haslett. “He can go out and cover like a corner, that’s what he did in college . . . We want to keep him on the field and he can help us win some games.” Due to injures and suspensions, Meriweather has missed 19 of 34 games since he signed with the team in 2012.
—It appears that Gruden got Kirk Cousins’ head spinning a bit on Thursday as he put his QB through the paces in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. “We were throwing a lot of looks at him today that he hasn’t really seen the last couple days,” said Gruden. “He has handled them pretty well and he is a very poised, composed individual. How that translates on game day, he has played one game for me and I was very impressed with his attention to detail and his poise on game day. So hopefully that translates to next week and the week after that.”
—During rookie camp, Gruden said that fifth-round pick Ryan Grant played “like a 10-year veteran”. Gruden remains impressed with the Tulane product. “I don’t know why, I just have been a big Ryan Grant fan since the first day he walked in here,” said Gruden. “He is very poised, he has been very detailed in his routes and he has got big strong hands and does not give any indicators whatsoever where he is going and runs every route. I called him ‘Clinic’ today. He runs every route like a clinic tape.” The nickname “Clinic” isn’t exactly the most ferocious one out there but I guess you take a compliment from the head coach wherever you can get it.
—Jason Hatcher is a very confident player but he knows what would happen if he encountered LeSean McCoy in the hole. “Me and McCoy one on one? I lose,” he said to laughter. “I’m just going to dive. It’s simple, we’ve got to get 11 guys to the football.”
—Today the big speakers will be out on the practice field. It’s what they usually do before road games. “Yeah, we worked on all our different snap counts out there today and then tomorrow we will do the noise,” said Gruden. “Saturday we will do a little bit of the noise, so we will work on that. That is definitely a part of the game that people underestimate how important it is, and that gave us problems in Houston a little bit.”
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—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:10; Open locker room, Jay Gruden news conference, Sean McVay news conference after practice (approx. 1:00)
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 2; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 6; Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 18
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