Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 13, three days before the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.
Redskins Park notes and quotes
—Although they do have some key players like DeAngelo Hall and Brian Orakpo, the 53 players on the Redskins’ roster are in good health. Here’s Jay Gruden’s injury report: “Logan Paulsen was the only one that was limited with his foot and hamstring. Everybody else was full. Ryan Clark, Robert [Griffin III], Silas Redd, [Ryan] Kerrigan and Keenan Robinson – all full participation.”
—A lot of fans want to see Barry Cofield move to defensive end. He hinted that he might line up there this week. “We’ve got some creative coaches, so you never know what formation we’re going to be [in],” he said. “We have position versatility, so we will be all over the place. Bake’s been playing great at nose, so why would I come in and bother that situation?”
—Robert Griffin III isn’t concerned with the team taking the Bucs lightly. “We can’t take anybody for granted,” he said. “For us, it’s getting the 1-0 each week. Everyone’s talking about 7-0, going on a streak. We’ve got to get in 1-0 this week. That’s it. These guys are talented. I could name every guy on their defense, but the guys that they rally around – Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David – these guys can play. For us, we’ve got to go out there and execute. That’s what it all comes down to.”
—Gruden was asked if the presence of Griffin against the Vikings helped open up running room for Alfred Morris. “It helps,” he said. “It helped open up a couple holes for Alfred. You know, Alfred’s long touchdown run was a result of that, I think. It’s just another element to our running game that’s important. You know, you throw in a little bit of the zone read with our outside zone that has been pretty successful and the inside zone.” Morris had 19 carries for 92 yards.
—Jay Gruden was asked how safety Phillip Thomas, who was moved up to the 53-man roster a couple of weeks ago, was doing. “Very good. You know, I like the way he is running around out there and hopefully we will be able to get him in some action here as the season winds down. Dealing with his foot injury, he never really looked the same but the last four, five weeks, I really think he has shown on scout team that he is ready to go and get an opportunity. First he has to earn it on special teams and then he will get into some action on defense hopefully as the season goes on but he is doing a good job.”
—Today’s schedule: Open locker room 11:25; Open locker room, Jay Gruden news conference, Jim Haslett news conference after practice (approx. 1:30).
—Days until: Bucs @ Redskins 3; Redskins @ 49ers 10; Redskins @ Colts 17
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