Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 18, three days before the Washington Redskins go to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.
Notes and quotes from Redskins Park
—There was plenty of speculation that safety Akeem Davis would be the player cut to make room for the return of Brandon Meriweather. It turned out that Bacarri Rambo was the one who was let go. Davis insisted that he wasn’t worrying about what was going to happen. “I can’t worry about the decisions that the front office makes,” said Davis. “All I can control is coming in here and doing by business every day whether it be on the roster or on the practice squad . . . Being nervous is some negative energy that I don’t need.”
—The Redskins’ scout team has to try to replicate the Eagles’ frantic offensive pace in practice. It presents challenges because the scout team players don’t have the plays memorized like the Eagles players do. "It's hard, it's very hard because you have to show the cards to the scout team,” said Jay Gruden. “You try to have a couple different sets of cards going and all that good stuff and you try to tell the defense, 'Hey don’t give the signal until the very last second so you’ve got to communicate it.’”
—Kirk Cousins started the last three games of the season last year, a time when the team was out of contention and in turmoil. But Cousins said he learned a lot. "I think first of all I gained a lot of confidence,” he said. “I think when you start three games in a row that's an experience. That's something that helped me have confidence now when I'm asked to go in against Jacksonville on Sunday. So, you gain that confidence, that ‘been there, done that’ kind of feeling, and whether it was the close games we had against Atlanta or Dallas or the tough game in the rain against the Giants, you go through experiences that help you to say, 'I've been there and I've done that.'”
—Some reporters from Philly were there for DeSean Jackson’s press conference and, of course, they asked what he thought about the Eagles’ decision to let him go. He was polite but he was having no part of it. "Honestly, what's happened has happened,” he said. “It's in the past and moving forward in the career is the biggest thing I can really say. I'm not focused on why it happened or why it transpired or why it happened the way it happened. I'm not really worried about that.”
—Eagles coach Chip Kelly wasn’t very concerned about the possibility that Jackson could land in the division if they let him go. "No, whenever you release a player they have an opportunity to go play for anybody in the league, so we understood the ramifications of the decision that we made," he said.
—Keenan Robinson thinks that the Redskins’ linebackers are fast and athletic enough to perhaps handle Eagles running backs Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy better than many teams who have tried. “Our strength is our speed, our awareness,” said Robinson. “We’re allowed to attack now, allows us to play free, it helps the whole rest of the defense do what they need to do . . . They have speedy guys who pose matchup issues for linebackers who are not as athletic or fast. That’s something that in the NFL they try to exploit. They’ll use Shady and they’ll use Sproles and try to use them at the same time and try to post matchup problems for defenses.
—McCoy remains good friends with Jackson and they communicate via phone and text frequently. The Eagles back is quite sure that McCoy will line up on Sunday. “I know him. I know what this game means to him, coming back here,” said McCoy. “I know what type of player he is. He’s always trying to make plays and be there for his teammates. So, I’m sure he’ll play this game. We’re scouting for him.”
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—Today’s schedule: Open locker room player availability 11:15; Practice 1:00 (closed to media after first 30 minutes); Jim Haslett media availability, Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 3; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 7; Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 19
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