Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 4, two days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.
Friday Redskins Park notes and quotes
—Redskins special teams captain Adam Hayward doesn’t seem to be a big fan of doing more off the field to correct his unit’s issues. It’s what happens between the lines that matter. “Extra meetings and all that stuff, that’s not going to help,” the eight-year veteran said. “We’ve done that and we can do that now, but it just gets down to who wants to play. Doing what you’re supposed to do, get over the block, get to the ball, set the edge, restrict the run lane.”
—Niles Paul was able to practice fully on Friday, a week and a day after being knocked unconscious against the Giants. The presence of Paul should get the Washington offense just about back to normal even if Jordan Reed is still sidelined by a strained hamstring. “Maybe there’s a few other plays that Jordan’s really good at that we haven’t asked Niles to do but for the most part we’re running our offense without a few of the specialty things we like Jordan to do,” said coach Jay Gruden. It does alter it some, but not to the extent where it hurts us moving forward.”
—Gruden was unsure of Reed’s status, saying “it’s hard to gauge.” But Reed still was out on the field well after the end of practice, putting in extra work with QB Colt McCoy and fellow TE Logan Paulsen. Perhaps that is a sign that his hamstring is ready to go.
—Here’s defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on Keenan Robinson’s progress: “He’s still growing. We’ve got a lot of young guys we’re playing with on the defensive side and I think they’re all going to be excellent football players. There’s some bumps on the way. I think Keenan is at that point where you can do a lot of different things with him.”
—Cornerback Richard Crawford returned to the Redskins earlier this week. He said that he felt much better now after suffering from the lingering effects of a devastating knee injury he suffered in the 2013 preseason. Haslett said that it shows. “I think he’s moving a lot better than he was in training camp,” he said. “I think that was hindering him also in training camp. Maybe he’s just fresh but it does like he was moving better than he did in training camp.”
—Haslett talked about what the Redskins are going to have to do to slow down Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch. Overcrowding is the answer. “I don’t think one guy’s going to tackle him,” said Haslett. “You’ve got to get off blocks and get to the ball. It’s going to be like a population problem. You’re going to have four, five guys tackle him. One, two guys don’t bring him down. So that’s our challenge, get off blocks, stay off the ground because they do a great job cutting.”
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—Redskins Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff was born on this date in 1934.
—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:10; Open locker room, Sean McVay and Jay Gruden news conferences after practice, approx. 12:30
—Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 2; Redskins @ Cardinals 8; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 23
In case you missed it
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- Orakpo: 'I just can't get frustrated'
- Trent Williams was limited for a second day Friday
- Jason Hatcher hopes healthier hamstring helps his rush
- Redskins' young cornerbacks can't hide
- Gruden: Moss is 'the odd man out' in Redskins' WR corps
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