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Need to Know: Redskins read and react, the week that was in Richmond

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Need to Know: Redskins read and react, the week that was in Richmond

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 5, eight days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns in Cleveland.

If you need to catch up on what's happening in Richmond, scroll to the bottom for a list of our posts from the last 24 hours. 

Read and react

Here’s a look at some of the headlines from the past week and my quick take on them.

Amerson suffers shoulder injury—He did a good job of covering DeSean Jackson on a deep pass but he tumbled to the ground and immediately went to see the trainers. It turns out it was an AC joint sprain, not a serious injury. That’s good because the Redskins are getting thin at cornerback

Shoulder injury likely to cost Tevin Mitchel full seasonThe coaches were high on the sixth-round pick as a future slot corner. Now he will have to start over again, although he will be at Redskins Park all season for meetings, etc.

Trent Williams contract talks are ongoing—There is no deadline on when a new deal can get done for Williams, perhaps the team’s most important player. The Redskins can negotiate with the knowledge that they could use the franchise tag on Williams next spring. Such a move would cost in the neighborhood of $13 million for the season.

Gruden confirms Breeland will miss 4 to 6 weeks—Breeland’s injury was bad but not nearly as bad as it could have been. His knee bent at an unnatural angle and nobody would have been surprised if his season had ended right there. As it is, it looks like he will miss only one game and that one not due to injury but because of an incident that happened a year ago in Richmond.

Redskins' Breeland will serve a one-game suspension—The wheels of “justice”, if you want to call it that, turn slowly in the NFL. Almost a year after getting arrested for simple possession of marijuana on the VCU campus, Breeland finally found out what his fate would be. As it turns out, he’ll miss a game that he possible would have missed anyway due to his injury.

Redskins and LB Junior Galette agree to deal—The Redskins will test the proposition that you can’t have too many good pass rushers. Galette joins Ryan Kerrigan, Jason Hatcher, Trent Murphy and Preston Smith as players who have a demonstrated ability to get after the quarterback. Kerrigan, Hatcher, and Galette have all had NFL seasons with double-digit sacks, Murphy led the nation in sacks as a senior at Stanford in 2013 and Smith had nine playing in the SEC last year. Sure, there is some character risk with Galette. But his $745k vet minimum salary minimizes that risk.

Kerrigan agrees to long-term extension with Redskins—We arrived to training camp to this news. Good guy, very good player, good move by the Redskins.The average of $11.4 million per year may seem a bit high but like most deals it will shrink in comparison to the rising salary cap over the next few years.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.

—It’s been 220 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 39 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 8; final cuts 31; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 50

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

For years, the Redskins struggle with their home field as the fall turns to winter. It's been happening so long it's become an expected passing of the seasons, like the transition from Halloween jack-o-lanterns to Christmas lights dotting people's front yards. 

Well, on Thanksgiving night, the turf at FedEx Field again showed how bad it can be. On a second half interception returned for a New York Giants touchdown, replay showed that Kirk Cousins' foot got stuck on the dirt, and it played a role in his sailing a ball to the sideline. The bad turf was not the only reason for the interception, but it was definitely a reason. 

Beyond the pick, the field was just ugly. Twitter blew up making fun of the Redskins home grass, and the national broadcast showed just how unsightly the long brown patch between the hash marks looked. 

On Friday, the normally diplomatic Cousins opened up about the grass.

"It probably doesn't look like a professional NFL field should," the quarterback said on 106.7 the Fan (full audio here). "If you think the field is rough now on Thanksgiving, we've got two more home games in mid-to-late December. That's probably going to be a bigger challenge."

Asked about the field's impact on the interception on Thursday night, Cousins ignored it. But plenty of other players have suggested the field is a known problem in the second half, and something they just must deal with. 

"I don't know why it is that way or what causes it," Cousins said. "I've kind of learned to accept it and understand it's part of the deal. Playing here on the field has never been that great in the second half of the season for whatever the reason."

[h/t @BenStandig for the Cousins quotes]

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

At halftime of the Redskins’ Thanksgiving night game against the Giants, Samaje Perine had three yards rushing and his team had three points. Washington had racked up all of 113 yards.

Coincidence? Not entirely. Although the Redskins are primarily a passing team they need to run the ball to pass effectively.

“We had to get the running game going,” said Jay Gruden after the game.

In the second half, Perine and the offense did get it going. Perine ran for 97 yards and Redskins put up 210 yards and 17 points. It’s safe to say that it wasn’t a coincidence.

The Redskins didn’t make any halftime adjustments to get the ground game in gear.

“We just had to stay the course,” said Perine. “We knew they were going to come out fired up, they just came off a big win. We just had to stay the course and then things started going our way.”

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Perine was more steady than spectacular. His longest run was 16 yards. He came out of the locker room and ran for six and 10 yards on his first two carries. Later in the third quarter the Redskins were backed up at their own 10. Perine ran four straight plays for 39 yards and the Redskins were near midfield.

Although they didn’t score on that drive they did change field position. That was part of the Redskins’ strategy playing with an injury-depleted offense.

“If you had to punt in a game like this and play field position, it’s not the end of the world because our defense was playing so good,” said Gruden.

Not only did the running game flip the field, it flipped the time of possession. In the first half, the Giants had the ball for 17:40 compared to 12:20 for the Redskins.

“We had to get on the field and control some of the clock,” said tackle Morgan Moses. “We had to give our defense a rest. Samaje put his foot in the ground and got extra yards when needed and we were able to move the chains.”

Moses wasn’t the only one enjoying seeing Perine pile up some yards.

“As a defensive player, you want to see that,” said safety D.J. Swearinger. “We say, keep running it. Keep running him. Let him keep getting those carries, put a dent in the defense. It was a good sight to see.”

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Swearinger got to watch a lot of Perine. The Redskins piled up 22:17 in possession in the second half, while Swearinger and his defensive mates had to defend for just 7:43.

Last night was the second time in four days that Perine has rushed for 100 yards or more; he had 117 in New Orleans on Sunday. No Redskin has rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games since Alfred Morris did it in November of 2013.

He will have a chance to extend that streak to three on Thursday against the Cowboys, who are ranked 17th in rushing defense. That would put him in some elite company in Redskins history, including Larry Brown (twice) and Stephen Davis.  A steak of three straight 100-yard games was last done by Morris in 2012.

It may be a little early to look forward, but the Redskins record is five straight 100-yard games, held by Clinton Portis (twice) and Ladell Betts.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.