With the Redskins back on the practice field Wednesday at 1 p.m., a few storylines will take over as the team prepares for the Steelers on Monday night. Matt Jones and Josh Doctson are the biggest injury concerns, but perhaps the biggest concern is preparing to face Big Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.
- Get ready for speed - The Steelers have an impressive aerial attack, but what compounds the threat is that the team likes to go up-tempo. Jay Gruden is getting his team ready for the Pittsburgh speed: "They’ll get lined up fast and they’ll put a hurting on you. I feel good about the way we worked in training camp and OTAs. We worked a lot of no-huddle situations, so communication shouldn’t be an issue."
- Gold jersey gone? - Gruden said the Redskins would practice in pads either Wednesday or Thursday, and for running back Matt Jones, that could mean getting some contact on his rehabbed left shoulder. Jones missed the last two games of the preseason and a lot of practice work after a sprained AC joint, but was seen practicing Monday wearing a gold, non-contact jersey. Jones said he felt "great" following Monday's session and that he wants to go full speed. Before Monday's game, which he is expected to participate fully, Jones needs contact. That could come today.
- Craving more Cravens - Su'a Cravens spent training camp and the preseason working as an inside linebacker, particularly in nickel packages. Slightly small for an NFL linebacker, some thought Cravens would be a safety at the professional level, and on Monday Gruden revealed that may still be in the cards. The team began working the rookie at safety in some scout team situations, and the coach said, "I think it is good to start him at safety a little bit, maybe put him at nickel some a little bit, but his main focus is going to be on inside linebacker right now, but we are slowly starting to branch him off in different areas." A natural playmaker and strong tackler, Cravens will see plenty of action - especially as the season goes on - regardless of position.
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