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Redskins training camp practice blog, Day 12—Pryor continues to shine

Redskins training camp practice blog, Day 12—Pryor continues to shine

RICHMOND—The rain cleared up and the Redskins got back to work for the first time since their disappointing performance in their preseason opener in Baltimore. Here are my observations:

—We saw draft picks CB Fabian Moreau (3rd round) and S Montae Nicholson (4th) on the field fully participating for the first time today. Both had injuries when they were drafted. Rather than putting them on the PUP, however, they left them active so that they could participate in individual drills while finishing up rehab.

—Speaking of players recovering from injuries, Jamison Crowder looks close to full speed and full participation as he rehabs his injured hamstring. He did not play against the Ravens but he could get some snaps against the Packers.

—In one-on-one work, rookie Robert Davis was targeted more than any other receiver on Thursday and he continued to get the ball thrown to him in practice today. He made Kirk Cousins look good on one throw with a catch made diving back towards the line of scrimmage. Dashaun Phillips had decent coverage but Davis dove and made the catch about a foot from the ground.

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—On a deep pass, Terrelle Pryor and Bashaud Breeland both did some pushing while tracking the ball. Pryor got in the last push and made the catch. Breeland wanted pass interference and he may have had a case.

—Pryor does use his hands and, by extension, his arms a lot. He takes it right to the line and sometimes he crosses it. I’ll bet he gets flagged for offensive interference on multiple occasions this year. In fact, I’ll put the over/under at 2.5 and take the over. He was hit for OPI twice with the Browns last year.

—When they lined up for team drills for the first time, Will Compton and Zach Brown were the inside linebackers and Deshazor Everett was the strong safety in place of the injured Su’a Cravens.

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—Breeland got a win in the early going, knocking away a pass intended for Davis.

—Pryor did a good job of stealing a Cousins pass away from Josh Norman, reaching up and out to haul in the pass with Norman just missing making a play on the ball. If Cousins' pass isn't right on the money or if Pryor wasn't using all of his length, Norman bats the ball away. 

—On one outside run by Samaje Perine, A.J. Francis and Martrell Spaight sandwiched the back, with the lineman stopping the back from the front and Spaight finishing the play from behind.

—Arie Kouandjio is still lining up at guard with the third team. We will see how significant that is when the roster cuts are made in three weeks.

—Ryan Kerrigan just blew up an off tackle run by Rob Kelley. The play was over in a flash as Kelley went to the ground and Kerrigan remained on his feet.

—Before practice, Jay Gruden said that Crowder will be the punt returner, confirming what Crowder said earlier this week. Also lined up to field punts during special teams practice were Chris Thompson, James Quick, Kendall Fuller, who had a 17-yard return against the Ravens, and Will Blackmon.

—D.J. Swearinger chatters at everybody. Colt McCoy threw a pass away and the ball bounced off the hands of a spectator. “You’ve got to catch that!”, Swearinger jokingly yelled at the fan.

—Jay Gruden yelled a few minutes later but I can’t repeat all of it. Spencer Long was off-target on a shotgun snap on third and five. Gruden cursed and then said, “That’s a game changer!” Indeed, such a play at the wrong time in the game could be a disaster.

—That all for Saturday. Tomorrow afternoon I will be back with the final live practice blog of training camp starting at about 3:30.

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 23, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Eagles, 8:30 pm, ESPN

Days until:

—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 13
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 31

Final report on injures of note:
: CB Josh Norman (rib),
Questionable: OT Trent Williams (knee)CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),
See the full injury report and analysis here

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The first time these teams met, both scored defensive touchdowns. Ryan Kerrigan got the first Redskins points on the board with a pick six of Carson Wentz in the second quarter. With a minute and a half left, Fletcher Cox wrapped up the game for his team with a 20-yard return of a very controversial fumble. The difference tonight could well be a defensive or special teams score.

—In that game, the Redskins never let the Eagles get any sort of running game going. The Eagles rushed for 54 yards, the second-lowest total for a Washington opponent this year. And they had 24 attempts (2.4 yards per) so it wasn’t as though they didn’t try. The Redskins could use another strong effort against the run this time as well.

—I examined third downs in the first look at this game a few days ago. Since then, this was bought to my attention.

Third downs could be a fatal flaw for the Redskins. The Eagles’ ability to convert third and long situations was a key to them being able to survive without much of a running game in the opener. The Redskins need to hold the Eagles to 40 percent or less on all third downs and to 25 percent or less on third and long. And they will have to do it without Josh Norman, their best defensive back.

—In the first meeting, the matchup of the Redskins’ offensive line and the Eagles’ defensive front went decidedly in Philly’s direction. Washington rushed for just 64 yards and Kirk Cousins was sacked four times. There were plenty of concerns about the line, especially RT Morgan Moses, who gave up two sacks, and RG Brandon Scherff, who gave up four total pressures. Those two and the unit as a whole have been better since that game. The Redskins’ front will need to win that battle this time around.

Prediction: A Week 7 game is not really a must-win when you have a winning record. There is a lot of season left to be played. But if the Redskins are going to take the next step and stay in the thick of things for the ideal playoff seeding, they need to take this one. This year in the NFL, just when everyone thinks they have things figured out something happens to flip the script. Everyone now figures that the Eagles are the best team in the NFC and perhaps the best in the NFL. They are ripe for an upset.

Redskins 24, Eagles 20

Season prediction record: 2-3

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Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors


Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors

PHILADELPHIA — Arguably the Redskins best player, all of the NFL knows that Trent Williams can still play at a high level while dealing with injury. 

How long Williams can play though injury seems the more important question though as reports emerged the left tackle will need knee surgery at some point. That could come in the next few weeks, or as Redskins fans hope, perhaps at the end of the season.

Currently playing with a torn medial patella-femoral ligament in his right knee, the six-time Pro Bowler has not practiced since sustaining the injury three weeks ago in Kansas City. He was able to gut out a strong performance last week against the 49ers, and is expected to do the same Monday night against the Eagles.

One factor that might be pushing Williams to play with such a damaged right leg is that backup tackle Ty Nsekhe is also out after having surgery on his core muscles. 


Nsekhe is expected back relatively soon, but the timeline remains murky. When he can come back, perhaps Williams will reconsider his options. 

Surgery for the torn MPFL will leave Williams with a five or six-month recovery. 

It's obvious the Redskins' offense is best with Williams on the field. Nsekhe, however, proved a capable backup last season when Williams served a four-game suspension. 

Without Nsekhe, the Redskins would go to veteran T.J. Clemmings should Williams be unable to play. Nsekhe has not played since a Week 3 win over Oakland. The Redskins added Clemmings to the roster in early September, after their fourth preseason game. He spent the last two seasons with the Vikings. 

For now, the Redskins will continue to hope Williams can play through the pain.

"Trent is a tough guy, so we will see how it works, see how feels tomorrow and go from there," Jay Gruden said of Williams on Saturday. 


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