The Redskins will be holding a children's book drive prior to the game at FedEx Field tomorrow. See the PR press release for details.WASHINGTON REDSKINS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION TO HOST THE FIFTH ANNUAL REDSKINS READ CHILDRENS BOOK DRIVEWHO:Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Everybody Wins! D.C. and Barnes & Noble Booksellers are teaming up to host the fifth annualRedskins Read Childrens Book Drive.WHAT:The kickoff of this years book drive will be astadium collection event held this Sunday, Sept. 23 at FedExField when the Redskins play the Cincinnati Bengals.This childrens book drive, part of the Washington Redskins Charitable FoundationsRedskins Readliteracy initiative, will collect new childrens books that will redistributed throughout the Washington Redskins market to children that could otherwise not afford to purchase books.Fans are encouraged to bring new childrens books to the game on Sept. 23 and drop them off in the collection bins that will be stationed around the stadium or to make their book donation at any of the 13 participating Barnes & Noble Booksellersstores beginning Saturday, Sept. 22 and running through Saturday, Oct. 6.If fans wish to make a monetary donation or are unable to attend the game, cash or checks will be accepted both at the game and checks may be mailed to the Charitable Foundation. All checks should be made payable to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation (a 501c3 nonprofit organization).Donations can also be sent to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation co Redskins Read Childrens Book Drive, 21300 Redskin Park Drive, Ashburn, Va. 20147. All funds collected will be used to purchase additional books for area children by Everybody Wins! D.C.WHERE:FedExField,1600 FedEx Way,Landover, Md. 20785Also at 13 participating Barnes & Noble BooksellersstoresWHEN:Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at FedExFieldSept. 22 to Oct. 6 at all 13 participating Barnes & Noble Booksellers stores
Even though it was a bright, warm Wednesday in Ashburn the Redskins held their OTA session in the practice bubble because recent rains have left their outdoor fields to soggy to use. Here are my observations from the practice:
—A few Redskins were not present and a few who were there were not participating in the drills. Jay Gruden said that OT Trent Williams is rehabbing in Texas and that LB Zach Brown is in the process of relocating to the Washington area. RB Chris Thompson and OT Morgan Moses were present, but both were spectators.
— It should be noted that even though Moses didn’t practice and is still rehabbing after ankle surgery, he still participated in the sideline-to-sideline running the team does at the end of practice.
—At rookie camp, RB Derrius Guice was first in line to do every drill. Today, he gave way to the veterans to all take their reps and then he went first among the rookies.
— “Fat Rob” Kelley never really was fat but he is now lean and mean. He also seems to be a half step quicker than he was in the past. Added competition in the form of second- and fourth-round picks being added at your position will do that to a player.
—The “starting” offensive line from left to right was Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, and John Kling. The interior could well start the season; the tackle position awaits the returns of Williams, Moses, and Ty Nsekhe.
—RB Byron Marshall, who was on the team briefly last year before getting injured, looked very quick with good acceleration.
—CB Josh Norman was back with the group fielding punts. I seriously doubt that he will handle any kicks in games, even preseason games, but perhaps with DeAngelo Hall being gone he wants to be available as an emergency option. Also back with the punt returners were CB Danny Johnson, CB Greg Stroman, WR Maurice Harris, WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, and, of course, WR Jamison Crowder.
—S D.J. Swearinger spent most of the special teams practice on the sideline working on catching passes with his hands extended away from his body. A little while later, he had a chance to make an interception with his arms extended. Of course, he dropped it.
—It seems like QB Alex Smith and Crowder have some good rapport built already. Once on the right sideline and a few minutes later on the left, Smith threw a well-placed ball into Crowder, who was well covered on both occasions.
—Eventually, CB Orlando Scandrick caught on and he swatted down a quick out to Crowder.
—With Brown out, Josh Harvey-Clemons was with the first unit at inside linebacker. He’s still skinny but less so than he was last year. The second-year player was impressive in coverage, staying with Crowder step for step on a deep pass down the middle.
—The play of the day was a deep pass down the right side from Smith to WR Paul Richardson. Stroman was with the receiver step for step on the 9 route but Smith laid the ball out perfectly and Richardson made a lunging catch. Even though it doesn’t have to under the new rule, the catch did survive the ground.
—WR Cam Sims had a few impressive plays. On one, QB Colt McCoy lofted one high in the air down the right side. Sims kept his focus on the ball while two defenders lost it and made the catch.
—WR Trey Quinn had his moments. He made a good grab while being bumped by Scandrick. But a while later he dropped a fairly easy one.
—The running backs all looked good but Guice looked the best of all of them. He had an ability to cut and maintain his speed that not many have. With the warning that they were playing with no pads with no contact and not at full speed, Guice’s vision appeared to be outstanding.
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NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.
This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem.
Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though.
The NFL has released it's new National Anthem Policy. This is simply disgusting. Forcing players (if on the field) to stand is not what this country is about.— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) May 23, 2018
Do away with anthems, period. pic.twitter.com/UXznszUyut
The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.