Here is what you need to know on Monday, August 27, five days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster down to 53 players. 

Talking points

If you’re wondering why Jay Gruden has not played the Redskins’ starting offense much during the preseason, you need to look no further than this comment from his press conference on Sunday.

 It’s just a matter of what I feel is best for this football team and I feel like the most important thing for us right now is getting to Arizona healthy. Every time you take a snap in a pro football game there’s certain risks involved. I feel like the starters, especially on the offensive line, I know who the starters are. They’re getting a lot of work out here at practice, we are evaluating them every day, we are getting a lot of good work in. For me to get Morgan [Moses], Trent [Williams], Brandon [Scherff], Chase [Roullier] and Shawn Lauvao to the regular season is very, very important, and of course the quarterbacks

There you have it. The priority was not to use the preseason games as a way of getting the starters prepared for the season. The goal was to stay healthy. 

And, with the big exception of Derrius Guice, the team has stayed healthy for the most part. With no starters or key reserves playing in the preseason finale, they can fly the “Mission (nearly) Accomplished” banner. 

Gruden was asked if the injury issues from last year factored into putting staying healthy above other goals.


"Yeah that has a little bit to do with it, you know you might be a little paranoid, but we have got some quality work,” he said.

Gruden pointed out that the joint practices they held with the Jets in Richmond earlier this month helped the first team prepare. That may be true, but those reps were not even close to game speed. 

We will see how it all works out. As you may have heard, Gruden is 0-4 in season openers so perhaps he isn’t the best when it comes to getting his team ready to play the first week of the season. 

The Redskins will face Arizona quarterback Sam Bradford, who played 33 preseason snaps. Alex Smith played 34. Like Smith, Bradford is with a new team this year. It’s not the traditional way of preparing for the season and we will see how it works out. 

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The agenda

Today: Practice 1:50; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice approx. 3:45 p.m.

Upcoming: Final cut (Sept. 1) 5 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 13 days; Home opener vs. Colts (Sept. 16) 20 days

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