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These two D-linemen will play plenty for the Redskins in Week 2 despite just getting here

These two D-linemen will play plenty for the Redskins in Week 2 despite just getting here

Treyvon Hester signed with the Redskins on Sept. 2, while T.Y. McGill joined the franchise on Sept. 10. That means the two players, come Sunday, will have been with the Burgundy and Gold for a combined total of 18 days.

Oh, and they're both in position to play for Washington in Week 2 despite just recently being added to the roster. In a very vital contest, by the way.

Because of injuries to Jonathan Allen and Caleb Brantley, Hester and McGill are slated to see the field a good amount against the Cowboys. That's far earlier than Jay Gruden would like to be seeing them debut, but the coach has no choice.

"That'll be a test," Gruden told reporters on Friday. "It's a matter of if they're out there, can they do the right things and be in the right spot? I think they can. Both smart guys, both physical guys so that's good. Good players, we're happy to get them."

In the Redskins' opener against the Eagles, Allen and Brantley both left because of their injuries, which forced Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle to see a ton of snaps. Hester and McGill at least give Greg Manusky and Jim Tomsula a few extra bodies, though it's hard to expect too much out of them even though they each have more than 25 games of experience in the league.

McGill, for one, is focused on helping however he can and will use the likes of Payne and Ioannidis to steady himself when he's out there.

"I adapt," he said. "If I need help, I might need to lean on the guy to the right of me or to the left of me. I know they know it."

Fortunately for two of the newest defenders, they're on a unit that's led by the revered Tomsula. Gruden would clearly prefer to have a healthy Allen and Brantley to deploy, but at least he has Tomsula on his staff, who'll prepare Hester and McGill as well as anyone could with this tight of a timeline. 

"Tomsula will get them up to speed," Gruden said.

"I like the way he carries himself, teaches the defensive line," McGill added. "He just keeps it simple. Like they say, 'Keep it simple, stupid.'" 

Unfortunately, to make this ordeal even scarier, Dallas boasts one of the NFL's best collection of offensive linemen as well as a top-three running back. There's going to be no easing into the rotation for either Hester or McGill. 

Coming into 2019, the Redskins' D-line was supposed to be the best group on the team. Just one week into 2019, however, it looks completely different. And while you may not be familiar with the two additions to the depth chart yet, you certainly will be come Sunday afternoon.

Hopefully that familiarity comes because of positive reasons. 


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Report: Montae Nicholson cooperating with police following a woman's death

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Report: Montae Nicholson cooperating with police following a woman's death

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson is cooperating with police following the death of a 21-year-old woman, according to TMZ Sports.

According to the report, Nicholson has not been arrested or charged for any matter in regard to the woman's death. It is thought, sources told TMZ, that the woman died of a drug overdose.

Nicholson was not at Redskins practice on Thursday afternoon as the team is preparing to play the New York Jets on Sunday. The Redskins have released the following statement:

"We’ve been made aware of the tragic event and extend our deepest sympathies to the family who lost a loved one. Our team has alerted the league office and is cooperating with local authorities. We fully support law enforcement and respect their process as they investigate the matter."

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One key to performing well on Sundays? For Ryan Kerrigan, it's his mattress

One key to performing well on Sundays? For Ryan Kerrigan, it's his mattress

The first seven years of Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan's career were quite impressive. He was named to the Pro Bowl three times, and never had a season where he totaled less than seven and a half sacks.

But about a year and a half ago, Kerrigan wanted to make a change. He wasn't sleeping well, and sought to upgrade his mattress or pillow. That's when he discovered BEDGEAR, a bed fitting company designed to tailor a mattress to meet the needs of every individual. 

"During the NFL season, sleep is everything," Kerrigan said. "It helps you recover. It helps you feel good not just the next day, but the day after that, and the day after that [as well]." 

BEDGEAR had a personal fitting for the entire Redskins roster last September, but Kerrigan has committed to it more than anyone. Both he and his wife have their own mattress tailored for their needs, since they like to sleep with the temperature slightly different.

"My wife runs a little more cold at night, so she needs it a little more warm," Kerrigan said. "Whereas I run a little hotter at night, so I need a little more cool. It definitely works out to have an advanced mattress like we have that allows us both to sleep comfortably but in the same bed."

It's not only the mattress that has had a lasting effect on Kerrigan. The four-time Pro Bowler has a custom-designed pillow made just for him, one that he travels with wherever he goes.

"I just noticed a lot of the hotels I go to, the pillows are super soft. My head would almost be basically flat with the bed," Kerrigan said. "Having two [pillows] stacked up didn't work, as well. I was like, 'Maybe I need to get another pillow like I have at home and travel with that.'"

He admitted that on the road, it's tough to be able to sleep comfortably. But the pillow has certainly helped him get a good night's rest.

"You definitely notice [a difference] when you're on the road," he said. "I think more than anything, I notice it with the pillow, which is why I travel with my own pillow. At least if I can have my head laying on the same surface, I feel like that will help me. And it has helped me the past year and a half. Ideally, I'd like to travel with a mattress, too, but a pillow is more doable."

Nights before home games, the Redskins all stay in a team hotel closer to the stadium, meaning Kerrigan can't sleep in his custom-fit bed on the eve of any game day. He notices a difference there, too.

"When you're on your mattress at home that you're sleeping on six nights out of the week, it's definitely more refreshing waking up then," Kerrigan said, comparing his bed at home to the hotel bed.

"I've been in the same [hotel] room for [nine] years, they just have to replace the mattress," Kerrigan joked.

Since the first snap he played for the Burgundy and Gold, Kerrigan has been one of the team's most productive players. In 2018, his first season using the custom bed, he tied a career-high with 13 sacks.

While the change has impacted Kerrigan considerably, and for the better, not many of his teammates have joined him on the custom pillow- and bed-fitting wave. 

But, Kerrigan saw linebacker Cole Holcomb travel with his own pillow, and wondered whether it was his pillow traveling that was rubbing off on the rookie.

"I don't know if he got that from me or not," Kerrigan said. "In my mind, I took a little pride thinking, 'Hey, maybe he saw me doing that.'"