In summary:The Redskins improved to 2-1 in the preseason behind a steady performance from rookie quarterbackRobert Griffin IIIand a solid effort from corner backJosh Wilsonand the first team defense, which limitedAndrew Luckand the Colts starting offense to seven points.But the exhibition season isnt about wins and losses. Its about position battles, and at least one important competition just got a little more intriguing after Saturdays 30-17 victory at FedEx Field.Fierce fight:This much we know about the wide receiver battle:Pierre Garon,Santana Moss,Leonard HankersonandJosh Morganare locks to make the team.After that, its a toss up.Among the players o the bubble,Dezmon Briscoeis the one you simply cant ignore. A week after hauling in three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in Chicago, the 6 foot 2, 210-pounder caught both passes tossed in his direction, including a 12-yard touchdown pass fromRex Grossman.The highlight of the afternoon for Briscoe, though, came earlier on that fourth-quarter scoring drive. Grossman lofted an underthrown pass down the right sideline, and Briscoe adjusted to the ball and hauled it in for a 37-yard reception.Biscoe, however, isnt sure where he stands.Its very important, he said. I just wanted to go out there and make sure that I put good stuff on film, so just in case I dont make this team, then someone else will come pick me up.Briscoe is battlingBrandon Banks,Anthony Armstrong,Terrence AustinandAldrick Robinsonfor whats expected to be two openings. Banks did not play receiver against the Colts; Robinson was not targeted; Armstrong had one catch for 15 yards; and Austin had two receptions for 31 yards.Offensive MVP:Running backAlfred Morris, of course. He gained 107 yards on 14 carries and caught a pass for a six-yard gain. The rookie also ripped off long runs of 17, 18 and 23 yards and scored a touchdown, which he celebrated with a home run swing dedicated to a Little League World Series team he recently met.At the end of the day, everyone wants to be the starter, he said when asked about getting the nod in New Orleans. I just want to keep making it hard on the coaches not to keep me on the 53-man roster.The Redskins have had only nine 100-yard rushing performances in the Shanahan-era.Defensive MVP:Josh Wilson made five tackles, did a impressive job when matched up against Colts No. 1 receiver Reggie Wayne, and made a nice tackle on Indianapolis running back Vick Ballard for no gain in the second quarter. Put me in, coach: Santana Moss, who returned two punts for 24 yards, said hes been bugging the coaching staff about playing on special teams all offseason.Since I lost all that weight, Moss said, referring to the 15 pounds he shed in the offseason, I feel like I can run again. I have been messing around saying if Banks even stumps his toe, you can count on me.Banks, who returned one punt for four yards and two kickoffs for a combined 42 yards, is now facing competition from Moss and rookie corner back Richard Crawford at punt returner.Who, me?:Speaking of surprise returners, right endNiles Paulreturned the opening kickoff 42 yards. A former standout returner at Nebraska, he returned just one kick all of last season.How did it look? Paul said with a smile. Im not complaining.Injury update:Nose tackleChris Baker(ankle), linebackerRob Jackson(elbow) and fullbackDorson Boyce(undisclosed) all missed time with injuries. Each of them returned to the game and are believed to be okay.Stat pack:Grossman may have received a smattering of boos from the home fans when he relieved Griffin in the third quarter. All Grossman did was go out and put forth a perfect performance literally.One game after not playing at all, Grossman was 8 of 8 passing for 127 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating.We won and we finally looked a team, from first quarter to fourth quarter, felt good about what they were doing, Grossman said. We looked crisp.Home sweet home:D.C. nativeJosh Morgancaught both passes thrown to him, including a 13-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.Coming off that season-ending injury, when some people were saying I might never be the same, to be able to get out there and do what Im doing, its a testament to God, he said. And to do it in front of my family and everybody who watched me become who I am today, that was the best.Morgan estimates he had 40-45 friends and family members in the stands.Quotable:Colts CoachChuck Paganoon Griffin: About what we thought: Good. He missed some throws that hed love to have back. He extended some plays, ran for a first down, got outside of containment a couple of other times. Hes going to be a quality player for a long time.
Two days after losing Reuben Foster for the year, the Redskins made a move to at least provide reinforcements to a weakened linebacker group.
On Wednesday, Washington announced that they have signed Jon Bostic, a six-year veteran. The 'Skins also officially placed Foster on injured reserve.
Bostic was a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears out of Florida. He's since bounced around to New England, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, where he started 14 times for the Steelers in 2018 and posted 73 tackles. He's been traded twice in his career and missed all of 2016 with a foot injury.
So, what does the move accomplish for the Redskins?
Well, Bostic — or any other free agent signing at this point — isn't going to have close to the level of talent and potential that Foster had. However, getting another option at linebacker was necessary for the Burgundy and Gold, and the 28-year-old has played in 30 contests over the past two years, so he's relatively established.
Yes, he's far from a gamechanger, considering he has just one interception and 5.5 sacks as a pro. But he's regarded as a solid run defender and tackler and should at least push Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. His presence also could alleviate some of the pressure that would've been on rookie Cole Holcomb.
Signing a defender who's been with five franchises in six years isn't exactly inspiring, but Bostic has experience as a starter and could give the Redskins useful snaps on first and second down at a minimum. Now it's on him to take advantage of the opportunity he's been given.
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You may not know the exact dates of the Redskins' two matchups with the Giants this season, which will take place Sep. 29 and Dec. 22 in 2019. But Landon Collins sure does.
"I'm gonna circle it for the next six years," the 'Skins new safety told ESPN in a recent interview.
No, Collins isn't circling those dates from now until 2024 because he wants to be very organized and ensure he doesn't have any scheduling conflicts. He's doing it because he's dying to get revenge on his former team, who let him leave as a free agent in part because of their "culture change," according to him.
"All we wanted to do was win, and we spoke up because we had to get them to listen to us," Collins told ESPN, referring to himself and other now ex-Giants like Odell Beckham and Damon Harrison. "I think we were too vocal, and that platform was bigger than the Giants... If it's not good media, they don't want that kind of media."
In addition to the organization wanting to go in a different direction culture-wise, New York didn't want to pay the amount of money the Redskins ended up paying for Collins because he wasn't an ideal fit in their defense. The 25-year-old pushes back against the idea that he's strictly a "box safety," though, as do current and former players.
Interestingly enough, Collins isn't the only member of the Redskins' secondary who's in D.C. thanks to a decision by Dave Gettleman. Gettleman was also the same guy who decided the Panthers needed to move on from Josh Norman in April 2016.
Collins, for one, doesn't sound like he'll miss Gettleman at all. The defender didn't love how the GM consistently failed to make an effort to connect personally with his players.
"I don't know him, he don't know me, that's kind of how it just kind of was," he explained.
All that, however, doesn't matter anymore. Collins is going to be the foundation of the Redskins' defense for quite some time, and that's a challenge he's ready to accept.
"I'm on a team that loves me and wanted me here," he said.
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