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Garçon wants to contribute more vs. Cowboys

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Garçon wants to contribute more vs. Cowboys

Pierre Garçon expects to suit up against the Cowboys, despite a lingering foot injury that limited his effectiveness in the Redskins’ victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

“I can’t say I was close to where I want to be,” Garçon said in a conference call with reporters on Monday. “I just have to keep pushing, keep going with it and move forward.”

Garçon, playing for the first time since Oct. 7 because of a plantar plate tear in his right foot, lined up for 21 of the offense’s 53 snaps in Washington’s 31-6 win at FedEx Field. He caught three passes – one for seven yards and two for minus-1.

“I didn’t do anything spectacular or crazy, but I helped out, blocked, caught a couple of screen passes,” Garçon said. “I did everything they asked me to do.”

After contemplating surgery in recent weeks, Garçon has decided to play through the pain and contribute in whatever way he can, no matter how small.

“Hopefully what I did [Sunday] is not what I do for the rest of the season,” Garçon said. “The foot is going to get better over time. Every day it is getting better. Hopefully, it will continue to get better [so] I can help out more.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said he was pleased with Garçon’s effort, all things considered. But he also said he’s concerned about his No. 1 wide receiver playing on the artificial turf at Cowboys Stadium.

“I was impressed with how he ran the routes in comparison to how he looked when he came back from New Orleans,” Shanahan said, referring to the first time Garçon returned from the injury. “That was encouraging. The thing you don’t know is how he’ll play on the turf. We’ll take him out there before the game and hopefully the pain is not that great and he can go out there and help us win.”

 

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Need to Know: Smith says Redskins just need to execute vs. Rodgers and the Packers

Need to Know: Smith says Redskins just need to execute vs. Rodgers and the Packers

Here is what you need to know on Friday, September 21, two days before the Washington Redskins host the Green Bay Packers  

Talking points

Here are a few things heard around Redskins Park this week along with my comments. 

Alex Smith on if the offense would feel any additional pressure because they are facing Aaron Rodgers: "I think that you can get sucked into that. In the end, of course, we want to dominate regardless the offense we’re playing, of course, we want to go out there and execute, move the chains . . . It just comes through execution, though . . . The way to do that is just play good offense."

Comment: The Redskins probably will need to score at least 30 points to win this game. Since 2016, the Packers have lost one game that Rodgers started and finish where the opponent scored fewer than 30 points. But Jay Gruden can’t come up with a special “we have to score 35 points” game plan. What he can do, however, is remember what happened to the Bears in Week 1 and remain aggressive if they do build a lead.

D.J. Swearinger on defending the back-shoulder pass against Rodgers: "You’ve got to defend the receiver. The receiver will tell you if he’s going back shoulder or if he’s going [deep] based on body language."

Comment: This is a great detail here. Defensive back can get so scared to get beaten deep that they just keep running while the receiver slows down to catch an intentionally underthrown Rodgers pass. The key is watching the receiver’s eyes as that will give away where the ball is going. It’s easier said than done, but the discipline to do so is critical when playing against a QB like Rodgers. 

Trent Williams on the shuffling that the offensive line likely will have to do with LG Shawn Lauvao out: "It’s a challenge any time you have anybody who has to move positions or any guy who’s new to the lineup. It’s definitely a learning curve to get caught up to speed on how we like to do things. With Tony being a veteran and knowing the offense inside and out, Chase kicking over to guard, those are two of the smarter guys in the offensive line room."

Comment: He doesn’t appear to be too worried that Tony Bergstrom will move in at center and starting center Chase Roullier will slide over to left guard. I don’t think that there should be too much concern about Bergstrom knowing what he needs to do. But his performance in the preseason was spotty at best. We will see how the revamped interior line performs against the Packers’ quality group on the interior defensive line.

Injuries of note

Out: S Troy Apke (hamstring), G Shawn Lauvao (calf)
Limited: WR Paul Richardson (shoulder), LB Zach Brown (oblique), G Brandon Scherff (knee), OT Trent Williams (knee)

Changes from Wednesday: Richardson and Brown from out to limited

The agenda

Today: Practice 12:15 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice approx. 2 p.m.

Upcoming: Packers @ Redskins (Sept. 23) 2; Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 17; Cowboys @ Redskins 30

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The 2005 draft link that bonds the Redskins and Packers ahead of Week 3

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The 2005 draft link that bonds the Redskins and Packers ahead of Week 3

Looking back at NFL Drafts can be a frustrating task for Redskins fans. Missed opportunities and botched picks litter the record books, though the organization has made plenty of good picks, too. 

This weekend marks an interesting intersection of past drafts and current reality when Aaron Rodgers and the Packers come to visit the Redskins and Alex Smith.

Way back, in the 2005 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected Smith with the No. 1 overall pick. He was a major prospect and the consensus top pick in the draft coming out of an outrageous year playing under Urban Meyer at the University of Utah. 

Later that same draft, all the way down to the 24th pick, Green Bay took Aaron Rodgers out of the University of California Berkeley. At the time, the selection turned heads, as the Packers had future Hall of Famer Brett Favre at QB. 

The Rodgers pick turned out to be pretty smart, to say the least. Smith’s tenure in San Francisco had high points, but nothing that lived up to his lofty draft position. 

Rodgers and Smith have talked about being from the same draft class, and the two have developed a friendship off the field. 

“You know, he's a decent player,” Smith joked about Rodgers on Wednesday. 

“He and I [have] been around each other a lot of time now, always linked, pretty good buddies. Certainly, kind of I think follow each other's career from afar.”

Fair or not, Smith and Rodgers have been linked ever since that 2005 draft. Those weren’t the only two QBs taken that year though. 

The Redskins selected Jason Campbell out of Auburn with the 25th pick. If Rodgers had slipped just one more spot, maybe the Redskins take Rodgers instead.

Just to make one more connection, albeit an odd one, but Rodgers wasn’t even the only guy with that last name taken in 2005.

The Redskins selected cornerback Carlos Rogers with the ninth overall pick. Imagine if they took the QB with the slightly different last name. 

 

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