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Instant Analysis: Giants overpower Redskins on Thursday night

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Instant Analysis: Giants overpower Redskins on Thursday night

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—Redskins came into MetLife Stadium hoping to kick the 0-2 Giants while they were down and to show that things were different with the this year’s version of the team. But it was not to be and the Redskins went home with a 32-21 loss.

Things got off to a bad start as their familiar bugaboo, special teams, reared its head. The Giants blocked a punt and it went out bounds in the end zone for a safety. Then Kirk Cousins threw an interception that set up a short field, giving the Giants a 9-0 lead. The Redskins never had the ball with a chance to take the lead after that. 

There were plenty more errors including ill-timed penalties and two more turnovers. One in the late going summed up the night. In the fourth quarter Matt Jones appeared to be headed for a score that would give the Redskins a fighting chance. But the ball was poked out on the two yard line as he dove for the goal line. The ball rolled out of bounds in the end zone for a touchback. 

Key Play: Redskins trailed just 2-0 in the first quarter. On second and 12 at the Washington 17, Cousins threw a play action pass intended for Pierre Garçon. But he didn’t appear to see cornerback Prince Amukamara, who picked off the pass and returned it to the 15. Four plays later the Giants were in the end zone and their 9-0 lead was rarely threatened.

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Scoring drives:

FIRST QUARTER

Giants safety (punt blocked out of the end zone)

Key play: Rashad Jennings overpowered Terrance Plummer and blocked Tress Way’s kick. The ball went out of bounds in the end zone for the safety.

Giants 2, Redskins 0

Williams 1 run (Brown kick)

Key plays: Prince Amukamara got an easy interception of a Cousins pass and returned it to the Redskins’ 15. A couple of Manning pass set up first and goal at the one and it took Andre Williams two tries to get it in from there. 

Giants 9, Redskins 0

FG Brown 35

8 plays, 47 yards, 3:45

Key plays: Manning found Ruben Randle open down the right sideline for a gain of 30 yards. After a holding call, a screen pass to Rashad Jennings gained 18. The Redskins held and Brown booted a field goal from 35.

Giants 12, Redskins 0

SECOND QUARTER

FG Hopkins 44

10 plays, 54 yards, 4:08

Key plays: Cousins threw to Andre Roberts for 18 yards to convert and third and one to the Giants 38. Matt Jones ran for gains of 6, 5, and 6 yards before Hopkins’ kick.

Giants 12, Redskins 3

FG Brown 36

9 plays, 47 yards, 3:59

Key plays: The Giants got off to a good start when they got a free 15 yards on a questionable but still dumb personal foul on the kickoff on Jeron Johnson. Manning threw to Daniel Fells for 23 yards on third and four to the Redskins 21.

Giants 15, Redskins 3

FG Hopkins 37

13 plays, 61 yards, 5:49

Key plays: Cousins got things started when he scrambled and threw to Reed for 20 on third and nine from the 21. Then he went to Jamison Crowder for 15. A few plays later Cousins converted a third and six with a 19-yard dart to Garçon. The drive stalled from there. 

Giants 15, Redskins 6

THIRD QUARTER

FG Brown 48

15 plays, 50 yards, 7:31

Key plays: A nine-yard Manning pass to Ruben Randle converted a third and eight their own territory. Then with the Giants just on the edge of field goal range, Manning to Beckham for three yards converted a fourth and one.

FOURTH QUARTER

Beckham 30 pass from Manning (Brown kick)

8 plays, 73 yards, 5:06

Key plays: Beckham draw an illegal contact flag on a third down completion to keep the drive alive. Then it was Manning to Larry Donnell for 22 yards and then Beckham beat Bashaud Breeland on a post and Manning’s pass was on the money. 

Randle 41 pass from Manning (Brown kick)

3 play, 41 yards, 19 seconds

Key plays: After two runs for no gain following an attempted onside kick, Manning just launched it up for Randle, who caught it and ran to the end zone. 

Giants 32, Redskins 14

Ross 101 kickoff return (Hopkins kick)

Key play: Ross took the kickoff and bolted up the right sideline. He nearly stepped out of bounds but he stayed in and finished the dash to the end zone. 

Giants 32, Redskins 21

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it. 

Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage. 

Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets. 

"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).

Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating. 

"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.

The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games. 

"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."

One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches. 

The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th. 

Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 17, 39 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The best Redskins players 25 or younger

Here is a look at the best Redskins players who have played at least one season and will be 25 or younger as of Week 1 this year. 

WR Jamison Crowder, 25 as of Week 1—Crowder hit the ground running in his first year, with 59 receptions, a team rookie record, and gaining 604 yards. He has been very dependable in his three years, averaging 64 catches, 747 yards, and four receiving touchdowns per year. 

OLB Preston Smith, 25—Since he came into the league, no player but Smith has at least 20.5 sacks, three or more interceptions, and four or more forced fumbles. His sack numbers tend to be up and down from week to week, but Jay Gruden has said more than once that Smith is very consistent in getting pressure on the quarterback even if he doesn’t always get home for the sack. 

DL Matt Ioannidis, 24—A year ago it was thought that he would face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster. Now goes into the season as a starter and key contributor. The 2016 fifth-round pick got much stronger between his first and second seasons and he took well to the coaching of new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Only a broken hand that cost him two games and had him playing with an awkward cast for a few more kept him from threatening to make double-digit sacks. 

DL Jonathan Allen, 23—The Redskins were just starting to get a hint of what Allen could do early in the season. Pro Football Focus credited him with a total of three sacks in the Redskins third and fourth games. But in their fifth game, he suffered a foot injury that ended his season. Allen was a full go for the offseason program and there is no reason to think that he won’t pick back up right where he left off. 

S Montae Nicholson, 22—Like Allen, Nicholson’s rookie season was shortened due to injuries. He took advantage of the absence of anticipated starter Su’a Cravens and made an impact from the beginning. While the 2017 fourth-round pick and free-agent pickup D.J. Swearinger were in the lineup the decade-long struggles the Redskins have had at the safety position were suddenly gone. 

Best of the rest: WR Josh Doctson (25), C Chase Roullier (25)

It should be noted that DL Daron Payne turned 21 in May and RB Derrius Guice will the 21 later this month so they could be joining this list soon. Assuming those two start, the Redskins will have nine quality starters aged 25 or younger this year. 

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Timeline  

Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder was born on this date in 1993. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 39
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 53
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 76

The Redskins last played a game 166 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 84 days. 

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