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Jay Gruden on Jordan Reed: He's a different animal


Jay Gruden on Jordan Reed: He's a different animal

Green Bay has succeeded in slowing down opposing tight ends this season, but Redskins coach Jay Gruden points out the Packers haven't played Jordan Reed. The Redskins tight end has gone for more than 370 yards and five touchdowns in his last four games, emerging as a dynamic threat for Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense.

"They haven’t seen a tight end like Jordan," Gruden said. "He’s different, he’s a different animal."

Pass defense ranks as a strength for the Packers, as the team comes in ranked 6th in the NFL in both pass yards allowed and pass TDS allowed. But the Green Bay coaches must also recognize that devoting too much attention to Reed will mean leaving the vertical threat open to DeSean Jackson.


"If they choose to double him or take him away that’s where DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, our halfbacks come into play and Jamison Crowder. We feel good about dispersing the field with the weapons that we have," Gruden explained. "If they choose to take one guy away, we like our matchups across the board." 

The Pack have not faced a top flight tight end mid-December when they hosted the Cowboys. In that game, Jason WitteN hauled in five catches for 40 yards, though it's worth pointing out the Dallas offense looked particularly inept with Matt Cassell at QB. 

A better comparison for Reed against the Packers might be an early November matchup against the Panthers. In that game, Carolina tight end Greg Olsen grabbed four catches for 66 yards and a TD. Reed may not be Olsen yet, but each week he seems like he is getting close, and Olsen is used as much in the Panthers offense as Reed is by the Redskins.

For the year, Reed has brought in 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 TDs. All that, just in 14 games. A different kind of animal indeed.

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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans. 

"That's for sure," the coach said. 

By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically. 

Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.

As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field. 

Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries. 

The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half. 

Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."

Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future. 

Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston. 


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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR


With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

The main news on Friday at Redskins Park was the surprising return to the practice field by Trent Williams. 

That wasn't the only notable development when it comes to injuries, though. 

During his end-of-the-week podium session, Jay Gruden ruled Samaje Perine out for Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has a calf injury and won't be able to go in Week 11.

As of Friday afternoon, that leaves the 'Skins with just two healthy running backs in Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs. Chris Thompson is on the active roster as well, but he's dealing with rib issues and he's going to be absent when Houston visits.

This means you should expect to see Byron Marshall in Burgundy and Gold come kickoff. Marshall has been on IR with an ankle injury since the start of the year but said he's been healthy for a while now and would be ready to step in as the third back.

The majority of offensive snaps the past few weeks have gone to Peterson and Bibbs, so Marshall shouldn't figure into things too much when the Redskins have the ball. He showed flashes in some spot duty in 2017, though, so if need be, he could be productive for Gruden.

With Trey Quinn already back on the 53, if/when the team elects to bring back Marshall, the Redskins will be out of IR activations. NFL rules stipulate each club only gets two per season.