Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 2, eight days before the Washington Redskins open their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Off day; final cuts due at 4 p.m.

Days since:

—Redskins’ last game (1/1) 244

Days until:

—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 15
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 22
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 57

Five takeaways from the Redskins’ preseason

While we wait for news of Redskins cuts coming out as today progresses, let’s take a look back at the preseason and see what from the four games can be spun forward to the regular season.

Timing takes time: Kirk Cousins and Terrelle Pryor seemed to click in training camp but they found it to be a different situation when they got into full-speed games. They stayed after practice one day last week to work in getting down the intricacies of a particular pattern. They might have to do that frequently this season as their chemistry, which hasn’t turned out to be instant, develops.

Players can make the roster in the preseason games: Jay Gruden likes to say that everything counts when weighing who will remain on the roster but it seems that he weighs what happens in the games a little bit more than accomplishments during a Tuesday practice in Richmond. It is widely assumed that rookie CB Josh Holsey will make the 53 and he had a stellar preseason, hustling all over the field and making plays. If ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons makes it, his play in the preseason games will have helped his case immensely.


Nothing is real except for the injuries: The Redskins lost two defensive players for the year during the preseason. OLB Trent Murphy went out with a torn ACL early in the first quarter or the first exhibition. That injury turned an area of depth into on that is reliant on the health of Junior Galette and that is tough to rely on. NT Phil Taylor’s torn quad left them without a true nose tackle. The 2-2 preseason record and the stats have a shelf life that expired when the clock hit 0:00 on Thursday. The scars from the surgeries and the repercussions of the loss of these players will linger much longer.

The preseason is too long: If you end your preseason in front of a stadium that is about a quarter full and most of the players on the field at a given moment won’t be on the team in 48 hours, you have a problem. The NFL is putting an awful product on the field and even the people who already have paid regular-season prices aren’t interested in attending. Roger Goodell keeps talking about shortening the preseason, admitting that it’s a bad product. But after several years it’s sounding like lip service.

The best thing about the preseason is that it’s now over: OK, this is related to the last one. Now we can look at real games. The cycle of Thursday night, three games Sunday and Monday night will start. Injured players will play in pain; we don’t have to guess if a player is sitting out as a precaution or if he really can’t go. The stadiums will be full, the excitement genuine. The stats and wins and losses that are compiled will not be fake news. As they say in school, they will go on your permanent record.

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