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Need to Know: Redskins hot topics—Will they run more, Cousins distraction

Need to Know: Redskins hot topics—Will they run more, Cousins distraction

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 19, 8 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 199 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 53 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 22
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 31
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 45

Redskins hot topics

—We don’t take down posts for other than extraordinary reasons so this post from yesterday where I criticized the Redskins for their handling of the Kirk Cousins contract situation is still up. But after Cousins spoke on 106.7 The Fan yesterday some of my points were rendered invalid. Cousins said that he was given a heads up that Bruce Allen would talk about some details about the team’s contract proposal. So it doesn’t seem that Allen’s deadline statement will poison future talks. And their chance to sign Cousins for the long term is not gone. He apparently is more than willing to talk contract after the season. I’ve been wrong before, I’ll be wrong again, and I was wrong on those points in that post.

—Now that Cousins is going to be playing out the year on the franchise tag, should there be concerns that the contract matter will become a distraction? It wasn’t much of one last season when he was playing essentially under the same circumstances but they were mostly steady all year. Their longest losing streak was two games and that came twice. If the Redskins should hit a losing streak of three games or longer you have to think that there will be some noise. It shouldn’t be too serious since Cousins is the master of deflecting contract talk and players generally don’t comment on other players’ money. But it won’t be pretty and the team will have to deal with it.

—Moving away from Cousins to things that would help him be successful, I can’t wait to see how the Redskins’ running game shapes up this year. In some ways, they didn’t have a good running game last year, finishing in the lower half of the league in rushing yards (21st). But they were in the top 10 in rushing TDs with 17 and yards per attempt with 4.5. Those numbers indicate that they perhaps should have run the ball more often than they did. Perhaps with the addition of rookie Samaje Perine to Rob Kelley, who performed well in half a season last year, the Redskins might add to their 379 rushing attempts (27th in the league). Jay Gruden isn’t going to go to a ground and pound attack but I believe the Redskins will run a few more times per game.

—The Redskins report to Richmond one week from today, with practice commencing the day after. It seems that they like the 90 players who will be on the field at the Bon Secours facility. They last made a roster move on June 7, when they released DB Shak Randolph and signed DB Lou Young. That was during the third week of OTAs. We will see how long into camp this roster stability lasts.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The brawl, the flinch, and following the money

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The brawl, the flinch, and following the money

Here is what you need to know on Saturday, August 17, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

Talking points

The Redskins week that was: A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskinsand NBC Sports Washington.

The 'Skins and Jets got into a brawl an hour into practice—I was about 10 yards away from where the fight took place, but I was only a few yards from where Morgan Moses hit the ground after taking what the Redskins interpreted to be a cheap shot. I can attest that the earth moves when Moses hits the ground. As to the dustup itself, I wouldn’t have cared at all if it had taken place in the middle of the field. But the fight spilling over into the spectator area made it a very dangerous incident. They need to do better. 

Redskins release CB Orlando Scandrick—When an out-of-the-blue move like this takes place, follow the money. If Scandrick had sustained an injury during the preseason that was serious enough to put him on injured reserve, the Redskins would have been on the hook for his entire 2018 salary of $1.72 million. In addition, his salary would become fully guaranteed if he had been on the roster in Week 1. The Redskins decided to cut their losses, which was his signing bonus of a cool $1 million. 

How Davis' injury affects the Redskins' WR depth chart—Robert Davis was not a lock to make the Redskins’ roster, but he certainly was a contender. But that all changed in an instant a week ago when he got tangled up with cornerback Danny Johnson during practice. Johnson bounced right up, Davis did not, having sustained a broken leg and knee ligament damage. Davis spent most of last year on the practice squad so this will be a second straight season without game action for the 2017 sixth-round pick. 

Redskins starters training camp one-liners, offense—You hear plenty of talk about the backups and bubble players during training camp and often the front-line players get overlooked. So there is your look at how the offensive starters fared in camp, one-liners style. You can find the defense here

Tweet of the week

We didn’t expect him to say anything but we had to ask Terrelle Pryor if he had any comment after the “flinching” incident with D.J. Swearinger. This was all he was willing to say as he jogged towards the locker room with a smile on his face. 

It would be inaccurate to say that Pryor is a polarizing figure among Redskins fans because that would mean that that he had an equal number of supporters and detractors. It’s pretty much all haters. And it’s probably not fair.

From my point of view, I don’t have a problem with Pryor. He was always a stand-up guy when dealing with us. And while he was a free agent bust with the Redskins he didn’t cost a ton of money. Besides, he is hardly unique in that regard. 

The agenda

Today: Practice at Redskins Park 2; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3:30

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 7 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 15 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 23 days

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Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Following the Redskins' Week 2 preseason win over the Jets on Thursday, Jay Gruden said both Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine were "OK" after the two running backs each left the game with injuries. Marshall's was labeled a lower-leg issue, while Perine's injury was called a twisted ankle.

Timetables for their recoveries were then reported on Friday, and while the two members of the backfield escaped anything too severe, they will each be sidelined for decent chunks of time.

Perine will miss a week, according to Mike Garafolo. Marshall, meanwhile, is looking at a longer two-to-four week recovery, per Tom Pelissero. Those pieces of news hurt them in more ways than one.

Derrius Guice's torn ACL in Week 1 of the team's exhibition schedule meant that Marshall and Perine both had a big-time opportunity to step up and earn a spot on Washington's 53-man roster, spots that were harder to envision for them when Guice was healthy.

Overall, the two were slated to compete with Kapri Bibbs for what will likely be two spaces on the depth chart behind the absolutely safe Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley. Now, though, they'll be forced to sit until they're healed up, giving Bibbs more chances in practice and the two remaining August contests to earn Jay Gruden's trust.

Against New York, Bibbs struggled on the ground but led the offense with seven grabs, including a 29-yard gain off a screen play. That performance absolutely brought him closer in the race with Marshall, who scored vs. the Patriots a week earlier. Next, he'll need to prove he can run effectively between the tackles vs. the Broncos in Week 3, which will put some heat on Perine as well.

The 'Skins have 15 days left until they have to finalize their regular season roster. As things stand now amongst the running backs, Bibbs presently has a real shot at stealing a job from the two shelved RBs. But with the way this race has unfolded thus far, that can all change in a split second.