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Need to Know: Monday notes and quotes from Redskins Park--Ex-Buc Hayward will help RG3

Need to Know: Monday notes and quotes from Redskins Park--Ex-Buc Hayward will help RG3

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, November 11, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.

Monday notes and quotes from Redskins Park

—Jay Gruden said that he found the Minnesota loss “sickening” but he thinks the team has been playing better with two wins in its last three games. “There are some things the last three weeks that we have accomplished that are pretty darn good, both sides of the ball and special teams,” he said. “I think moving forward, I think people can see that we have the makings of a good football team, we’ve just got to put it all together and stay consistent in our approach and how we play.”

—Redskins linebacker and special teams captain Adam Hayward spent the first seven years of his NFL career with the Bucs. Now that the Redskins are getting ready to play Tampa Bay, he plans on spending some time with quarterback Robert Griffin III. “I’m going to tell Robert all the things he needs to know about the defense,” he said.

—About midway through the season, Gruden said that the Redskins are overloaded with depth at some positions and a bit thin at others. “I think from an offensive standpoint, we just talked about the receivers – certain positions we are really good at depth-wise,” he said. “Other ones we are a little shaky, a little shaky. Losing Orakpo kind of hurt the outside linebacker position a little bit – pass rush. Obviously DeAngelo hurt the corner spot a little bit. But overall I think our depth is pretty good where we can go out on Sunday and compete against anybody.”

—Gruden said that while the players were happy to have a bye he know they didn’t like having to leave the taste of the close loss to the Vikings in their mouths for an extra week. “I think the majority guys probably enjoyed the bye week but they probably didn’t want one the way we left off against Minnesota,” he said. “I hope they didn’t anyway, I know I didn’t. But everybody is ready to get back to work, including Robert.”

—Adam Hayward thinks that DeSean Jackson may have been speaking to a very limited number of teammates when he spoke out in a team meeting about the need to support Griffin. “[Jackson] might’ve been talking personally to a few guys, but just had to address the whole team," he said. "I mean, it’s one of those things where if you were the guy in class not saying anything, but somebody else was, and I addressed the whole class, you wouldn’t pay attention really, right?”

—A lot of fans did not appear to like Gruden saying that the Redskins are “so close” to being 7-2. But he knows that the difference between the teams like the Redskins and the Bucs and the teams in playoff contention is being able to execute the handful of plays every game that decide the outcome. “They are 1-8,” he said. “They are in a similar situation as we are. They are scratching their heads, they’ve lost some close games, games they thought they should have won but ultimately it comes down to – like I said the difference in 1-8 and 6-2 or 6-3 in this league is very, very minimal, and the teams that are playing with good records are the teams that are making those plays, those clutch plays at the end of games and not turning the ball over and doing what’s necessary.”


Today’s schedule: No availability, off day

Days until: Bucs @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ 49ers 12; Redskins @ Colts 19

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation. 

Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue. 

There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role. 

Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee. 

The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet. 

The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit. 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.

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