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NFL Twitter account throws shade at 'Skins; 'Skins respond perfectly


NFL Twitter account throws shade at 'Skins; 'Skins respond perfectly

When Jay Cutler connected with Alshon Jeffery for a 50-yard gain just ahead of the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Chicago-Washington game, it looked like it would be the decisive play in the contest.

The throw, which was completed with little resistance from the 'Skins' secondary, was a big pitch-and-catch that put the home team — down by just three at the time — inside of the visitors' 40 with a decent amount of time left on the clock. It was a deflating pass that came off of a blown coverage, and it was one that could've been the death knell in the Burgundy and Gold's playoff chances had the Bears finished the drive off with a touchdown. But Joe Barry's unit made a stand from there, and the sequence ultimately ended in a missed Robbie Gould field goal. Therefore, the Cutler to Jeffery bomb proved to be just a footnote in a wild matchup.

However, on Monday, the NFL's Twitter account decided to highlight the play and, at the same time, throw some shade in Washington's direction. Take a look at the somewhat snarky message here:

A few hours later, though, the Redskins' Twitter account deftly deflected the NFL's tweet with a simple point to the scoreboard:

Boom, roasted.

The NFL's main account tried to go to the rim against Washington, but Washington sent its shot into the fifth row of the stands, then gave a Dikembe Mutombo-esque finger wag afterward. Next time, the NFL might want to re-think tagging the Redskins in its tweet, especially when it's talking about a part of the action that didn't end up making a difference in an important win for the team.


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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. 


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Redskins 53-man roster projection, ver. 2.0

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Redskins 53-man roster projection, ver. 2.0

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The Redskins are halfway through the preseason and the first two games may have done more to muddy the waters when it comes to who will make the 53-man roster than they did to clarify things. 

Here is my second training camp prediction of who will make the final cut for the Redskins. See where players are safe and where the hot spots are for competition. 

Among the big battles taking shape:

—An injury and one player’s impressive preseason have juggled the wide receiver depth chart. 

—With Orlando Scandrick cut, the cornerback position looks set but the rookies had better not do anything to shake the coaches’ confidence in them. 

—There are seven safeties who may be worthy of roster spots, but only four are likely to make it. 

—Despite the Hogan-led rally last night, it still looks like the roster will have only two QBs. 

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