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Penalties still a problem for the Redskins

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Penalties still a problem for the Redskins

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden liked many of the things he saw in Sunday’s win over the Eagles.

The 10 penalties for a season-high 110 yards nullified, obviously, were not among those things.

In the end, the rash of flags did not cost the Redskins, who rallied for a 23-20 victory. But they almost did. And Gruden and his players know that it’s a problem that must be dealtRedsk with sooner rather than later.

Through four games, in fact, the Redskins have been assessed the fifth most penalties—35—not including declined and offsetting fouls.

“I don’t know,” Gruden said, asked how to limit the penalties. “I haven’t figured it out yet because our numbers are still pretty high. I think we’ve just got to keep preaching the fundamentals.”

Gruden added: “Some of those penalties were bang-bang calls but we’ve just got to get our pads down. We had a late hit on the quarterback. …We’ve just got to keep coaching it up and showing [the players] examples and work on the fundamentals in practice.”

The game turned on a couple of fouls in the third quarter. Rookie Quinton Dunbar, making his NFL debut, was whistled for unnecessary roughness when he hit Darren Sproles after the Eagles’ returner signaled for a fair catch. Two plays later, safety Trenton Robinson was assessed a questionable flag for his hit on wide receiver Jordan Matthews, whom the official considered to be in a defenseless position.

Those two penalties shortened the field considerably for Sam Bradford and Co., and they capitalized with a touchdown that evened the score 13-13.

In the fourth quarter, a second personal foul on Robinson—one that Redskins captain Dashon Goldson vehemently argued—helped the Eagles pull ahead 20-16.      

Fortunately for Robinson, Kirk Cousins and Pierre Garcon made sure the penalties did not cost the Redskins a win. But, as Gruden said, tackling and blocking technique will be a point of emphasis in practice this week. The Redskins have been flagged for offensive holding (11 times) more than any other infraction.

“I was very concerned about [the penalties],” running back Chris Thompson told me on Redskins Postgame Live. “Coming into the game, we needed to limit our penalties. We’re at the top for penalties as far as our offense goes. So we needed to limit the penalties, but our guys kept fighting hard and we still ended up getting the win.”

Only the Bills, Buccaneers, Raiders and Packers have been assessed more penalties than the Redskins.    

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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

Free-agent Junior Galette has been offered deals with multiple teams this offseason, but the eight-year veteran linebacker hasn't signed anything because he's considering retirement as well. 

In an Instagram post Sunday, Galette — who has been with the Redskins since 2015 but only played in the 2017 season because of injuries — wrote that he's simply not sure if he wants to continue playing football. 

He said, on Instagram: "The real reason I haven’t signed is because I’ve contemplated retiring. I have 3 Deals Currently on the table and will Plan Accordingly. All my fans i promise this will be my Best I’m not saying nothing else God Bless All I’m BACK".

Galette signed with the Redskins in the 2015 offseason, but he missed both that season and the 2016 one because of multiple Achilles injuries. He played in all 16 Washington games in 2017 and finished the season with 20 total tackles and three sacks. 

Prior to signing with the Redskins, Galette was with the New Orleans Saints for the first five seasons of his career. In 2013 and 2014 — his best seasons, by far, stats wise — he combined for 87 total tackles and 22 sacks, plus two safeties.

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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 21, one day before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.  

Redskins player one-liners, offense

A few weeks ago, I did an early projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster on offense and defense. As the team gets ready for OTAs here is a comment on each player expected to make the team on offense; the defense will be up tomorrow. 

Quarterbacks

—It seems likely that Alex Smith will jump right into the leadership role on the offense, unlike his predecessor, who often seemed to be a reluctant leader. 

—Since Smith has missed a few games with injuries here and there, the chances of the team needing Colt McCoy to come in and win a key game are greater than they were the past three years. 

Kevin Hogan has from now until the end of the season to show that he can be a viable No. 2 quarterback to help ensure that he has a job here in 2019. 

Running backs

—It’s been a while around here since expectations were this high for a player picked late in the second round but Derrius Guice will try to meet them. 

Chris Thompson could be ready to participate in OTAs but look for him to get a very light workload if he puts on a helmet at all. 

—If Rob Kelley wants to be a regular on the 46-man game day inactive list he will have to play a lot of special teams, something he has done sparingly in his two years in the league. 

—Since the team likely will monitor Guice’s workload as a rookie, Samaje Perine will get some carries in key situations this year. 

Wide receivers

—While Josh Doctson does need to get more chances to use his huge catch radius and take balls away from defenders, he also could benefit by working to get more separation on a regular basis. 

—Smith was one of the best deep ball throwers in the league last year and if he is going to maintain that status he will need to look for Paul Richardson at least a few times per game. 

—After his play leveled off in his second and third years in the league, will Jamison Crowder have a contract year breakout? 

—It will be interesting to see what Maurice Harris can do if he stays healthy and get some consistent playing time. 

—Will Trey Quinn be a project or will the last pick in the draft have some instant impact on the offense? 

Tight ends

—​Jordan Reed could be an All-Pro or he could be a cap casualty in 2019. 

—The numbers say that Vernon Davis needs to have Reed on the field to be consistently productive; he had no more than two receptions in any of the last six games. 

—​Jeremy Sprinkle will be relied upon to block and play special teams and anything he produces in the receptions department will be a bonus. 

Offensive line

—After making the Pro Bowl while dealing with a serious knee injury last year, who knows what Trent Williams can accomplish if he can, you know, practice during the week.

—Right now Shawn Lauvao is the Redskins’ starter at left guard but a trade or free agent signing could change that in a heartbeat.

—Jay Gruden has a great deal of confidence in Chase Roullier as the starting center and the hope is that he keeps the job for many years to come. 

—Will Brandon Scherff take the next step and attain All-Pro status?

—​Morgan Moses dealt with injuries to both ankles last year, but he was the only offensive lineman who didn’t miss at least two starts.

—If I had to bet right now I’d say that Ty Nsekhe will start the season as the backup tackle on both sides and not as the starting left guard. 

—As long as Nsekhe is the swing tackle, Geron Christin is likely to be inactive on game days. 

—​Tyler Catalina will have to battle his way onto the roster but his ability to play both guard and tackle will land him on the 53. 

—​Tony Bergstrom is the answer to the question, “Who is the Redskins backup center?”

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 22
—Training camp starts (7/26) 67
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 81

The Redskins last played a game 140 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 112 days. 

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