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Redskins' Gruden: Reed is 'on the right track'

Redskins' Gruden: Reed is 'on the right track'

It looks like the Redskins’ offense may be getting a boost for Sunday’s critical game against the Giants.

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice on Thursday but according to Jay Gruden he is steadily improving.

“He looks good,” said Gruden. “he did a lot more today and we’ve just got to keep monitoring him, make sure he’s OK and getting the right treatment, getting stronger and more confident. That’s the big thing is make sure he has the confidence where he can extend his arm and do all the things necessary to separate from defenders. But I think he’s on the right track.”

Jordan has been a major element missing from the Redskins’ offense. In four games since he sustained a Grade 3 shoulder sprain on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas he has missed two. In the other two, he caught a total of two passes for 16 yards.

In eight games prior to the injury, reed averaged six receptions for 67 yards per game. The Washington offense has been up and down since Reed has been out and Kirk Cousins and company would very much welcome the return of even a reasonably healthy Reed.

The news isn’t quite as good on defense. CB Quinton Dunbar (concussion) and S Su’a Cravens (upper arm) both were out of practice. Gruden can’t comment on players in the concussion protocol but he did say that “it’s long shot” when asked about Dunbar’s potential availability. He said something similar about Cravens on Wednesday.

RB Rob Kelley was limited in practice. The last two days after practice Kelley has said that he believes that he will carry a normal workload on Sunday. However, the decision will be up to the doctors and coaches and not to him.

Reserve OT Vinston Painter (calf) also was out of practice. Others limited were DE Chris Baker (ankle), ILB Will Compton (knee), OLB Ryan Kerrigan (elbow), C Spencer Long (ankle), OLB Trent Murphy (foot), and ILB Martrell Spaight (shoulder).

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Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

The Washington Football Team continues to give fans a glimpse into the historic name change and rebrand that will take place over the course of the next season.

The team’s official Twitter account shared a time-lapse video on Thursday that showed various murals and imagery with the old name and logo beings stripped from the team’s facilities.

Phrases like ‘Hail to the Redskins,’ ‘HTTR’ and ‘Fight for Old D.C.’ were removed from in the video as well as the old logo and an overhead view of FedEx Field.

The team captioned the video “Taking everything down and starting fresh.” 

This video is one step in a long rebranding process that the team began a few weeks ago. On July 23, Washington announced it would use the name ‘Washington Football Team’ for the 2020 season and replaced its name and logos on social media that same day.

In addition to a new name and logos, the team released uniforms, including a helmet design that took Twitter by storm.

In the coming months, Washington will continue this transition to rid its facilities of the former name and logo and welcome in a new era in its history. 

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Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman wasn't the most beloved player in Washington during his tenure with the organization, but he certainly was one of the more interesting.

Media members never knew when a routine interview at the corner's locker would turn into a passionate rant or some bizarre metaphor. That sort of unpredictability basically made every one of his pressers a must-attend event.

So, when Norman's time with the Burgundy and Gold came up during his Thursday Zoom call with reporters in Buffalo, it felt like a place where the now-Bills defender could really sound off. But instead, Norman kept things pretty simple in his answer.

"I don’t stick on what went wrong," he said. "I look at the positives. When everybody is trying to look at the negatives, they’re just harking on that and they think they know who you are just because of that. At the end of the day, I take a lot of bullets and I don’t come out and shoot them back. What for? It’s not needed."

If Norman wanted to lash out at his former coaching staff for how they used him or grumble about how he was essentially benched for the end of the 2019 campaign, it would've been somewhat understandable. He certainly deserves from blame for his less-than-sterling tenure with Washington, but others were culpable as well.

To his credit, however, he chose to mostly focus on his new employer.

"It feels so fresh," Norman said about the vibe with the Bills.

He did find a way to close out that particular part of the call with one unique quote, though. 

"What we’re trying to bring here is something truly special," he said. "I’m just gonna sprinkle a little bit of my pixie dust on it."

Well, for the sake of Bills fans, let's hope that pixie dust is different than whatever he was sprinkling in D.C. these last few years. The recipe for that pixie dust should probably be thrown away, honestly.

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