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Redskins stock up-stock down vs. Colts

Redskins stock up-stock down vs. Colts

Here are some Redskins who had their stock go up against the Colts on Saturday and some who saw their stock drop.Stock upThe offensive lineIt would be charitable to say that the Redskins starting offensive line struggled against the Bears as they gave up three sacks in the first quarter alone and didnt open many holes in the running game. Against a weaker Colts defense the line got some mojo back, not allowing a sack and clearing the way for Alfred Morris to pick up 107 yards rushing in a little over a half of play.WR Josh MorganHe has been the forgotten member of the top four wide receivers but he showed why the Redskins went out and got him on the first day of free agency. Morgan made two athletic catches of passes, one from Rex Grossman for a touchdown.RB Alfred MorrisYes, he had an OK game against the Bears but he gained only seven yards on his last eight carries. On Saturday he kept it going, piling up 107 yards in just over a half of play. Again, the Colts defense is not among the strongest in the game but that is an impressive performance in a half against any starting NFL defense.LBs Chris Wilson and Markus WhiteA sack for a safety was the only tackle Wilson recorded but he also was credited with three QB hurries as well. White, in competition with Wilson for the last outside linebacker spot, was very active, recording six tackles, a quarterback hurry, and a pass defensed. This may be such a tough decision for the coaches to make that they may keep them both.QB Rex GrossmanHe entered the game to a smattering of boos but he earned cheers as he went 8 for 8 with two touchdown passes. Any thoughts of him being released to save a roster spot are not gone.Stock downMadieu WilliamsAndrew Luck did make a very nice throw on his touchdown pass to T. Y. Hilton. But Williams let the rookie receiver get past him on a third and seven play. With Tanard Jackson playing a strong game, Williams could find his way back to the bench when Brandon Meriweather returns.Anthony ArmstrongHe caught the one pass that was thrown his way but that likely wasnt enough to keep him on the roster. Wednesdays preseason finale against the Bucs will be huge for him.Tristan DavisHe probably isnt playing to make this roster but he had a chance to get some good film for the rest of the league to examine and he didnt impress. Nine yards on six carries is not a performance that will get your phone ringing when you find yourself a free agent.

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Jay Gruden deserves praise for keeping Redskins 'out of the ditches'

Jay Gruden deserves praise for keeping Redskins 'out of the ditches'

On paper, Jay Gruden's tenor with the Redskins is nothing to write home about. Through five seasons he holds a 35-44-1 record, good enough for a .444 winning percentage. Looking at that, some may draw the conclusion that Gruden hasn't been what the Redskins need at the helm.

But according to Pro Football Talk's Darin Gantt, that's not exactly the case. Taking into account the variables Gruden has dealt with throughout the five years, Gantt actually sees him as a "really good" coach.

"I have always come down of the side, maybe, of guys who are doing more with less," Gantt said recently on a Redskins Talk Podcast. "I think Jay has done a pretty good job keeping things in the middle."

Doing more with less and working in the middle essentially defines Jay Gruden's career with the Redskins. Besides his opening year in 2014 in which Washington went 4-12, Gruden's teams have consistently finished right around the middle of the pack.

In the last four seasons, the Redskins have not won more than nine games, but they also haven't lost more than nine. Hovering right around .500, they've always been around league average.

Part of the reason Gantt is willing to give Gruden praise for records that some coaches would get scolded for revolves around what he's had to work with. Gruden's time as head coach has been filled with injuries and other dilemmas both on and off the field. 

In those circumstances, it wouldn't be surprising to see a team completely flounder and spiral out of control. But, that hasn't really been the case with Gruden. Dealing with what he has, the head coach has kept the team competitive for the most part. The team hasn't been a perennial playoff contender, but it also hasn't been at the bottom of the league.

For that ability to keep the Redskins out of the basement despite all the problems he's encountered, Gruden is someone Gantt respects.

"They're able to keep it out of the ditches," Gantt said about Gruden and former NFL head coach John Fox, who Gantt followed during his time in Carolina.

"I think again in the NFL there's something to be said for that," Gantt added. "When things get sideways a Jim Zorn can lose control in a hurry. I feel like Jay just got sort of a steady hand on the wheel."

Until Gruden takes Washington back to the postseason, the critiques will continue to come, as they would for almost all head coaches in similar situations. But when looking at Gruden's time in Washington with a wide view of everything that has happened, Gantt believes the head coach deserves at least a little praise for keeping things afloat.

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Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

When Carletha "Nana" West was growing up, she began to take an interest in football. In particular, she took notice of a certain Redskins quarterback. 

"When Sammy Baugh was quarterback I liked him and I was just learning football at that time," West said. "I was young myself."

Baugh commanded the Redskins offense from 1937-1952 and became one of West's favorite player. With that, her fandom for the Redskins grew.

Decades later, her love for the Redskins remains. So for her 107th birthday -- yes, 107th -- she, of course, celebrated it with some Burgundy and Gold festivities.

Joined by Redskins GM Bruce Allen, West took in her birthday on Thursday, July 18, at Brandywine in Alexandria, Va. Not only was she given a customized Redskins jersey with the number 107 and the name "Nana", but West also got a day named after her. In Alexandria, July 18 will now be known as Carletha "Nana" West Day.

West spent some time reminiscing about her years as a Redskins fan, singing 'Hail to the Redskins' and even sharing her advice on how to live a long, fulfilling life. Besides loving football, she shared some simple words of wisdom.

"Make friends," West said. "And keep them."

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