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Seven foods and items that you'll need to sample at Redskins games this season

Seven foods and items that you'll need to sample at Redskins games this season

Whether you'll be fed with quality football and lots of wins at FedExField this year is something that won't ultimately be determined for another few months. 

However, whether you'll be able to get your hands on some tasty stadium food while watching Redskins games in person in 2017 is something that has already been determined. And the answer is yes.

On Wednesday night, the team held their Taste of FedExField tour, in which they allowed visitors to sample menu items that'll be served when the NFL season begins. Here are some of the highlights from the event:

The Grub Tub

If you're like any other normal person in the world, then your first reaction to a new product or innovation is to say something like, "Aw, darn, why didn't I think of that?" while smiling like it's no big deal, but deep down, you actually start feeling really bitter.

Sound like you? Cool. Then prepare to be bitter again. Check out the Grub Tub, which is now an option for fans at FedExField this season:

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So, instead of holding your food in one hand and your drink in the other, you can hold both things with one. You should now use that newly-free hand to point out those questionable people who wear bright orange Dan Marino jerseys to NFC East games in Washington, because they are the worst. 

Ultimate nachos

A chef on the tour said that the following bowl of nachos should be shared between three or four people. Therefore, like the Redskins will do with their running backs, it's recommended that you go with a nacho-eater-by-committee approach when handling it:

Japanese hot dog

Hungry supporters who, in the past, have been forced to decide between Japanese food and hot dogs will no longer have to make that decision (if anyone has in fact ever been forced to make that decision before, that is):

A new trend in pro football is the hybrid defender, a player who can play multiple positions in the same game. Perhaps this type of item is the new trend in pro football food?

Macaroni and cheese — with Cheetos

Like a QB sneak, this dish is exactly what its name says it is:

Pit beef sandwiches

Some concession stands have been renovated and turned into Skins Pit Beef stands. And at those Skins Pit Beef stands, they sell giant sandwiches filled with meat:

Giant sandwiches filled with meat are the best.

Crab sandwich

In case you get a hankering for something more sophisticated than a hot dog or popcorn, you can now go with a crab sandwich such as this one: 

The hope is that this acts as the inspiration to add more seafood in years to come. It's about time someone creates a bowl of Jamison Crowder chowder, after all.

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Rockslide brownies

And, finally, fans would be wise to try out these luscious brownies, which would cap off a day of eating like a fourth-quarter score: 

They're a dessert worthy of a long-term deal.

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Need to Know: A good sign for the Redskins’ running game?

Need to Know: A good sign for the Redskins’ running game?

Here is what you need to know on Sunday, August 19, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

Talking points

A year ago, there was tremendous concern about the Redskins’ rushing game. In their first two preseason games in 2017 when the games were the Redskins’ first-team offense against the other team’s starters on defense, Washington gained 13 yards on 13 carries. In the first halves of those games, which were played mostly with players on both sides who would end up making the roster the total was 21 attempts for 20 yards. 

At the time, the company line was to downplay the problems. 

“I’m just not worried,” said Trent Williams.

“It’s going to take time and it’s going to take plus-one, plus-two, negative-one, then you get a plus-eight. And things to pop. It’s attrition. Nothing’s going to happen just because you want it to.”

As we now know, the Redskins rushing game never really got going. Certainly, injuries to backs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson and to the entire offensive line contributed heavily to their No. 27 ranking in rushing yards. But a look at the preseason could indicate that the building blocks for an effective rushing game just weren’t in place. 

Things are looking better this year. In two preseason games, the Redskins have rushed for 216 yards. In the first halves of the games, they have 31 attempts for 109 yards. That’s not a great average (3.5 yards per carry) but it is a vast improvement on the sub-one yard per carrying average they had through two games last year. 

Let’s not get carried away here. Preseason numbers aren’t rock-solid indicators by any stretch and even if they were we are looking at a small sample size. Still, the preseason stats are what we have to look at right now. We will see how things develop.  

Bureau of statistics

In 2017 the Redskins averaged 123 rushing yards per game in their first five games. In their last 11 games, they averaged 76 per game. 

On the record

Jay Gruden on the returns of RBs Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine from ankle injuries: "There are no reports really, we'll just wait and see. Every injury is different, and we'll play it by ear and see how long it takes . . . The injury report will come out Week 1 on - when is it, Wednesday? And there you have it."

Comment: Yes, this really was Gruden and not Bill Belichick. The whole organization has been tighter with injury information in general this year. We’re getting a lot of descriptions like “lower leg” rather than ankle or toe. If that’s the way they want to do business that’s fine but be advised as a fan that you are not going to get much information. 

The agenda

Today: Practice at Redskins Park 1:50; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3:00

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 5 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 13 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 21 days

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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