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Will Redskins RB Pierre Thomas have a bigger role vs. Bills?


Will Redskins RB Pierre Thomas have a bigger role vs. Bills?

When Pierre Thomas signed with the Redskins on Dec. 10, the veteran running back was afforded only one practice and a walkthrough before he made his debut in Chicago. Naturally, he didn’t play much. In fact, Thomas saw only four snaps and hauled in one pass for 12 yards against the Bears.

But Thomas’ role could grow Sunday against the Bills—if he's in the lineup. Coach Jay Gruden said the 46-man game day roster will feature, per usual, three running backs and a fullback, meaning the third running back spot will come down to Thomas or Chris Thompson, who was sidelined last week with a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable for the Buffalo game.

“Pierre is good [to go],” Gruden said. “He’s picked it up fast. He could play the whole game if he wants to. He’s good.”

If Thomas is active, he’ll be eager to show what he can do.

“I’m very comfortable now,” said Thomas, a dual-threat back who had a combined 1,600 yards from scrimmage as a member of the Saints in 2013 and 2014. “I picked up the offensive scheme very, very quickly. Hopefully I showed them...I’m good with the protections, the run scheme and the passing game, too. I’m ready to go out there and do my thing, and show everybody what I can do.”

Kirk Cousins noted that Thomas has already made an impact off the field in Ashburn.

“You’re always trying to gain knowledge from experienced players like Pierre, especially when they come in from other teams,” Cousins said. “He’s had a lot of success with the Saints playing in one of the best offenses in football for almost a decade.”

The quarterback added: “I feel like he’s got a lot to share and I just try to be a good question-asker, and pick his brain. …It’s great to have guys like him and the other vets that we’ve picked up as the year has gone on, who have that experience and know what it’s like to win, and win consistently.”

On Friday, Thomas was the last player to leave the practice field. He stayed out long after practice ended so that he could get some extra work with third string quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“I wanted to work on a couple of routes,” Thomas said. “Make sure I’ve got it down pat, with my steps and getting out of my breaks. I feel comfortable.”

Like Gruden, offensive coordinator Sean McVay also hinted that Thomas could see a bigger role Sunday.

“He’s done a really good job picking up the system,” McVay said. “Like we mentioned, there are some similarities in the way that we’ll use him to what he’s done over the course of his career in New Orleans. He is a guy that you can expect to see more of this week because of that.”

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?