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Williams gets out of position, makes key block


Williams gets out of position, makes key block

The Redskins made a lot of big plays against the Saints on Sunday but perhaps none was bigger than the 78-yard screen pass to Matt Jones. The rookie running back took it to the house, scoring a touchdown that put the Redskins up 21-14 in the second quarter. It was a lead they never relinquished.

“We had it schemed up perfectly, we had them in the defense we wanted to have them in,” said Jones after the game. “I give credit to my guard [Brandon Scherff] and my center [Josh LeRibeus]. They waited patiently and got the to second level so fast and gave me the ability to make the cuts that I did.”

He got help from another lineman, too. The play went to the offense’s right side and after Jones got about 20 yards past the line of scrimmage his escort of blockers included wide receivers, tight end Derek Carrier and, surprisingly, left tackle Trent Williams. He made one of the last blocks that Jones needed to complete his rumble into the end zone.

The thing is, Williams wasn’t supposed to be there.

“I was supposed to be blocking the D-end and drawing him upfield,” said Williams. “But I think Jordan Reed may have knocked the D-end down so I was just standing there with nothing to do and I still had time to enter into the screen so I went for it. I always ask coach can I enter the screen, he always says no, take care of your assignment. I kind of felt like a kid sneaking out of the house. I had a blast, man I had a blast, making the one block that helped spring the touchdown.”

On a quick side note here, the sub headline here is that Jordan Reed knocked a defensive end down. His blocking has not been a strong point and it appears to have improved considerably.

Back to Williams, despite the result of the play he still seems to feel a tinge of guilt about not following his assignment.

“It looked like it was designed that way,” said Williams. “You’d never know that I wasn’t supposed to be in the screen. I’m not going to make that a habit but if the opportunity presents itself maybe I’ll take advantage of it again.”

Williams didn’t mention the coaches correcting him for his “mistake”. The saying in football is that if you’re going to make an error, make it while your hustling. It looks like Williams checked that box and is in the clear. 

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation. 

Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue. 

There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role. 

Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee. 

The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet. 

The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit. 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.

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