Player News - Redskins

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The Washington defense struggled with the Baltimore first-team offense on Saturday, allowing Joe Flacco to throw for 137 yards and touchdown with a 122.9 passer rating.

Washington did come out on top in this contest by a score of 31-13, but the first-team issues are concerning for a team that struggled against the pass in 2014. New offensive coordinator Joe Barry’s defense should be shelved in fantasy leagues and will have a tough time handling the offenses of the NFC East.
Aug 30 - 2:20 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he will discuss his quarterback decision with GM Scot McCloughan, team president Bruce Allen and owner Daniel Snyder.

Gruden added he had the final say in the quarterback decision, but if that were the case Robert Griffin III likely would not have been named the starter in February. Kirk Cousins was shaky in the third preseason game, but at this point he may offer Washington the best chance to win. Griffin may not be cleared from his concussion in time to play Week 1, so all of this may end up being a moot point.
Aug 29 - 11:31 PM

Ryan Grant caught five passes for 64 yards in the Redskins' third preseason game.

Grant led the team with eight targets and could have had a bigger night had Kirk Cousins been more accurate on a couple throws. Grant is a good route runner with sure hands, but he is buried on the depth chart.
Aug 29 - 10:46 PM

Redskins rookie WR Jamison Crowder caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut.

After missing the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury, Crowder ran with the second-team offense on Saturday night. His touchdown came on a tipped pass from Kirk Cousins. Crowder should contribute on special teams as a rookie, but he needs to jump Andre Roberts on the depth chart to see consistent snaps on offense.
Aug 29 - 10:43 PM

Matt Jones rushed seven times for 57 yards in the Redskins' third preseason game.

He added one catch for 17 yards. Jones had much more success against the second-team defense than Alfred Morris had against the first, but he ran clearly behind Alf in this game and saw the field after Chris Thompson as well. Jones has the talent to put pressure on Morris, but he has not climbed him on the depth chart yet. Jones has 139 yards on 20 carries (6.95 YPC) this preseason.
Aug 29 - 10:14 PM

Redskins WR Evan Spencer exited the team's third preseason game with a possible head injury.

Spencer went down on a Redskins' touchdown play late in the third quarter. He was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a possible concussion.
Aug 29 - 9:54 PM

Alfred Morris rushed seven times for four yards in the Redskins' third preseason game.

The poor performance was not Morris' fault as the Ravens' defensive line lived in Washington's backfield. Morris clearly ran ahead of Matt Jones and even got involved in the passing game with two catches for six yards. Morris' upside is capped by the offense, but he is a solid RB2.
Aug 29 - 9:44 PM

Jordan Reed caught two passes for 21 yards in the Redskins' third preseason game.

Reed looked healthy in his first preseason action, making several early plays including a diving grab on third down. Though Tom Compton saw plenty of snaps with the first-team offense as a blocking tight end, Reed was clearly the top pass-catching option. He is a high-upside, low-floor TE2.
Aug 29 - 9:34 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-27 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Redskins' third preseason game.

Cousins looked scared in the pocket early in the game. His interception came on a screen pass when he forced the ball into a crowd, and he fumbled a snap on the first play of the next drive. He struggled with ball placement all night, and his touchdown came on a tipped ball which should have been intercepted. Cousins calmed down as the game wore on, and he was sharp two-minute touchdown drive to close out the first half. Even if Cousins opens the season as the starter, he should not be trusted in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 29 - 9:29 PM

Redskins SS Duke Ihenacho exited the team's third preseason game with a right arm injury.

He is questionable to return. Ihenacho injured his arm making a stop on a running play in the second quarter. Jeron Johnson replaced Ihenacho at strong safety.
Aug 29 - 8:40 PM

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon played just one series in the team's third preseason game.

Garcon saw just one target on the night. With Garcon unlikely to play in the final preseason game, he will finish the exhibition season with one catch for four yards. Despite the slow preseason, Garcon is a good bet to lead the Redskins in targets. He is an interesting pick in the double-digit rounds.
Aug 29 - 8:33 PM

DeSean Jackson (shoulder) will not play in the Redskins' third preseason game.

Jackson resumed practicing almost a week ago, but the Redskins are smartly being cautious with their top playmaker. Jackson will be good to go in the regular season.
Aug 29 - 6:32 PM

Redskins signed LT Trent Williams to a five-year, $66 million extension.

The deal includes $43.25 million guaranteed. Williams will average $13.2 million annually, placing him ahead of Tyron Smith as the highest-paid left tackle in the league. It's the second big-money extension given out by GM Scot McCloughan after locking up OLB Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins should have two offensive-line cornerstones to build around with Williams and No. 5 overall pick Brandon Scherff. A three-time Pro Bowler, Williams is signed through 2020, his age-32 season.
Aug 29 - 3:44 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer said the Redskins have yet to make a decision on their Week 1 starter.

This negates a report from ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, who said Kirk Cousins had been tabbed for Week 1. Russini spent several years covering the Redskins, so she is aa plugged in with the team as any national reporter. Robert Griffin III (concussion) may not be cleared to play by Week 1, which would make this all a moot point. The bigger point to take away from the last week is the Redskins' organization is about as dysfunctional as they come.
Aug 29 - 1:42 PM

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins plan to start Kirk Cousins in Week 1 against the Dolphins.

Russini made her bones as a D.C. reporter, so she is as plugged into the team as any national reporter. ESPN's Ed Werder reported GM Scot McCloughan is "determined to change team culture" and could decide to move on from Robert Griffin III. The mystifying situation surrounding Griffin's concussion may have given McCloughan a prime opportunity to cut ties. Cousins is the owner of a career 59-percent completion rate and has an 18:19 TD-to-INT ratio across 14 NFL appearances.
Aug 29 - 11:14 AM

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