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Cousins owns a career 7.4 YPA, but posted 8.4 YPA last season, along with a 10:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The sample size is small (six games), but DeSean Jackson's numbers remained pretty much the same with Cousins under center while Pierre Garcon's production increased significantly. He averaged 4.2 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD in the six games that Cousins played last season. Those are high-end fantasy WR3 numbers.
Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure: No one figured Leonard Hankerson would emerge as a fantasy target based on his career numbers in four seasons with the Redskins. Hankerson has just six touchdowns in 31 career games (123 targets). Injuries have hampered his progress, but a healthy Hankerson has a legit chance to be a secondary threat behind Julio Jones. Hankerson already showed he could be a scoring target with a 2-yard touchdown reception from Matt Ryan in a preseason matchup against the Jets.
Griffin still hasn't fully recovered from the concussion he suffered recently.
Latavius Murray only has 82 professional carries, but he’s inspired great confidence in the Raiders coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, for one, has become a fan over the last six months. They’ve seen the tools required for success during the offseason program and the preseason. Murray doesn’t need many game reps to validate those sentiments, cemented by the third-year pro’s willingness to work on becoming a well-rounded back.
"He’s made very positive impressions,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said after Thursday’s practice. “He has been working a lot on his hands so he can be a good receiver out of the backfield, because we don’t want a guy that’s going to be a liability when we go to throw the ball. He’s really been working on that. Of course, he’s got the body and the ability to really be a good player at this level.”
Murray has found a way to turn small opportunities into big gains, by bouncing into a new rushing lane at as moments notice.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if those cuts are directly correlated to his vision,” Musgrave said. “He’s got great vision. Not just because he’s tall, even if he was 5-8. I think he’d have really good vision. He can anticipate things and jump through those cracks, almost before they open.”
On Roy Helu Jr.: “Roy brings a lot of experience. He’s had a lot of production there with the Redskins, and so glad to have him back out healthy. He’s been out a couple days. Hopefully, he can stay healthy.
“If he stays healthy. If he is available, we’re very willing to give him his opportunities (to be more than a third-down back).”
Murray rushed 82 times for 424 yards (a 5.2 YPC) and two touchdowns, including an incredible four-carry, 112-yard, two-TD performance against the Chiefs in Week 12. He still averaged a solid (if unspectacular) 4.0 YPC when that game is excluded. With good size (6'2, 223 lbs) and great speed (4.38 40-yard dash), Murray has all the physical tools to succeed at the position. He even showed solid hands with 17 receptions on 23 targets. According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, a Raiders source said that Murray is “freak” and has a chance to have “a huge year” in 2015. Helu may eat into Murray's third-down work, so don't expect Murray to be a three-down back.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6:40pm
Now he’s optimistic about playing vs. Baltimore on Saturday.
“I definitely expect to play this week,” Reed said. “It felt so great to practice all day.”
It’s uncertain whether or not he’ll actually play, but coach Jay Gruden said of Reed’s return, “That’s exciting, great progress by him.”
Sure, the Washington Redskins would like the league’s top deep threat in their lineup this preseason, as the first-team offense works on gelling as a unit before the games start counting.
But most important for DeSean Jackson – and the team in general – is ensuring the wide receiver’s injured shoulder is at 100 percent when the Miami Dolphins come to FedExField Sept. 13 for Week 1 of the regular season.
“I think I’ll be ready to go,” Jackson said. “You won’t have to worry about me at all. I’ll be the same person I’ve always been, making plays and being the guy that brings the energy to this team.”
Jackson, who suffered an AC sprain in his right shoulder Aug. 6 in a training camp drill, told reporters Tuesday he’s not likely to see any game action in the remaining two preseason matchups – on Saturday vs. the Baltimore Ravens and on Sept. 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the story said. It went on to say, Jackson participated in practice drills Sunday for the first time since suffering the shoulder injury, taking part in individual and positional drills. He had a similar role in Monday’s practice, but was not wearing shoulder pads and is yet to take part in 11-in-11 action.
Robert Griffin III made it through a second straight practice without experiencing any lingering symptoms from the concussion that knocked him out of last Thursday’s preseason game against Detroit.
The quarterback on Tuesday handled a full workload, two days after practicing for the first time since suffering the concussion. (The Redskins had Monday off from practice). Griffin will see the team neurologist on Thursday, Coach Jay Gruden said, and if he remains symptom-free, he should receive clearance to play in Saturday’s game at Baltimore.
If healthy, Griffin will be the starting quarterback as Washington travels to take on Baltimore on Saturday evening. The fourth-year veteran will remain the starter despite having completed just 46.2 percent of his passes (6 for 13 for 44 yards), getting sacked three times, fumbling twice (one lost) and posting a passer rating of 54.6. Griffin didn’t play in the 2013 preseason because he was still working his way back from knee surgery. He last led the first-team offense to a preseason touchdown in 2012 the story pointed out. Meanwhile, but Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins have played pretty well in preseason games.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 2:48pm
The Redskins‘ first-team offense may be stalled midway thru the preseason, but it has no shortage of quality wide receivers.
Tuesday, when the team regrouped for practice at Redskins Park, two key receiving targets who’ve been sidelined by injury the past two weeks started easing back to work: DeSean Jackson and tight end Jordan Reed.
Neither has appeared in a preseason game yet. Reed hasn’t practiced since Aug. 11, when he joined the injury list with a strained hamstring. And Jackson, who led the team in receiving yards last season, has sat out with a shoulder injury suffered on Aug. 6, the first day of the Redskins’ three-day joint practice with the Houston Texans.
Monday, August 24, 2015, 1:24pm
When the Washington Redskins returned to practice on Sunday, wide receiver DeSean Jackson was back in action for the first time, according to the Washington Post. Jackson only participated in individual drills, but it's a great step in the right direction.
The Redskins have a lot of talent at the wide receiver position heading into 2015, but they need to get them back on the field. Jackson and fellow promising wide receiver Jamison Crowder have been sidelined until recently.
It is becoming apparent that the No. 2 quarterback in Washington will have a good shot at becoming No. 1 at some point during the season.
It’s not too much of a stretch to concoct a doom and gloom scenario for Robert Griffin III. Watching him on Thursday against the Lions and throughout his career since 2013, it seems almost inevitable that his season will be interrupted by either injury or ineffectiveness. That means that the winner of the competition for the No. 2 quarterback job is likely to start some regular season games and perhaps sooner rather than later.
So who is the leader in that competition between Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy? Jay Gruden said during training camp that performance in preseason games would be the primary determining factor. If there is a leader in the battle, Gruden has not tipped his hand to reveal which one it is.
“They’re doing extremely well,” said Gruden of the play of the two backups during the preseason.
The story went on to say throughout OTAs, minicamp and training camp, Cousins and McCoy have split the work with the second and third teams about as evenly as you can. Cousins has completed 77 percent of his passes averaging 9.4 yards per attempt while McCoy is completing passes at a 75 percent clip and also averaging 9.4 yards per pass. Both have been behind center for seven drives. Cousins has had better results, with the team scoring three touchdowns and a field goal with him in the game while McCoy’s possessions have resulted in two touchdowns, the story all said. As you can see, things are pretty close. It's a situation to pay attention to especially if you play in deeper leagues or leagues that start two QBs.
It didn’t take long to go from Redskins coach Jay Gruden announcing that quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion after getting crunched by the Lions on Thursday night to reports that Griffin was fine, which caused some media members covering the game to wonder if the diagnosis was a convenient way to keep Griffin from talking to the media after a rough night.
People holding that opinion probably won’t be swayed by what they saw on the field at Sunday’s practice. There hasn’t been much time for Griffin to get cleared through the league’s concussion protocol, but multiple reporters at the practice report that Griffin is running the starting offense during 11-on-11 drills against the Redskins defense.
The quick turnaround from a concussion to being cleared for a full practice will likely lead to questions for Gruden, Griffin and others in the organization about the evaluation and treatment processes. Either way, it appears Griffin is fine.
"Robert's fine," Washington tight end Je'Ron Hamm said on a conference call as the Redskins enjoyed a second straight off day. "He got a little banged up. I (don't) like to see any of my teammates down there on the ground, (but) I'm glad to know that he's going to be all right."
Griffin, who's expected to be Washington's opening day starter for a fourth straight season, was injured when Lions defensive end Corey Wootton landed on him while trying to recover his fumble early in the second quarter in a 21-17 Redskins victory.
It remains unclear if Griffin will be in the lineup in Washington's next game on Aug. 29 at Baltimore, the penultimate matchup on the Redskins' preseason schedule. Since NFL teams generally rest their starters in preseason finales, if Griffin is held out against the Ravens, the hope is he would be ready for the Sept. 13 regular season opener against Miami, the story said
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 1:18pm
Perhaps Derek Carrier won’t be the Redskins’ savior at the tight end position. But he does have some NFL experience under his belt, something that all but two members of the injury-ravaged tight end corps of the Redskins lack.
General manager Scot McCloughan said that he likes tough football players and based on this one, very small sample size of work, a 22-yard catch over the middle against the Bears on Sunday night football last year, it looks like he fits the bill there.
In terms of snap counts, Carrier was the 49ers No. 2 tight end last year. He played 356 snaps at tight end, second to Vernon Davis’ 830. It should also be noted that Carrier played 168 snaps on special teams. With special teams stalwarts Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen and Adam Hayward all out for the year with injuries, the Redskins need some experienced special teams help. It is likely that Carrier will provide that.
On first down from the Washington 20, he took a handoff from Colt McCoy and headed up the middle. In the hole he planted, made a slight change of direction and quickly rolled into the second level. About 12 yards downfield a defensive back flew in to try to make the tackle but Jones made a move and dodged him. He kept heading north until he was brought down after a gain of 24 yards.
Jones finished the game leading the team in rushing with 52 yards on 10 carries. He blasted his way into the end zone from a yard out. His head coach was impressed.
“Matt Jones continues to hit the hole the way we want him to—hard,” Jay Gruden said after the game. “He gets through the second level, he’s a problem.”
At 6-2, 231 Jones can be a big problem. He is doing what Scot McCloughan hoped he would do when he drafted Jones out of Florida in the third round. There were plenty of skeptics among draft analysts when they turned in the card with his name on it as the 95th overall pick last May. The instant conventional wisdom was that the third round was way too high to take Jones, who wasn’t even the Gators’ full-time running back. After Thursday, many of them are singing a different tune, the story said. Jones has the ability to take over for Roy Helu as the team's third down back, but reports all summer say Jones is also a hard, physical runner. For now, Alfred Morris is expected to get a bulk of the work, but Jones is certainly getting noticed so far in camp.
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:57am
The Jets’ concussions, as well as the concussion suffered by Robert Griffin III on Thursday, bring back into focus a common concern in the NFL: Players are putting their health at risk in meaningless preseason games. Owners and players alike have shown interest in the possibility of shortening the preseason, but they can’t come to an agreement on how to go about doing that, and whether the regular season should be lengthened to compensate for the lost preseason games.
Jets wide receiver Shaquelle Evans also suffered a back injury, while offensive tackle Ben Ijalana suffered a knee injury and defensive back Dashaun Phillips suffered a rib injury.
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