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Need to Know: Amerson on track to play vs. Bears

Oct 18, 2013, 5:23 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 18, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field.

Nickel coverage

Five things from Redskins Park

1. As noted here a couple of days ago the Bears have four legitimate pass-catching threats in Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett, and Matt Forte. It would be very good for the Redskins to have their nickel cornerback available for the game. David Amerson practiced on a limited basis on Thursday with no contact. According to Mike Shanahan he passed his tests and as long as he continues to do so he should be good to go on Sunday.

2. Sunday will be just a few days shy of the three-year anniversary of DeAngelo Hall’s four-pick performance against Jay Cutler in Chicago. All four picks came in the second half. His second interception was the biggest; he jumped in front of a Culter pass intended for Johnny Knox when the Bears were in the red zone and threatening to break the game open. Hall rolled 92 yards up the sideline to give the Redskins a 17-14 lead. That turned out to be the final score as Hall helped preserve the win with two more interceptions in the fourth quarter.

3. Of course, this is hardly a rematch of that game; only a handful of players who were around then are still with the respective teams. My friend @ZacBoyer tweeted out a reminder that Donovan McNabb was the QB, Ryan Torain the leading rusher and Rocky McIntosh the leading tackler.

4. Mike Shanahan believes that the Redskins’ opponents will now play them differently now that Robert Griffin III has demonstrated that the can do some serious damage running the ball. “I think everybody will approach Robert differently, but you’ve got to get ready for a quarterback that has the ability to run and pass,” he said. “There’s no question about that. I think everybody could see that he made a couple of plays with his legs, so he is able to make plays where you couldn’t really see that in the first four games.”

5. Kyle Shanahan is not at all fazed by Griffin saying that he wants to “be the playmaker I can be.” “That’s usually what I start off saying to him before every game, ‘Just make sure you go out there and be you and have fun,’” said Shanahan. “During the week it’s about fundamentals, execution, your technique, trying to get a guy better, but when you get to game day, it’s about playing. You’ve got to let it loose and go out there and just react and see what happens and when you make mistakes you’ve got to get it corrected that week in practice.”

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Stat of the day

—The Bears defense this year already has scored four touchdowns. They also have 11 pick sixes since 2012. That’s by far the most of any team in that period, next best team has six. (h/t @HogsHaven)

Timeline

—Days until: Bears @ Redskins 2; Redskins @ Broncos 9; Chargers @ Redskins 16

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Player availability and Mike Shanahan news conference after practice (approx. 1:15)                                          

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  1. rahwayhomey - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    We need Amerson back. So far we have avoided major injuries this yr. I think we will see Off & Def jelling more. Special Teams has me worried. We need a game changer on KR & Punt Returns & doesn’t look like we have one. Not sure why we don’t punt the ball out of bounds. I’d give up 7 yds of field position by eliminating the risk of a return TD all day long. Who makes these decisions? Also, if Forbath can’t get kick-off out of end zone, get someone who can. looks like most all other NFL kickers send it out of end zone. Chicago game is possibly season changing game. Victory here & momentum starts. Home crowd. Let’s rock this game & start turnaround!

    • Rich Tandler - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Some good points here but just for the record, about 58 percent of kickoffs end with touchbacks. In a small sample size of two games, Forbath has hit 55 percent for touchbacks. Not particularly alarming there.

  2. alomd11 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Glad Amerson is getting better. I am happy with his progress in his rookie season. I hope Rambo is learning from his mistakes and getting better. I have to wonder how it would have been different for him if Brandon was playing as well as he is now at the start of the season. I also hope to see Chase brought up as well. I know it was preseason, but Chase seemed like one of the few you could count on for solid tackling whenever he was around the ball.

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