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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes–Amerson ready for the challenge

Sep 2, 2014, 4:39 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 2, five days before the Redskins open their season against the Texans.

Redskins Park notes and quotes

The buzz from around the team on Monday:

David Amerson played about 700 snaps last year and he’s taking a step up in 2014. Instead of guarding the slot receiver he will be covering the outside guys, the best in the game. Against the Texans, for example, that means some plays against Andre Johnson. “With me being a competitor you always want to go against the best . . . guarding their best guy,” the second-year corner said. “I’m ready for it.”

Robert Griffin III was present as a statue of him was unveiled at Baylor’s new stadium last night. Asked if he thought the statue at Baylor looked like him he said. “It better, it’s gonna be there forever.”

—The team is using its practice squad as sort of a short-term reserve list for injury-prone players Rb Chris Thompson and S Phillip Thomas. “Some of those guys, Phillip and Chris, we had high hopes for, obviously, but being that they missed some time with some injuries, we just have got to make sure they get right and we feel good about them moving forward so that they can be a durable player for us,” said coach Jay Gruden. “So, get them on the field, get them practicing, let them show what they can do for a couple more weeks and then have them in the bullpen ready to roll.”

—New safety Duke Ihenacho is not sure how much he will be ready to contribute Sunday against the Texans but he wants to contribute. “I’m going to do what I can,” he said. “[I’ll be] running under some kickoffs, playing in a few packages but I can play Sunday.

—Undrafted rookie RB Silas Redd made the 53-man roster and he told the media that running backs coach Randy Jordan said that things just got real. “’Your preparation has to change,’” Redd quoted Jordan as saying. “’Everything’s not good enough any more. You’ve got to step it up another level.’” Redd got the message. “I take full responsibility for that and I’m ready for it,” he said.

Kai Forbath had to fight off a big challenge to keep his job as the kicker. He said that he figured that the best frame of mind to be in would be that it was his job and he would have to get knocked off to lose it. “You always have to have confidence when you go in there,” he said. “I’ve been here to years so I’m kind of going, it’s my job to lose. Don’t give them any reason to. So, that’s pretty much what I did.”

—Gruden said that the Redskins would have claimed Ihenacho even if Brandon Meriweather had not been suspended. “It was just that he was available, a lot of experience, type of safety we’re looking for that played special teams also,” he said.

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability

—It’s been 247 days since the Redskins played a game; in five days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 12; Redskins @ Eagles 19; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 24

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  1. kenlinkins - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Rich, I more I see and hear FS Clark the more I like him. While I was totally against signing a 34 year old Safety even as a back up / stop gap type, he has shown he understands the new NFL. He seems to see the whole field and understand just what other teams are trying to do very fast. This is something that has been missing from the back end of the Redskins defense for a long time. I think the big hole in the middle of the Redskins defense just got a lot smaller. If the pass rush can force other teams into mistakes, IMO Clark could have the back end of the defense in position to take advantage of it (again something that has been missing). While Clark will not be a game changer he is a solid up grade for 2014 and will help this team keep close in most games.

  2. dave - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    hey bro you seem to have a lot of knowledge about the Redskins please tell me we’re not going to start the season 0 & 4

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      I see three out of the first four as winnable, all but Philly. That does mean they’ll win all of them but 0-4 seems pretty unlikely.

  3. B.Garner - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    What’s going on with Jordan Reed? How’s his thumb?

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 3, 2014 at 4:52 AM

      It’s fine. Would not even have been an issue had it been a regular season game coming up.

  4. fred tuttle - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    What do you think the chances are of griffin coming out and playing like the franchise qb we all hope he can be? I remember him struggling much of the time in 1st quarters but still putting up pretty good numbers by the 4th.. think its more an issue of just getting into a groove with things? Archives

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