Jan 2, 2016, 4:31 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 2, one day before the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys.
The week that was at Redskins Park
Cousins, Crowder closing in on Redskins records—Among the things at stake this week are individual records for Kirk Cousins (120 passing yards to break record for most in a season) and Jamison Crowder (5 to break Art Monk’s record for receptions in a rookie season). It will be interesting to see how Jay Gruden balances such considerations with making sure that the team emerges healthy for the game that really counts next weekend at FedEx Field.
Redskins are not NFC East’s Team Turmoil, for a change—As it turns out, the game last Saturday will end up being the last one that Chip Kelly will coach for the Eagles. And with the Giants contemplation a coaching chance and the Cowboys dealing with issues at quarterback (backup, at least) the Redskins are all of a sudden the model of stability in the division. Some Redskins players opined on why Kelly didn’t succeed. “It’s about the players. Players win ballgames,” said Jason Hatcher. “If they’re not happy, if they don’t like you as a coach, they’re not going to run through a wall for you.”
Redskins RB Matt Jones suffers a setback—Rookie running back Matt Jones is doubtful for Sunday’s game and it’s unclear if he will play any more this season. It appeared for a while that he would be a draft steal but it turns out that he has a longer learning curve. If he can refine his game, he could be a major asset.
Who on Redskins defense could rest on Sunday? —Resting starters is easier said than done. You still have to field 11 players on each side of the ball and each side will play about 70 snaps and you have 46 active players to get that done. The math doesn’t look too good for being able to sit 22 players, even if you want to. Most healthy starters will be in the lineup and play a majority of the snaps.
Injuries alter Redskins practice—Related to the item above, Jay Gruden had to alter the practice schedule because of injuries at defensive back. If you are handcuffed in practice you aren’t going to have a whole lot of flexibility in your lineup.
Full Redskins injury report: Two DB’s out, Jones, Riley doubtful—Dashon Goldson will sit out as will Quinton Dunbar. This will complicate the defensive backfield rotation against the Cowboys and it takes up two inactive spots.
—Today’s schedule: AM walkthrough then travel to Dallas; no media availability
—Days until: Redskins @Cowboys 1; start of NFL playoffs 7
In case you missed it
- Full Redskins injury report: Two DB’s out, Jones, Riley doubtful
- What happens if Williams sits out?
- Preview: Can Kirk Cousins and Co. keep the Redskins rolling in Dallas?
- Redskin wins NFL Rookie of the Week
- Barry will coach the players made available to him
- Who will the Redskins face in the playoffs?
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