Skins rookie DBs David Amerson and Bacarri Rambo must play well for Washington to have a shot. The linebacking corps, specifically Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo, needs to have a strong game as well. The more pressure Stafford is under, the less accurate he gets, and the less effective the offense will be. On the other side of the ball, it really begins and ends with Mr. Griffin III. The word coming out of Redskins Park this week is that the coaches are planning on using more bootlegs and fakes against the Lions, perhaps a sign that RGIII is finally feeling comfortable enough to run the Skins high-energy attack from a year ago. Griffin also said in his weekly press conference that he is willing to run more if he feels its what the team needs him to do. If hes up to speed early, this may be the game where the offense takes flight.
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Johnson has 10 catches for 153 yards in two games, including a 72-yard touchdown reception in a 25-21 loss to Arizona last week. Detroit is 1-1. It beat Minnesota 34-32 in Week 1 as Johnson had four catches for 37 yards. The 27-year-old has four seasons with 1,100 receiving yards and last year posted a career-high 1,964 to lead all NFL receivers by 366 yards. Enlarge Photo Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is reflected in the face mask … more> Ive played him in college and played him in the NFL and watched him now, said Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson , who was at Maryland when Johnson was a rising star at Georgia Tech.
Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather hit with $42,000 fine
Theres (tackling) dummies out there, you can do different things. Haslett also agreed that good tackling takes a certain mentality. After all, its a basic football skill, in the same category as throwing, catching and blocking. Tackling, thats something weve been doing since we were kids, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, so its about getting back to the fundamentals. Tackling isnt a hard thing to do. The tackles we missed (in the last game) were just routine tackles that weve got to make to be in this league. The Redskins are expecting Sundays opponent, the Detroit Lions, to copy the things that have worked so well for other teams.
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The Eagles and Packers forced the Redskins into a lot of nickel looks, and they’re struggling to stop the run. Teams are also forcing the Redskins to prove they can tackle in space, and thus far theyve failed. They start two rookies in the secondary (assuming they open in nickel), and thats led to breakdowns in communication or technique. Corner David Amerson takes his eyes off his work at times. I like his talent, but hes still growing as a player. Safety Bacarri Rambo would not have started if they had a legitimate option at free safety. Hes made mistakes too. But at least they can improve. Im surprised how bad this group has played.
Redskins’ Meriweather questionable for Sunday
A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather hit with $42,000 fine Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports 4:40 p.m. EDT September 18, 2013 Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather lays on the field after being knocked out after a hit Sunday. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Meriweather was previously fined for illegal hits in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons SHARE 29 CONNECT 7 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE The NFL came down hard on another repeat offender of its player safety rules Wednesday, fining Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather $42,000. Meriweather drove his helmet into Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy’s chin on Sunday, leaving Lacy with a concussion. Later in the same game, Meriweather gave himself a concussion with a helmet-to-helmet hit on another Packers running back, James Starks. Like Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson, who each were fined $100,000 for their latest infractions the past two weeks, Meriweather has a history. BELL: RG3 needs to run off the rust Meriweather, 29, was fined $50,000 (later reduced to $40,000 on appeal) for two helmet-to-helmet hits while with the New England Patriots in 2010 and a total of $45,000 in consecutive weeks with the Chicago Bears in 2011. When asked by USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday if he plans to appeal, Meriweather replied, “Yep, that’s something that I am going to do.” Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard also was fined $42,000 on Wednesday for an illegal hit that gave Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson a concussion. Like Meriweather’s hit on Lacy, Pollard wasn’t flagged on the play.
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Now that its gone, no one cares. Lets agree that had it stood there for a hundred years every bit as unsightly and pointless as it is now the Jackson statue would have burrowed into the hearts of Fulham fans. Like a tick, or a pulmonary embolism. Theyd have given it a cute name. Theyd dress it up during Cup ties.
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Shanahan sat RG3 during the 2013 NFL preseason in an effort to get him ready for the regular season. It seemed like the right move, considering that sitting the Redskins most valuable commodity would protect RG3 from further injury. Unfortunately, Washington has gotten off to a slow start, losing their first two games of the 2013 season. RG3 hasnt looked sharp, throwing off target passes to his receivers. In addition, the Redskins have inexplicably gotten away from the zone read offense that made them one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. Maybe Shanahan is concerned that RG3 isnt physically or mentally ready to run the zone read at this point. This isnt how things were supposed to go for the Redskins and their fans.
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Meriweather suffered a concussion during last Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers and was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday before practicing fully on Friday. Kicker Kai Forbath is questionable with a right groin injury. He hasn’t practiced all week. In addition defensive ends Stephen Bowen (knee), Kedric Golston (abdomen) and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (hip/hamstring) are also questionable.