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TSC Newsletter: Redskins receiving a message
BY TODD DYBAS | SEPT. 20, 2018
Some issues brewing up in Ashburn. The Redskins suddenly have seven receivers on the roster. Strange. Signing Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman to anything-in-the-tank contracts shows us problems exist elsewhere. What’s going on with Maurice Harris? How banged up is Paul Richardson? These signings provide at least partial answers to those questions. Ben explains.
Want to hear from Jay Gruden? You can do that here. He went into the injuries and more heading into Week 3 with Aaron Rodgers and company. We should also note that Rodgers is dealing with a knee problem among other maladies. He was listed as “DNP” in the Packers’ projected injury report Wednesday (they didn’t practice, maybe an ode to Hump Day, but have to deliver an injury report per league rules).
Want to hear from Alex Smith? You can do that here. Among the topics is his communication with under-productive wide receivers.
“It’s football,” Smith said. “It’s not going to be perfect. From my perspective, it’s just obviously kind of continue to talk to those guys about what I’m seeing, what they’re seeing, constantly. Our communication both on the sideline, in the meeting rooms, and then on the field, seeing the same things, reacting to it in the same way. From my perspective, you just keep firing and you keep taking your shots when they’re there and you don’t think or dwell on the rest. I think you just kind of keep staying in the moment and focusing on what you have to do.”
Brian wrote about a troubling trend: The offensive line is again gimping around the building. Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses went down in 300-pound heaps Sunday. They all returned. They all were not in great shape postgame. Shawn Lauvao did not practice Wednesday. Poor Lauvao is a modern day Humpty Dumpty. He’s been reassembled numerous times already, but keeps grinding away.
Tim Murray is back with another Sporting DMV podcast. Remember we told you in Wednesday’s newsletter the Nationals struck a deal with the Fresno Grizzlies as their new Triple-A affiliate? And that Fresno is in, you know, California? Right. You remember because you were shaking your head. Well, Tim, well-versed in minor league baseball, delves into that topic. He also talks about the Caps’ possibility of a hangover to open the season. Tim discusses the Caps with Brian (what a booking agent!). Listen here.
Speaking of the Capitals, Intern Sammi has a fresh story on Travis Boyd. He’s among the Capitals youngsters trying to snag one of the few open roster spots. Boyd knows it may boil down to his ability on the penalty kill.
“At the end of the day, we’ve got a lot of really good top-end guys here, so if I can make the team by killing penalties, then that’s what it’s going to be,” Boyd said. “For me, I try and take pride in it, try and do all the little things right, penalty killing and the other thing is faceoffs, too. Just keep working on faceoffs. Obviously, [Jay] Beagle was one of the best in the league. But yeah, trying to fill in any role that I can.”
Thursday, the Nationals are back at Nationals Park to start the final homestand of the woebegone season. Max Scherzer is starting. That denies us a Scherzer-deGrom matchup Friday night. For you Nationals fans, the Mets’ arrival is an easy reminder, yes, it can be worse. We’ll be there. Operations at Ashburn are in full swing again Thursday. We’ll be there. And, what’s the catchy name for Thursday? People thank a deity for Friday’s arrival. Wednesday has a catch phrase Nationals fans would like to forget. Thursday? Anything for poor old Thursday? Just roaming around here lost like a dude in an Orakpo jersey. Let us know.
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Ben, Brian and Todd