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Kedric Golston Gets Ready For Steven Jackson

Posted by Matt Terl on September 24, 2010 – 4:07 pm

Kedric Golston knows the main challenge that he and the Redskins defense will face on Sunday: Rams Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson.

“He’s a big, strong, fast running back,” Golston said. “It’s impressive — he has the power of any power back in the league, but he’s got the same speed as any smaller back. He’s a double AND triple threat, because he had, I think, 51 catches last year.”

There are, Golston said, a couple of basic keys to help slow down Jackson’s production. “You gotta get hats on him,” he said. “You don’t wanna be holding onto an offensive lineman when you’re trying to tackle him. It definitely makes you wanna get off of your blocks a lot earlier, so that you can place him one on one instead of holding to another 300 pound dude.”

Jackson may be a cause for concern, but one thing Golston is not particularly concerned about is the defense’s NFL ranking, currently 32nd in the league.
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Friday's Injury Update Roundup

Posted by Matt Terl on September 24, 2010 – 2:40 pm

The big questions today, as on most Fridays before gameday weekends, dealt with injuries. And there was not a whole of detailed information forthcoming. Still, let’s run through what we found out, from most certain to most vague.

Anthony Bryant is OUT for Sunday’s game. “He’s got a concussion,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “He got a concussion on Wednesday, and he’ll be out for the game.” It does not get much more clear-cut than that.

Similarly clear-cut: Albert Haynesworth is healthy. “Albert’s fine,” Shanahan said. The less clear part is what role Haynesworth will take on, if any; it would seem likely that he’d be the backup nose tackle, given Bryant’s injury, but Shanahan cautioned the media against making that assumption.

Anthony Armstrong is healthy per Anthony Armstrong, but that doesn’t really matter. “I’ve been ready to roll,” Armstrong said. “Coach makes any decisions that he feels is best for the team, but I’ll be ready to go.” And he later added, “I wanna play, but I can’t make the call. I’m ready to play.” As you’ve probably guessed, Shanahan declined to make that call at this point.

Shanahan DID acknowledge that Armstrong and Chris Horton were not able to practice fully. “Yeah,” he said, “they were limited too. Feeling better, but, again, you don’t know how much they recovered in a couple of days. Chris has been instrumental in our special teams — had five tackles last week — but he still has to be able to help the defense, and you’ve gotta weigh the corner position, safety position, so a lot goes into his health and we should know more next week.”

And then there’s Trent Williams.
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A Probable Omen Of Doom For Sunday

Posted by Matt Terl on September 24, 2010 – 10:20 am

ESPN.com has assembled ten “experts” to pick the games each week, including football luminaries like Mike Golic, Ron Jaworski, Adam Schefter, and former Redskins lineman Mark Schlereth, along with Accuscore and the popular vote from ESPN’s Pigskin Pick ‘Em game. Accuscore is the current clubhouse leader, at 21-11 on the year, while former defensive back Eric Allen brings up the rear at 15-17.

(I’m currently 21-11 myself in the picks I’m doing, in case you’re curious. You can follow along here.)

This week, five teams were unanimously picked by all ten experts: Vikings over Lions, Patriots over Bills, Bengals over Panthers, Colts over Broncos, and, yep, Redskins over Rams.

This marks a staggering jump from the first two weeks of the season. In Week 1, only one person — Adam Schefter — picked the Redskins over the Cowboys. In Week 2 it climbed up to two people, as Seth Wickersham joined Schefter.

Now it’s Week 3, against far and away the weakest opponent the Redskins have faced, and everyone’s on board. I’m not going to lie: this is not a development that fills me with confidence. As a few people noted to me on Twitter, the other recent times that it’s likely that ESPN’s experts would’ve unanimously picked the Redskins — including the Lions game last year and the Rams game two years ago — all resulted in demoralizing losses.

For the last several years, this has not been a team that has played well as the favorite. Which is why a win in this game, especially a convincing one, would say so much about what this new coaching staff, new quarterback, and new general manager have brought to the team.

Still, I’d feel better if at least one of ESPN’s experts had gone a different direction. Maybe that’s just me.

In other Rams pregame news, here’s the shirt that Redskins Park staffers are sporting this week: Read more »

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Hail! Finds A New Use For The Cold Tubs

Posted by Matt Terl on September 24, 2010 – 9:30 am

Ah, the ice baths. During training camp, they’re an endless source of comedy gold (as exemplified by this Chick Hernandez piece); then they’re stored away for the season and rarely thought of again. But it’s starting to FEEL like training camp out there, what with the record-breaking heat here in Ashburn and the resurgence of “Wow, Kareem Moore looks good!” stories, so it’s an appropriate time for Ben Ceccarelli — writer/artist of Hail! — to bust out the cold tub jokes.

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