Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 18, three days before the Redskins open their division schedule against the Giants.
JPP warns RG3
After six games last year, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had eight sacks on his way to 17 in his breakout NFL season at the age of 22.
His pace is down considerably this season. He got two sacks of the 49ers’ Alex Smith last Sunday to give him four for the season.
But it would be a mistake to say that Pierre-Paul is having an off year. He has 15 quarterback hurries and three hits on top of his sacks so he has been a factor in the pass rush. And is play against the run, which was spotty last year, has been rock solid in 2012.
“Don’t bring it to my side,” Pierre-Paul said. “Go the other way.”
He said that there will be guys waiting for him on the other side, too.
“Trust me, we chase quarterbacks all the time,” Pierre-Paul said. “We turn and run to the ball, no matter what. He may get past us and zoom right past us, but trust me we’re right behind him. You’ve got to respect that, too. It’s not all about the speed. We’ve got guys, all 11 guys that can run to the ball very quick.
“You’d be surprised. Very surprised.”
Something tells me that RG3 won’t be very surprised if he finds JPP and 10 other Giants in hot pursuit every time he takes off with the ball. The rookie will be ready for them.
This has the potential to be the first of many meetings between Pierre-Paul and Griffin, who is 22. It should get off to an interesting start on Sunday.
Sorting out the injury list
The Redskins’ injury list was rather long yesterday but it is not as bad as it looks at first glance. Let’s take a closer look at it.
Three players, Brandon Meriweather, Pierre Garçon, and David Jones, did not practice. We know that Meriweather is out for at least another week or two. It seems likely that Garçon will miss the next game, maybe two, but we’ll find out more about him later in the week.
Jones took over as the nickel cornerback against the Vikings and played the whole game so his injury was somewhat of a surprise. We will find out more about his situation today.
If Jones can’t go on Sunday, his loss could be mitigated by the return of Cedric Griffin. He was limited in practice yesterday but he appears to be working towards a return on Sunday.
Of the other players who were limited it appears that Doug Worthington, who has missed the past two games with a calf injury, and safety Jordan Pugh, who suffered a concussion late in the Vikings game, are the only ones who might be in danger of missing the Giants game. DeAngelo Hall (knee) and Barry Cofield (shoulder) should be good to go. London Fletcher and Stephen Bowen were limited in practice as an in-season veteran’s day off.
The Giants have some injury woes of their own with seven players not participating and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks limited.
11:15—Open locker room
12:00—Jim Haslett news conference
1:00—Practice (closed to media after first 30 minutes)
After practice (approx. 3:00)—Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan news conferences
In case you missed it
Griffin approves of RG3’s signature highlight.
RG3 had a pretty good day passing against the Vikings, too.
Days until: Redskins @ Giants 3; Redskins @ Steelers 10; RG3 vs. Cam at FedEx Field 17; Thanksgiving Redskins @ Cowboys 35