Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 5, two days before the Redskins take on the undefeated Falcons at FedEx Field.
Chat starts at 12:30
The Redskins-Falcons game chat will get going at 12:30 on Sunday with three of us reporting from FedEx Field. I’ll be there in the press box along with Tarik El-Bashir and Jenifer X Williams.
If you haven’t dropped by to any of the first eight (we’ve been doing them all year) what are you waiting for? It will be right here at www.RealRedskins.com.
See you Sunday.
Jammal Brown still on the shelf
I’ve been getting some inquiries about the status of Jammal Brown. The reason you haven’t heard much about his rehab progress is that it’s a moot point right now. According to the PUP list requirements, he can’t even start practicing until after the sixth game. That means that he could start to practice after the Vikings game a week from Sunday.
The Redskins have a three-week window during which they can activate him. If they do not put him on the 53-man roster by the 10th game of the season (on Nov. 18 against the Eagles) they will have to either put him on season ending injured reserve or release him.
Brown has been spotted around Redskins Park but he has not talked to reporters. That is not at all unusual for a player rehabbing from an injury.
Look for more information on Brown starting after the Vikings game.
Moss accepts reduced role
Santana Moss has 10 receptions for 97 yards through four games. That projects for 40 catches for 388 yards over the season. That would give him an even worse statistical season than last year, when he caught 46 passes for 584 yards. And last year was his worst since 2002.
His numbers aren’t off because he’s playing poorly, they are off because he’s getting fewer opportunities. After being the team’s primary receiver since coming to the team in 2005, Moss has taken a back seat to Pierre Garçon, Josh Morgan, and Leonard Hankerson.
According to Mike Shanahan, Moss has taken his new role well:
We talk about this all time. Everyone has a role on your football team. You don’t always have to accept it. You don’t always have to like it, but you have to understand once we do make a decision, hopefully you can play at a very high level whether it’s on the scout team, or as he is, on our Gator package playing as a third wide receiver.
We expect these guys to go out and do a great job, but, as you mentioned, sometimes it’s very tough when you have an older guy like Santana who has had a lot of success and who has done the little things. When I did approach him, it didn’t surprise me that he was 100 percent in. Not only did he lose the weight, it’s been the way he has handled himself since day one. He’s a competitor. He could care less if he catches a pass if we win. When you have that type of mindset, then good things normally happen with a guy like that.
11:50—Practice (closed to the
media after first 30 minutes)
After practice (approx. 1:45)—Open locker room and Mike Shanahan news conference
In case you missed it
The pregame injury to Brandon Meriweather forced the defense to adjust on the fly.
RG3 is going to need a bigger trophy case.
Days until: Falcons @ Redskins 2; Vikings @ Redskins 9; RG3’s first division game @ Giants 16; Ravens @ Redskins 65