The Redskins (0-2) wrapped up practice at Redskins Park Friday ahead of Sunday's crucial matchup at the New York Giants (2-0). Let's get into some key points from the day and the week, including Breaking Burgundy's one-on-one with inside linebacker Martrell Spaight.
* First up, the injury report. That wide receiver DeSean Jackson (knee, ankle) and left tackle Trent Williams were full participants is the best of news for an offense that hasn't quite found a rhythm. That defensive lineman Kendall Reyes (groin) has already been ruled out for a second straight week hampers a unit that already loss Kedric Golston (hamstring surgery) for the season.
As for Jackson, coach Jay Gruden said, “He had a good practice today and based on the injury report he’ll be ready to roll.”
* Two notable quotes from Friday, starting with offensive coordinator Sean McVay on the run/pass balance, which has been anything but over the opening two weeks.
“I think what really it’s ultimately about, like we talk about, is being able to move the football efficiently and certainly when I look at some of the decisions that I’ve made, I think there definitely needs to be a little bit more balance. But also, when you really look at it, I think our line is doing such a great job in protection for the amount of times that we’ve dropped back and thrown the football to really the line only being responsible for giving up one sack in all of those and that was at the end of the game in the Dallas in the two-minute situation, I think they’ve done such a great job. And when you do have the weapons that we do have, with the ability to spread the field and do some different things and Kirk’s ability and the confidence we have in him to be able to recognize and work through a progression, you feel comfortable being able to do that but I think there is a fine line to where we’ve got to legitimize some of things that we are doing in the run game, and when we’ve been able to run it, I think guys have done a good job executing. I’ve just got to give them some more opportunities to be able to do that.”
* Gruden on if the players are staying together and striving toward a common goal
“I hope so. That’s important for them to know that everything is still in reach. All of our goals are still there, but we do have to play better. We have to coach better, without a doubt. We can’t listen to outside noise and all that stuff and read the papers about how bad we are, how stupid we are, and all that good stuff. We just have to go out and continue doing what we’re doing. These guys are working extremely hard. They’re paying attention to meetings and nobody wants more to win than these guys and the staff, so we’re doing everything possible that we can do it. Now we just have got to go out and execute and continue to get better and I think our guys are in that frame of mind.”
* Breaking Burgundy spoke this week with inside linebacker Martrell Spaight (concussion), who was cleared for practice after sitting out last week.