Fresh off Washington's victory over the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday, the Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with the media after Wednesday's practice. The big news out of Redskins Park was concussion talk. Jordan Reed missed practice to get evaluated, while Gruden addressed Su'a Cravens' social media blunder. Here are the other highlights:
* Deep threat DeSean Jackson only has four receptions for 40 yards in the past two games. Gruden knows that he needs and deserves more touches. On the bright side, Gruden points out that Jackson's presence alone still dictates coverage. Additionally, the head coach continues to praise Jackson for the two pass interference penalties he drew two weeks ago against Cleveland.
* "I just go where my reads take me," Cousins said when asked about Jackson's lack of touches. The quarterback wants back his missed opportunities with Jackson, but does not necessarily feel that he has to target the speedster more. "There's no doubt when we get him the football, good things happen," Cousins said. If Reed is unable to go against Philadelphia, Jackson may become more involved in the offense again.
On to non-Jackson related topics.
* When asked about young players like Kendall Fuller, Gruden was encouraged by the work they are doing. "It's sink or swim and a lot of our guys are swimming right now," Gruden said.
* Cousins continues to take the next man up mentality following concussion concerns that could force Reed to miss time. "It's a part of playing in this league ... it gives a great opportunity for other players to step up," Cousins said. Washington's luxury of depth at the position, Vernon Davis and Niles Paul, might start to pay off.
* Gruden has hinted that undrafted rookie running back Robert Kelley could see more touches after three carries against Baltimore and Cousins seems open to the idea. "I think he's stepped up well each time he's in there," Cousins said.
* Cousins also had high marks for rival quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz because of what they have accomplished as rookies. "They've done a great job," Cousins said.
* To conclude, Cousins was proud of owner Dan Snyder and Haitian natives Pierre Garcon and Ricky Jean Francois for spending their time and money to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Cousins alluded that athletes' roles go beyond the sports they play because they have the opportunity to use their platform to make a positive difference.
* Injury Update: After missing last week's game, Bashaud Breeland (ankle), Su'a Cravens (concussion), and Dashaun Phillips (hamstring) returned to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday. Trent Murphy, Trent Williams, Chris Baker, and Josh Norman were also limited in practice, while Mason Foster and Ryan Kerrigan practiced in full.
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