Hot News - The Week in Review

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OCT 31
The Redskins cut receiver Kevin Lockett today, making room for newly-signed wideout Willie Jackson. Lockett played one and a half years with Washington and started two games this season. But his production never matched expectations. Lockett grabbed only three passes in his two starts and fumbled in the fourth quarter of a loss at Green Bay, with the Redskins losing by only eight. Redskins coach Steve Spurrier raved about Lockett in a casual conversation during training camp, but Lockett never produced the way Spurrier hoped.

OCT 31
The Redskins signed receiver Willie Jackson today, two days after he was officially released by Atlanta. Jackson was criticized in Atlanta for his poor downfield blocking. Some teammates even questioned his effort. Jackson was unhappy with his role and apparently is excited to be reunited with his college coach. Jackson had wanted to sign with Washington in the offseason, but the Redskins did not want to spend much money on wideouts. Jackson caught 81 passes for New Orleans last season and is the third ex-Gator receiver on the roster.

OCT 31
Running back Stephen Davis missed his second day of practice and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Seattle. Davis continues to say he's day to day, but he's never expressed a strong optimism that he can play. In the past, Davis usually expresses hope that he can play. If Davis can't play, then Kenny Watson will take his place.

OCT 31
There doesn't seem to be any groundswell to replace PR Jacquez Green, even though his production continues to slide. Discounting his 90-yard touchdown in the opener, Green is averaging just 4.0 yards per return. His two returns against Indianapolis included one on which he lost 7 yards because he tried to outrun the Colts' coverage to the corner. Washington has gotten a few punts for CB Champ Bailey, but that's only in situations where the team fears a fake punt.

NOV 4
Running back Stephen Davis said Monday he'll likely be another game time decision as to whether or not he'll play against Jacksonville. Davis said his right knee has progressively improved, but he's still not sure if and when he'll practice--let alone play.

NOV 4
G Brenden Stai should be able to play against the Jaguars after missing the past two games with tendinitis in his knee. Where Stai will play remains a bit of a mystery, though. He has been the starting right guard but the addition of Tre Johnson could move him to the left side, supplanting David Loverne. So far coaches don't appear to have informed players of a decision--probably they are waiting until Stai is healthy and Johnson is up to speed so as not to make an unnecessary switch.

NOV 4
P Bryan Barker dropped two punts inside the 5 after a poor stretch of games that left him as the NFL's worst punter in terms of net average. (No. 31 Tom Rouen of Denver, incidentally, was released). The 13th-year veteran has been very sharp at times in his career, going to the Pro Bowl in 1997 for Jacksonville, and team officials hope he is starting to break out of his slump.

NOV 5
LB LA VAR ARRINGTON has a career-high 7.0 sacks and at this rate will finish with 14.0, most ever by a Redskins linebacker.

NOV 5
QB Shane Matthews expects to improve his passing numbers this weekend at Jacksonville. Matthews completed just 10 passes (though two of them were touchdowns) in the win at Seattle. He missed a number of open targets, and on Monday he called it one of his worst personal performances ever. He believes he is a very accurate thrower though he acknowledges that he doesn't have much arm strength. Better passing would have allowed Washington to build its lead in the second half rather than hanging on for a fairly narrow win.

NOV 5
RB Kenny Watson is flashing the receiving skills that made him a wide receiver in his senior year at Penn State. After four catches Sunday as the starting running back, Watson now has 15 on the season for a very respectable 10.3-yard average (a 62-yard screen pass touchdown against New Orleans makes a big difference on the latter stat). He might continue as a third-down back when star RB Stephen Davis returns from a knee injury. Previously, coaches rotated Watson in on all downs when Davis needed a rest. Davis also has boosted his pass-catching skills this season; he has 21 catches.

NOV 5
LB Jessie Armstead gets the least publicity and earns the smallest paycheck on the Redskins' Pro Bowl linebacking corps. Most of the attention goes to MLB Jeremiah Trotter and strongside 'backer LaVar Arrington. But Armstead might be the most valuable for the season's first half. He was the quickest to grasp Marvin Lewis' scheme and he leads Washington with 63 tackles. Trotter is second on the team with 61 tackles and Arrington third with 46. Armstead also has two sacks.

NOV 6
Daryl Gardener hasn't forgotten a 62-7 playoff loss to Jacksonville when he was with Miami. And he's still bitter about the lopsided score. That's why Gardener has called this game personal. ''[Tom] Coughlin tried to rub it in our noses,'' Gardener said. ''When I go down to J-ville, I'm not playing around. That game was something different. It's like it was more personal. I don't know if there was something between him and Jimmy Johnson or whatever or him not liking the Dolphins. But that day it was ugly. He had those guys ready. I took it personal and I take it personal now. I realize I'm on the Redskins, but when I walk into the stadium, I'll mean business.''

NOV 6
Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said running back Stephen Davis was unlikely to play against Jacksonville on Sunday because of his sprained right knee. Davis is listed as questionable, but Spurrier said ''it's unlikely he'll be ready to go.'' Davis did not play against Seattle. Running back Kenny Watson will start in his place.

NOV 6
Redskins offensive line coach Kim Helton said he's seen no reason to believe that guard Brenden Stai would be ready to play against Jacksonville on Sunday. Stai has missed the past three games with a knee injury and participated in some of today's practice. But Helton said he'll stick with a rotation of Wilbert Brown and Tre Johnson at right guard.

NOV 6
RB Stephen Davis (knee) sat out practice Wednesday and isn't expected to practice Thursday but there remains a decent chance he'll play at Jacksonville.

NOV 6
Reserve DL Carl Powell (groin) is questionable.

NOV 6
QB Danny Wuerffel continues to nurse his strained shoulder and thus isn't challenging rookie Patrick Ramsey for the No. 2 job.

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