Friday, October 18, 2013
Quick Takes: Perry Riley fined
By John Keim
Linebacker Perry Riley was fined $15,750 for his late hit on Dallas quarterback Tony Romo in Sunday’s 31-16 loss. Riley hit Romo late on the second drive of the game; the Redskins eventually intercepted him to end this series.
Niles Paul told the Washington Post that veteran Reed Doughty was more vocal on the special-teams units this week. “Reed really has stepped up and took control,” Paul told the Post. “That’s not what Reed wants to do and I’ve been helping him out because I know I have a slight influence over people in here on special teams. ... I feel this week we are fully prepared for what’s about to happen.”
One reason tight end Fred Davis has not played as much in recent weeks: There’s a sense that his ankle was still bothering him in the past couple games. He’s listed as probable on the injury report. Also, the fact that Logan Paulsen and Jordan Reed are playing well has cut into his time. It’ll be interesting to watch Reed develop this season; he could have a big second half.
Don’t know how much more defensive end Jarvis Jenkins or linebacker Rob Jackson will play Sunday compared to last week. Jenkins played six snaps on defense, lining up at both right and left end; Jackson played 12.
More special teams, this time from coach Mike Shanahan on whether or not it’s improved during the week: “We’ll find out on Sunday. We’ve had a great week of practice. We always address the issues, not just on special teams, but defense and offense, when you do something poorly. The red zone, for us, was something we worked on today, both offensively and defensively, which we normally do on Friday. But that’s what you do. If you play poorly in one area, you address it and hopefully we improve and we better improve.”
You can blame special-teams coach Keith Burns for part of the early-season woes, but certainly not all. The Redskins left themselves thin at returner and when Richard Crawford was lost for the season they lacked a legitimate backup plan at punt returner. Josh Morgan will remain the guy in that role Sunday. “Well, you could tell that he has no fear catching the ball,” Shanahan said. “I’m not sure that was a good decision [to catch the ball around the Dallas 10-yard line], but he has no fear. He’s got some natural running skills, so we’re going to give him a shot.”