Washington Redskins: Jason Peters

All-NFC East: Washington Redskins

January, 2, 2014
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The Washington Redskins won only three games, so it’s no surprise that they landed only three players on the All-NFC East team, two of whom might not be with the team next season.

Washington saw the fewest number of players named to the team, which is exactly as it should be. The Philadelphia Eagles led the way with 11 members followed by the Dallas Cowboys (eight) and New York Giants (four).

Running back Alfred Morris was the only Redskin on the first-team offense, which was deserved. He and receiver Pierre Garcon were the two most consistent offensive players on a bad team. Morris was more targeted by defenses this season, and the passing game was inconsistent. But he still managed to rush for 1,275 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He was joined on the first team at running back by Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, the best runner in the division. I did agree with Jason Peters and Tyron Smith being named the top two offensive tackles in the division; with those two and Trent Williams, it’s an excellent division for tackles. Garcon had a terrific year, but he was not more dangerous than the two who made it ahead of him.

The Redskins’ defense had a bad season, but they still managed to land two defensive players -- both pending free agents -- on the team: linebacker Brian Orakpo and corner DeAngelo Hall. I have no problems with either player being on the list; corner play in the division was inconsistent and Hall had a solid season. At outside linebacker the choices weren’t great, either. But Orakpo’s finish certainly helped.

Josh Morgan inactive for Redskins

November, 17, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Redskins hoped wide receiver Josh Morgan could develop into a solid No. 2 receiver. Then they hoped he could fill in as a kick and punt returner. But Morgan hasn't accomplished any of that and, Sunday, he was made inactive.
The Redskins placed Morgan on their seven-man inactive list for their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Morgan, in the final year of his contract, had not made an impact at receiver or as a returner. The latter isn't surprising because Morgan had not returned punts in the NFL -- and only returned seven while at Virginia Tech. Morgan was surpassed as the starting Z receiver by third-year Leonard Hankerson, who is not a big playmaker but has been more productive than Morgan.

This also means undrafted rookie free agent Nick Williams will return punts in his NFL debut. He was signed off the practice squad during the week. Williams returned four punts for a touchdown in college.

Also inactive for Washington: quarterback Rex Grossman, guard Josh LeRibeus, safety Jose Gumbs, linebacker Brandon Jenkins, tight end Fred Davis and nose tackle Chris Neild. Jenkins was active in the first game against Philadelphia as the Redskins wanted more speed in their rush

For the Eagles, the inactives are quarterback Michael Vick, safety Earl Wolff, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, cornerback Bradley Fletcher, linebacker Jake Knott, receiver Damaris Johnson and tackle Dennis Kelly. Banged-up left tackle Jason Peters will start.

Hall 'good'; Bowen doesn't practice

November, 15, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall, listed as questionable on the injury report, said he’ll play against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.

"I’m good," Hall told reporters after practice.

But defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee) did not practice and was not in the locker room during the session open to the media. He’s listed as questionable on the injury report and his loss would be a crucial one for Washington. If he can’t play, then Kedric Golston likely would play in his place.

When the Redskins played Philadelphia in the season opener, they almost exclusively used their nickel defense with only two linemen rushing.

Safety Jose Gumbs (ankle) also did not practice.

For the Eagles, two players are out: linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring) and safety Earl Wolff (knee). Four others are listed as questionable: cornerback Bradley Fletcher (pectoral), linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee), tackle Jason Peters (quad/pectoral) and quarterback Michael Vick (hamstring). All four were full participants in practice.

Redskins notes: Hall, Bowen limited

November, 14, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee) and cornerback DeAngelo Hall (foot) were limited in practice, though coach Mike Shanahan said both should be fine for Sunday's game at the Philadelphia Eagles.

They were the only Redskins to not fully participate in practice.

"Neither guy should be any problem, or at least that’s what we think,” Shanahan said.

For the Eagles, linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee), linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring), tackle Jason Peters (quad/pectoral) and safety Earl Wolff (knee) did not practice. Tight end Brent Celek (hip), corner Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) and quarterback Michael Vick (hamstring) were limited.

In other news:
  • Shanahan praised the character in the locker room last season when the Redskins were 3-6, pointing to it as a reason they still had a chance. He's saying the same thing now: "If you’re asking me about the character in that locker room, yeah, we’ve got a lot of character in that locker room. The new guys, you’re getting a chance to see them, see what they can do, the guys that haven’t been with us. But the guys that have been with us proved last year how they reacted to a little adversity. Some of the new guys, some of the younger guys that we just got or free agents, you’ll get a chance to see how they react to a little adversity next week.”
  • Shanahan isn't the only coach who feels that way. So, too, does defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Here's what Haslett said: "I said it last week, I said, ‘I feel good about where we’re at.’ I love the way our guys practice and they’re into it. Teams that are going downhill don’t practice the way we practice. Those teams are negative. We don’t have that here. We’ve just got to go out and put a whole game together. I’m talking about offense, defense, special teams. We’ve got to put a complete game together on defense, offense, special teams. We do that then we’ll get things rolling and we haven’t done that. ... I think once as a team we get one of those, we get it together, then you can get things rolling.”
  • Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Josh Morgan's playing time has been reduced because of how Leonard Hankerson has played recently. Shanahan said the competition between the two has been close since spring workouts. "Right when one guy would take a step up the next day he would take a step back and they were always right here and that’s how it was kind of at the beginning of the year," Shanahan said. "We just felt on the practice field that Hank had been stepping it up so we’ve been giving him a few more opportunities, especially on third down and stuff – more passing situations – and that’s how it’s been. Still doesn’t mean it’s final. ... Hank has definitely earned more playing time as the time has gone on.”