Redskins quick takes: Shanahan says no new kicker

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim
  1. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he will not work out any kickers this week, a sign of confidence for Billy Cundiff, who missed three field goals but made the game-winner Sunday.
  2. Safety Brandon Meriweather will not play Sunday after hurting the MCL and PCL in his left knee in the pre-game collision. Shanahan said they will re-evaluate his status next week. It’s the same knee he hurt before the season opener.
  3. Shanahan said Reed Doughty started in place of Meriweather in large part because DeJon Gomes took more reps at free safety this past week, preparing for a backup role in two spots. The coaches like that they can plug Doughty in without needing a lot of reps.
  4. Shanahan said the receivers had their best game as blockers. Not that Shanahan needs my opinion, but I definitely agree. Those big runs happen because of the blocking on the outside – and it was all of them. “For Alfred to have the day he had, your wide receivers had to get things done,” Shanahan said.
  5. No change in receiver Aldrick Robinson’s status. He was knocked out for a minute in the pregame collision Sunday and must pass tests before he can return. Robinson was at the doctor’s office Monday.
  6. Left tackle Trent Williams emerged OK from the game. “I was really impressed with Trent,” Shanahan said. “It says a lot about him. He played at a high level, one of his better games. Says a lot about his leadership skills as a captain. You could see how excited he was at the end of the game. It was special.”
  7. Here’s what Shanahan had to say about Robert Griffin III’s game:  “I thought he played his best game of the year. Very poised. I thought he handled himself extremely well, made some plays that you always want a quarterback to make. A lot of times they can’t make those plays this year in their career. The two-minute drive, some play-action passes, the quarterback keeps, I thought were exceptional.”
  8. One reason Shanahan wasn’t disappointed in the eight penalties? He didn’t think some were correct. Also, he’s pleased with how his receivers are blocking and said they’re taught to block to the whistle. Shanahan said the whistle had not yet blown when Pierre Garcon, about 10 yards from the ball, de-cleated a Tampa defensive back and drew a 15-yard penalty. The play was just about over, however, and the block wasn’t necessary. But the point is valid: there’s a mindset the receivers have and the coaches like it. By the way, Shanahan said Garcon’s foot was fine.
  9. Shanahan said receiver Joshua Morgan played his best game of the year “by far.” Again, I agree. Morgan adds a physical presence, not just in blocking but in the tough catches he makes on slants and in traffic.

 

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