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Redskins’ Jay Gruden Says Team Is Better At Quarterback

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Shots fired!

Washington Redksins head coach Jay Gruden is firm in his belief that the team is better at quarterback right now than they were last season.

Right now, their starting quarterback is veteran Alex Smith, who was acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason.

Last season, their quarterback was Kirk Cousins, who recently inked a mega-deal with the Minnesota Vikings to be their new signal caller.

Gruden said this week that the Redskins are “without a doubt” better off at the quarterback position.

“It’s not one thing, it’s everything. It’s the entire body of work,” Gruden said, according to ESPN. “He’s very good at the intermediate ball. He’s good with the quick game. He can run zone reads, the [run-pass options]. Very exciting. … The ability to ad-lib, make plays that aren’t there and keep plays alive.

Coaching him for the first time will be exciting because I don’t think there’s a limit on what he can do. He has all the things you want a quarterback to be able to do.”

Clearly Gruden has to believe in the current path that the team is on, but it is also no surprise to see him take a shot at Cousins’ tenure, which became a drama-filled situation that carried on for far too long.

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the Chicago Bears, keeping them last in the NFC North at 3-6.

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1. The defense didn’t help the offense and the offense didn’t help the defense

Right from the start of this game, the Lions defense could not stop the Bears offense. The Bears scored on every possession in the 1st half of the game while the Lions offense was only able to put up seven points in the 1st half. But, when the defense made adjustments and were able to get a few stops in the 2nd half, the offense wasn’t able to return the favor as they would either turn the ball over or struggle to get 1st downs. This is why the lead was so large for the Bears that the Lions couldn’t try and comeback from it. 

2. Darius Slay was clearly missed this game

The Bears receivers had a field day against the Lions secondary in this game. Allen Robinson was one of them as he had his best game of the season with two touchdowns and 133 yards. Darius Slay missed this game with a knee injury and he would’ve probably been the one to guard Robinson this game. But, none of the secondary was really able to get a stop so Slay would’ve been able to only do so much for the defense.

 

3. Nobody really stuck out this game

There really wasn’t anybody or anything that really impressed this game. The defense looked bad from the start, the offense was bad too, and special teams were average.

This game was bad for the Lions as soon as the opening kickoff happened. This loss keeps Detroit at the bottom of the NFC North and there was truly nothing positive to come out of this game. Things are only looking worse for the team as they lost both big divisional games that were going to determine where their season was headed. The Lions host the Panthers next week and Carolina is looking for revenge after their embarrassment against the Steelers. With how bad the Lions have played recently and a playoff team coming into Ford Field next week, the rest of this season may be dark for Lions fans. 

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Redskins Activate Joshua Holsey

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The Washington Redskins have activated cornerback Joshua Holsey, who began the season on the non-football injury list, according to am official team announcement.

Holsey played mostly on special teams during his 12 games last season as a rookie, and it is likely that he will return to special teams duties for the Redskins moving forward, and will join a pretty crowded defensive back room in Washington.

In a corresponding move, the Redskins placed offensive lineman Geron Christian on injured reserve.

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Vikings’ Ameer Abdullah Willing to Do Whatever it Takes

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Minnesota Vikings running back Ameer Abdullah was recently signed following his cut from the Detroit Lions, mainly due to his failure to justify the Lions’ draft investment in him and his inability to build off a solid rookie season.

Now in Minnesota, with a fresh start, Abdullah says he is willing to do whatever the team asks of him.

“Life is amazingly unpredictable,” Abdullah said earlier this week, during an appearance on 1500ESPN. “Excited to be here. It’s a great team, great culture, great atmosphere. Ironically in the same division. Everything happens for a reason and I’m really excited to be here in Minnesota.”

Abdullah knows it will be a battle to get carries, with veterans such as Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray in the backfield with him.

“I’m entering a backfield with a lot of talent with Dalvin and Latavius and all of the guys who have been here,” Abdullah said. “Just to come in today and see these guys welcome me the way they have, it does a lot for my confidence, it does a lot for my focus. I’m ready to work. Anything the Vikings ask me to, I’m willing to do.”

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