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The Redskins can contend in the NFC East but will need some consistency from Josh Docston and the rest of their receivers. Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins won without playing a game, thanks to losses by NFC East rivals Dallas and the New York Giants. But, even though the Redskins are in second place, they’re only 2-2 and the season has a long way to go.

But it’s become evident that Philadelphia has a budding star at quarterback; the Giants are in for a long season, and the Cowboys are inconsistent. Somewhere in there sits the Redskins. They look improved, but if they want to stay in the race until the end, here are some things that must happen:

 

 

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 9, six days before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.

The Redskins week that was

Five takeaways from the Redskins’ loss in KC — The one, overriding takeaway here is that you can’t make as many mistakes as the Redskins did and beat a very good team on the road. The fact that they almost pulled it out was a sign that the Redskins have improved. But the defense couldn’t escape a cycle where fatigue was causing them to make mistakes, which kept them on the field, which led to more errors of commission and omission.

It’s officially time to get Doctson more touches — Josh Doctson has been healthy all year and yet Ryan Grant has played more snaps than him in every game but one. Grant has done some good things but he does not have the potential to dominate a game like Doctson does. Doctson had been targeted only six times in four games. He needs to be targeted at least six times per game.

 

 

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Have the people spoken?

I guess this is where I’m supposed to fall in line and do what every other American sports writer is doing. I’m supposed to swear I won’t ever write the words “Washington Redskins” anymore because it’s racist and offensive and a slap in the face to all Native Americans who ever lived. Maybe it is.

I just don’t quite know how to tell my father-in-law, a Blackfeet Indian. He owns a steak restaurant on the reservation near Browning, Mont. He has a hard time seeing the slap-in-the-face part.

“The whole issue is so silly to me,” says Bob Burns, my wife’s father and a bundle holder in the Blackfeet tribe. “The name just doesn’t bother me much. It’s an issue that shouldn’t be an issue, not with all the problems we’ve got in this country.”

And I definitely don’t know how I’ll tell the athletes at Wellpinit (Wash.) High School — where the student body is 91.2 percent Native American — that the “Redskins” name they wear proudly across their chests is insulting them. Because they have no idea.

 

 

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When the Washington Redskins (2-2) kick off on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers (0-5) at FedExField, they will be coming off 12 days of rest. Washington, which is coming off of its bye week, last played on Monday, October 2 in a 29-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers are coming off of their second-straight overtime loss and their fourth-straight loss decided by three-or-fewer points. They fell 26-23 to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Washington opened up the week as huge favorites over visiting San Francisco – by as many as 11 points and as little as nine points. The number represents the second-largest underdog status of the season by the 49ers. They were 14-point underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks leading up to Week 2. The over/under for Sunday’s game is listed at 46.5 points.

Sunday will be a homecoming for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010 through 2013. Washington’s head coach at the time was Shanahan’s father, Mike. It will also be a return for 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon, who played in Washington from 2012 through 2016.

 

 

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The Redskins on Tuesday added two offensive players to the practice squad in former Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave and William & Mary product Jerry Ugokwe.

The Washington Redskins announced on Tuesday that they have signed quarterback Joel Stave and offensive lineman Jerry Ugokwe to the practice squad.

In a corresponding move, the team released quarterback Alek Torgersen from the practice squad. Guard Kyle Kalis was also signed to the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad, making room for Ugokwe’s signing.

Stave joins the Redskins after previously spending time on the practice squads of the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.

During the preseason this year with Kansas City, Stave completed 4-of-9 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Stave originally signed with the Vikings as a college free agent in 2016 after spending four seasons at the University of Wisconsin.

The 25-year-old joined the Badgers’ program as a walk-on but finished his career as the school’s all-time winningest quarterback with a 31-10 career record.

In total, Stave threw for more than 7,600 yards and 48 touchdowns.

 

 

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Out for the season with an injury, the Patriots wide receiver with Jewish roots teams up with the PJ Library Jewish book program

NEWTON, Massachusetts (AP) — NFL star Julian Edelman is getting a different kind of reception these days — as a children’s book author.

The New England Patriots wide receiver is out for the season with an injury and is scheduled to perform a special reading of his new book, “Flying High,” at the Jewish Community Center in Newton, Massachusetts.

The center says Edelman will read on Tuesday from a special edition of the book, which originally was released last year. Edelman’s appearance is part of PJ Library, a global Jewish children’s book program.

His book tells the semi-autobiographical story of a football-playing squirrel named Jules.

 

 

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Here’s a look at the remaining games slated for the Redskins following the Week 5 bye. Washington has yet to play two of their division rivals and will have two trips to the West Coast before the season’s end.

The Washington Redskins had a grueling first quarter of the season.

Pro Football Reference ranked Washington’s four-game slate as the toughest in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs all sit atop their divisions. The only Redskins opponent not leading their division would be the Oakland Raiders, who recently lost Derek Carr to a multiple-week injury.

Luckily for Washington, the remaining 12 games on the schedule rank among the easiest in the league right now according to FootballOutsiders.com, with many teams posting records below .500 four games into the season.

 

 

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Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, left, stops Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Amari Cooper disputed Josh Norman’s comments that the Raiders wide receivers were taunting the Redskins defense before last Sunday’s game in Washington and said he’s uncertain what the veteran cornerback was referring to.

Norman lashed out at Cooper and Michael Crabtree in a lengthy postgame tirade after the Redskins handed the Raiders their first loss of the season and accused Oakland’s star receivers of talking trash beforehand.

“What was personal, other than them getting their tails whupped?” Norman said. “I mean, first and foremost, you don’t come up in here and say what you’re going to put up on somebody. Two hundred yards? (Crabtree) didn’t catch two balls. He only caught one, huh? So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you’re a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sundays, because I’m telling you, we are here and we are waiting.”

Crabtree declined to talk to reporters Wednesday but Cooper did and sounded confused by Norman’s comments.

“I don’t know where he gets that from,” Cooper said. “As long as I’ve been here I’ve never bragged or anything before or after a game. I don’t know where that comes from.”

 

 

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Through three games, linebacker Preston Smith has nearly totaled his sack output from last season, a growing sign he’s taking the right steps in 2017.

To finish out his rookie season, outside linebacker Preston Smith put together an impressive run, recording five sacks in the Redskins’ final three games and propelling them into the playoffs. The raw athleticism had come together in a potent way, and Washington saw glimpses of a fruitful future.

His sophomore season, however, had its setbacks. Smith struggled to translate his power, spread throughout his 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame. He started every game but amassed just 4.5 sacks, finding trouble finishing plays when he managed to get near the quarterback.

“Last year, from a statistical standpoint, he didn’t have as many sacks as we’d like,” head coach Jay Gruden said. “He was around the quarterback quite often and he missed a few here and there.”

So far, Smith’s third year in the league has been a different story, and his quick burst off the line and ability to shed blocks has produced tangible results for the defense in the way the team envisioned when they drafted him in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

 

 

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QB Tyrod Taylor gets Buffalo back on track against Denver, more on NFL Hokies

Redskins 27, Raiders 10

CB Kendall Fuller and the Washington Redskins got a 27-10 win Sunday night against the Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field. Fuller finished the day with three tackles an interception and a forced fumble to seal the win. Tech Alum Torrian Gray serves as the Redskins’ secondary coach.

S DeAngelo Hall is still on the PUP list as he is rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered last season.

Bills 26, Broncos 16

Tyrod Taylor, Logan Thomas and the Buffalo Bills defended home field at New Era Field against the Denver Broncos, who boast the league’s fourth-rated defense. Taylor completed 20 of 26 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Taylor also carried the ball eight times for 13 yards.

 

 

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