Frustrated WR Jackson not giving up on Bucs playoff hopes

Frustrated WR Jackson not giving up on Bucs playoff hopes

Redskins scrambling to face Buccaneers after losing three starters

Share Share Bucs vs Redskins: Week 10 Thursday Injury Report tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports As the weekend approaches and the Buccaneers get ready to set their sails to take on the Washington Redskins we take a quick look at the Thursday injury report from both teams. On the Buccaneers side of things it isnt looking promising for the likes of Vinny Curry, Ronald Jones and M.J. Stewart as all three did not participate for the second day in a row. Demar Dotson who has been an injury report staple at this point was upgraded, as was Mike Evans, to limited participation as is usually the case this time of the week for Dotson.

The Redskins have a laundry list of injuries heading into this match-up and that list is headlined by Adrian Peterson who was upgraded to a full participant. Cornerback Quinton Dunbar did not participate along with tackle Trent Williams. Morgan Moses was upgraded to a limited participant for the Redskins. Both teams full injury reports can be found below.

The NFC East leaders — by just one game after last Sundays 38-14 thrashing from the Atlanta Falcons — seem to be adopting a sort of gallows humor as they try to regroup after losing not only ground in the standings, but three offensive starters to season-ending injuries.

Wherever you want to place the majority of the blame for losses is up to you, but other teams were just better than Washington. The effort is there, and they are not merely a lifeless team. So whether it is the fact that the Redskins struggle to move the football, defend simple route concepts, exploit a teams defensive weaknesses, or apply more pressure on opposing offenses, the Redskins players and staff fail to get the job done. Saying that is not by any means a consolation prize for how they look when they lose, because they have to do a significantly better job. Moving forward in the season there is no doubt there should be some pressure on Jay Gruden to address the vulnerabilities on his team that has been consistently attacked by opposing teams. The task will become greater due to injuries but at this point, five years into his coaching stint, excuses have run dry, and he must get the job done.

“Its a tough week as far as that kind of news. You dont want to see anyone go down long-term like that,” quarterback Alex Smith told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday after a walkthrough. “Tough. I think youre better just compartmentalizing it, cant worry about all that stuff. Cant try to make up for it.

You can argue that Alex Smith had his best game as a Redskin in a 14-point offensive outing against Atlanta, but what is that saying? It says absolutely nothing. The Redskins struggled to move the ball against an Atlanta Falcons defense who was giving up 28 points per game. Overall, Alex Smith has not been good, and there has been no sense of incremental improvement as the weeks went along. To what point does the play at the quarterback position dash any chances of a playoff berth this year? With five of the remaining eight games on the road for Washington, playing in hostile environments, the Redskins will desperately need for Alex Smith to become a more efficient quarterback. It seems like a longshot, but if Alex Smith can even play to the level of a top 16 quarterback, the Redskins can find a way to finish the year with double-digit victories.

“Its one of those things — youre gonna be laughing or crying — how do you choose to view it? Its such a tough break. … Laugh or cry, you gotta keep moving.”

Share Share Falcons vs Redskins: What we learned from the Week 9 Matchup tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Well, that was rough. The Redskins fall to 5-3 following the beat down handed to them courtesy of the surging Atlanta Falcons. To add to the misery, Washington loses Paul Richardson Jr., Brandon Scherff, and Shawn Lauvao to season-ending injuries. It was ugly all-around for so many reasons, and what once was a promising outlook to the final stretch of the season has turned into a bleak and demoralizing week heading into the Redskins game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All in all, it seems terrible now, but games still have to be played, and the Redskins must adapt to new circumstances. In the meantime, let us look at the things we learned from the game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Washingtons methodical offense, ranked 25th in the NFL and heavily reliant on the Adrian Peterson-fueled ground game, will be without starting guards Brandon Scherff (torn pectoral) and Shawn Lauvao (torn anterior cruciate ligament) the rest of the way. Speedy receiver Paul Richardson is also on the shelf, requiring surgery on an injured shoulder. 

But the O-line is the main concern. Among the 13 players on Wednesdays injury report were starting tackles Trent Williams (thumb) and Morgan Moses (knee).

Speaking of the defense, the Redskins had a great test to show New Orleans was a fluke and failed just as bad. They are good, but not an elite unit.

The Redskins went into scramble mode Monday, signing veteran linemen Luke Bowanko, Jonathan Cooper and Austin Howard to fill the open roster spots. Rookie tackle Geron Christian is another option. Asked if it was too early to project a front five for the upcoming contest at Tampa Bay, Washington coach Jay Gruden seemed to restrain a smirk.

No, it is not time to bench Alex Smith, and that time will never arrive; however, it is officially okay to hit a panic button. If you have one.

Gruden conducted the walkthrough in order to get his new players more mental reps as they get familiarized with the plays and teammates. He said a walkthrough provides roughly 80 reps while a standard Wednesday practice typically provides about 35.

Moses and Bowanko started next to each other at the University of Virginia before going pro in 2014 and could provide some element of instant chemistry on and off the field. Bowanko was surrounded by reporters in the locker room when Moses ambled over to crash his interview.

Gruden seemed hopeful Moses could return against the Bucs while signalling Cooper, a sixth-year journeyman, will likely plug in at left guard.

“Just a matter of hitting the ground running, getting in that playbook, staying in the film room, staying after (practice) on the field and just trying to get as much done as quickly as possible,” said Howard, who has started 88 NFL games, of the crash course.

“I think the closest thing is when I was in Atlanta one year, we lost three O-linemen in a game and we played the whole fourth quarter with a tight end at right tackle. I think thats every coachs worst nightmare, especially on game day where you only have 46 guys up and usually only seven O-linemen,” said Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter. “Thats crazy as an offensive coach, Ive been in their shoes and its not fun.

“I think the kind of guys that they signed — guys that are veteran players who have started at other places. Ive seen it done before and I think based on who you are signing and what kind of experience they have, it can definitely be done. Not ideal, but it can be done.”

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