Some notes, quotes and observations from Wednesday at Redskins Park:
SS LaRon Landry (hamstring) practiced for the first time since Sept. 5. His participation was limited.
“He’s hoping he can go,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “Keep our fingers crossed.”
Landry spoke to reporters before practice and dodged questions about his status.
ROLB Brian Orakpo (ankle) also was limited.
PR/KR Brandon Banks (knee), TE Chris Cooley (knee), CB DeAngelo Hall (back), WR Donté Stallworth (shoulder) and LS Nick Sundberg (hand) each fully participated in practice.
RB Tim Hightower insisted that his statement Monday about this week’s game against Arizona, his former team, was not intended to be a guarantee.
After Hightower said: “We’re gonna win this game,” earlier this week, Arizona’s Darnell Dockett, one of Hightower’s close friends, tweeted: “Yoooo did this MOFO guarantee a victory?”
“It’s funny I have to address that,” Hightower said Wednesday. “Anyone who lived long enough in life knows there’s nothing in life guaranteed. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, so for me to guarantee something that’s not in my control – with that being said, I wouldn’t aim for anything less than the best. That doesn’t make sense for me not to expect to win, for me to not to want to win, and I’m not going to apologize for the way I feel about it.”
Personally, I think the whole guarantee thing in sports is overrated. Guys should think they’re going to win. And it’s not a guarantee unless the person actually says “I guarantee…” So let’s move on.
Talk about the running game this week has centered on how the Redskins ran it 26 times against New York despite averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. On one hand, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan stuck with it. On the other hand, the production wasn’t there.
“It definitely keeps the defense honest,” QB Rex Grossman said. “We were one or two blocks away from really hitting the big one. That’s what this running game is all about. You never know when that 50-yarder is coming.”
Such confidence is widespread. MikeShanahan added: “I just know if you run the ball 25-30 times a game that eventually those plays will break. We had three, four, five situations where those runs could have gone another 50-60 yards and, if you do, everyone is bragging on the running game. Those runs will come in time.”
LG Kory Lichtensteiger believes the Giants were successful stopping the run because they prioritized that over the passing game and positioned defenders accordingly. If that’s the case, Grossman’s strong passing day could alter opposing game plans, starting with Arizona this week. Keep in mind that the Cardinals play mostly in a 3-4 alignment, which the Redskins practiced against all training camp.
For the record, 15 of Washington’s 25 non-goal-line rushing attempts on Sunday resulted in 2 yards or less. Two of those were at the end of the game when the Redskins were trying to run out the clock.
QB Rex Grossman estimated that his first read was open on about 70 percent of plays against the Giants. That’s pretty darn good.