Coach Mike Pettine’s decision became tougher after Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday night. Manziel also made an obscene gesture toward the Redskins’ sideline, an act Pettine called “extremely disappointing” and will likely result in a fine from the NFL.
Little more than a week ago the Redskins rookie cornerback had just been cited for marijuana possession, busted next to a run-down gas station in Richmond, where the Redskins held training camp. Monday night, he was whacking opponents on national television.
Browns cornerback Joe Haden — who hails from Prince George’s County — told reporters after the game that abuse Johnny Football was taking was some of the “worst things you could ever imagine, from everybody, their players, their fans.” Seriously? What did he face when he played for Texas A&M — choir boys?
Safety Ryan Clark said Michael Brown “could have been any one of us. That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins. … When you get an opportunity to make a statement and be more than a football player, it’s good.”
Kluwe had accused the Vikings of cutting him in 2013 over his outspoken support for gay marriage. Financial details of the settlement weren’t released, but Kluwe said he would get no money. Five different charities will benefit over the next five years.
The chunk yardage and explosive gains were what the Redskins envisioned when they signed DeSean Jackson in early April. In Washington’s 24-23 preseason victory over Cleveland at FedEx Field on Monday, Jackson was, if only briefly, able to show what he can do.
The preservation of Robert Griffin’s body is paramount to the Redskins. After ACL and LCL injuries late in 2012, then a lackluster 2013, Griffin’s ability to avoid hits when he can is under scrutiny.
The Redskins’ first-team defense fared well. Led by Ryan Kerrigan’s two sacks, the unit also played into the second quarter and kept former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and the Browns off the scoreboard. In two exhibition contests, the Redskins’ starters have not allowed a point and have notched a total of three sacks.
Four Redskins will not play Monday night in the team’s second preseason game.
Simms will work the Thursday night package the network acquired this season and will have Giants-Redskins in Week 4 on Sept. 25. He says “my very first thought is it will be ‘Washington’ the whole game.”
Coach Andy Reid said Monday that Charles had X-rays and an MRI exam that revealed no significant injury. Still, it is unclear how long Charles will be out.
Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas and dominated in his two series, leading the Denver Broncos past the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 on Sunday to spoil the NFL debut at sparkling $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium.