Daily Slop: Cooley Hopes to Knock off Rust With Catches Saturday; Aldrick Robinson seeks consistency

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Redskins notes: Shanahan, Fletcher talk Portis | WashingtonExaminer.com
Linebacker London Fletcher appreciated Portis’ ability to pick up blitzes. "Anytime a team was facing the Redskins," Fletcher said, "and linebackers when they’re watching film and when they think about going in there blitzing, they’d go in there with a different mindset knowing this guy can put me on my back. Often times he’d abort his assignment and get out on a pass route to pick up a free rusher so a lot of times it wasn’t his responsibility when he’d come back and get a lineman who had a beeline to the quarterback. "But don’t lose sight of his ability to run the ball."

The Redskins Blog | Wednesday’s Redskins Practice Video
However you are getting ready for the game, the Redskins were outside on Wednesday preparing for the Colts, who have averaged 31 points per game through their first two preseason games (1-1).

Redskins midday report: Aug. 22 | WashingtonExaminer.com
Safety Brandon Meriweather said he hopes to be ready for the season opener vs. New Orleans, after injuring his left knee vs. Chicago on Saturday. Every player is always hopeful. And remember this: Meriweather played for Bill Belichick in New England and now for Mike Shanahan, two guys notorious for wanting players to be stingy with injury information. It was difficult to get Meriweather to even say he was hopeful about playing.

20 questions in 20 days: #18 Can Meriweather plug the hole at safety?
20 questions in 20 days: Brandon Meriweather once played in back-to-back Pro Bowls but now he's with his third team in the last 12 months. Can he get the job done for the Redskins?

Rob Jackson aims to capi­tal­ize on chance to start - The Insider - The Washington Post
Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo will miss Saturday’s preseason game against Indianapolis, and that means a rare opportunity for Rob Jackson.

HomerMcFanboy " no quarterback controversy for kirk cousins
"Kirk Cousins, let’s put it this way," he said. "I hate quarterback controversies, but after how he’s played so far, people are gonna say that." Look, I understand why some folks would get excited after witnessing Cousins complete 12 of 14 passes for 195 yards with three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter alone, but anyone who honestly thinks 15 minutes of preseason football should alter Washington’s long-term plans at quarterback shouldn’t be allowed out in public. "Let me put it to rest — this is Robert’s team," Cousins said. "I just don’t agree with that statement. I think that if I continue to play at a high level and continue to develop, improve and hopefully reach the level that I want to at some point, I would hope I get an opportunity somewhere, if not here. But, as of right now, absolutely not."

Shanahan Talks Clinton Portis, Current Running Back Injuries " CBS DC
Ashburn, VA-Roy Helu and Tim Hightower had pads on today as the Redskins continue to get ready for the Indianapolis Colts Saturday.

Redskins Open Locker Room Audio:Fletcher, Orakpo, J. Wilson, Banks & Much More! " CBS DC
Ashburn, VA-The Washington Redskins held open locker room today as they prepare for their third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

DeAngelo Hall a few credits shy of psychology degree - DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post
A degree in psychology might take the Redskins CB’s game to a whole new level.

The Redskins Blog | NFL.com: These Two ‘NEED’ To Step Up
Hankerson: "The Redskins passed 191 times more than they ran in 2011; with Robert Griffin III under center, this trend will continue. With his big-play ability, I think Hankerson has a bit more upside than high-profile addition Josh Morgan. The speedy long-strider will really open some eyes if he has the kind of year I envision." Wilson: "The Redskins gave up 22 passing touchdowns last season, but not for a lack of effort by Wilson, who allowed just 36 of the 85 balls thrown his way to be caught (42.4 percent), according to STATS. The sixth-year veteran had a career campaign in 2011; if he can repeat that kind of production in 2012, Washington’s defense should be in good shape."

The Redskins Blog | Rev Redskin Washes Up At Virginia Beach
The Redskins Blog this season has been chronicling the adventures of Rev Redskin, whose message of faith in the Redskins is both inspiring and entertaining.

Armstrong still trying to get back into the mix at WR - The Insider - The Washington Post
Passed over in last Saturday’s game, he hopes to get back into Washington’s competition for the final two or three wide receiver spots.

Brandon Meriweather’s injury presents Tanard Jackson with an opportunity - The Insider - The Washington Post

Backup safety could push for increased preseason playing time and maybe a starting job

Injuries Interrupting O-Line Cohesion
Ideally, the Redskins would like to start the same line that took the team to a 3-1 start in 2011: Trent Williams at left tackle, Kory Lichtensteiger at left guard, Will Montgomery at center, Chris Chester at right guard and Jammal Brown at right tackle.

Tom Tupa eligible for workers compensation, court finds - NFL.com
Former Washington Redskins punter Tom Tupa has been ruled eligible to receiver workers comp, from a court in Maryland. Tupa suffered an injury in 2005 while warming up for a preseason game.

Need to Know: Portis presser on CSN at 2:30 - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, one month before the Redskins regular season home opener against the Bengals. Portis retirement news conference at 2:30 You can tune in to Clinton Portis’ retirement news conference today at 2:30 on Comcast SportsNet. There should be a few laughs as one of the toughest runners in recent years looks back on his career.

Robinson seeks consistency

Redskins receiver Aldrick Robinson had a good game against the Bears on Saturday but he knows he has to perform every day to make the roster.

Need to Know: Vick wasn't wearing rib protection, RG3 does - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, three days before the Redskins take on the Colts in the home debut of Robert Griffin III. Unlike RG3, Vick was not wearing rib protection When Michael Vick had to leave Monday night’s preseason game against the Patriots after taking a shot to the ribs, a lot of Redskins fans broke out into a cold sweat. Robert Griffin III’s game is very similar to that of Vick.

Redskins' Niles Paul progressing after switch to tight end - Washington Times

It was the night before Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe addressed his former coach's Washington Redskins, and there was one particular player in need of some advice.

(VIDEO) Redskins' break down HBO's Hard Knocks... - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

If the show had been filmed in Washington, a few Redskins players aren't convinced that RGIII would have been THE storyline to watch...

Brandon Banks’ speed weighed against usefulness as receiver for Redskins - Washington Times

Washington Redskins wide receiver Brandon Banks' 91-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears was a necessary reminder of his explosiveness in the return game.

For Redskins, too many questions, too little time - Hard Hits - The Washington Post

The big story of the third preseason game is not Griffin vs. Luck, but whether the team can pull itself together in time for the opener against New Orleans.

Cooley hopes to knock off rust with catches Saturday - The Insider - The Washington Post

Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley would like to play a bigger role in the offense Saturday.

Josh Wilson: No. 26 for sale to retiring Portis - Washington Times

Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson joked he'll sell Clinton Portis his No. 26 jersey for Portis' retirement press conference Thursday.

Closing thought: Shanahan's flexibility opens up roster possibilities - Washington Times

Shanahan isn't necessarily sticking to a 25-25-3 roster breakdown

Redskins To Hold Moment Of Silence For Fallen Police Officer " CBS DC

A moment of silence will be held before the Washington Redskins next preseason game in honor of the fallen police officer killed in the crash on I-95.

Aaron Kromer will coach New Orleans Saints for the first six games, including the opener against the Redskins - The Insider - The Washington Post

New Orleans names offensive line and running game coach Aaron Kromer to lead the team while Sean Payton and Joe Vitt serve suspensions.

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