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Daily Slop: Kirk Cousins Trying to Remain Level-Headed, Regardless of Performance; Gruden Says Redskins not Afraid to Challenge Sherman

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Washington Redskins wake-up call - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
The Washington Redskins will practice at 1 p.m. ET with an open locker room session for the media at 11:15 a.m. Here are three areas of interest.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks always find a way to make opponents nervous - Washington Times
"Smart. Detailed. He has a plan," said Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris. "They give him simple reads, and he does a great job of figuring them out. You know, if you go out there and give him a great look and he knows exactly what to do with the football, he's gonna execute and get it done." | Injury Report

Redskins, Seahawks have taken divergent paths - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Washington Redskins XTRA - Richmond Times-Dispatch Coverage Of Training Camp And The Regular Season

ASHBURN — Washington Redskins players and coaches spoke Thursday about creating a winning mentality for the franchise, something their opponent this week has already accomplished.

Washington S Ryan Clark on how to rebound from loss: 'Have some pride' - ESPN

Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark knows there's only one way a team should respond to an embarrassing loss: "You have to have some pride.&quo

Kirk Cousins: 'Be brutally honest with yourself' | Comcast SportsNet Washington

"Human nature would say you’re going to be more careful," Cousins said during his weekly news conference on Thursday. "But if you do that, I think you get in more trouble than you help yourself. So it’s important in talking with the coaches, watching film from the [Giants] game to just go back and trust my reads, trust my instincts and play the game." In last week’s 45-14 loss to New York, Cousins threw four interceptions—three came in the span of four possessions in the third quarter—and lost a fumble. In the ensuing film sessions, Cousins said he asked the coaching staff to be tough on him.  "You have to be brutally honest with yourself," he said. "You have to check your ego at the door when you walk into the film room and say to the coaches, ‘Let’s make sure this never happens again. However you have to coach me, be hard on me to make sure that it gets through.’"

Trent Williams, Niles Paul limited in Redskins' practice on Thursday - Washington Times

Williams and Paul were among a handful of players whose status for the Redskins' game against Seattle on Monday still remains uncertain, though each was able to practice in some form on Thursday.

Gruden: Redskins not afraid to challenge Sherman | Comcast SportsNet Washington

"He’s obviously a great corner but we feel like we have good receivers and we have to go out and challenge whoever the corner is," said Redskins coach Jay Gruden. "That’s why we went out and got DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, Andre Roberts. So hopefully those guys will be up to the challenge." The Redskins will be relying on backup quarterback Kirk Cousins to get the ball to those receivers. He is coming off of a four-interception game against the Giants and Gruden said that he will need to do his part and get some help.

Cousins dealing with 'the roller coaster' | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Chris Paul's Redskins Remix Week 5: "Turn Down for What" -

Friends Richard Sherman, DeSean Jackson to reunite on Monday - ESPN

Just how long has Sherman known Jackson? "Since we were in elementary school, in the second or third grade," Sherman said. Sherman and Jackson were Little League teammates growing up in the Compton area of Los Angeles. DeSean’s father, Bill, was one of their coaches. Bill died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. Sherman wrote a column defending DeSean last year when he was accused of being involved in gangs. Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles last March and signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Redskins in April. "He’s always been always been one of the top athletes in whatever sport we were playing," Sherman said of Jackson. "A lot of people would’ve guessed he would’ve gone baseball, especially early on in the way his father was involved in baseball. He has always been a fantastic athlete."

Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins preview, Week 5 - ESPN

The Redskins say it's just what they need: a prime-time matchup against the defending champs. Of course, the Seahawks tend to dominate in prime time.

Washington Redskins locker room quick takes - ESPN

Tackle Tom Compton said he'll prepare as if he'll start in place of left tackle Trent Williams. But Williams expressed optimism Tuesday that he would be available. Compton said, "I hope he's in there. He gives us the best opportunity to win."

NFL against the spread picks: This isn't parity | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Shutdown Corner's Week 5 picks against the spread.

Reviewing the Redskins' Offseason Moves a Quarter Through the Season - Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog

The Redskins Blog | Ryan Clark On Stopping Seattle’s Playmakers

Kirk Cousins trying to remain level-headed, regardless of performance - Washington Times

After throwing four interceptions in the Redskins' last game, the quarterback vowed to improve. That performance is not a reflection of who he is, Cousins said, but the limited opportunities he's had over three seasons don't lend themselves to an accurate assessment.

Nick's NFC East Week 5 Predictions -