Favorite football memory: My junior year in high school when we went to the district championship game and there were a couple minutes left, maybe a minute left, and I caught a bomb pass from my quarterback. A game-winning touchdown catch. It was exciting. Those are exciting moments.
One of the biggest areas of improvement for the Redskins has been in the punting game. Tress Way arrived in Ashburn, Va., on Aug. 20 and was told by special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica that he had 10 days to win a spot on the roster. Way did just that-and he's been rewarding the Redskins for taking a chance on him ever since.
Safety? Well, that remains a problem. Brandon Meriweather, 30, had arguably his best game as a Redskin in Dallas, where he recorded seven tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a stuff. But he also missed the first two games of the season because of another illegal hit and simply hasn't been consistent enough. The other starting safety, Ryan Clark, hasn't created any turnovers and has been credited with just one defended pass. At 35, he's in the twilight of his career, if not his final season. That likely means the Redskins must find one, if not two, new starting safeties prior to next season.
DE Jason Hatcher-The Redskins have written him checks totaling $10.5 million in salary and signing bonus this year expecting him to sack the quarterback. He's on pace for seven sacks, not what they paid for. Jay Gruden said that the team needs more out of him and all eyes will be on him to see if he delivers.
Have Pierre Garçon's targets per game dropped by 40 percent due to the presence of Jackson, a dropoff in his performance, or because the QB's aren't looking for him? In any case, he's on pace to catch 40 fewer passes than he did last year.