Culliver tore his left ACL in 2013 and tweaked that same knee in practice last week. He played while in pain during the Redskins' win over the Philadelphia Eagles last week, but he was beaten on three long pass plays. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Culliver's sore knee has weakened his quad as well.
I do sense a different attitude than the past two years when, for me, they were always too loose and lacked an urgency I've seen from prior teams. I like the approach of some of the rookies -- actually, with most of them. That changes attitudes, too. Same with having different coaches, but that's also on coach Jay Gruden. It also helps having better depth in some areas, whether it's just to provide more competition or to replace an injured starter. They have a ways to go here. But McCloughan has helped with some of his choices. For the first time in a while I feel there's a young core to build around (that includes some of the draft picks from 2014 as well).
Now some might think it might have something to do with Cousins arm strength, but that clearly isn't the case as he was the best on the team in this area last year. Also the team the Redskins are tied with is the Ravens who have probably the strongest arm QB in the league in Joe Flacco. This probably has a lot to do with the loss of DeSean Jackson in the Redskins offense, and his ability to add chunk plays to these numbers (more on this later).
"I think they've been outstanding," Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay said. "They've protected the quarterback well. I think we've been able to run the football efficiently. So, they're playing at a high level right now. And I thought it was really encouraging to see-missing Shawn Lauvao last week [and] the way that Spencer Long stepped in in his real, first, big-time action in a game, that really mattered. I thought he responded to the challenge."
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