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Saturday Slop: Redskins getting ready for the Giants

A look at the top Redskins stories of the day.

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Sean Taylor provided an impact few safeties can match | ESPN Redskins Blog

That brings me to Taylor. Because when I was watching Byrd and then Coleman, my thought was this: There are very few safeties I'd pay big money to, but Taylor would be at the top of the list. He had everything you wanted: size, speed, instincts, desire. I do wonder how many times he would have been penalized under the new NFL defenseless receiver rules. At the time Taylor played, it was simply considered good football. I'd still give him big money.

Washington Redskins Black Friday Shopping List | ESPN Redskins Blog

Bulldozer: The Redskins wanted to be a powerful, run-oriented team, but in four of the past five games, they've averaged 2.63 yards or less on the ground. That won't cut it. There are multiple problems, including an inexperienced line and backs who need to help more by creating their own holes. But the Redskins need to start opening more lanes and controlling the ball on the ground.

Redskins must win to stay alive in the NFC East | ESPN Redskins Blog

The Redskins have obviously played a lot better at home (4-1) than on the road (0-5), but that sort of dichotomy will not result in a division title. A team that wasn't predicted to be great has now lost six starters to season-ending injuries and their depth will continue to be tested. The injuries have really hurt the pass rush (Junior Galette) and the offensive line (Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao). But the Redskins remain alive because of a bad division and pretty good resiliency. What they haven't shown is the ability to run the ball consistently or stop the run.

Redskins adjust to life without Chris Culliver | ESPN Redskins Blog

"We have a couple options," Gruden said. "We have a lot of versatility back there. If there is a saving grace with all the injuries we've had, we've had to try to intermingle everybody in different spots. They all have a good knowledge of nickel, corner, safety. So we'll have it covered."

State of the NFC East Post Thanksgiving |

Need to know: Redskins' home record a good omen | CSN Washington