Before Davis’ arrival, the Redskins would be in a much worse spot. During games when Reed would get hurt, it would change the plan quite a bit, as happened in the 2014 season opener at Houston. Or if they were uncertain about his status for a game, it would force them to put together two game plans – one with him and one without. Reed is always a pivotal part of any game plan because of his unique talent and the matchup issues he presents.
Corner Josh Norman will promote his foundation, Stars24, that helps disadvantaged families. Receiver Pierre Garcon will promote his Helping Hands Foundation, and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will highlight his Blitz for the Better Foundation. End Chris Baker will feature his foundation, joining a number of Redskins promoting causes.
I think quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh has been a huge plus for him. Huge. Cousins has talked a few times about how he helped simplify his reads and progressions, almost taking out some of the mental clutter involved. The more Cavanaugh works with Cousins, and the more he plays, the more his coaching has clearly made an impact. One of his strengths has been going through his progressions faster. Plus it’s good for a player to have a coach in the room who’s not the head coach or coordinator -- to either complain or bounce more ideas off of.
Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.