The Washington Football Team released their final injury report for the week, and two players are listed as doubtful. Geron Christian Sr.(knee) and Dontrelle Inman(hamstring) are both likely to miss Sunday’s game. Cornelius Lucas will probably get his second straight start in place of Christian. Washington’s WR corps could be getting two players back that were out two weeks ago vs the Cowboys. Steven Sims Jr. returned to practice on Wednesday and has been a full participant(unofficially). Isaiah Wright was limited for the first day back from the bye, but has been full go the rest of the week.
Ron Rivera was asked if he knows the team’s identity. The team is still young, and reaching to find out who they are. It’s based on winning and the attitude they play with. The team has 9 more games to establish it’s identity this season.
J.D. McKissic is a player that Rivera is very high on. He could be a first, second, and/or third down back. His versatility makes him an asset to any offense. They don’t need McKissic to be an every down back because they have Antonio Gibson, but Rivera wants to get the ball in his hands as much as possible.
Bryce Love has been on injured reserve since October 2nd, and hasn’t played a single down since being drafted in the 4th round last year. He tore his ACL on the final play of his college career at Stanford, and has had two knee surgeries since then. Rivera is hopeful that he can return this year, and thinks the opportunity to get him back on the field is coming soon.
Injury report:— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Geron Christian and Dontrelle Inman are both listed as DOUBTFUL.
Everyone else is good to go for Sunday. Steven Sims is still on IR and has not been activated yet.
Rivera on if he knows his teams identity yet: "No, we're young football team reaching to find out who we are."— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) November 6, 2020
Rivera on whether or not they have found their identity: 'nope.... still young, still reaching to find who we are.... it's based on winning and the attitude you play with." Says it could happen over the final nine games— John Keim (@john_keim) November 6, 2020
Rivera said J.D. McKissic is a quality back who could be a first, second and third-down back. Does that mean he is a 30-rushing attempt kind of player? Not necessarily because of his versatility, but he is talented enough to do it.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Rivera had a lot of good things to say about RB J.D. McKissic. Highlighted his versatility and said that he can be an every-down if necessary. They don't need to do that because they have Antonio Gibson, but they want to get the ball in McKissic's hands as much as possible.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 6, 2020
Rivera is still hopeful Bryce Love can return this year. He's had a couple of good days with trainers, he said, and the opportunity to get him back on the field could be coming soon.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Rivera on Love (on IR w/ knee): "We are hopeful. He's had a couple of really good days with the trainers. I think it's getting close to getting him back out there. ...He got sore for a little bit and we rested him. ... Opportunity to get him back on the field is coming soon." https://t.co/P9GJ02Mk2F— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) November 6, 2020
Rivera has seen Kyle Allen's decision-making and his consistency improve. The only exception is turning over the football. The important things for him is to continue that growth and protect the ball.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Rivera has seen QB Kyle Allen make better decisions and be more consistent. The one negative has been the turnovers, and Rivera is hoping Allen can limit those moving forward.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 6, 2020
Travelle Wharton was still playing when Rivera first joined the Carolina Panthers. Rivera has always been impressed with the way Wharton approaches the game and his attitude. He's a bright young coach who has a bright future.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
OL Coach John Matsko:
Wharton said O-Line coach John Matsko does a good job of getting players on the field and playing snaps at different positions. He said every player needs to know every position on the O-line.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Assistant offensive line coach Travelle Wharton is speaking to the media now. Glowing praise for rookie tackle Saahdiq Charles: "Man, I love his attitude and what he brings to the table because he's a very versatile player." Charles just need to stay healthy.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 6, 2020
Wharton said Rivera has not changed in any way since he was with Rivera as a player. That has helped him implement the culture he is trying to build.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Wharton played in the offensive scheme and under Matsko in his career, so he knows what is expected of players.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Assistant coaching duties:
Wharton said that as an assistant position coach, he is basically doing whatever Coach Matsko needs. Includes film breakdowns, tendencies, etc. His job is made easier by having played under Matsko and coached with him.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 6, 2020
The offensive line has not had to adjust much to having Kyle Allen as the starting quarterback. The only difference is getting used to Allen's different cadences.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Wharton didn't know Morgan Moses before joining Washington, but he has noticed how passionate he is. He's smart and prepared, he said, and he works well with younger player. All those qualities have been infectious for the entire position.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
J.D. McKissic is addressing the media right now. He said defenses still have to respect he and Antonio Gibson's background as receivers. If they don't, then they could get beat on a positive play.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Offense vs the Giants:
McKissic said there have been flashes of what the offense can do earlier in the year, but he felt like the group was able to put things together against the Giants.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020
Steven Sims Jr.:
When JD McKissic got to Washington, he YouTubed a lot of his teammates. Steve Sims was one guy who stood out to him. McKissic: "I wish I could move like him"— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) November 6, 2020
Steven Sims has always been one of McKissic's favorite players since joining the team. He watched YouTube highlights of Sims from his rookie year and wanted to move like him.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 6, 2020