Ron Rivera gave some updates on the status of this week’s injury report which has doubled from the first two weeks. Saahdiq Charles is someone that fans have been looking forward to seeing on the field since he was drafted in the 4th round this year. That hasn’t happened yet, and he has basically been injured since training camp. He has been dealing with a leg injury, and apparently he had a setback with it this week which is keeping him from practicing. He was on the field last week playing catch up with the rest of the team, but will now spend another week on the shelf. Morgan Moses has been dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out of practice this week, and Rivera said that Cornelius Lucas would play if he couldn’t go.
Rivers likes what the team has learned from their first two games, but the big thing is that the team needs to start faster. They have fallen behind by 3 scores both weeks, and that hole was too big to dig out of last week. He talked about Dwaynes Haskins Jr. and what he needs to do to improve. Rivera said that Haskins mechanics aren’t even close to what they’re looking for in this system...yet. Sometimes he speeds through his progressions, and he needs to work on his footwork, and framing his body
Rivera likes Chase Young’s enthusiasm, tempo and impact in the run game. “Those are things that you want to see, not just a guy who’s just a pass-rusher... He impacts the passing game, he impacts the running game.” He loves Young’s ability to set the edge, funnel plays back inside, and his ability to chase screens down.
#WASvsCLE Injury Report:— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 24, 2020
Ryan Anderson, Ryan Kerrigan, Thomas Davis Sr. -- FULL
Steven Sims Jr. (toe) -- LIMITED
Saahdiq Charles (leg), Cole Holcomb (knee), Morgan Moses -- DNP
Rivera said yesterday that it would be important to see how Kendall Fuller felt after Wednesday's workout. Fuller was not on the injury report Thursday, which is an encouraging sign.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 24, 2020
Here is Thursday’s full Washington-Cleveland injury report. Browns pass rusher Olivier Vernon has yet to practice this week. pic.twitter.com/9OW87slPun— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 24, 2020
Ron Rivera said rookie OT Saahdiq Charles had "a little bit of a setback" with his leg injury.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 24, 2020
Charles came off the injury report last week, but is back on this week and did not practice today.
Ron Rivera said that Saahdiq Charles, who was off the injury report last week, had a little setback with the thigh injury. The coaches will keep working with him.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) September 24, 2020
Coach Rivera spoke to the media about what he expects to see on Sunday.— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) September 24, 2020
Cleveland will be the third different style of offense Washington has faced, which Rivera thinks will be good for his defense to see early in the season.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 24, 2020
Lessons from the first 2 weeks:
Rivera said the past two weeks have been good barometers for his team. He likes what they have learned from those games and wants to implement those lessons so the team can improve. We have to start faster, Rivera said.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 24, 2020
Rivera said his team regressed against Arizona when comparing it to Week 1: "We need to start faster."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 24, 2020
Morgan Moses/Cornelius Lucas:
Head coach Ron Rivera speaking now. Said that rookie T Saahdiq Charles had "a little bit of a setback" with his leg injury. Morgan Moses has also not practiced the past two days. If Moses can't go, it'll could be Cornelius Lucas at RT.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 24, 2020
Wearing masks on the sidelines:
Rivera stressed the importance of wearing masks on the sideline during games.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 24, 2020
"As head coaches, we have to set the example."
When asked about coaches wearing the masks on the sideline and the challenges, Ron Rivera says it's easy to forget when you pull it down, to pull it back up. But he say that NFL coaches are the example and millions of people are seeing them on Sunday.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) September 24, 2020
What does Ron Rivera see in Chase Young so far that doesn't show up in box score? Enthusiasm, tempo and impact in the run game. "Those are things that you want to see, not just a guy who's just a pass-rusher... He impacts the passing game, he impacts the running game."— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) September 24, 2020
Rivera said a lot of things Chase Young does don't show up in the box score, but he has been able to influence the run as well. That's what you want to see, Rivera said, you want a player who can impact the pass as well as the run.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 24, 2020
Just asked @RiverboatRonHC about @youngchase907 thru two games....— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) September 24, 2020
I know - easy question but...
**Loves him against run. Setting the edge, funneling stuff back inside, as much as the pass rush.
**One thing stands out to me is how good CY is on screens & chasing stuff down.
Dwayne Haskins Jr.:
Rivera said that Dwayne Haskins' mechanics aren't even close yet for what they're looking for in their system. But he went on to praise him and said he wants to see that growth.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 24, 2020
Rivera thinks Haskins has a combination of things to improve upon. Sometimes he plays fast, sometimes his eyes aren't where they should be and sometimes his mechanics need to be worked on. But when all that comes together, he is able to make positive plays.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 24, 2020
"I wouldn't say one thing.....Sometimes he speeds up on his progression." -- Ron Rivera on Haskins.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) September 24, 2020
Rivera says when you see it all come together, it looks good.
It's footwork, matching up with eyes & framing his body. Doing consistently is what he wants.
New practice squad/roster rules:
Rivera said there are a lot of pluses that come with the added practice squad players and bumping people up to the active roster. It gives him the opportunity to get better evaluations on what he has in his roster.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 24, 2020
Rivera wants #WashingtonFootball to start faster. How are they working on that? Successful plays on first and second down will go a long way, he said.— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) September 24, 2020
Rivera said Washington is working on trying to start faster. It's building on and sustaining the success to him. He said they need to keep improving and building.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 24, 2020
Rivera on Alex Smith: Has knocked a lot of the rust off. They're splitting practice snaps between him and Kyle Allen on the scout team.— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) September 24, 2020
Rivera said Alex Smith is looking good in practice. "The rust is starting to come off," he said, which has been exciting to see.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 24, 2020
Ron Rivera on Alex Smith: “beginning to see the rust coming off. The neat thing to watch is you start to see the arm strength coming back, start to see a fast twitch in decision making. It’s been kind of exciting.” Smith splits reps on scout team with Kyle Allen.— John Keim (@john_keim) September 24, 2020