Ron Rivera didn't have any injury updates on Chase Young(groin) and Matt Ioannidis(arm) after they both left yesterday's game with injuries. Ian Rapoport reported that Young's injury was minor.
He did have positive news for WR Dontrelle Inman, there was no fracture on his left arm and he could be practicing this week. Rivera called the thin WR group their biggest concern. They will continue to ease Saahdiq Charles back into practice after he suffered a setback with his leg injury. They are hoping he comes back completely healthy.
Rivera has been very impressed with Washington's rookie class. Kamren Curl has continuously received praise from coaches. Rivera said he would have gone higher in the draft if he had workouts pre-draft. He has exceeded expectations and been playing a lot of good football.
Keith Ismael is in a great position to backup all three interior OL positions. Undrafted WR Isaiah Wright has been excellent. Rivera sees the progress every day. Wright was active for the first time yesterday and had 4 catches for 24 yards, and also made an interception-saving hit on a Browns defender.
Rivera said that Dwayne Haskins Jr. did stare down his receivers on two of his three interceptions. He went through his progressions too fast, and then got locked on a particular read. Haskins is still learning and growing, but at some point you're no longer a rookie. Rivera said other guys on the team are giving everything they have on the field to get a win, and mistakes like yesterday take that away. He said there would be a clear cutoff point for Dwayne if he stops progressing.
Rivera does not have injury updates on Matt Ioannidis and Chase Young. Said he had been watching some film and talking to coaches, so he has not had a chance to talk to head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion yet. Said he'll talk to RV later today.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020
WR Dontrelle Inman did not fracture his left arm, which was the team’s concern, Ron Rivera said. This is key for a thin unit Rivera considers the team’s “biggest concern.”— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) September 28, 2020
An X-ray for WR Dontrelle Inman came back negative. No fracture. Rivera called it a nice surprise.— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) September 28, 2020
Not a fracture for Dontrelle Inman’s wrist. Good news - he could be back at practice this week.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 28, 2020
Also regarding Saahdiq Charles, he had the setback with the thigh injury, Rivera said they'll take it easy with him again this week. They're hopeful taking this slow will result in him finally being able to come back completely healthy.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) September 28, 2020
Rivera said he's "very pleased" with Washington's rookie class so far.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 28, 2020
Rivera said Young has been "everything we though he would be." He likes what AGG and Gibson have done. Ismael has become a good backup and Kamren Curl has exceeded their expectations. Isaiah Wright has been "excellent," Rivera. He's seen growth from all of WAS's rookies.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 28, 2020
Ron Rivera says Washington is "lucky to have" Kam Curl. Rivera adds that lack of college workouts probably cost Curl higher draft spot— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 28, 2020
Ron Rivera said that Kam Curl has absolutely exceeded expectations. Feels like the lack of workouts probably hurt him, but it was lucky for the WFT because he didn't go higher.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) September 28, 2020
Rivera said fifth-round rookie OL Keith Ismael is in a "great position" in terms of being the backup at all three interior offensive line spots.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020
Head coach Ron Rivera on undrafted rookie WR Isaiah Wright:— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020
"Isaiah Wright has been excellent, he really has. You've just seen the progress each week, and that's what you're looking for is growth." Wright had 4 catches for 24 yards on Sunday.
Head Coach Ron Rivera spoke about what he has seen from @TheTerry_25— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) September 28, 2020
Head coach Ron Rivera on Terry McLaurin: "Everything he works on, he excels at."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020
Rivera added that he wanted to draft McLaurin in Carolina but that @WashingtonNFL drafted him first. Still, he's fortunate he gets to coach McLaurin now.
Rivera said that when he broke down the tape, he did not see offensive pass interference on Terry McLaurin. Said the defender had a hand on him, so McLaurin swam through that to get open. That action made it look like OPI, but it wasn't.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020
Dwayne Haskins Jr.:
Ron Rivera said Dwayne Haskins did stare down his receivers on his interceptions. He said he went through his progressions too fast and then got locked in to a particular read.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 28, 2020
Rivera said Haskins stared down two of his INTs. He also has to slow down his mechanics. Rivera's talked with Zampese and Turner and both thought his throws came a little too soon.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 28, 2020
Ron Rivera says Dwayne Haskins is still learning and growing but at some point "youre no longer a rookie"— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 28, 2020
Today it seemed Ron Rivera spoke differently on Haskins than he did yesterday after the game (he watched tape this AM) Yesterday: "he is barely through a rookie year" Today: "there's a certain point you're no longer a rookie" #WashingtonFootball— Heather McDonough (@HeatherMcD4) September 28, 2020
Rivera said Haskins did "some very positive things," on Sunday but that he also took a step back with the interceptions and not protecting the ball.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020
Would Rivera consider Sunday's game a regression for Dwayne Haskins?— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) September 28, 2020
"At times, but then there's so much positive."
Ron Rivera says a lot of Washington Football players left it all on the field and Haskins has to play better for his teammates— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 28, 2020
Rivera said there were a lot of guys "who put their heart out on the field," and they deserve better. Highlighted Payne, Allen, Bostic on defense and the skill players on offense.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020
"There are guys in the locker room that are playing well enough to win."
The questions and full responses from Ron Rivera when he said other players "deserve better" and that there is "a cut-off point" with Dwayne Haskins: pic.twitter.com/1EnnQlzVhj— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 28, 2020
Rivera is asked about if there's a bridge where he'd considered benching Haskins: "There is a cut off point for me."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 28, 2020
Not using timeouts:
Rivera on the timeouts: "This is a young football team that I have to protect"— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 28, 2020
Rivera: "I'm concerned about this football team and this football team's development."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020
Ron Rivera once again re-emphasizes that he's not going to risk injuries late in a game that's a bit out of hand . Pointed out they had already lost Young, Ioannidis & Inman. No formula. Just common sense. @WSHFootballSI— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) September 28, 2020
When evaluating the safeties, the missed tackles stand out to Ron Rivera. But he did point out that he believes Troy Apke played better in Week 3 than he did in Week 2— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) September 28, 2020
Rivera is asked about the safety tandem with Collins and Apke. He says Apke played much better this week, but he said missed tackles stand out (for Apke and Collins)— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 28, 2020
Also mentioned how the secondary did not give up big plays. Through the first 2 weeks, it gave up eight pass plays of at least 20 yards. It gave up zero of those Sunday. The longest completion was 18 yards. https://t.co/c1M1TZwWvB— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020
Rivera said there will be some "growing pains" with Washington's development, but the team will deal with them and he will do what he feels is in the team's best interest to fix them.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 28, 2020
Veterans on a rebuilding team:
A full-on commitment to building for the future in the NFL is bold, because every roster has veterans who can't necessarily wait for growth. Here's what Ron tells those kinds of guys on the WFT pic.twitter.com/V8A8NO1NMl— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) September 28, 2020
Head coach Ron Rivera on Chase Young: "Chase has played well, Chase has been everything that we thought he would be."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 28, 2020