A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Sunday, December 22, 2013.
--Five storylines to watch for as the Redskins prepare to play the Cowboys on Sunday including how the Redskins special teams unit will perform on Sunday. The Redskins gave up 222 total return yards the last time they played the Cowboys in Dallas.
--A look at the Redskins-Cowboys game and how a Redskins win could spoil the Cowboys season. The Cowboys at 7-7 are a game behind division leader Philadelphia with two games left.
--As linebacker Brian Orakpo approaches free agency, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett endorses Orakpo’s ability and value. Orakpo will be a free agent this offseason and currently leads the team with sacks with 10.
--The Redskins injury report after Friday’s practice including the status of fullback Darrel Young who is questionable. Young missed three games due to a hamstring injury and saw little action vs. Atlanta.
--One reporter compares Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III on their disappointing second seasons in the NFL and how Newton bounced back in his third year.
--Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan’s response to quarterback Robert Griffin III’s coachability. Shanahan said, “Some will be positive, some will be negative, but the great ones learn from their mistakes.”
--Rookie tight end Jordan Reed’s season is done with two games left due to concussion related symptoms. Reed still had a solid year receiving, having 45 receptions for 499 yards and three touchdowns.
--Former NFL and college scout Matt Williamson analysis Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins start vs. Atlanta and what Cousins future could be in the NFL. Williamson said, “I bet there’s a lot of interest in him around the league to see what he does the next couple games.”
--ESPN’s Redskins and Cowboys beat writers analyze the Redskins-Cowboys game on Sunday and address some of the storylines heading into the game including if Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the hot seat.
--Former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski looks at Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and analysis if Cousins could be a legitimate threat to quarterback Robert Griffin III. This season Cousins has thrown nine passes that have traveled more than 20 yards and has completed three of them.
--Why one writer feels the Redskins need to keep linebacker Brian Orakpo. Orakpo has 39.5 career sacks in 63 games and two double digit sack seasons.
--How receiver Aldrick Robinson has improved his play and wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel’s take on Robinsons potential heading into next year. Robinson has caught eight passes for 166 yards in the past two games.
--A look at the range of quarterbacks head coach Mike Shanahan has had during his time in Washington.
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