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Redskins notebook

Date published: 9/30/2010

BY RICH CAMPBELL

ASHBURN

--As if dual-threat quarterback Michael Vick doesn't pose a big enough problem for the Washington Redskins' defense, it must contend with speedy receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

That's problematic for a secondary that has struggled in coverage through three games under coordinator Jim Haslett.

The Redskins rank last in the NFL in total defense and 22nd in passing yards surrendered per attempt. Philadelphia, meanwhile, has completed nine passing plays of at least 25 yards this sea-son--third-most in the NFL

But Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers has an idea of how to slow them down.

"They both don't want no physical contact," he said, "so that's one of the key things we're gonna have to do."

Jackson has posted modest numbers in four career games against Washington: 33 yards per game and two touchdowns. Maclin totaled 10 receptions for 116 yards in two games against the Redskins as a rookie last season.

Both have different styles.

"DeSean gives you so many things," Rogers said. "He kind of freelances. Maclin is a straight route-runner. He'll run the route."

For Washington's secondary, though, the identity of the receiver hasn't mattered. Even rookie quarterback Sam Bradford and unheralded wideouts Mark Clayton and Brandon Gibson exploited the Redskins' coverage deficiencies in St. Louis last week.

In man-to-man coverage, Redskins corners at times have not effectively diagnosed routes.

"It's about reading break points, where guys are gonna break their routes off at," Rogers said.

In zone, the Redskins have demonstrated a tendency to lose receivers in the secondary while looking in at the quarterback. Bradford last week beat the zone with accurate, well-timed throws into open spaces.

"Sometimes we need to look at that receiver and see where he's at; instead of sitting back reading the quarterback, kind of match our man," Rogers said.

INJURY UPDATE

Rookie left tackle Trent Williams (knee/toe) practiced yesterday after missing last Sunday's loss to St. Louis

He was limited during the session, and he limped slightly coming off the field at the conclusion of practice.

"He looked OK; still a little bit sore, but he did get a chance to practice, so that's a good sign," coach Mike Shanahan said.

Williams declined an interview request.


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