Washington Redskins wake-up call

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins will practice at 1 p.m. ET with an open locker room session for the media at 11:15 a.m. Three areas of interest:

  1. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will address the media today. After a tough game versus the New York Giants, which followed more big plays against the Philadelphia Eagles, the defense clearly needs some fixing. They have young players in key spots learning on the go; they also have some players getting beat repeatedly in coverage. If it keeps happening, what is the plan to solve it? Don’t know if we’ll find out, but we will try.

  2. Injuries. Always an issue, especially with tight end Jordan Reed and left tackle Trent Williams being limited in practice. For Reed, that’s a positive step. For Williams, it makes him less certain. However, coach Jay Gruden told Seattle reporters Thursday that “I feel pretty good about him and his toughness. If he’s anywhere close to 50 percent he’ll play and at 50 percent he’ll play better than most left tackles in the NFL.” A couple years ago, Williams never considered leaving the field despite playing at around 70 percent healthy. My guess: He’ll play.

  3. On the blog today: Three things I learned about Seattle after watching film and talking to players and coaches. One thing I definitely learned is that San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is phenomenal. Also, a preview of the game with our Seahawks writer, Terry Blount, with both of our predictions.