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Redskins QB Robert Griffin III needs to help Jay Gruden stay positive with his play

The Washington Redskins return to work with a 1:35 p.m. practice Sunday, their Fan Appreciation Day in Ashburn, Virginia. Here are three areas of interest for your wake-up call:

QB Robert Griffin III. His health tops the list of questions and where he’s at in his recovery from the concussion. I doubt we’ll talk to him Sunday, but we can ask coach Jay Gruden about him. And I’ll be curious to hear Gruden’s take on Griffin’s night. Certainly the line had some problems -- quick pressure against a quarterback who struggles with pocket presence is a bad combination. There’s no way Gruden could watch that game and not be concerned about Griffin’s pocket presence/movement and decision-making on some of those plays. Not as a former quarterback himself. Gruden has taken to only talking positively about Griffin, which is smart on his part. But the quarterback has to help him stay positive with his performance.

TE Derek Carrier. The new guy acquired in a trade with San Francisco on Friday; he’ll be part of the 53-man roster, barring injuries, and should help in the receiving game if nothing else. But he has a good story, going from Division III to the practice squad to a roster spot. He’ll also be wearing No. 47 -- Chris Cooley’s old number. No, the Redskins did not have interest in re-signing their former tight end.

Injuries. Gruden will hopefully have a better idea of the injured players’ status, notably receiver DeSean Jackson and his shoulder. It’s also important for corner DeAngelo Hall to return; he needs the work. Same with rookie receiver Jamison Crowder. Like Jackson, Crowder worked out on the field before the game. Before the injury he was pressing Andre Roberts for the slot job. Also, there’s tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring), who remains sidelined. And tackle Trent Williams (foot) and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (knee) did not play the other night. Both could have played had it been a real game.