ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The first thing Leslie Frazier remembers from working with Ron Rivera and Sean McDermott was being stuck in the basement of Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, and the “varmints,” as he called them, lurking around every corner.
WASHINGTON (1-1) at BUFFALO (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Buffalo by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
Defense was supposed to be the biggest reason to believe Washington could repeat as NFC East champions, and it still might turn out to be.
But through the first two weeks of the season, the unit led by reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young has not lived up to lofty expectations.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Taylor Heinicke and Dustin Hopkins made the most of their second chances.
Washington needed every last second — and then some — to earn a long-awaited win over the New York Giants.
The “Hard Knocks” franchise will have regular-season episodes for the first time when “Hard Knocks In Season: The Indianapolis Colts” debuts on Nov. 17 on HBO.
NFL Films announced the series during halftime of Thursday night’s game between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — New York Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates broke his leg in the first quarter of Thursday night's game at Washington.
Gates was carted off after a significant delay, and players came off the New York sideline to show their support for him.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The New York Giants added receiver C.J. Board, tight end Chris Myarick and center Matt Skura to the roster before Thursday night's game at Washington.
There were no major surprises on either team's inactives list.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Giants have placed starting left guard Shane Lemieux on the injured reserve list and signed offensive lineman Matt Skura off their practice squad.
The Giants made the moves on Thursday afternoon, hours before a game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField.
Opening week of the NFL season often includes upsets (Steelers, Dolphins), over-the-top achievements (Raiders, Eagles) and underwhelming performances (Packers, Titans). Finding the correct ones is a major challenge for prognosticators.
N.Y. GIANTS (0-1) at WASHINGTON (0-1)
Thursday, 8:20 p.m. EDT, NFL Network
OPENING LINE: Washington by 3 1-2, according to FanDuel SportsBook
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Even if Daniel Jones knows why he has been so successful in his career against Washington, the New York Giants quarterback wants no part of sharing that insight.
Each game is different, Jones insists, yet he's 4-0 against Washington and 4-19 against the rest of the NFL through his first two-plus pro seasons.
The Brandon Staley era has started with something the Los Angeles Chargers were not able to do the past two seasons: win a close game after experiencing adversity.
Sunday's 20-16 victory over the Washington Football Team was especially satisfying considering the Chargers were 7-16 in one-score games in 2019 and '20 after making the postseason in 2018.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is going on injured reserve with a hip injury, and Washington is turning to Taylor Heinicke to start at quarterback against the New York Giants on Thursday night.
Cam Newton is not walking through that door, and Robert Griffin III is not walking through that door.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Brandon Staley and Justin Herbert shared a smile and shook hands outside the locker room before the new Los Angeles Chargers coach congratulated the second-year quarterback on a job well done.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick waved to the crowd as he hobbled off the field, and the cheers of appreciation soon turned to boisterous chants of “Heinicke! Heinicke!”
Fitzpatrick injured his right hip midway through the second quarter of his Washington debut, and surprise playoff star Taylor Heinicke came on in relief.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington is putting Curtis Samuel on short-term injured reserve because of a lingering groin injury, meaning the wide receiver will miss at least the first three games of the season.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — With Justin Herbert the first of several top quarterbacks on the docket this season. Washington's defense is taking on Jack Del Rio's approach to respect every opponent but fear nobody.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Rashawn Slater solidified himself as one of the top offensive linemen in college with his dominating performance against Chase Young in 2019.
Two years later, Slater's first assignment in the NFL will be to contain Young again when the Los Angeles Chargers face the Washington Football Team on Sunday in the season opener.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-9) at WASHINGTON (7-9)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Chargers by 1, according to FanDuel SportsBook
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A lot has changed in a year for Brandon Staley and Justin Herbert.
Heading into last year's opener, Staley was preparing for his first game as defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Curtis Samuel's chances of playing in Washington's season opener this weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers took a hit Wednesday when the wide receiver appeared to tweak a groin injury that has been bothering him for months.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Curtis Samuel may or may not be game ready. He certainly has his poker face on.
Washington's big-money addition at wide receiver took part in his first practice since offseason workouts Monday after dealing with a nagging groin injury and missing time on the NFL's COVID-19 list.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick and his magnificent beard plan to lead Washington on to the field for the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 12. The 38-year-old's role as starting quarterback was never in question.
New faces: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, CB William Jackson, WR Curtis Samuel, WR Adam Humphries, TE Sammis Reyes, LB Jamin Davis, OT Sam Cosmi, WR Dyami Brown, G Ereck Flowers, OT Charles Leno, EDGE Shaka Toney, DB Benjamin St-Juste, LS Camaron Cheeseman.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Before Washington gets a new name, Ron Rivera's team has one more chance to add another division title.
After winning the NFC East at 7-9 in Rivera's first year, Washington faces higher expectations in what should be the final season before a new moniker is unveiled.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — When Landon Collins joined Washington in 2019, he told friends something needed to change.
In the two years since he played his first game in burgundy and gold, just about everything has.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — J.K. Dobbins going down with an injury overshadowed the Baltimore Ravens making a little preseason history.
Dobbins injured his left knee, Lamar Jackson made his 2021 preseason debut and Tyler Huntley scored five touchdowns to help the Ravens rout Washington 37-3 Saturday to win their NFL-best 20th consecutive exhibition game.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington is taking the field late in training camp without almost $75 million worth of signings.
Receiver Curtis Samuel has missed the balance of camp and cornerback William Jackson has been out for the past week, putting the team in a tough spot with its two biggest-money additions on the sideline.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Rookie running back Jaret Patterson did a little bit of everything and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter in Washington’s 17-13 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson had two touchdown runs, including a 91-yard score with just over a minute to play to help the New England Patriots beat Washington 22-13 to open the exhibition season for both teams Thursday night.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — It was a race to the end zone between Washington's offense and a small bird walking on the sideline.
The offense reached the goal line first, but the bird is the star of training camp this week.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Sammis Reyes got in his car, put on podcasts and tried to learn something while he was driving. Sam Cosmi borrowed his sister's car to make the most out of the mileage.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Star defensive tackle Jonathan Allen was held out of Washington's practice Monday because of a tight hamstring.
Allen worked on a side field with trainers while the rest of the team went through the first session of training camp back at Washington's usual practice facility.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff and fellow offensive lineman David Sharpe are in virus protocol, making them the fifth and sixth Washington Football players on the NFL's COVID-19 reserve list.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Taylor Heinicke does not think there is a quarterback competition at Washington’s training camp.
A year after waking up in his sister’s house wondering what to do every day, he’s just happy to get some snaps with the first-team offense and trying to stay ready in case anything happens to presumed starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
It's not exactly everyone into the pool, or gathering around the bonfire. The NFL's “Back Together Saturday” at training camps is all about football.
Well, also about having fans return to watch, with all 32 teams conducting open practices Saturday as part of a unified effort by the league.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Washington Football President Jason Wright said Thursday the organization has significantly trimmed the list of potential team names, with the unveiling expected before the 2022 NFL draft.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ron Rivera opened Washington's training camp Tuesday by expressing frustration about a lack of vaccinations among players, which has caused the cancer survivor to practice extra caution.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Any worries about Jonathan Allen going into the final year of his contract without a long-term deal have evaporated on the eve of Washington training camp.
Allen and the team agreed to terms on a $72 million, four-year contract extension with a $30 million signing bonus, according to his agency.
CAMP SITE: Richmond, Virginia
LAST YEAR: After Dwayne Haskins was benched, Kyle Allen got injured and Washington started 2-7, Alex Smith took over to help the team win five of its final seven games behind a strong defense and capture the NFC East.
Washington will not have any kind of Native American imagery as part of its next name, and the subject is still evolving across sports in the year since the storied NFL franchise dropped arguably the most polarizing moniker left in the pros.
The NFL has fined the Washington Football Team $10 million and owner Dan Snyder is stepping away from day-to-day operations for several months after an independent investigation found the organization’s workplace “highly unprofessional," especially for women.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Dan Snyder’s wife Tanya was named co-CEO of the Washington Football Team on Tuesday, giving her bigger influence in the club that is currently in the midst of an independent investigation into workplace conduct the NFL is overseeing.
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Four misdemeanor charges have been dropped against former Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice after he reached an agreement with his accuser.
Guice was charged last year in Loudoun County with three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property.
Washington pass rusher Montez Sweat said Wednesday he doesn't support the team's attempt to persuade players to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sweat said he “probably won’t get vaccinated until I got more facts and that type of stuff, but I’m not a fan of it at all.”
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Washington Football Team will return to Richmond, Virginia, for the start of training camp this summer.
The club and city on Friday announced a limited engagement from July 27-31.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton CFL franchise has changed its team name to Elks.
The club made the announcement on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Morgan Moses was released by Washington on Thursday, a surprising decision to cut ties with one of the organization's longest-tenured players even in light of offseason additions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Instead of shaking up the first round with a blockbuster trade up for the next quarterback of the future, Washington spent the NFL draft quietly plugging holes all over the roster.
Washington may have found its long-term answer at left tackle in the second round and unearthed another third-round receiving gem.
Washington used the 51st pick in the NFL draft Friday night on Texas offensive tackle Sam Cosmi, who could fill the void left by former starter Trent Williams.