A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Friday, October 25, 2013.
--The Washington Redskins have a decision to make on a starting safety but defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is pleased with the players available to fill the role. In the past three seasons there have been 10 players that have played either free safety or strong safety under coach Haslett.
--After injuries to Redskins players Reed Doughty and David Amerson on special teams plays, head coach Mike Shanahan plans to lobby for player safety for helmet-to-helmet hits on kickoff and punt plays.
--Sunday's game vs. the Broncos will feature a chess match between quarterback Peyton Manning and linebacker London Fletcher. Both Manning and Fletcher were apart of the rookie class of 1998 which only has five active players remaining in the NFL including Manning and Fletcher according to ESPN.
--As the Redskins defense prepares to play Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, players know that they will have to play one of their best games to win. The Redskins defense is responsible for four touchdowns this season, a trend they would like to continue against Denver.
--Sources say Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has had talks with tight end Fred Davis on what he needs to do to get back on the field. Davis was healthy but put on the inactive list, the first time since his rookie year.
--Quarterback Robert Griffin III embraces the underdog role as the Denver Broncos are 14 point favorites vs. the Washington Redskins.
--The reasons why head coach Mike Shanahan is one of the most respected coaches in the NFL and how his philosophies on drafting running backs has set the standard for most NFL teams today.
--One reporter tries to understand the Redskins name controversy and why it is an issue in 2013.
--What the Redskins defense can learn from the Colts defensive performance vs. the Broncos. The Colts managed to sack Peyton Manning four times which resulted in a 39-33 victory.
--How a Redskins fan's burgundy-and-gold van has helped turn his life around.
--Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall spoke on a recent conversation he had with Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather. After the Redskins-Bears game Marshall said, "a guy like that has no place in the NFL" because of Meriweather's helmet-to-helmet hits during the game.
--Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen [hopes to play](Washington Times Redskins defensive end) after tearing his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee vs. the Bears. Bowen said, "In my mind, I feel that by Sunday, I'll be ready."
--Five questions facing the Redskins as they prepare to play the Broncos including how will the Redskins keep up with the Broncos offense. The answer could be in the running game, the Redskins are second in the NFL with 5.1 yards per rushing attempt.
--As Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan returns to his old stomping grounds in Denver, Shanahan is focused on beating his former team. Shanahan will be honored with a highlight clip that includes his back-to-back super bowl titles in 1997 and 1998.
--What the Redskins must do to contain Broncos return man Trindon Holliday and prevent a third straight week with a punt return for a touchdown.
--In the murder trial of Sean Taylor, a man on trial admits to shooting Taylor in his home.
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5) Shanahan says Fred Davis has had an "excellent week of practice." Has said practice performance determines gameplan at TE. #HTTR