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    ASHBURN Womens Joe Mixon Jersey , Va. (AP) — Trent Williams and Paul Richardson are pretty sure.

    Jay Gruden and Jordan Reed understand there’s no way to know.

    After the Washington Redskins‘ starting offense didn’t take one snap together as a complete group during the preseason, there’s reason for both apprehension and optimism going into their season opener Sept. 9 at the Arizona Cardinals.

    On one hand, there’s zero evidence new quarterback Alex Smith and his full complement of options will gel in time, and yet there’s the thought of limitless potential when tight end Jordan Reed, third down back Chris Thompson and receiver Jamison Crowder are back in the mix.

    “We never know,” Reed said. “You never know how it’s going to go. All you can do is control right now, and right now we’re putting in the work to be successful come Week 1.”

    Because the exhibition finale Thursday at Baltimore will almost certainly feature a matchup of the backups, the preseason wraps up with Smith and the first team putting up 151 yards and two field goals on 36 plays over five series.

    Thompson and Reed never took a snap as they work back from offseason operations, Crowder was bothered by a groin injury and Williams saw only limited action coming off knee surgery.

    Gruden conceded there’s a bit of concern not knowing how those players will handle being reintroduced to full-speed games.

    “Just seeing what kind of shape they’re in,” Gruden said. “Some of the guys like Jordan and Jamison, they missed quite a bit of time. Chris has been getting a lot of work running and all that and I don’t feel too worried about him. You’re talking about your key weapons not getting a lot of playing time and that’s a little bit concerning, but since it is Jordan and Jamison Luke Glendening Jersey , both are very quarterback friendly and I think Alex will adapt fine.”

    Williams said “of course, no doubt,” when asked about the offense being able to click once everyone is on the field. Richardson, signed in the spring to give the passing game the kind of speed it has lacked since DeSean Jackson left, is downright itching to see what the offense can do when finally together.

    “That’s why I don’t have no doubt in our offense at all: We’ve been able to execute at a high level,” Richardson said, citing the second preseason game against the Jets.

    “We’re able to operate with guys that aren’t the starters. That just makes us more confident for when we get our first string in there that we’re going to be able to move the ball even more. We’re going to be able to execute more, and we’re going to score more.”

    Washington ranked 16th in the NFL in offense and scoring offense last year — but that was under Kirk Cousins, without veteran running back Adrian Peterson and amid injuries that derailed the season.

    Smith was up and down in the preseason and is cautiously hopeful about the offense’s upside while acknowledging the Redskins will have to try to put up points no matter who’s on the field.

    “Any offense is going to be better with all the weapons out there, of course,” Smith said. “Hopefully we’ll have them all out and ready to roll. I’m hopeful for that. At the same time, whether that’s the case or not Mark Giordano Jersey , we’re going to kick off and we’re going to play.”

    The game snaps haven’t been there for the first-team offense, but Richardson and Reed find confidence in the practice time that will continue to accumulate before the regular season starts.

    Gruden will have to wait and see how players handle getting hit by Arizona defenders, though learning the playbook and work in practice should ease fears about developing chemistry.

    “That’s what practice is for: for us to get reps together and take advantage of the reps,” Reed said. “And that’s what we’ve been doing for the most part. We can see how things are gelling in practice and manifest it on Sundays.”

    Until that happens, there will be doubt. Williams pointed out early in training camp that everyone is optimistic around the NFL when each team is 0-0, so it’s no surprise some of that is flowing for a new-look Redskins offense that has much to improve on.

    “I think we’re going in the right direction,” Richardson said. “Guys are just not where we need to be yet. That’s why we continue to drill in practice, we continue to work in practice, so we’ll be prepared when the lights come on for Arizona.”

    Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights sent a message, bouncing back with a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference final.

    ”Every time we need a big game as a group, we show up,” Marchessault said. ”We showed the hockey world we earned the right to be here.”

    Tomas Tatar scored 6:37 into the game for the Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 30 saves.

    Kyle Connor scored midway through the third period to pull Winnipeg within a goal. Marchessault restored the two-goal lead 1:28 later.

    Connor Hellebuyck had 25 saves for the Jets.

    After losing the series opener Zack Smith Jersey , Marchessault told reporters the team faced a must-win game.

    ”If you’re going to talk out there in the media that you have to be better, I think you need to lead by example,” he said. ”I tried to do that.”

    Game 3 is Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

    ”I don’t think anybody is panicking,” Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba said. ”We like our road game. We like where it was in the Nashville series.”

    Winnipeg won three times on the top-seeded Predators’ home ice, including Game 7 last week.

    The expansion Golden Knights appeared to be rusty in the series opener and the Jets scored three goals early in a 4-2 win about 48 hours after advancing out of the second round.

    It looked like they were going to pick up where they left off.

    ”They came out flying again with a lot of speed,” Fleury said.

    Fleury, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win three Stanley Cups, made key stops early and got help from teammate and a post in the opening minutes to keep the puck out of his net.

    ”Fleury had to make three or four really good saves in the first seven minutes,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”We rebounded after that. We got that 2-0 lead and it was a different game for us. When teams are chasing the lead, it’s tough for teams to battle back.”

    Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, who has postseason-high 12 goals , got the puck past Fleury in the opening moments of the game and Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt cleared it from the crease .

    Vegas generated offense by making plays without the puck Morgan Moses Jersey , forcing turnovers to set up goals.

    ”We were on them,” Golden Knights forward Erik Haula said. ”That’s our game. We’re a fast team. I think we showed that.”

    Indeed.

    After the Jets failed to control the puck out of a corner in their end, Tatar ended up stuffing the puck in the net after hitting the side of the net with a shot.

    Connor was pressured into turning over the puck near center ice late in the opening period and Reilly Smith set up Marchessault, his former Florida Panthers teammate, at the blue line and he scored on a breakaway backhander.

    ”There was about 57 minutes of that game that was pretty good for us,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. ”Three minutes of it got away from us.

    The Jets closed the scoreless second period and started the third on the power play and still couldn’t get the puck past Fleury.

    Yet.

    Winnipeg kept up the pressure on by relentlessly forechecking and drew another penalty early in the third. Connor took advantage, squeezing a shot between Fleury and the post from the bottom of the left circle 7:17 into the third.

    That whipped the white-clad fans into a frenzy – triggering jeers of ”Fleu-ry! Fleu-ry!” – and were quickly quieted by another Marchessault backhander that beat Hellebuyck.

    The Jets pulled their goaltender to add another skater over the last couple minutes of the game, but Fleury didn’t let the puck get past him again.

    NOTES: Vegas put Tatar and Tomas Nosek in place of David Perron and Oscar Lindberg. Gallant said Perron was not a healthy scratch. ”He wasn’t feeling well,” Gallant said. ”I think he’ll be fine.” … The Jets have not lost consecutive games this postseason. … Vegas acquired Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline for a first-round pick and he played in just his fifth game of this postseason and scored his first goal. ”What a luxury to be able to put Tomas Tatar into a game in the playoffs,” Schmidt said. ”The guy has been an incredible player in this league and proved it for many years.”

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