ASHBURN Kareem Jackson Jersey White , Va. (AP) — Home sweet home? Not so much for Redskins players right now.Even though Washington has won three of five home games this season and leads the NFC East, cornerback Josh Norman called out Redskins fans in the aftermath of an ugly victory at Tampa Bay and said he felt they played better on the road. In the process, he put the spotlight on the atmosphere Sunday at FedEx Field when the AFC South-leading Houston Texans come to town.Norman said home games are “like the other team’s turf” because of an infusion of opposing fans and opined that Redskins fans “just boo everything and aren’t really behind us.” Teammates hope that sentiment works to provide a spark of energy for the rest of the year.“We have a really good team and what it comes down to is myself and Josh, we want to be backed up, and we don’t want it to feel like it’s 50/50 when we’re at our home field and they have as many fans as we do,” running back Chris Thompson said. “We just want everybody to be there. That’s it. We want our fans to be out there and just have our backs.”The Redskins organization began a concerted effort in the offseason to try to improve the fan experience at the stadium in suburban Maryland. Aware a sellout streak the team boasted had lasted the past 50 seasons would end, the decision was made to stop selling as many tickets to brokers and try to draw back in some of the disillusioned fans of a franchise that has just three playoff victories since its last Super Bowl title from the 1991 season.Washington’s average attendance of 61,201 ranks 26th in the NFL, and its 74.6 percent-of-capacity crowd ranks dead last. Chief marketing officer Steve Ziff said prior to the season there’s no timeline for when he expects fans to return in droves like the glory days at RFK Stadium.“We’re going to do things right for as long as it takes,” Ziff said. “Every day the goal is to do things right and hopefully over time, win or lose, fans will buy into that.”Right now, the Redskins are winning. At 6-3, they’re two games up in the division and on pace for their first postseason appearance since 2015.But Thompson, who has been with the team since 2013, understands there are long-term issues under the surface leading to fans staying away. Decades of mediocre on-field performance Womens Senio Kelemete Jersey , polarizing opinions about owner Dan Snyder and the location of FedEx Field are all factors that have nothing to do with the current roster and its wins and losses.“All the responses I see all the time is, ‘We’ve been fans for 10-plus years, we’ve been fans for 25 years — whatever the case may be — and we haven’t gotten any results (and) the Redskins have been terrible,'” Thompson said. “I’ve been here for six years. I understand. I know. I’ve been to one playoff game in six years.”If the Redskins win the division and host a playoff game, the stands will be rocking like the old days — especially if Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings are the opponent. But to get there, they could use a boost at home so players don’t feel like they’re in unfriendly confines.For quarterback Alex Smith, it’s all about the cadence and ability to communicate verbally.“The big thing offensively is communication that you can count on,” Smith said Wednesday. “To be at home and be able to communicate, I think you can do more in the huddle and do more at the line of scrimmage.”On defense, it’s the opposite. The Redskins are coming off allowing 501 yards but only three points to the Buccaneers, and they’re counting on noise against DeShaun Watson and the Texans, who have won six in a row since an 0-3 start.“The fans play a big part in the way defenses can play, in the way the atmosphere is out there,” linebacker Mason Foster said. “When you get those guys going crazy in the stands, it’s hard for quarterbacks to communicate, it’s hard for them to audible at the line. When you get that going Zach Fulton Jersey White , I think it’s a tough place to play at FedEx.”NOTES: Coach Jay Gruden said left tackle Trent Williams (thumb) won’t play Sunday and there’s a good chance Thompson (ribs) is out, too. … In addition to Williams and Thompson, WR Jamison Crowder (ankle), CB Quinton Dunbar (shin), S Montae Nicholson (illness) and K Dustin Hopkins (groin) did not practice. Gruden said the team would see how Hopkins is Friday before deciding whether to sign another kicker. … With Crowder still on the mend, rookie WR Trey Quinn was activated off injured reserve and added to the active roster. With all the money, Texans GM Brian Gaine can buy all the shiny new contracts he needs«With the (not surprising) release of wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, your Houston Texans are now set for a free agent shopping spree unlike anything Texans fans have ever seen. And, while foolishly spending money on high dollar free agent contracts isn’t wise, with the team closer than it’s ever been to tasting Super Bowl glory, this is the off-season to go all in on snatching up free agents to build out the roster. While attending the Super Bowl, linebacker Whitney Mercilus echoed what a lot of us already know to be true:And, say what you want about the coaching staff, but general manager Brian Gaine did a great job last off season in the draft and by bringing in a few key free agents. Now, with the window closing on J.J. Watt’s historic career, the tandem of Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins hitting its prime and players like Jadeveon Clowney Dylan Cole Jersey , Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney and a few others in full stride, it’s time to push the chips to the middle and play for keeps. With that in mind, here’s some scenarios that might bring this team closer to winning it all than they were in 2018:Resign Jadeveon Clowney to a long term, high-dollar contract. It’s easy to argue he hasn’t been as productive as expected when coming out of college, but no player seeks to get injured, and few have ever recovered from such a devastating injury the way Clowney has. He’s a key reason this defense is what it is, and not a player easily replaced. With the cap space, Houston would be utterly foolish to let Clowney walk. Pay the man and move on. Ink Kareem Jackson and Tyrann Mathieu to cap friendly deals. There hasn’t been enough water under the bridge to forget watching guys like A.J. Bouye, Glover Quinn and Daniel Manning move on and make an impact for teams that don’t call H-Town their home town. Do some cap magic to make sure they don’t eat up a huge chunk of space in the next two seasons, and get it done. The reality is there aren’t that many defensive backs out there right now, so keeping the ones Houston has should be a priority. Acquire not one, but two solid offensive lineman in free agencySome are hot, some are cold when it comes to bringing in Trent Brown — but no matter where you fall, he’s an improvement over the players Bill O’Brien trotted out to protect Deshaun Watson’s blindside last season. Guys like Ju’Wuan James, Donovan Smith Womens Corey Moore Jersey , Daryl Williams, Roger Saffold and Ramon Foster could all upgrade the Texans line. Make a run at Antonio BrownThis is probably not a popular idea, and Brown may or may not be the high character guy the Texans covet, but pairing him and D-Hop takes the Texans passing offense to the level of freakishly scary. Add Will Fuller V and Keke Coutee to that mix, knowing those two will seldom be available at the same time due to injury concerns, and the Texans passing game instantly has the potential to become historically good. Throw some love at defensive linemanWith DeMarcus Lawrence, Grady Jarrett, Trey Flowers, Frank Clark, Sheldon Richardson and a few others potentially hitting the free agent wire, chances are Houston could snatch up a game wrecking defender to add to the Watt-Clowney-Mercilus mix which would catapult Houston’s pass rush from highly feared to straight up shut down. Do what’s necessary to upgrade the cornerback roomAnd start by sending Kevin Johnson down the road. There’s absolutely no valid reason to sink $9 million plus into a player with Johnson’s body of work. None. Nada. Zilch. While former general manager Rick Smith didn’t whiff often in the first round, he did with Johnson. Time to cut bait and move on. Guys like Ronald Darby, Steven Nelson and Bryce Callahan are all better uses of cap space than Johnson. While this position group isn’t flush with talent for the 2019 free agency, there are still some players who could immediately upgrade Houston’s cornerback room. Then, if other slots are filled via free agency, Houston can look to draft some solid corners when April rolls around. Bring in a dump truck and hand them the ball oftenHaving a running back that can hammer the A-gap and punish defenders would do wonders for Deshaun Watson and Houston’s passing attack. Sadly Womens Jeff Allen Jersey , Lamar Miller isn’t that guy, and Alfred Blue isn’t even in that conversation. So, a guy like Le’Veon Bell would do it, but chances are Bell never lands in Houston. If they wouldn’t take Adrian Peterson, who was practically begging to wear battle red, no way Bell lands here either. Unfortunately, there aren’t many options that fit this description after you look at Bell and Peterson. Maybe this needs to be a draft priority instead, but Houston should at least kick the tires on guys like Mark Ingram, Spencer Ware and C.J. Anderson, with eyes wide open. If the Texans can address enough in free agency to fill the roster gaps ahead of the draft, it puts Gaine in a much better position to draft for talent than need, which usually works out better for a team — and the more talent on the roster, the better the odds that the team can overcome the One and Done playoff history we’ve seen so far. What do you think? Given the fat bank account, who are the key free agents you’d pursue once the tampering period starts on March 11th, less than a month away? Give us your shopping list in the comments section!