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Need to Know: Redskins one per player one-liners, defensive edition

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Need to Know: Redskins one per player one-liners, defensive edition

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 20, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1:30 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences, open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until:

—Redskins @ Giants (12/31) 11
—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 84
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 127

One per player one-liners, defensive edition

A snapshot of every defensive player on the roster; offense coming in the next few days. 

DL Ziggy Hood—He has been a steady presence all year, with no highlight plays but no major gaffes, either.

DE Matt Ioannidis—He is rounding back into form after the broken hand and he registered his first sack since Week 6 when he got one against the Chargers.

DE Anthony Lanier—We won’t see a two-sack performance out of him very often but it was good for him to see him break out against the Cardinals.  

DL A.J. Francis—His persistence has paid off with a regular role in the DL rotation.

DE Stacy McGee—Although he hasn’t been dominant, he is one of the best free agent defensive line pickups the team has had in years.

DE Terrell McClain—Although he rarely gets mentioned with players who should be shut down, he hasn’t played since Week 11 with a toe injury.

ILB Zach Brown—Despite missing a game, he still leads the NFL in combined tackles.

ILB Zach Vigil—The Redskins were fortunate that he was a free agent when the injuries struck at inside linebacker as he knew the defense as soon as he was re-signed.

ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons—He has been brought along gradually, with 56 defensive snaps spread out over four games.

ILB Otha Peters—He played 15 special teams snaps in his NFL debut against the Cardinals.

ILB Martrell Spaight—He had one of his best games of the year against the Cardinals, playing 51 snaps and registering seven tackles.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—He hasn’t been able to get that 10th sack of the season but he does have two QB hits and eight hurries in his last two games, so it’s just a matter of time.

OLB Preston Smith—After getting an interception against the Cardinals he now has a pick in each of the last two seasons (one vs. Vikings in 2016).

OLB Junior Galette—It may be coincidence but after he let it be known he thought he deserved more playing time he was just two snaps off of his season high against the Cardinals.

OLB Ryan Anderson—It looks like we really won’t know if he was worth a second-round pick until next year at the earliest.

OLB Pete Robertson—The Redskins always carry a linebacker or two whose job is strictly special teams and right now he is that guy.

CB Josh Norman—After having a rough game against the Chargers he bounced back nicely with a solid performance last Sunday.

CB Bashaud Breeland—It’s likely that we will be watching his last two games as a Redskin, but if Kirk Cousins leaves and they have a lot of cap money, you never know.

CB Kendall Fuller—Some of his teammates are saying that he deserved Pro Bowl consideration.

CB Quinton Dunbar—If Breeland leaves, Dunbar could get the starting cornerback job opposite Norman, at least in the short term.

CB Fabian Moreau—The rookie has been playing great on special teams but he has taken only two defensive snaps since Week 6.

CB Joshua Holsey—He has been serving a redshirt season as a rookie, playing only nine defensive snaps.

S D.J. Swearinger—His play has been far from flawless, but he has made some big plays and between that and his leadership, he has been a solid free-agent acquisition.

S Deshazor Everett—Maybe he’s not cut out to be a 16-game starting safety but he appears to have a future as a spot starter, role player, and special teams contributor.

S Fish Smithson—As I was writing this post last night, news came down that Montae Nicholson, who has a pretty cool first name, was put on IR and Smithson was moved up from the practice squad and instantly owned the coolest first name in the entire NFL.

S DeAngelo Hall—It’s pretty certain that we are seeing the last of Hall on the field for the Redskins but we may see him back in Ashburn in some role in the future.

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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