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
—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.
Tandler on Twitter
Scherff will be very expensive. His fifth-year option will be ~$13 million and that will have to be factored in.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 19, 2017
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