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Need to Know: Redskins one per player one-liners, offense

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Need to Know: Redskins one per player one-liners, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 4, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Chargers in Los Angeles.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:40; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice, approx. 1:30

Days until:

—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 6
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 13
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 20

Redskins one per player one-liners—Offense

QB Kirk Cousins—Even without Jackson and Garçon he continues to be on pace to throw for over 4,700 yards and 30 touchdowns.

QB Colt McCoy—He got into a game for the first time since the 2015 season finale but he did not attempt a pass.

RB Samaje Perine—On his first carry on Thursday he got 15 yards and on his subsequent 11 carries he gained 23 (2.1 per carry).

RB Byron Marshall—He produced some against Dallas and he will have to continue to do so in the important third-down back role over the next four games.

RB LeShun Daniels—The undrafted rookie probably won’t see much action this year but the Redskins should hang on to him to see if they can develop him over the offseason.

WR Josh Doctson—He has played every offensive snap the last two games, which is unusual for a wide receiver.

WR Ryan Grant—Raise your hand if before the season you had Grant being fourth on the team in receiving yards and second in touchdowns.

WR Jamison Crowder—His drop that led to an interception can be forgiven because it was out of the norm for him, but the Redskins have got to find someone else to return punts.

WR Brian Quick—He has not caught a pass since the critical one during the late touchdown drive in Seattle.

WR Maurice Harris—Since his spectacular catch against the Vikings, Harris has been targeted five times in four games.

TE Jordan Reed—I get that it’s frustrating but I don’t get why so many fans think that a hamstring injury is something that a player can just “suck up” or “shake off.”

TE Vernon Davis—He’s still the team’s second-leading receiver even though he has just two receptions for 15 yards in the last two games combined.

TE Niles Paul—All he does is block, catch a few passes, and play special teams.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle—He will probably get a few more targets in the last four games but I think they generally are happy with what the fifth-round pick has done this year.

OT Trent Williams—He may end up getting shut down at some point, but if it does happen he probably won’t be too happy about it.

OT Morgan Moses—I’m not sure why there is talk of shutting him down with an ankle sprain; he might miss a game but it’s not like it’s something he needs to start rehabbing early.

OT Ty Nsekhe—They want to try him out at left guard but Williams and Moses have to be on the field at the same time.

C Chase Roullier—There seems to be a pretty good chance that he can get back on the field in Los Angeles and resume laying claim to being the long-term center.

OL Tony Bergstrom—The journeyman has played as well as could be expected for a player who was thrust into the starting lineup about a month after joining the team.

G Arie Kouandjio—He has played the best of any of the fill-in linemen, surprising considering that the team cut him on September 2.

OL Tyler Catalina—The rookie has given up more sacks (3) in 131 snaps than Shawn Lauvao did in 531 (2).

C Demetrius Rhaney—It’s likely that he will get released without having played a snap as soon as Roullier is ready to play.

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Devin Hester deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and Brian Mitchell is why

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Devin Hester deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and Brian Mitchell is why

Devin Hester officially announced his NFL retirement on Tuesday after 11 years as the most feared return specialist in NFL history. 

Hester who spent a majority of his career with the Bears and Falcons finished with 20 return touchdowns, the most in NFL history. His 14 punt return touchdowns is also an NFL record. Hester also returned a missed field goal for an 108-yard touchdown. He became just one of eight men to score a kick return touchdown in the Super Bowl. 

It wasn't just what he did, but how he did it, and that matters. Hester was explosively and entertaining, sometimes taking a route well longer than the official length of his return touchdown. Hester had the combination of speed and quickness you only see once in a generation. 

Devin Hester is worthy of a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Brian Mitchell is why.

Hester is the greatest return specialist in NFL history. But Mitchell is the best return specialist in NFL history.

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There's a difference too, between greatest and best. Hester was feared. He was revered. But nobody did it better than Mitchell. Nobody has ever fielded more returns than Mitchell (1,070), and nobody has ever compiled more return yards (19,013) than he. Only Hester has more career return touchdowns than Mitchell (13).

While Hester was boom-or-bust on many of his returns, Mitchell always got yardage. He averaged at least 10 yards per punt return in nine seasons and led the NFL in 1994 with 14.1 yards per punt return. He played in 223 of 224 possible games. Nobody did it better.

Mitchell has still yet to get the call from Canton, Ohio for enshrinement. Mitchell was a nominee for the 2017 class, but did not receive enough votes. But with Hester now officially on the clock for enshrinement, one things become clear: A return specialist will head to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Hester will get his name called, and when he does, it will be because of Mitchell. Nobody did it better than Mitchell. The omission of Mitchell has been a contentious point recently, and if the Hall of Fame has not been able to add Mitchell to their hallowed halls, what would it take?

Devin Hester. That's what.

Hester had to do things pro football world had never seen before. He had to do truly great things. Things that you couldn't do in the Madden video games.

If the Hall of Fame has been reluctant to add Mitchell, only a player like Hester would be able to budge them off their archaic line.

Make no mistake about it: Brian Mitchell deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

So does Devin Hester, and when he makes it, he'll have B-Mitch to thank. 

 

 

 

 

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Jordan Reed's unsatisfying 2017 season has come to an official end

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Jordan Reed's unsatisfying 2017 season has come to an official end

The Redskins made a roster move that many have anticipated for the last few weeks.

The team announced that 2016 Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Reed, who has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury, has been placed on injured reserve. That ends a very disappointing season for the five-year veteran.

It seemed that Reed was never fully healthy all year. He was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a toe injury when he reported to camp in late July. Reed remained on PUP until a week before the start of the regular season, when he was activated.

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In six games, Reed’s production was running well below his career averages in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He was averaging just 7.8 yards per catch after averaging 10.5 per reception prior to the season.

It seemed like he was on the verge of breaking out in Week 7 against the Eagles, when he caught eight passes for 64 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season. But the following week against the Cowboys he suffered the hamstring injury early in the game and he hasn’t played since.

Reed was close to returning a few weeks ago but he suffered a setback and he just couldn’t get the hamstring healthy enough to play. With the Redskins now officially out of playoff contention, the decision apparently was made to put him on the shelf and start getting him ready for next year.

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In other moves announced by the Redskins, they put RB Byron Marshall (hamstring) and LB Chris Carter (broken fibula) on IR. Both were injured during the loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Carter will have surgery and face a long rehab. Perhaps Marshall could return after a few weeks but the Redskins needed to get a third running back on the roster.

That running back is Kapri Bibbs, who has been on the Redskins’ practice squad. Also signed to the active roster were practice squad linebackers Pete Robertson and Otha Peters.

Added to the practice squad were LB Alex McCalister, RB Dare Ogunbowale, and S Orion Stewart.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.