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

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

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 27, four days before the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.


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

Days until:

—Redskins @ Giants (12/31) 4
—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 77
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 120

Player one-liners, offense

Last week I did one-liners for each defensive player on the roster; now the offense is up. 

QB Kirk Cousins—He needs 232 yards passing against the Giants to surpass his yardage from 2015 when he had Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, and a mostly-healthy Jordan Reed.

QB Colt McCoy—Jay Gruden announced that Cousins will start Week 17 against the Giants so McCoy, who is under contract in 2018, will see how things shake out in the offseason.

RB Samaje Perine—If you project his stats from the six games since he became the starter out over 16 games in a season he would have just over 1,000 yards.

RB Kapri Bibbs—He didn’t do anything spectacular in the win over the Broncos but his new team did get the W over his old team.

RB Dare Ogunbowale—He could get a shot in the offseason program in 2018.

WR Josh Doctson—We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly out of the 2016 first-round pick this year.

WR Ryan Grant—Raise your hand if you had him third on the team with 550 receiving yards and tied for second in touchdowns with four this year.

WR Jamison Crowder—He had a slow start but since Week 8 he has averaged six receptions for 77 yards per game and has three touchdowns.

WR Robert Davis—He’s been on the 53 for a couple of games, but he has yet to get an offensive snap.

WR Maurice Harris—The second-year player has not had much run since his spectacular TD catch against the Vikings; missing games with a concussion and back problems didn’t help

WR Brian Quick—The free agent has just 73 snaps in 15 games.

TE Vernon Davis—His impact has been limited lately with no more than three receptions in a game since Week 11.

TE Niles Paul—He has managed to stay healthy for the first time since 2014 and has contributed on offense and special teams.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle—The stat line is 113 snaps, three targets, two receptions, one TD.

OT Morgan Moses—He is the only O-lineman to start every game and he had to fight through some seriously sprained ankles to do it.

OT Ty Nsekhe—A very good backup although he has allowed a team-high five sacks in limited playing time.

C Chase Roullier—Gruden said that he could be the center for a long time, and while the rookie has a lot to learn, there is no reason to doubt the coach.

G Arie Kouandjio—While he has struggled at times, the Redskins were very fortunate that he was available in midseason when they desperately needed someone who could step right in and play.

G Brandon Scherff—Despite injuries to both knees he played at a high level again this year and he deserved his second straight Pro Bowl selection.

C Tony Bergstrom—In three starts while Roullier was out, Bergstrom did not allow a sack.

C Demetrius Rhaney—The fact that he remains on the roster as the third-string center indicates that the organization wants to keep him around for an extended look in 2018.

G Kyle Kalis—The team didn’t like him enough in training camp to keep him but when they had an opportunity to get him off of the Colts’ practice squad they took it.  

G Tyler Catalina—He beat out Kalis for the last OL spot in September because of his versatility, but he’s better off staying at guard than at tackle.

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

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When is Super Bowl 52? Date, time, TV channel, halftime performer, odds

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When is Super Bowl 52? Date, time, TV channel, halftime performer, odds

Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.

If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.

Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.

New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.

The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.

Super Bowl LII Information:

When is Super Bowl 52?

6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018

Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles

Where is Super Bowl 52?

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota

How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?


Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?

The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on and on the NBC Sports app.

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox

Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?

Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.

What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1

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Need to Know: A random walk through the Redskins past for edition No. 2000


Need to Know: A random walk through the Redskins past for edition No. 2000

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 21, 52 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 44
—NFL Draft (4/26) 95
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 231

Need to Know No. 2000

This is a special edition of Need to Know. It was 2,000 days ago, on July 31, 2012, that this post designed to give Redskins fans the news and views they need to get their days started was posted for the first time. And it has gone up every single morning since that day, 2,000 mornings in a row.

There is no reliable way to measure how many have read the post since site redesigns and name changes have made reliable tracking difficult. But NTK page views are estimated in the tens of millions. Thanks to all of you for reading and commenting, both on the site and on social media. It’s the passion of Redskins fans that makes the job so enjoyable.

Here is a look back at some of the “landmark” editions of Need to Know. I can’t like to all of them because of the aforementioned changes but it’s an interesting, random walk through Redskins history.

No. 1, “Hits to the depth chart”, 7/31/12—The Redskins were trying to deal with the losses of LB Jonathan Goff, who had suffered a season-ending knee injury, and G Kory Lichtensteiger, who was out after getting his knee scoped. Also, the Saints, who were the Redskins’ opponent in the opener, were complaining about the Bountygate penalties. A lot. See, even during training camp in 2012, NTK was able to look beyond RG3 hysteria to get you to the other important stories of the day.

No. 500, “Nickel coverage—Jordan Reed misses practice”, 12/13/13—Yes, the more things change the more things stay the same. The talented tight end, then a rookie, was still trying to a recover from a concussion he suffered a few weeks earlier. Reed ended up going on injured reserve, missing the last six games. Also, Mike Shanahan said that didn’t pay any attention to all of the negative talk about the team in the media and Kyle Shanahan said that didn’t have any input into the decision to bench RG3 and play Kirk Cousins. Both claims were greeted with skepticism.

No. 1,000, “Can the Redskins draft an immediate O-line starter?”, 4/27/15—This was just a couple of days before the draft. Brandon Scherff, who ended up being Redskins’ top pick at No. 5 overall, is not mentioned but he did indeed become the team’s selection. This was Scot McCloughan’s first draft and the identity of the Redskins’ first pick was still a mystery. Although Scherff’s name often came up, most mocks had them going with edge rusher Dante Fowler, who ended up going to the Jaguars at No. 3.

No. 1,500, “Redskins searching for back to back playoff spots”, 9/8/2016—This was a “By the numbers” look at the team as it approached their season opener against the Steelers. They were coming off of a playoff berth in 2015 and, as we know now, their streak of consecutive seasons without going to the playoffs at least two straight years would continue. In 2016 were able to stop a 19-year streak of not having back to back willing seasons, just barely, by going 8-7-1. One more interesting number from the post—Kirk Cousins’ pass completion percentage at home in 2015 was 74.7 percent, the highest in NFL history.

Again, thanks for reading. See you tomorrow for edition No. 2,001.

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