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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.

Timeline

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.

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Redskins draft countdown: Georgia RB Sony Michel

Redskins draft countdown: Georgia RB Sony Michel

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Sony Michel

Running back
Georgia

Sony Michel is a solid north-south runner who also can bounce outside and pick up yardage. He shared playing time with Nick Chubb last year and still ran for 1,277 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry, and scored 16 touchdowns against SEC competition. Michel also showed his bona fides in the passing game, catching 64 career passes and showing that he can handle pass protection. 

Height: 5-11
Weight: 220
40-yard dash:4.54

Projected draft round:2

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins have made no secret of their desire to draft an upgrade at running back. They would prefer one who can catch passes out of the backfield and gain yardage between the tackles. Sony Michel can do both as well as pop for yardage on the outside. There is a good chance that he will be on the board when the Redskins draft in the second round. Since they don’t have a third-round pick, this may be the last chance to get an upgrade in this draft. 

Film review: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Alabama

—The first thing to say here is that the Bulldogs had a quality run-blocking offensive line. Michel frequently had big holes to run through. For his part, Michel maximized his gains when he had a big opening, hitting it quickly and working north-south. 

—He also can pick up yards through just a small crease, again by hitting it with urgency and gaining momentum to drive for the final few yards. 

—Michel didn’t do a whole lot of pass protection in the plays I watched, but he was solid when he did. On one play against Notre Dame, he put a blitzing defensive back on the ground. Against Alabama, he got in the way of likely first-round pick Da’Ron Payne long enough to allow the quarterback to get off a deep pass. To be sure, he didn’t blow Payne away but his block was effective.

—Besides the O-line, Michel also got quality blocking from his receivers. Again, he took advantage, reading the blocks and maximizing the gain. 

—He also can get it done without much help. On third and 20 against the vaunted Alabama defense, he headed up the middle and quickly went outside when he saw no running room. He headed to the sideline with four Alabama defenders and no blockers in sight. Michel found another gear and accelerated down the sideline to convert the third and long.  

—He later converted a third and 10 on a draw play, quickly getting up to speed and zipping through traffic to move the sticks. 

Potential issues: Although he has decent speed, he’s not the home run threat you might want in a back taken in the second round. And Michel isn’t really a power back either, although he can fight for extra yards. 

Despite his limitations, there is chatter that Michel might be drafted early in the second round or perhaps even late in the first. It’s hard to separate the smoke and speculation from reality as we sit a week before the draft starts. But he’s a talented back and if Derrius Guice goes off the board earlier than most expect, a run on runners could include Michel. 

Bottom line: Saquon Barkley is the obvious top running back and he surely will be gone when the Redskins pick in the first round. After that, the Redskins have plenty of options. They like Guice but 13 may be too high for him and he is likely to be gone when their pick in the second is on the clock. Michel is one of a few possibilities there, a group that also would include Michel’s former teammate Nick Chubb, Ronald Jones of USC and others. Without a peek at the draft board in Ashburn, we will just have to wait and see. 

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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule tonight

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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule tonight

Since the 2017 regular ended we’ve known who the Redskins will play this coming season and we have known where the games will be played. Tonight we find out the when. 

The NFL schedule will be released tonight at 8 p.m. The NFL will fill in the blanks beside all of the prime time games, the Thanksgiving Day games and the Sunday doubleheader and night games. 

Last year, the Redskins were coming off of an 8-7-1 season where they just missed making a second straight playoff appearance. Kirk Cousins was becoming one of the more recognizable names in the NFL and the schedule makers thought they would be enough of a draw to warrant five prime time slots. They were scheduled for a Sunday night, two Monday nights, and two Thursday nights, including a first-ever home game on Thanksgiving. 

The Redskins may not be as attractive a prime time candidate this year. They went 7-9 and Cousins is gone, although replacement Alex Smith is fairly well-known. It’s nearly a given that two NFC East games will be on prime time. That has been the case every year but one since 2012. We will see what will happen beyond that. 

The prime-time games that the Redskins do have will start a bit earlier than they have in the past. The league announced yesterday that Monday night games will move up from 8:30 p.m. ET to 8:15 p.m. ET and Thursdays will move from an 8:25 p.m. start to 8:20 p.m. Sunday night games move up from 8:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

There has been speculation that the Redskins will play on Thanksgiving, perhaps at Dallas or against another opponent in the night game. That would make three years in a row on Thanksgiving for them. That is not without precedent although it would be unusual. Besides the Lions and Cowboys, who host Thanksgiving games annually, only two teams played in three straight Thanksgiving games. The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between they played at Dallas on Thanksgiving. 

The availability of FedEx Field should not cause any schedule alterations. There are some events scheduled for the venue but concerts by Taylor Swift and Beyonce & Jay-Z, an international soccer game, and the Maryland-Texas college game are all going to be done before the start of the NFL season. 

Here are the Redskins regular season opponents. 

Road

  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Cardinals
  • Saints
  • Jaguars
  • Titans
  • Bucs

Home

  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Packers
  • Panthers
  • Colts
  • Falcons
  • Texans

The preseason opponents were announced earlier this month.

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