Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 8, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Bye week
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 15
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 21
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 28
Player one-liners—defense and specialists
DL Jonathan Allen—The first-round pick has been everything they hoped he would be at this point and he’s only going to get better.
DL Terrell McClain—The veteran has been about what they thought he’d be when they signed him, a solid member of the D-line rotation.
DL Ziggy Hood—Again this year, Hood is taking on the role of an undersized nose tackle and he’s doing as well as you might expect.
DL Matt Ioannidis—Nobody was quite sure what to expect out of him this year but for sure nobody thought he would be on pace for eight sacks and over 50 QB pressures.
DL Anthony Lanier—The second-year player has not yet been active and with the line playing well it remains to be seen when he will get his chance.
DL Stacy McGee— He has struggled against the run but he is providing some pass pressure, registering a sack against the Raiders.
OLB Preston Smith—He has four sacks on four games and if the can add some forced fumbles to his stat line he could be on his way to Pro Bowl consideration.
OLB Ryan Anderson—The second-round pick is still figuring it out while playing about a dozen snaps per game.
OLB Ryan Kerrigan—The iron man (100 straight starts) is putting up another Pro Bowl season with 2.5 sacks and a pick six.
OLB Junior Galette—You can’t take two years off and get up to 100 percent of your former self in four games.
OLB Chris Carter—Depth at OLB has limited him to a special teams role.
ILB Zach Brown—The free-agent acquisition provides the speed and playmaking ability that the defense has lacked for years.
ILB Mason Foster—His game-saving interception against the Rams after he had popped his separated shoulder back into the socket will be an iconic moment of the season if the Redskins go on to have some success.
ILB Will Compton—Brown’s acquisition moved him from starter and captain to seldom-used (7 snaps on defense) reserve.
ILB Martrell Spaight—He has been playing when Foster has been unable to go with the shoulder injury, still learning but getting there.
ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons—The seventh-round pick is taking a redshirt season; the one game he was active he did not play.
CB Josh Norman—While he is out as his broken rib heals, the team will miss his leadership and ability to punch out the ball as much as his pass coverage.
CB Bashaud Breeland—He still struggles with consistency but he has proven to be a solid No. 2 cornerback.
CB Kendall Fuller—Jay Gruden insists that Fuller was healthy last year as he struggled at slot corner but something happened between then and now to make him a major asset in the secondary.
CB Quinton Dunbar—He will get the starting nod while Norman is out and we will see if he as good for 60 snaps per game as he has been for 15 or so throughout his career.
CB Fabian Moreau—The third-round pick has been solid on special teams but Norman’s absence will test him in the secondary as his role will increase.
CB Joshua Holsey—The seventh-round pick has been inactive every game but that will change with Norman on the sideline.
S D.J. Swearinger—There was some suspicion of a player on his fourth team in five seasons but his leadership and play on the field have been major factors in the improvement of the defense.
S Montae Nicholson—The rookie came in the starting lineup in Week 2 and he immediately added an element of speed and youthful enthusiasm to the bac end.
S Deshazor Everett—He started Week 1 before giving way to Nicholson but he is still part of the rotation in the secondary.
S Stefan McClure—The surprise inclusion on the 53-man roster has been active all four games but he has played little on defense.
K Dustin Hopkins—His two misses are from 50-plus yards and he is in the top 10 in net kickoff average.
P Tress Way—He is better this year than he has been in the last two, fifth in dropping punts inside the 20.
LS Nick Sundberg—The reliable snapper has been close to 100 percent perfect.
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My in-depth analysis of last night’s Nationals game.
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