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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—defense

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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—defense

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  

Days until:

—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.

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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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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.


Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 


What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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