SEATTLE--Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 2, one day before the Washington Redskins go to Seattle to play the Seahawks.
Today’s schedule: Walkthrough in Seattle, no media availability
—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 8
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 15
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 19
Key injury update
Out:DE Ioannidis (hans) G Lauvao (stinger), TE Paul (concussion), TE Reed (hamstring),
Doubtful: T Williams (knee), T Nsekhe (core muscoe), C Long (knees)
Questionable: G Scherff (knee), RB Kelley (ankle), CB Breeland (knee, groin), WR Full injury report here. Crowder (hamstring), S Nicholson (shoulder)
Questionable is often taken to mean that the player is going to play but that’s not always the case. Last week, Williams and Scherff were questionable and they did not play. So we’ll just have to wait until Sunday at about 2:30 to see.
Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Seahawks
Here are some of the most popular post and hottest topics from the past week on RealRedskins.com and NBCSportsWashington.com.
Desperate for depth, the Redskins sign Arthur Jones—Even though the Redskins have 12 offensive linemen on the roster, they needed to add a lineman on the other side of the ball after Matt Ioannidis broke his hand. The choice was Jones, a veteran of the Ravens’ Super Bowl win in2012. His familiarity with Greg Manusky from time both spent with the Colts. Look for the eight-year veteran to be active and play about a dozen snaps in Seattle.
So why did the 49ers give up on Kirk Cousins? There are many Redskins-related ripple effects to the 49ers trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. While these will take some time to play out, the deal makes it apparent that Kyle Shanahan believes that the Redskins will do whatever it takes to keep Cousins off of the open market in 2018. That could be by using a tag or by making a contract offer he can’t refuse. Shanahan has a six-year contract but he knows he can’t wait until he is going into his third year to have a shot at getting his preferred QB.
Another Redskin to IR, could mean return of Hall—Although it seemed certain that the move of safety Stefan McClure to injured reserve would clear the way for DeAngelo Hall to return to the active roster, as of this writing he has not been activated. They have until 4 p.m. Saturday to make a move and while one is expected, Gruden and Manusky would be OK with going into the game with three safeties active, assuming that Montae Nicholson is healthy enough to play. Update: Hall was added to the 53-man roster late on Friday.
Running game is key to Redskins getting back on track—I got some push back on this post with some saying that the Redskins can’t run with the offensive line being so injury depleted. That certainly doesn’t help, especially with the more intricate blocking schemes that the team uses. When you throw three or even four new players into the mix the coordination needed to execute such plays is lost. But they either have to figure out how to have a reasonably productive ground game or win through the air. The problem with the latter is, well, see the next item.
Redskins needed greatness from Cousins, but didn't get it—Cousins didn’t play poorly against the Cowboys by any means. But he didn’t put an injured team on his back and carry it to an improbable win. Read the post and see what you think are reasonable expectations for Cousins in such a situation.
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In case you missed it
- Redskins-Seahawks Preview: History suggests trouble in Seattle
- Zach Brown Among 5 Under Pressure
- 10 'Skins starters questionable or worse for Seattle
- Gruden on how much he's pushing Cousins to throw down field
- So what exactly is Gruden saying about Cousins?