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Hall not sure if he will start when he returns to Redskins lineup


Hall not sure if he will start when he returns to Redskins lineup

DeAngelo Hall has been sidelined with a sprained toe since the Redskins Week 3 game against the Giants. He practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday for the first time since the injury. The 12th-year veteran wants to play against the Patriots on Sunday but he is realistic about what needs to happen for him to be able to do that.

“If I can’t go out there and plant and run, come out of a break pretty well, I don’t stand a chance,” said Hall. “I think the coaches understand that.”

The fact that Hall is discussing planting and running and breaking with reporters is perhaps a hint that he still can’t do those things as well as he would like. He has a chance to play but it seems more likely that his return will wait a week or two.

Hall concedes that when he returns the coaches could face an interesting dilemma. Second-year corner Bashaud Breeland has been playing in his place and Hall himself concedes that he might not automatically step right back in to the starting job he held prior to betting hurt.

“Bre was playing lights out to the point where I wanted to go to the coach and tell him, look, don’t give me my spot back,” said Hall. “Let me earn my spot because Bre’s balling right now. Even the passes he’s given up, man, like I tell him every week, he’s been right there. Fingertip this way or that way, or the ball bouncing another way, we’re not talking about that play. So he’s just playing lights out.”

Unfortunately, Breeland is also hurt right now. He is dealing with a hamstring he strained while making one of his “lights out” plays, chasing down Bucs running back Doug Martin to keep him from scoring what would have been a clinching touchdown. The second-year players is the Redskins’ leader in takeaways with two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. As Hall indicated, he has been beaten by some receivers but that is going to happen in the pass-happy NFL.

Like Hall, it looks like Breeland may have to sit this week so Joe Barry and Perry Fewell likely won’t have to sort out the roles this week. But in a week or two both will be able to play and the decision will have to be made. And whether Hall makes the offer or not, it is likely that he will have to fight to get his job back. Breeland is the team’s future and even though the organization wants to win as much as possible this year, it would be difficult to justify pushing Hall, who will turn 32 in two weeks, back in front of the 23-year-old Breeland. 

One solution could be to start Breeland opposite Chris Culliver and bring in Hall for nickel situations, moving Breeland inside to cover the slot. But that would send rookie Kyshoen Jarrett, who has been doing a good job in the slot, to the bench. It will be a good problem for Fewell and Barry to have when the week that all of his corners are healthy arrives. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

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:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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