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Looking at today's Redskins cuts by the numbers

Looking at today's Redskins cuts by the numbers

The Redskins did not cut any players on Friday so they have a lot of work to do by 4 p.m. today. They have to trim 22 players off of their 75-man roster to get the roster down the limit of 53. In many cases we don’t know who they will keep but based on history we know about how many they will keep at each position. Let this be your guide to what the expect as you follow the news today.

Quarterbacks

Have: 3
Keep: 2-3
Cut: 0-1

The Redskins have carried three QBs every year since 2012. That includes the two seasons that Jay Gruden has been the head coach here. But when Gruden was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator from 2011-2013 they carried two.

Offensive line

Have: 14
Keep: 8-9
Cut: 5-6

Last year they carried 10 on the O-line but that seems unlikely this season. They will have the five starters plus whoever loses the left guard competition. Ty Neskhe is the backup tackle. So they will keep at least one, maybe two more reserves.

Wide receiver

Have: 9
Keep: 6
Cut: 3

This seems to be pretty well set in stone.

Tight end

Have: 5
Keep: 3-4
Cut: 1-2

The standard around the league is three at this position although it’s not unusual to carry four. The Redskins did in 2013 when they had Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, and Fred Davis.

Running back

Have: 5
Keep: 3-4
Cut: 1-2

The Redskins carried four running backs last year but one of them was fullback Darrel Young. Maybe Matt Jones’ injury prone nature will prompt them to keep four tailbacks.

Defensive line

Have: 10
Keep: 6-7
Cut: 3-4

The ax will fall hard here. They carried seven last year but the fact that their outside linebackers can line up with a hand in the dirt may give them the flexibility to go with six.

Outside linebacker

Have: 5
Keep: 4
Cut: 1

It’s pretty simple here, with two players going for that last spot.

Inside linebacker

Have: 7
Keep: 5
Cut: 2

This is counting Su’a Cravens as an ILB despite the fact that the Redskins have him listed as a safety and Joe Barry wants him listed as an “H” for hybrid.

Cornerback

Have: 8
Keep: 5-6
Cut: 2-3

Five is the normal number but the Redskins have six that they might not want to let go of. Still, theya could avoid a squeeze elsewhere and keep five.

Safety

Have: 6
Keep: 4-5
Cut: 1-2

If they keep six corners that usually means four safeties. But they might want to keep Deshazor Everett for special teams so they might push it to five.

Specialists

Have: 3
Keep: 3
Cut: 0

No competition here, no drama.

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Redskins activate K Dustin Hopkins, waive K Nick Rose

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Redskins activate K Dustin Hopkins, waive K Nick Rose

After missing the last eight games, the Redskins brought back place-kicker Dustin Hopkins from the injured reserve and waived Nick Rose.

Hopkins became eligible to return from the IR this week and took part in practice all week. Jay Gruden wouldn't commit to one kicker or the other when he spoke earlier in the week, but the decision came down on Saturday.

Rose played well in Hopkins' absence, making 10 of 11 field goals including a 55-yarder. The rookie Rose had some struggles with extra points, missing two of his 20 attempts, though neither snap/hold combination was totally clean either. 

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Hopkins has the stronger leg and is capable of booting the ball out of the end zone on seemingly every kickoff. With Rose as kicker, at times the Redskins deployed a different strategy where kicks were aimed for the goal line, forcing a return. 

Washington's kicker for parts of the last three seasons, Hopkins has a career 84 percent field goal conversion rate and 94.6 percent conversion rate on extra points in 36 games. 

The Redskins sent Hopkins to the IR after a Week 6 win over the 49ers with a right hip rotator muscle injury. 

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Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up

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Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up

For the second consecutive game, the Redskins got blown out on the road. First in Dallas, then in Los Angeles, Jay Gruden's team is reeling with mounting questions and pressures about 2018 and beyond. 

The best way to calm down the flames? Get a win.

Washington will have that chance on Sunday at 1 p.m. (full coverage on NBC Sports Washington at noon) when they host the Arizona Cardinals. Getting the victory won't be easy, however, no matter how bad the Redskins need it. 

  1. Turn the page - The Redskins have lost their last two games by a combined score of 68-27. The results have been terrible, and the outcome in Los Angeles could have been much uglier had the Chargers not pulled starting QB Philip Rivers. Still, those games are over, and Washington needs to focus on the Cardinals. Gruden spoke this week that his team cannot "wallow" in the past two losses. If the Redskins are looking back at their lost season, instead of looking squarely at Arizona, another blowout loss is likely to come. 
  2. Get it going - Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense had by far their worst statistical output last week in LA. The offense must get back on track, and that means a better performance from Cousins and the 'Skins run game. Against the Chargers, Washington generated only 201 total yards and just nine first downs. Nine, their second worst total since having only 15 first downs against the Cowboys the week before. At this stage of the season, the Redskins defense will not win this team any games. The offense must do it, and that means improved play from the line, the quarterback and the skill positions. 
  3. Make a play - Turnovers can win or lose games, and in their last two blowout losses, it's no surprise the Redskins have been on the wrong end of the ledger. Washington has five turnovers in their last two games, and has generated only one takeaway in that span. (It can be argued that shouldn't even count, as it came on an interception from Chargers backup Kellen Clemens in the final minutes of a blowout.) Washington ranks dead last in the NFL in points per game allowed, and that won't improve with linebacker Zach Brown out this weekend. Generating turnovers, particularly against Arizona QB Blaine Gabbert, should be the defensive focus. 

Quote of the Week: Jay Gruden, asked about preparation before the Chargers game-

We didn't spend last week playing checkers.

News & Notes:

  • Gabbert has been sacked 15 times in the Cardinals last two games. Washington comes into Week 15 with the 13th most sacks in the league.
  • The Cardinals defense ranks in the Top 10 in yards per play, yards per game, and rush yards per game. Despite that, Arizona's defense ranks 25th in points allowed. 
  • D.J. Swearinger, who played for Arizona last season before signing in Washington as a free agent, is tied for fourth in the NFC in interceptions.
  • Jordan Reed won't be playing this week, or the remainder of the season. Washington moved Reed to the injured reserve this week. 
  • Arizona coach Bruce Arians was a college quarterback at Virginia Tech from 1972 to 1974.

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