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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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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

For years, the Redskins struggle with their home field as the fall turns to winter. It's been happening so long it's become an expected passing of the seasons, like the transition from Halloween jack-o-lanterns to Christmas lights dotting people's front yards. 

Well, on Thanksgiving night, the turf at FedEx Field again showed how bad it can be. On a second half interception returned for a New York Giants touchdown, replay showed that Kirk Cousins' foot got stuck on the dirt, and it played a role in his sailing a ball to the sideline. The bad turf was not the only reason for the interception, but it was definitely a reason. 

Beyond the pick, the field was just ugly. Twitter blew up making fun of the Redskins home grass, and the national broadcast showed just how unsightly the long brown patch between the hash marks looked. 

On Friday, the normally diplomatic Cousins opened up about the grass.

"It probably doesn't look like a professional NFL field should," the quarterback said on 106.7 the Fan (full audio here). "If you think the field is rough now on Thanksgiving, we've got two more home games in mid-to-late December. That's probably going to be a bigger challenge."

Asked about the field's impact on the interception on Thursday night, Cousins ignored it. But plenty of other players have suggested the field is a known problem in the second half, and something they just must deal with. 

"I don't know why it is that way or what causes it," Cousins said. "I've kind of learned to accept it and understand it's part of the deal. Playing here on the field has never been that great in the second half of the season for whatever the reason."

[h/t @BenStandig for the Cousins quotes]

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

At halftime of the Redskins’ Thanksgiving night game against the Giants, Samaje Perine had three yards rushing and his team had three points. Washington had racked up all of 113 yards.

Coincidence? Not entirely. Although the Redskins are primarily a passing team they need to run the ball to pass effectively.

“We had to get the running game going,” said Jay Gruden after the game.

In the second half, Perine and the offense did get it going. Perine ran for 97 yards and Redskins put up 210 yards and 17 points. It’s safe to say that it wasn’t a coincidence.

The Redskins didn’t make any halftime adjustments to get the ground game in gear.

“We just had to stay the course,” said Perine. “We knew they were going to come out fired up, they just came off a big win. We just had to stay the course and then things started going our way.”

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Perine was more steady than spectacular. His longest run was 16 yards. He came out of the locker room and ran for six and 10 yards on his first two carries. Later in the third quarter the Redskins were backed up at their own 10. Perine ran four straight plays for 39 yards and the Redskins were near midfield.

Although they didn’t score on that drive they did change field position. That was part of the Redskins’ strategy playing with an injury-depleted offense.

“If you had to punt in a game like this and play field position, it’s not the end of the world because our defense was playing so good,” said Gruden.

Not only did the running game flip the field, it flipped the time of possession. In the first half, the Giants had the ball for 17:40 compared to 12:20 for the Redskins.

“We had to get on the field and control some of the clock,” said tackle Morgan Moses. “We had to give our defense a rest. Samaje put his foot in the ground and got extra yards when needed and we were able to move the chains.”

Moses wasn’t the only one enjoying seeing Perine pile up some yards.

“As a defensive player, you want to see that,” said safety D.J. Swearinger. “We say, keep running it. Keep running him. Let him keep getting those carries, put a dent in the defense. It was a good sight to see.”

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Swearinger got to watch a lot of Perine. The Redskins piled up 22:17 in possession in the second half, while Swearinger and his defensive mates had to defend for just 7:43.

Last night was the second time in four days that Perine has rushed for 100 yards or more; he had 117 in New Orleans on Sunday. No Redskin has rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games since Alfred Morris did it in November of 2013.

He will have a chance to extend that streak to three on Thursday against the Cowboys, who are ranked 17th in rushing defense. That would put him in some elite company in Redskins history, including Larry Brown (twice) and Stephen Davis.  A steak of three straight 100-yard games was last done by Morris in 2012.

It may be a little early to look forward, but the Redskins record is five straight 100-yard games, held by Clinton Portis (twice) and Ladell Betts.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.