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Need to Know: Examining the Redskins updated depth chart—Offense

Need to Know: Examining the Redskins updated depth chart—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 13, 36 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Draft (4/27) 45
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 60
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 72
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 124
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 181

Looking at the 2017 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Colt McCoy, draft pick

There is a chance that Cousins will be gone via a trade but the chances are he will still be here. If he hasn’t signed and the vibe in the building is that he won’t, the Redskins could pick a quarterback in any round from the first one. If he has signed or the feeling is that he will, scratch the draft pick and put Nate Sudfeld back at No. 3.

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Running backs: Rob Kelley
Backups: Chris Thompson, Matt Jones

If they carry a fourth running back it could be Mack Brown, or perhaps Keith Marshall of the 2016 draft pick can stay healthy. There was some chatter that Scot McCloughan might target an upgrade at running back in the draft but after his abrupt firing we don’t know where that stands now.

Wide receivers: Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson
Backups: Jamison Crowder (slot receiver), Maurice Harris, Ryan Grant, draft pick

This area was in trouble after the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon but the signing of Pryor mitigates that to an extent. The key is Doctson being healthy and being able to step in as a big contributor after only two games of action and very little practice. With Pryor on a one-year contract, a mid-round draft pick could be groomed to replace him in 2018. Another draft pick (they have 10 picks and could trade for more) could take Grant’s roster spot.  

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, draft pick

One specific need that Jay Gruden mentioned when the spoke to reporters at the combine was a blocking tight end. That makes me think that they will find one in a draft that, for a change, is deep at the position. Carrying a fourth tight end and keeping Niles Paul around for special teams is a possibility.  

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Shawn Lauvao, C Spencer Long, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: G Arie Kouandjio, T Ty Nsekhe, 1-2 draft picks

I know that everybody wants to run Lauvao out of town and that may happen at some point. But until I see someone else on the roster I believe Jay Gruden will be comfortable starting I’ll keep Lauvao at the top of the depth chart. Off of the chart from last year is Kory Lichtensteiger, who retired. They could look to bring back John Sullivan as a backup center.

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Three plays that show why the Redskins' screen game is so effective

Three plays that show why the Redskins' screen game is so effective

By Ryan Wormeli

The Redskins eked out a close win at home on Sunday, coming away with a 26-24 final over the 49ers. One of the keys to the team's success on offense was their effective screen game. 

Doc Walker says running back Chris Thompson is the best in the NFL at catching screens and turning them into big plays. Still, he knows it takes more than just one great player to find success in the screen game.

On Redskins Gameplan, he turned to the film to break down three big plays from Sunday's victory, highlighting the offensive line in giving Thompson the room he needed to make something happen.

Play 1: Recievers getting in on the "Block Party"

Nearly half of the Redskins on the field for this play found themselves with someone to block. Walker points out how active the big guys are, shouting out Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao in particular. The receivers get some shine too, with Doc even pointing out, "You know you gotta give 11 some credit on that."

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Play 2: Trent Williams just keeps looking for guys to block

With the Redskins deep in their own territory, they once again call for a screen pass, and you know Doc gets really excited to see the big fellas move.

"Now watch the big uglies, downfield. Agile! Hostile! Getting after it! Staying on their feet, no belly floppers," exclaimed Walker. "That's the key to it."

Play 3: Brandon Scherff redeems himself later in the drive

Brandon Scherff started off this important drive with a holding penalty, costing his team valuable yards. He then saw the screen pass as an opportunity to make it up to his teammates, and he takes full advantage.

Doc has just one thing to say for players staring down an angry Brandon Scherff.

"You, my friend, are in trouble."

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The Redskins probably hoped their game against the winless 49ers would be a bit more comfortable than a 26-24 victory. Still, when they found themselves in a dogfight, they were able to rely on their quality screen game to get them big yardage when needed, and it helped them come out with a big Week 6 win.

For more segments like this, tune in to Redskins Gameplan at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

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All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

Whether you're a medical expert or not, odds are that when you saw the words "Lisfranc injury" next to the words "Jonathan Allen," you had an inkling that wasn't a good thing. Unfortunately, that inkling was right.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Allen, who was originally expected to miss about a month, will actually be sidelined for the rest of the season because of the Lisfranc issue that popped up in Washington's game vs. San Francisco. So, what's the deal with this injury?

Here's some information on the ailment that ended the first-round pick's first year with the Redskins.

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What part of the foot is affected by a Lisfranc injury?

OrthoInfo.org says that a Lisfranc injury occurs when bones "in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn." They're common with football players because often times they happen when one player steps on the foot of another, or when a player's cleat doesn't release normally from the field.

What's the recovery from a Lisfranc injury like?

Players affected by a Lisfranc injury can opt to take the surgery route or recover without surgery. According to Ian Rapoport, though, Allen has chosen to undergo surgery.

After the operation, Allen will probably stay off the foot for at least a month and a half or two months. He'll then be allowed to slowly bear weight on it, and eventually, the screws should be removed.

Reputable NFL doctor Robert Anderson said in a 2013 interview that the overall process usually takes five or six months. However, as is the case for most surgeries, recovery time does vary.

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What other NFL players have had a Lisfranc injury in the past?

As mentioned earlier, this isn't an uncommon injury in the NFL. Here's a sample of guys who've had it in the recent past:

  • Matt Schaub
  • Le'Veon Bell
  • Jake Locker
  • Morgan Moses (his rookie year was also ended by one)
  • Maurice Jones-Drew
  • Santonio Holmes
  • Jimmy Smith
  • Dwight Freeney

Some guys, like Bell and Freeney, emerged from the injury and continued to improve. But others, like Locker and Holmes, had major difficulty coming back from it.

Can a Lisfranc injury linger?

It sure can, and that's obviously something the Redskins are really, really hoping won't happen with Allen. A study published by the University of Pennsylvania reported that more than 90 percent of players who suffered a Lisfranc injury resumed playing within 15 months (Allen should apparently come back much sooner) and saw no noticeable decrease in performance.

With that being said, arthritis can flare up in the foot. In addition, players can still feel pain long after surgery and long after their return to action. So this is clearly a tricky thing and something that may affect the talented defensive lineman for a long time to come.