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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure against the Ravens tonight

Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure against the Ravens tonight

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 10, 23 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 221 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 31 days.

Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Ravens 7:30 on CSN

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 10
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 46

Five Redskins under pressure against the Ravens

QB Nate Sudfeld—The Redskins just might need a new starting quarterback in 2018. If Sudfeld is going to have a good shot at getting that job he has to play well in the preseason, starting tonight. He will get a good chunk of the second half, if not all of it. A consistent performance would go a long way towards the organization gaining confidence in him.

G Arie Kouandjio—Here is another guy who could have a job open for him next year. Left guard Shawn Lauvao will be a 30-year-old free agent next year and at one time Kouandjio, a fourth-round pick in 2015, was thought to be the heir apparent. But in practice in Richmond he has often been playing with the third team. Kouandjio needs to get past rookie free agent Kyle Kalis first and he can start doing that tonight.

WR Brian Quick—The free agent pickup was invisible during much of the offseason program. He didn’t do much early in camp, either, but he has started to produce in practice lately. With Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and probably Maurice Harris out against the Ravens, Quick should have plenty of opportunities to produce.

NT Phil Taylor—He is the starting nose tackle on the (very) unofficial depth chart but he won’t start unless he produces. Taylor will be getting on the field in an NFL game of any kind for the first time since November 6, 2014. If he wants to make the team he will not have the luxury of easing in.

CB Quinton Dunbar—The third-year player has had some rocky practice sessions. Starters Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland probably won’t play long so Dunbar will have a chance to come in and cement his spot as the No. 4 corner.

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.

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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.

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Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.

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In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.

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