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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 17, two days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers.


Today's schedule: Practice 12:05; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 1:30

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 2; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 7; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 15

Injuries of note:
LB Compton (knee), LB Cravens (elbow)
Limited: G Lauvao (groin), C Long (concussion), OT Nsekhe (ankle), TE Reed (shoulder), S Blackmon (concussion)
Friday injury report

Redskins player one-liners—Offense

QB Kirk Cousins—Yes, he’s just one of 53 players but the team’s playoff prospects largely depend on Cousins’ right arm.

QB Colt McCoy—The other day he said he’s the backup long snapper, holder, AND punter.

QB Nate Sudfeld—We can’t watch him during practice so we don’t know how he’s progressing.

RB Rob Kelley—If you project his rushing yards from his six starts, over a 16-game season he would have nearly 1,300 yards.

RB Chris Thompson—His value to the team was apparent as he turned on his speed and dashed around the left side to score the game-winning touchdown against the Eagles.

RB Mack Brown—He’s been active for the last seven games but he has just two offensive snaps and no carries.

RB Matt Jones—The former starter has flaws but he also has some obvious talent; will they use it at some point this year?

WR DeSean Jackson—He has been heating up lately but there still is no guarantee that he will be back in 2017.

WR Pierre Garçon—A consistent, steady presence, Garçon has fewer than five receptions in only four games this year.

WR Jamison Crowder—On a team with Jackson, Garçon, and Jordan Reed, Crowder is the leader in receiving yards with 804.

WR Ryan Grant—They like his run blocking and he has been doing better catching the ball lately.

WR Maurice Harris—After being good for a key catch or two per game since being activated he hasn’t done much the last two weeks.

WR Rashad Ross—He can’t get active on game days; the experiment may end after this season.

TE Jordan Reed—His injury problems could keep him from getting selected to the Pro Bowl but if he’s even moderately healthy he will make big plays down the stretch.

TE Vernon Davis—It’s good to have him as the starter when Reed is out or limited but he seems to be more effective as the second TE with Reed on the field.

TE Derek Carrier—I’m not convinced that his knee, which was injured a year ago, is fully healthy.

C John Sullivan—That the Redskins are much better off with him as their backup center than they were a year ago with LeRibeus was demonstrated in Philadelphia on Sunday.

C Spencer Long—In 2015 Redskins centers allowed three sacks; so far this year Long has allowed none.

C Kory Lichtensteiger—He was activated from injured reserve and he can back up at guard but it will be interesting to see if he still will be around if injuries force another roster move.

OT Trent Williams—Everyone saw that there just is no substitute for Williams when he was outside blocking a cornerback on Chris Thompson’s touchdown run on Sunday.

OT Morgan Moses—While Williams was serving his suspension Moses played through a sprained ankle that would have had most humans on crutches.

OT Ty Nsekhe—In four games filling in for the suspended Williams he allowed zero sacks.

OT Vinston Painter—While Williams was out he became the swing tackle but he was not called upon.

LG Shawn Lauvao—He already had sustained a groin injury when Calais Campbell bulldozed him in Arizona and got the game-changing sack-fumble.

RG Brandon Scherff—The second-year player could be selected to his first Pro Bowl as he has led the offensive line in snaps and has allowed no sacks.

G Arie Kouandjio—After struggling mightily in a couple of early-season appearances, Kouandjio improved last Sunday when he had to start in Lauvao’s place against the Eagles.

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Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

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Compton remains unsigned. With Brown and Foster back he will not be in line for a starting job. We will see how things shake out for him.

Looking at the players under contract, the Redskins have Zach Vigil, who played well as a starter late in the season after injuries struck, Martrell Spaight, and Josh Harvey-Clemons.  

Vigil was released on the final roster cut and returned on November 15 after Compton went to injured reserve. He had 55 total tackles in seven games. If you project that out over a 16-game season that’s 126 tackles, which would have placed him in the top 10 in the NFL. He also plays special teams well. Vigil went from expendable last September to a very valued reserve at this point in time.

Spaight has been a spot starter when starters have been injured. This will be an important year for him as he goes into the final year of the contract he signed after the Redskins made him a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.


The Redskins might have been happier if Harvey-Clemons, a 2017 seventh-round pick, didn’t have to play all last year but injuries forced him into a regular role. He was converting from college safety to NFL nickel linebacker and was very much considered to be a project. Harvey-Clemons still needs to add some weight and he has a lot to learn. Still, even if injuries don’t hit this year he should play considerably more than the 93 snaps he logged as a rookie.

The Redskins usually carry nine total linebackers, going with either five inside and four outside or vice versa. So they could be set or perhaps they will bring back Compton or sign another veteran to compete with Spaight for the last roster spot.  

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