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Need to Know: Redskins stock up-stock down vs. Ravens

Need to Know: Redskins stock up-stock down vs. Ravens

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 11, 22 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 222 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 30 days.

Today’s schedule: Off day

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 9
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 37
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 46

Stock up/stock down vs. Ravens

A look at who was up against the Ravens and who was heading in the opposite direction (small sample size warning on many of these).

Stock up—DE Jonathan Allen had only one tackle in limited action but it was a sack. The top draft pick played under control, something that is an issue for many in their first pro games.

Stock down—The starting offensive line isn’t in any jeopardy of having changes made but they were supposed to be the strength of the strength of the team. Yes, the Ravens executed some stunts and blitzes that they didn’t expect but you have to be able to get a yard on third and one.

Stock up—Undrafted and undersized rookie ILB Nico Marley had four solo tackles including a sack for a five-yard loss. He remains a long shot to make the roster but he will make it a tough decision if he continues to play like this.

Stock down—Backup QB Colt McCoy played behind the second offensive line with backup receivers but you have hope that an eighth-year player can do better than six of 13 for 40 yards (3.1 yards per attempt) and an interception against the Ravens backup defenders.

Stock up—WR Ryan Grant caught one of McCoy’s passes, picking up the Redskins’ initial first down in the process. He also got hit hard in the process but he held on to the ball. Combine that with his production in practice while Jamison Crowder has been out with a hamstring injury and his stock is definitely on the rise.

Stock down—RB Samaje Perine did lead the team in rushing with 15 yards on six carries. He also fumbled once, dropped a pass, and seemed to miss some openings by not knowing where to go. The rookie will learn but it was not an auspicious debut.

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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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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.