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Need to Know: 2014 vs. 2013 Redskins by the numbers

Need to Know: 2014 vs. 2013 Redskins by the numbers

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 28, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.

2013 vs. 2014 by the numbers

Let’s look at some average numbers from the 2013 season and compare them to some stats from the first four games of 2014 (with a warning that four games is a small sample size). This is not intended to be comprehensive comparison, just some improvements and declines that I thought were interesting.

Yards gained per play: 2013, 5.3 (17th in NFL); 2014, 6.1 (4th)—The big difference here is passing efficiency. Last year Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins averaged 6.1 yards per pass play. This year that’s up to 7.6.

Yards allowed per play: 2013, 5.7 (27th); 2014, 5.2 (12th)—If you compare this to the offense, last year they gave up .4 yards more per play than they gained. This year they are giving up almost a full years less per play than they are gaining. If they sustain that over the course of a season, that improvement of nearly a yard and a half per snap will add up to some advantageous field position. That generally will translate into more wins if (and this is a big if) the team doesn't give back that advantage with turnovers and special teams.

Red zone touchdown scoring: 2013, 52% (20th); 2014, 69% (4th)—Most of the Redskins’ failures in the red zone this year have been due to turnovers. When they have held on to the ball they usually get it into the end zone.

Sacks per pass attempt: 2013 7.0% (13th); 2014, 8.5% (4th)—Even though they have not done much in the sack department out side of the 10-sack Jacksonville game, a big performance like that can carry a defense for a while. It seems like the pass rush is much better this year but eventually that has to show up in the sack department or it doesn’t mean much.

Third down conversions allowed: 2013, 34% (4th); 2014, 46.3% (24th)—This is one area where the Redskins did pretty well last year defensively and they have not kept it up.

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—Hall of Fame Redskins wide receiver Charley Taylor was born on this date in 1941.

Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability

Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Cardinals 14; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 29

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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