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Need to Know: 5 questions about Redskins-Jaguars--Looking for takeaways

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Need to Know: 5 questions about Redskins-Jaguars--Looking for takeaways

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 10, four days before the Washington Redskins open their home season against the Jaguars.

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Here are five questions about the Redskins’ home opener against the Jaguars on Sunday.

Can Robert Griffin III keep up what he had going in the second half against the Texans? He completed 14 of 20 passes for 193 yards with no interceptions or touchdowns in the last 30 minutes of play. That’s an average of 9.6 yards per attempt and a stellar passer rating of 118.8. Yes, he had the bad play with the fumble and the ball has to get into the end zone but the Redskins can win a lot of games with passing stats like those.

Will Alfred Morris get 20+ carries? After what Jay Gruden said yesterday, I’d take the over. Although he defended the 40-23 pass-run ratio as a product of passing durng two-minute drills, he did say, “If I had to do it all over again Sunday [vs. Houston, I probably would have run the ball more than I did.” He gets a chance to do it again on Sunday.

Will the Redskins take the Jaguars too lightly? Yes, I know that the Redskins have the longest current losing streak and they can ill afford to drop to 0-2. But players are human and it will be a challenge to get up for the woeful Jags. It will test the ability of Gruden to fire up the troops.

Will an X factor player pop up for the Jaguars? Last Sunday an undrafted rookie receiver named Allen Hurns burned the Eagles with two touchdown receptions in the first quarter. The Eagles managed to fight their way to the win after trailing 17-0 at halftime but the Redskins had better not rely on a big rally if they plan to win this game.

Can the defense get some takeaways? The Redskins played OK defensively, allowing just 10 points and getting some pass rush pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick. But they got only one sack and one takeaway. The defense is designed to be more aggressive and get multiple sacks and pressures leading to multiple takeaways. If the opposing QB gets time to throw, we saw what even a career mediocrity like Fitzpatrick can do to the secondary. And if the offense, which lacks a big-play element at the moment, has to drive the length of the field consistently there are chances for things to go wrong.

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Timeline

Today’s schedule: Open locker room player availability 11:15; Practice 1:00 (closed to media after first 30 minutes); Ben Kotwica media availability, Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)

Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 4; Redskins @ Eagles 11; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 15

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199