Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 14, the day the Washington Redskins open their home season against the Jaguars.
Final thoughts on Redskins-Jaguars
—Jim Haslett said the Redskins will be OK with five defensive linemen active and so did Jay Gruden. I’m not so sure I believe them, especially when the two backups are Clifton Geathers and Frank Kearse. If nothing else, it will be interesting to see if they do anything to disguise or cover for the weakness like using Trent Murphy or even Brian Orakpo as an end in situations that don’t call for the nickel.
—Duke Ihenacho probably won’t be ready to play much at safety; as Haslett pointed out he has just six real practices in this defense under his belt. That means that Bacarri Rambo will be the starter at strong safety. During training camp, Raheem Morris said that Rambo had “demons” in his head when it came to making open-field tackles. Last week certainly did nothing to clear those out and we’ll have to see what happens if a similar situation comes up.
—I don’t think that Gruden will forget about getting the ball to Alfred Morris again. You can’t let a guy who’s averaging 6.5 yards a pop get only 14 carries, especially when all you’ve got going in the passing game is the short stuff. I'll put the over/under at 23.5 carries for No. 46.
—It was first reported by John Keim of ESPN that there would be no need for the Redskins to sign Zach Hocker or any other kicker for today’s game. Kai Forbath will be good to go despite being questionable with a right groin injury. Although I wanted Hocker, the stronger leg, to make the original 53 over Forbath, it would be disruptive to make a change now.
—The chances are good that we’ll see Robert Griffin III launch a deep pass for DeSean Jackson at some point during the game today, if only to show that they can do it.
—One thing you can almost certainly bank on? Pierre Garçon will catch at least five passes. He did that in every game last year and again against the Texans giving him 17 straight games with no fewer than five receptions. That’s one behind the Steelers’ Antonio Brown for the longest active streak in the NFL. That’s the longest such streak ever by a member of the Redskins and it’s four off of the NFL best of 21 by Jimmy Smith of Jacksonville.
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—Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Jaguars, 1:00 p.m., CBS
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 7; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 11; Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 22
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