Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, November 9, seven days before the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.
Nickel coverage: Five Redskins under the microscope
When a team is 3-6, everyone is under pressure. But some are under the microscope more than others. Here are five Redskins players in the spotlight over the last seven games.
QB Robert Griffin III—This is pretty obvious; the scrutiny that he has been under since the moment he stepped on the field in 2012 will intensify.
WR Pierre Garçon—His body language has communicated frustration at not getting the ball as much as he did in 2013 (targeted 6.8 times per game this season, 11.3 last year). But Garçon can’t do that and then drop a perfectly-placed long pass from Griffin like he did against the Vikings a week ago.
DE Jason Hatcher—The Redskins have written him checks totaling $10.5 million in salary and signing bonus this year expecting him to sack the quarterback. He’s on pace for seven sacks, not what they paid for. Jay Gruden said that the team needs more out of him and all eyes will be on him to see if he delivers.
OLB Ryan Kerrigan—Since racking up four sacks in Week 2 against the Jaguars, Kerrigan has 3.5 sacks and no more than one in a game. Whether it’s another single-game outburst or a string of one-sack games, they need Kerrigan to get to the quarterback.
CB Bashaud Breeland—Opposing teams now have six games worth of tape of him as a starter and they will use that information to attack and see what the fourth-round rookie is really made of. So far Breeland has stood up to the challenge pretty well but he needs to continue to do so.
—Today’s schedule: No availability; bye week
—Days until: Bucs @ Redskins 7; Redskins @ 49ers 14; Redskins @ Colts 21
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