Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 26, eight days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 players.
—Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Bills at FedEx Field, 7:30, broadcast on CSN
—The Redskins last played a game that counted 229 days ago. It will be 17 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 23; Browns @ Redskins 37; Redskins @ Ravens 44
Five Redskins who are on the hot seat tonight
ILB Perry Riley—He hasn’t played particularly well and his snaps have been limited in the first two preseason games. Perhaps he didn’t play much because they know what he can do and wanted to get a look at Terence Garvin and others but he’s starting more and more to seem like a forgotten man. He’s running out of time to be remembered.
RB Keith Marshall—I think that the Redskins really, really want to keep him around. He can make it an easy decision for them by finding holes consistent and perhaps popping a long run. Or he can make it so his fate hangs on the outcome of a long debate among Scott McCloughan and the coaches on cutdown day by continuing to struggle running the football.
G Arie Kouandjio—The second-year player’s seat got considerably hotter with the acquisition of Bryan Stork. The former Patriot will fit in somewhere on the top couple of lines of the interior line depth chart (he can play guard, too) and that will push Kouandjio down a notch. Like Marshall, Kouandjio needs to give the coaches a reason to keep him other than the fact that he was a draft pick (4th round in 2015).
CB Quinton Dunbar—The second-year player probably isn’t on the bubble but he hasn’t entirely gone from impressing because he converted from wide receiver to cornerback to being an impressive cornerback. If they keep six cornerbacks one will be inactive most game days and Dunbar has a couple of more preseason games to show that he should be active.
DE Stephen Paea—The conventional wisdom when training camp started was that even though Paea was a disappointment last year, the free agent acquisition would get 2016 to make things right. But Paea hasn’t done much in camp or in the two preseason games and that could have him in danger. Financial reasons in the form of $3.75 million in dead cap if he is let go could keep him around but he still needs to show he’s worth his $3.3 million salary.
Tandler on Twitter
@Rich_TandlerCSN Rich, I'm sure this has already been answered but trying to catch up. How long can we expect to see the 1st team tmrw night— Matt Harrison (@mhduke24) August 25, 2016
From what I can decipher from Gruden, probably ~30 snaps or through 1st series of Q3, whichever is first. https://t.co/e2Zy8irnN4— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) August 25, 2016
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