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Need to Know: Quick Hits--What are the Redskins plans for David Amerson?

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Need to Know: Quick Hits--What are the Redskins plans for David Amerson?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 21, 40 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Question of the day—quick hits edition

I collect a lot of queries for the question of the day and a lot of them are good but they don’t warrant an answer long enough for a full post. So every once in a while I do a quick hits edition to answer those questions.

Since you tweeted this, they did sign Jeron Johnson, who is likely to be the starting strong safety. It is unfortunate that Thomas had the injury issues but, as they say, the more important ability is availability. He didn’t play horribly in his starting opportunities last year but obviously he wasn’t good enough to lock in the first opportunity to win the starting job.

A year ago it looked like Amerson was on his way to a solid career in Washington but he struggled mightily last year after being moved into a starting role. Some of his issues stemmed from missed assignments. A one-game suspension for being late to practice fed into the perception that he needs to take his job more seriously. There is no talk that a position change is in his future but that could happen at any time up until training camp. It certainly looks like he won't be a starting corner after the free agent signing of Chris Culliver.

We need to define some terms here. A draft workout, where the team goes out onto the field with the prospect and has him throw, catch, run patterns, and the like, must take place near the player’s home school. So a team can’t “host” a workout. They do host draft visits, where the prospect comes to the facility, tours the place, meets to coaches, etc. The Redskins tend to keep these visits very secretive so they may have had some workouts and/or visits and kept them under wraps. They get 30 visits and they have seven draft picks so you can figure out how significant each one is.

Just wrote about that yesterday. They are still looking although their main targets at right tackle quickly become too expensive for what the Redskins wanted to do. I think they’ll look for somebody to compete with Tom Compton to serve as a bridge until Morgan Moses is ready to start, which could be 2016. Chris Chester will stay at right guard until Spencer Long can beat him out.

They have brought in Jeron Johnson and Chris Culliver and that’s a start. There really isn’t too much out there on the free agent market that will help. They may wait for the Bucs to release Dashon Goldson, a draft pick of Scot McCloughan’s in San Francisco. They could sign him to a short-term deal and develop a safety taken in this year’s draft to develop into the starter.

Timeline

—It’s been 83 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 176 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 30; 2015 NFL Draft 40; Redskins training camp starts 131

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Redskins activate K Dustin Hopkins, waive K Nick Rose

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Redskins activate K Dustin Hopkins, waive K Nick Rose

After missing the last eight games, the Redskins brought back place-kicker Dustin Hopkins from the injured reserve and waived Nick Rose.

Hopkins became eligible to return from the IR this week and took part in practice all week. Jay Gruden wouldn't commit to one kicker or the other when he spoke earlier in the week, but the decision came down on Saturday.

Rose played well in Hopkins' absence, making 10 of 11 field goals including a 55-yarder. The rookie Rose had some struggles with extra points, missing two of his 20 attempts, though neither snap/hold combination was totally clean either. 

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Hopkins has the stronger leg and is capable of booting the ball out of the end zone on seemingly every kickoff. With Rose as kicker, at times the Redskins deployed a different strategy where kicks were aimed for the goal line, forcing a return. 

Washington's kicker for parts of the last three seasons, Hopkins has a career 84 percent field goal conversion rate and 94.6 percent conversion rate on extra points in 36 games. 

The Redskins sent Hopkins to the IR after a Week 6 win over the 49ers with a right hip rotator muscle injury. 

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Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up

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Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up

For the second consecutive game, the Redskins got blown out on the road. First in Dallas, then in Los Angeles, Jay Gruden's team is reeling with mounting questions and pressures about 2018 and beyond. 

The best way to calm down the flames? Get a win.

Washington will have that chance on Sunday at 1 p.m. (full coverage on NBC Sports Washington at noon) when they host the Arizona Cardinals. Getting the victory won't be easy, however, no matter how bad the Redskins need it. 

  1. Turn the page - The Redskins have lost their last two games by a combined score of 68-27. The results have been terrible, and the outcome in Los Angeles could have been much uglier had the Chargers not pulled starting QB Philip Rivers. Still, those games are over, and Washington needs to focus on the Cardinals. Gruden spoke this week that his team cannot "wallow" in the past two losses. If the Redskins are looking back at their lost season, instead of looking squarely at Arizona, another blowout loss is likely to come. 
  2. Get it going - Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense had by far their worst statistical output last week in LA. The offense must get back on track, and that means a better performance from Cousins and the 'Skins run game. Against the Chargers, Washington generated only 201 total yards and just nine first downs. Nine, their second worst total since having only 15 first downs against the Cowboys the week before. At this stage of the season, the Redskins defense will not win this team any games. The offense must do it, and that means improved play from the line, the quarterback and the skill positions. 
  3. Make a play - Turnovers can win or lose games, and in their last two blowout losses, it's no surprise the Redskins have been on the wrong end of the ledger. Washington has five turnovers in their last two games, and has generated only one takeaway in that span. (It can be argued that shouldn't even count, as it came on an interception from Chargers backup Kellen Clemens in the final minutes of a blowout.) Washington ranks dead last in the NFL in points per game allowed, and that won't improve with linebacker Zach Brown out this weekend. Generating turnovers, particularly against Arizona QB Blaine Gabbert, should be the defensive focus. 

Quote of the Week: Jay Gruden, asked about preparation before the Chargers game-

We didn't spend last week playing checkers.

News & Notes:

  • Gabbert has been sacked 15 times in the Cardinals last two games. Washington comes into Week 15 with the 13th most sacks in the league.
  • The Cardinals defense ranks in the Top 10 in yards per play, yards per game, and rush yards per game. Despite that, Arizona's defense ranks 25th in points allowed. 
  • D.J. Swearinger, who played for Arizona last season before signing in Washington as a free agent, is tied for fourth in the NFC in interceptions.
  • Jordan Reed won't be playing this week, or the remainder of the season. Washington moved Reed to the injured reserve this week. 
  • Arizona coach Bruce Arians was a college quarterback at Virginia Tech from 1972 to 1974.

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