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Need to Know: Redskins vs. Titans notes and numbers--A rare game winner for Forbath

Need to Know: Redskins vs. Titans notes and numbers--A rare game winner for Forbath

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 20, seven days before the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Monday night football.

Numbers and notes from Redskins vs. Titans

Kai Forbath’s 22-yard game-winning field goal was the second game-winner of his career and his first since his overtime game winner against the Ravens in 2012. It was his first game winner that moved his team from behind into the lead. The last time the Redskins won a game in regulation on a score with no time left was when Nick Novak kicked a field goal to beat the Cowboys in 2006 (the game with the blocked field goal and Sean Taylor return).

Colt McCoy threw a 70-yard TD pass to Pierre Garçon on his second play from scrimmage. Not since Brandon Banks did it against the Patriots in 2011 has a Redskin thrown a touchdown pass on his first pass attempt with the team.

—McCoy Completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and the one touchdown pass for a passer rating of 138.9.

Niles Paul had a 50-yard reception from Kirk Cousins on the game’s opening drive, a career long reception for Paul.

—With Paul’s 50-yard catch and Garçon’s 70-yarder, the Redskins now have seven receptions of over 50 yards this year. The only had three such receptions all of last year and seven all year in 2012.

—The defense pitched in as well. They held Tennessee to 236 yards, their second-best performance in that stat of the season. Their best was the 148 yards they yielded to Jacksonville in Week 2.

—Washington got a takeaway in the second quarter on Bashaud Breeland’s first career interception. It was their first takeaway since the third quarter of their Week 4 game against the Giants.

—They added another takeaway in the late in the third quarter when Paul came up with a punt that was muffed by Titans returner Dexter McCluster.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden news conference 3:00 p.m.

Days until: Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 7; Redskins @ Vikings 13; Bucs @ Redskins 27

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.


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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

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The Redskins went into the offseason with their inside linebacker position very much up in the air. Starters Zach Brown and Mason Foster and top backup Will Compton were all heading into unrestricted free agency. They faced the prospect of needing to start all over.

Things started to look better in late January when Foster re-signed, agreeing to a two-year deal. “I had unfinished business here,” Foster said at the time.

As long as Brown remained unsigned, the Redskins also had unfinished business. They got it done yesterday as Brown inked what is reported to be a three-year deal worth $24 million. We will need to see some details to know just what the contract entails but it looks like a fair deal for both sides.


Compton remains unsigned. With Brown and Foster back he will not be in line for a starting job. We will see how things shake out for him.

Looking at the players under contract, the Redskins have Zach Vigil, who played well as a starter late in the season after injuries struck, Martrell Spaight, and Josh Harvey-Clemons.  

Vigil was released on the final roster cut and returned on November 15 after Compton went to injured reserve. He had 55 total tackles in seven games. If you project that out over a 16-game season that’s 126 tackles, which would have placed him in the top 10 in the NFL. He also plays special teams well. Vigil went from expendable last September to a very valued reserve at this point in time.

Spaight has been a spot starter when starters have been injured. This will be an important year for him as he goes into the final year of the contract he signed after the Redskins made him a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.


The Redskins might have been happier if Harvey-Clemons, a 2017 seventh-round pick, didn’t have to play all last year but injuries forced him into a regular role. He was converting from college safety to NFL nickel linebacker and was very much considered to be a project. Harvey-Clemons still needs to add some weight and he has a lot to learn. Still, even if injuries don’t hit this year he should play considerably more than the 93 snaps he logged as a rookie.

The Redskins usually carry nine total linebackers, going with either five inside and four outside or vice versa. So they could be set or perhaps they will bring back Compton or sign another veteran to compete with Spaight for the last roster spot.  

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