Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 28, six days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 players.
—Today's schedule: Off day, no availability
—The Redskins last played a game that counted 231 days ago. It will be 15 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 21; Browns @ Redskins 35; Redskins @ Ravens 42
The Redskins week that was
NTK: A look at five Redskins on the roster bubble—This was written prior to the game on Friday and before the Redskins made their first 10 cuts on Saturday. And all five remain squarely on the bubble. Perhaps one, OLB Houston Bates, can breathe easier now because one player thought to be among his main competition at his position, Willie Jefferson, got cut. But the rest are still sweating it out and probably will keep doing so until the final 53 is settled next weekend.
Should Redskins look, what's available in trade market for RB?—This was before Keith Marshall suffered a sprained elbow against the Bills. We’re still not sure how serious that injury is or if Marshall was going to make the team even if he didn’t get hurt in light of how well Robert Kelley played. In any case there has been zero trade talk when it comes to running backs. If the Redskins are going to acquire an additional back it looks like they might wait until teams start making cuts and bolster their running back corps.
Gruden makes late decision to sit Cousins, other starters—This is from after the Jets game but it's still relevant because of how Cousins and the offense looked out of sync in the early going against the Bills. Did the decision to sit Cousins and other key starters on both sides of the ball leave them rusty? And, perhaps more importantly, is 54 snaps of action in the preseason enough for Cousins, commencing his second year as a full-time starter, to get ready for the season?
Projecting the Redskins roster: First cuts approaching—I’m happy to say that none of the final 53 I picked for this article got the ax on Saturday. It’s never easy to do this but there probably are more bubble players this year than there have been in recent years. The most difficult issues this year were fitting CB Greg Toler onto the roster and figuring out just where to count Su’a Cravens. Still, I'm pretty confident that I'll hit on 50 of the 53.
NTK: 5 things we've learned about the Redskins so far—I’m most confident about what I said about DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman here. I think they both will have big seasons.
Tandler on Twitter
The news that the Redskins are likely to face Dak Prescott when the Cowboys come to town in Week 2 brought up this discussion of the Redskins' record against rookie QBs. Here's the link if you want to see details of the Redskins vs. rookie QBs since 2010.
Perhaps a dated notion. Redskins have won 4 of last 6 vs. rookie QBs. Lost to Wilson in ’12 playoffs ad Bridgewater. 2 Good Ds.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) August 27, 2016
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- Redskins get an early start on roster cut
- Some good luck, some bad for Cousins vs. Bills
- NTK: Redskins stock up-stock down vs. Bills