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Need to Know: What can we expect from Gruden's offense during Redskins vs. Texans?


Need to Know: What can we expect from Gruden's offense during Redskins vs. Texans?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 6, one day before the Redskins open their season against the Texans.

What can we expect to see on Sunday?

What can we expect to see from a Jay Gruden coached team on Sunday? Here is what you saw from offensive coordinator Gruden’s Bengals in a typical game from 2011-2013 (48 regular season games plus 3 playoff games):

Pass attempts: 35
Pass Completions: 21 (60.3%)
Pass yards: 242 (6.9 yards/attempt)

Rush attempts: 28
Rush yards: 109 (3.9 yards/attempt)

Play selection: 55.5% passes, 44.4% runs

Third down situations: 12
Third down conversion: 5 (41.6%)

First downs passing: 11
First downs rushing: 6

Plays gaining 10 yards or more: 12
Plays gaining 20 yards or more: 4

I checked the run-pass ratio in Gruden’s first year, when Andy Dalton was a rookie, figuring the might have favored the run a bit more. Nope, the average was exactly the same as it was over his three seasons, 35 runs, 28 passes, roughly 55-45 pass to run.

However in that first season Gruden had Cedric Benson at running back, who was an OK retread back. Here he has Alfred Morris, one of the top backs in the league. So I think he could run a few more times on Sunday and pass a little less.

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Today’s schedule: No availability, traveling to Houston

—It’s been 251 days since the Redskins played a game; in one day they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 8; Redskins @ Eagles 15; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 19

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.