RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Monday, August 19, five days before the Redskins take on the Bills at FedEx Field.
Game chat tonight
We had a great turnout for our first game chat of the year so tonight should be a lot of fun as well. Tarik, JP, and I will all be at FedEx Field for Redskins vs. Steelers. We'll get the chat going right here at 7:30 getting ready for the 8:00 kickoff.
See you there!
Playing time estimate roundup
Mike Shanahan is well known for keeping estimates for playing time in preseason games a closely guarded secret. He has, however, been more forthcoming lately. Here is the information I’ve been able to glean from various comments by players and by Shanahan.
Starters: “Normally, going into the second game, we double the reps of the first game,” said Shanahan. This might be a little bit more depending on how the game goes but in that 25-30 play range is what we normally do in the second game. We’ll just have to kind of get a feel as the game goes, but it’ll be somewhere in that area.”
For reference/comparison purposes, the Redskins ran 35 snaps on offense against the Titans while Tennessee ran 26.
Here is what was said about some specific players:
Brian Orakpo: Missed practice with a bruised quad but Shanahan said he could play “barring a setback”.
Rookie running backs Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison: Shanahan gave a somewhat vague answer when asked if these two would play. “A lot has to do with kind of the flow of the game, how the game’s going,” he said. “Yeah, we’re going to try to evaluate all our players over the next three games, get everybody a chance, but it’s kind of hard to tell you exactly what’s going to happen because I’m not positive at this time.” Thompson did tell Tarik El-Bashir that he will play.
QB Kirk Cousins: Shanahan said that Cousins, who is both the No. 1 and No. 2 QB for the time being, will play a half, which could carry him beyond the 25-30 snaps the starters are schedule to play.
QB’s Rex Grossman and Pat White: Shanahan said both are likely to play, depending on how many snaps the offense runs.
RB Roy Helu Jr.: After having a strong game against the Titans, Helu will get some more snaps this week. “He’ll get some playing time this week,” said Shanahan.
TE Fred Davis: Might play past when the other starters exit. “He will probably play close to half,” said Shanahan.
TE Jordan Reed: It looks like Reed will make his debut on Monday. “I think so,” Shanahan said when asked.
WR Donte Stallworth (hamstring): He did not practice all week. “He’s getting a little bit better, but not good enough to play,” said Shanahan.
ILB Rodderick Muckelroy (shoulder): “Muckelroy right now, his shoulder is still sore,” said Shanahan. “We’ll see how it is over the next couple of days. It’s probably a long shot.”
CB Ryan Mouton (hamstring): “Mouton is a longshot as well,” Shanahan said.
LB Nick Barnett: The in-camp signee is still working his way into shape and recovering from offseason knee surgery. “He will not play” against the Steelers on Monday night, Shanahan said. “Hopefully there is an outside chance that he might take a few reps against Buffalo.”
Reports out of Pittsburgh indicate that the Steelers will play their first offensive unit for about a quarter but their starting offensive line may play the entire first half, depending on snap counts.
Steelers at Redskins, FedEx Field, 8 p.m., ESPN
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In case you missed it
- Position review, right tackle: Starter looks set but depth unclear
- Position review, wide receiver: Five or six?
- The Week That Was: Redskins line continuity unusual in NFL
Days until: Bills @ Redskins 5; Final cuts 12; Eagles @ Redskins 21