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Redskins Playbook: Lots to watch but Matt Jones update tops list

Redskins Playbook: Lots to watch but Matt Jones update tops list

The Redskins return to practice Monday, scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. start at the team's facility in Ashburn.

While some good feelings will remain from Washington's last-minute win over the Jets in the second preseason game, most of the focus will be on the team's starters.

Kirk Cousins did not play Friday, along with a number of other top-line players, though the No. 1 topic at Redskins Park - for the second straight week - will be about the run game.

1. Status of Matt Jones - After the Atlanta game, the Redskins run game looked anemic.

After the Jets game, Jones (7 carries for 31 yards) and the 'Skins were able to get the run game going, until a first quarter shoulder injury forced Jones from the game. Diagnosed with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder, Jones seemed to be in decent spirits following the game. Much more will be learned Monday when Jay Gruden addresses the media after practice.

The biggest question: What's the severity of Jones' injury, and the timeline for his return? Reports say the injury is not too serious, but the coach's update will carry the most weight.

 

2. Looking for Trent - Obviously Jones' injury takes precedent, but Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams is yet to play this preseason.

Last week, both coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay said they expect Williams back on the practice field very soon, and that could be as soon as Monday. Gruden said that after giving many starters the night off against the Jets that the team will take the third preseason game against the Bills very seriously (Friday @ 7 p.m. ET on CSN).

That could mean Williams plays in that game, in which case the organization would want to see 71 back out there practicing with the starting O-Line before Friday's action.

 

3. Interior design - Beyond Williams, there may still be some shifting along the offensive line.

While the right side looks stable with potential breakout star RG Brandon Scherff playing next to RT Morgan Moses, the center and left guard positions could still be up for debate.

Kory Lichtensteiger is installed at center, though some believe Spencer Long may be the team's best option in the middle. For now, however, Long has been taking snaps at starting left guard, a position most expect Shawn Lauvao to take over when the team decides he is fully healthy. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan works his group very hard, and the 'Skins will likely try a number of combinations this fall as injury or level of play dictate.

Once the Jones news hits, CSN will be all over it. Stay with @JPFinlayCSN all day for updates.

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199