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Redskins snap count analysis vs. Seahawks

Redskins snap count analysis vs. Seahawks

Here’s a look at who played how much in Week 5 against the Seahawks (snap counts via the NFL). Scroll to the bottom of the page for season to date snap counts for each player.

Offense 55 snaps

QB/O-line: Kirk Cousins 55, Chris Chester 55, Shawn Lauvao 55, Kory Lichtensteiger 54, Tyler Polumbus 47, Trent Williams 50, Tom Compton 9, Morgan Moses 6

For the second straight week, the Redskins get just 55 offensive snaps. Some short-term injuries during the game forced Compton and Moses into action.

Wide receivers: Pierre Garçon 49, DeSean Jackson 50, Andre Roberts 35, Aldrick Robinson 2, Ryan Grant 8

That’s a season low in participation for Robinson

Tight ends: Niles Paul 44, Logan Paulsen 20

That’s by far a season low for Paulsen, who previously had played no fewer than 43 snaps in any game.

Running backs: Alfred Morris 27, Roy Helu Jr. 28, Darrel Young 11

Whenever you see Helu leading Morris in snaps and Young with just a handful, you know it was a pass-heavy attack.

Defense 67 snaps

Defensive line: Jason Hatcher 52, Jarvis Jenkins 42; Chris Baker 33, Frank Kearse 33, Kedric Golston 4, Clifton Geathers 1

This is an odd distribution with two active linemen, Golston and Geathers, getting so few snaps and Kearse getting as many as Baker.

Linebacker: Keenan Robinson 67, Perry Riley 58, Ryan Kerrigan 64, Brian Orakpo 59, Trent Murphy 16, Will Compton 9

Compton got his first NFL snaps outside of garbage time when Riley left with a knee sprain.

Defensive backs: Brandon Meriweather 65, David Amerson 67, Ryan Clark 66, Bashaud Breeland 66, E. J. Biggers 33, Chase Minnifield 1

With Tracy Porter out and the team carrying only four active corners, Breeland saw his most extensive action of his career, missing just one snap.

Snap counts season to date

Offense 338 snaps total

Griffin—74
Cousins—264

  1. Williams—312
    Lauvao—246
    Lichtensteiger—336
    Chester—338
    Polumbus—328
    LeRibeus—89
    Compton—38
    Moses—7

Garçon—284
Roberts—232
Jackson—225
Grant—63
A. Robinson—21

Paulsen—197
Paul—217
Reed—7

Morris—193
Helu—131
Young—79
Redd—8

Defense 330 snaps total

Hatcher—216
Jenkins—183
Baker—178
Geathers—75
Kearse—109
Golston—17
Cofield—13

Robinson—329
Riley—315
Kerrigan—310
Orakpo—287
Murphy—119
W. Compton—21
Miller—3

Amerson—323
Clark—317
Meriweather—210
Hall—144
Breeland—180
Biggers—153
T. Robinson—31
Porter—26
Rambo—71
A. Davis—3
Minnifield—4
Ihenacho—4

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Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 22, four days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five safe picks for the Redskins

Sometimes teams try to hit home runs with their draft picks. They may hit a few but they also will strike out a lot. Teams often are better off trying to hit solid singles and doubles. Here are five picks who would are unlikely to make many Pro Bowls but the Redskins would not regret the pick if they turned in the cards with their names on it. 

RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn—I’m starting off here with a player who would be a safe pick in the third round. Of course, the Redskins don’t have a third right now but if they do swing a trade and get one, Johnson would be a good pick. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, which is one reason why he might be available in the third. He is a grinder who will be an upgrade over Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. 

DL Vita Vea, Washington—There is plenty of hand wringing over whether Vea is a three-down player or just a base defense nose tackle. But even if he can’t rush the passer very well his floor is a player who can go a long way towards helping the Redskins stop the run, a chronic weakness. This is why a lot of fans and media are urging the Redskins to not overthink this and take a player that will, at a minimum, bolster one of their weakest areas. 

OL Billy Price, Ohio State—He started 55 games for the Buckeyes, the most of any player in the storied history of the program. He did suffer the partial tear of a chest muscle in the combine but that will be fully healed by training camp. When he’s ready, he’s an explosive, smart, and powerful player. Just plug him in at left guard and the Redskins’ O-line is set with all home-grown talent. 

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State—He doesn’t have the ceiling that the more heralded Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds have. However, he may have a higher floor. Smith is undersized, and Edmunds will be highly drafted based more on potential than on production. At 6-4, 256, Vander Esch has plenty of size, and he racked up 141 tackles last year on his way to defensive player of the year honors in the Mountain West. 

 CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado—The All-Pac-12 selection has the size and athleticism that add up to a safe pick in the second round. He needs some work on technique, but he has enough natural athletic ability—he competed in the decathlon—to be a productive cornerback right out of the gate. One other plus that fans will appreciate is that his strength is press coverage, not off man. 

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

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Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 30
—Training camp starts (7/26) 95
—Redskins @ Cardinals (9/9) 140

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

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:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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