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Redskins snap counts vs. Texans: Injuries force shuffling


Redskins snap counts vs. Texans: Injuries force shuffling

Here’s a look at who played how much against the Texans (snap counts via the NFL).

Offense 65 snaps

QB/O-line: Robert Griffin III, Trent Williams, Shaun Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus all played 65

Chester and Polumbus played every snap last year (1,172) and Williams missed just two.

Wide receivers: DeSean Jackson 60, Pierre Garçon 56, Andre Roberts 49, Aldrick Robinson 5, Ryan Grant 5

It’s clear who the “big three” are with Robinson and Grant getting only token action. Jay Gruden appeared reluctant to go with four- and five-receiver sets due to the Texans’ strong pass rush.

Tight ends: Jordan Reed 7, Logan Paulsen 44, Niles Paul 26

Niles Paul told me that he was slated to play a bigger role yesterday even before Jordan Reed went out in the early going with a hamstring strain. Paul played just 152 snaps on offense (9.4 per game) in 2013.

Running backs: Alfred Morris 38, Roy Helu Jr. 23, Darrel Young 8

That’s a fairly light workload for Young,

Defense 59 snaps

Defensive line: Jason Hatcher 40; Jarvis Jenkins 38; Chris Baker 34; Kedric Golston 13; Barry Cofield 13; Clifton Geathers 11

The injury to Cofield, which happened on the play that the Texans got their 76-yard TD pass, shuffled things here. Baker will be the nose tackle while Cofield is out, which means more action for Jenkins and Geathers.

Linebacker: Keenan Robinson 59, Perry Riley 59, Ryan Kerrigan 54, Brian Orakpo 50, Trent Murphy 21

In the past few years it would have been noteworthy for Kerrigan to miss any snaps but it appears that he will be given occasional rest every game.

Defensive back: David Amerson 59, DeAngelo Hall 59, Ryan Clark 59, Bacarri Rambo 52, E. J. Biggers 21, Bashaud Breeland 7

Breeland started the game at nickel but he played just the seven snaps as the veteran Biggers played the majority of the nickel snaps.

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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.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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