Refreshed and recharged from a week on North Carolinas Outer Banks, here are my three things possibly related to the Redskins and other matters.5. I was asked on Twitter yesterday for my pick for a surprise player to make the 53-man roster. My response was running back Alfred Morris. Although its usually not a huge surprise when a sixth-round draft pick makes the squad its far from a given, especially since the Redskins have three backs who are at least semi established in Roy Helu, Tim Hightower, and Evan Royster. With Mike Sellers gone, Darryl Young is the only fullback on the roster. The last two years the fullback has played only about a third of the snaps, making it hard to justify keeping a second fullback on the roster. If Morris can play fullback and contribute on special teams he will have a good shot at making the 53.4. Ill have an article later this morning on rumors that the Redskins are interested in trading for Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib, who faces trail on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon later this month. A debate on the wisdom of trading for players who have been in trouble with the law popped up on Twitter on Sunday morning. Some pointed out that not all players are honor roll boy scouts and that the Redskins locker room is strong enough to handle a talented but troubled player like Talib. My opinion is that if only two or three percent of NFL players get into trouble so why not limit your pool of players to the 97 to 97 percent who are solid citizens. In addition, some of your home-grown players are going to find trouble as Fred Davis and Trent Williams did last year. Why import trouble when the chances are its going to find you anyway?3. I wonder if Jim Haslett will spend some time this year looking over his shoulder at Raheem Morris. Although Morris may not be cut out to be a head coach, at least not at his age (hes two years younger than London Fletcher), he is a strong defensive coordinator candidate. According to reports, the Vikings offered him their defensive coordinator position a day after he took the defensive backs position job with the Redskins. If the Redskins defense again fails to generate turnovers and is generally mediocre in 2012 it would not be a shock to see Haslett get the axe and see Morris get the job.2. Good stuff on Jarvis Jenkins by my man Ben Standig over the weekend. The Redskins didnt have a second-round pick in this years draft but Jenkins could fill the void. All indications are that he is all the way back from the torn ACL that forced him to spend his rookie season on injured reserve.1. You will note on the Days until countdown below that we have ticked under 100 days until the Redskins opener at New Orleans. Thats not right around the corner or anything but the NFL debut of Robert Griffin III is creeping closer and closer. After next weeks minicamp things will go into deep freeze until training camp starts on about July 26 (that date is unofficial, the full camp schedule should be released sometime in the next few weeks). However, that doesnt mean that the Redskins coverage here will go into hibernation. My new colleague Tarik El-Bashir will be on board by the end of this month and we will fill up this space with previews and analysis every day. Check out this site multiple times every day to stay informed.Days until: Minicamp 8; training camp 52; preseason opener @ Bills 66; Redskins @ Saints 97; home opener vs. Bengals 111Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 18, one day before the Washington Redskins play the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Today’s schedule: AM walkthrough and then travel to New Orleans. No media availability.
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 6
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 13
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/19) 23
Quick Redskins news hits
C Spencer Long tried to play last week and he couldn’t make it more than a dozen snaps before sitting down for the rest of the day. He is out against the Seahawks tomorrow.
With Brian Quick and Ryan Grant questionable with concussions and Terrelle Pryor out with an ankle injury, the Redskins are down to three healthy wide receivers. While Quick and Grant might play, the depth chart could have Doctson, Crowder, and Harris on it.
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2 reasons Redskins didn't trade Terrelle Pryor—If you want to know why the deal with the Browns didn’t happen, follow the money. Between his signing bonus and the half of the year’s salary, the Redskins have already paid $4.5 million. Although he hasn’t been nearly as productive as they hoped he would be, there was no point in letting him go to save $1.5 million unless they got a second-day draft pick, or maybe a fourth, in return. See that Jay Gruden said that he didn’t hear of the proposed trade, talks must not have become too serious.
Remember Junior Galette? The Redskins don't seem to—As with Pryor, everyone is waiting for Galette to break out. But unlike Pryor, he’s not an expensive unproductive player. He’s making the veteran minimum. Against the Vikings, he played just 19 snaps. Perhaps a return to New Orleans for a game against his old team will spark a sack or two.
Recent comments from Cousins may hint at future in D.C.—Cousins has been big on making statements about the long-term future with the Redskins (read the post for specifics). That doesn’t mean that it’s a lock that he stays in town. But it should give some pause to those who believe that it is a lock that he will be in another uniform when 2018 or, at the latest, 2019 rolls around. He has never been inclined to go to the highest bidder and if the Redskins make a competitive offer that delivers what he wants he could well stick around.
How the Vikings scored 21 unanswered points against the Redskins—The 21-0 run in about seven minutes of game time that the Vikings used to make a competitive game at FedEx Field a rout was a combination of good offense by the Vikings and bad defense and offense by the Redskins. They couldn’t cover Adam Thielen on either drive. Cousins threw an interception off of his back foot and that set up the middle of the three touchdowns. If the Redskins end the season a game out of a playoff spot that seven-minute stretch will be one of the big reasons why they failed to make it.
Player one-liners, defense— Usually, the offensive edition of the player one-liners tends to be the most popular but this week it was the defense that drew the most interest. The defensive player I’m going to keep an eye on the most in the last seven games is rookie safety Montae Nicholson. He has the speed and hard hitting ability that the secondary needs. When asked what will happen when Nicholson is healthy, Jay Gruden said without hesitation that he is the starter. Nicholson’s health will be important for the defense down the stretch. DeAngelo Hall is better suited to a part-time role at this stage of his career.
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In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.
In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.
Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.
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Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.
In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.
Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.
Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.
Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.
Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.
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Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.