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Five final thoughts on Redskins vs 49ers


Five final thoughts on Redskins vs 49ers

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 15, eight days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night football.


Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff, 12 noon, NBC Sports Washington; Redskins vs. 49ers, FOX, 1 p.m.

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 15
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 22
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 39

Final thoughts on Redskins vs. 49ers

—The 49ers have a quarterback who gets rid of the ball quickly. Brian Hoyer only takes an average of 2.93 seconds from snap to pass (per Pro Football Focus). The way to combat that is to take the shortest path to the quarterback by getting pressure up the middle. Per PFF, only three 3-4 defensive ends have more quarterback hurries than the 10 that Matt Ioannidis has and Jonathan Allen has seven, including four against the Chiefs. If they can continue to get that pressure it could be a long day for Hoyer.

—When I took a first look at the Niners earlier this week I said that it looked like LB Ruben Foster, a reported first-round target of the Redskins last April, would not play due to an ankle injury. But Foster is listed as questionable and the 49ers suddenly released four-time All-Pro LB NaVorro Bowman on Friday so one can reasonably surmise that the rookie will suit up. Foster only got 11 snaps in the 49ers season opener before leaving with the injury so he is very green. But as Allen has demonstrated in Washington, it doesn’t necessarily take Alabama defenders long to adjust to the NFL.

—All week, my Twitter timeline has been peppered with questions about whether Mack Brown will play since Rob Kelley (ankle) is doubtful. He could get a crack today. One of the few areas where San Francisco is in the top ten statistically is average yards per opponent rushing attempt. The 49ers are eighth, giving up 3.6 per attempt. Samaje Perine, who is expected to start, is averaging 3.1 per carry. If he doesn’t improve on that significantly in the early going, or if he loses the handle on the ball again, we could see Brown getting a shot.

—A key for the Redskins will be getting the 49ers to continue to struggle on third down on both sides of the ball. On offense, San Francisco converts on just 29.7 percent of their third downs, 31st in the league. Defensively, opponents have racked up first downs at a 47.4 percent clip. That’s also 31st in the NFL. If the Redskins can convert nearly half of their third downs tomorrow and if the defense can hold the line to less than a third, Washington should be in very good shape.

Prediction: You could argue that if not for failed red zone trips against the Eagles and Chiefs the Redskins would be undefeated. The home team should be able to handle San Francisco. Their ability to get touchdowns and not field goals when they get into the red zone will be the difference between a win that has fans saying, “is that all you got?” and a blowout that would give credence to the top-10 power rankings around the internet. I don’t think they will hang half a hundred up like they did the last time a bad 49ers team came to Washington but there is no reason why this shouldn’t be an easy win for the home team.

Redskins 38, 49ers 14

Predictions season record: 1-3

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A timeline of Jordan Reed's concussion, injury history

A timeline of Jordan Reed's concussion, injury history

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL at his position when he's on the field.

The problem is, Reed just can't stay healthy. The 29-year-old has missed the Redskins' first two games of 2019 and already been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Bears, as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered August 22 vs. Atlanta.

On Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Reed's playing career could be in jeopardy, as he has struggled to recover from his latest concussion.

Here's a timeline of Reed's concussion and injury history, dating back to his college days as a Florida Gator. 

November 2010: In his freshman year at Florida, Reed suffered his first documented concussion in a 31-7 loss to Florida State. He returned for the team's bowl game vs. Penn State on Jan. 1, 2011.

October 2011: Reed suffered a concussion at some point during the 2011 season, but did not appear to miss any games due to the injury.

September 2012: The tight end suffers his third concussion in college, but did not miss any games for the Gators. Reed returned to action after the bye week. 

November 2013: As a rookie, Reed suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Eagles. He would not return at any point later in the season, landing on injured reserve. He became close to returning multiple times, but the symptoms kept returning. 

September 2014: In Washington's season opener, Reed pulled his hamstring against Houston. The injury would force him to miss the next four weeks.

November 2014: Reed re-injuries his hamstring in a 27-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He would miss the following week with the injury.

October 2015: In a Week 4 clash with the Eagles, Reed suffered multiple injuries, including his fifth documented concussion. He left the game originally with an ankle injury, returned, then suffered the concussion. He would miss the Redskins next two games.

October 2016: In a Week 5 matchup vs. Baltimore, Reed suffered his sixth documented concussion. He initially tried to play through the injury, but entered the protocol following the game. He would miss the team's next two games. 

November 2016: In a Thanksgiving clash with Dallas, Reed suffered a Grade 3 separation in his shoulder. While the tight end would finish the game (and score two touchdowns), he would miss two of the team's next four games with the injury.

September 2017: Reed suffered a chest injury against the Rams, missing the Redskins Week 3 contest vs. Oakland the following week.

October 2017: A hamstring injury Reed suffered against the Cowboys in Week 8 would eventually put Reed on IR, costing him the team's final nine games of the season.

December 2018: Reed would suffer a toe strain against the Giants in Week 14. The tight end would miss Washington's final three games of the season.

August 2019: In the team's third preseason game, Reed suffered the seventh documented concussion of his football career after being struck by Falcons' safety Keanu Neal. He has missed the Redskins first three games of the 2019 season and counting.

Source: Sports Injury Predictor

Monday's contest against the Bears will mark the 34th time during Reed's NFL tenure that he will be unable to play due to injury. 

If, and when Reed will suit up next for the Redskins seems more uncertain than ever.


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Jordan Reed’s NFL future reportedly uncertain as concussion issues continue

Jordan Reed’s NFL future reportedly uncertain as concussion issues continue

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was ruled out for Monday night's contest with the Chicago Bears on Saturday, as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered in Week 3 of the preseason.

Now, more reports are coming out about Reed's status. Not just for the upcoming game, but for his future in the NFL.

Currently trying to come back from his seventh recorded concussion dating back to his college football days, there is now uncertainty surrounding the continuation of his NFL career, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The seventh-year veteran's history with injuries is a long one. Despite showing flashes of dominance throughout his time with the Redskins, Reed has still not been able to put together a full season with no missed time. 

At his best, he's shown that he can be a reliable and explosive target for his quarterbacks. In 14 games in 2015 (his most played in a single season) he compiled 87 receptions for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. But, both concussions, as well as nagging issues in other areas, have limited him to just 19 games throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons and left the Redskins offense without a crucial piece.

As Reed continues to go through concussion protocol, updates about his status will be hard to come by. Back in Week 1, it looked as if the tight end would be back on the field soon, but it seems as if setbacks have clouded the timeline. 

Head injuries are serious, and if Reed's most recent concussion continues to cause problems, it looks as if a decision about his career could come to the forefront.