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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins’ roster one-liner style — Defensive edition

Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins’ roster one-liner style — Defensive edition

Here is what you need to know on Friday, September 28, 10 days before the Washington Redskins visit the New Orleans Saints.  

Talking Points

We have time to take a breath and look through each member of the Redskins’ 53-man roster, one line at a time.

The defense and specialists are up today; we looked at the offense yesterday

— The sky—and by that, I mean consistent Pro Bowl visits and occasional All-Pro consideration—is the limit for DE Jonathan Allen.  

— His combination of strength and athleticism makes DE Daron Payne another candidate to be one of the best in the game. 

DE Matt Ioannidis is the first Redskins interior defensive lineman to record at least one sack in three straight games since Dan “Big Daddy” Wilkinson did it in 1999. 

— This year DE Ziggy Hood is more effective playing in his proper role as a rotational defensive end and not the starting nose tackle. 

— We’ve only seen NT Tim Settle on the field for 14 snaps, but he is likely to see more action as the season goes on.  

— The Redskins haven’t made DE Caleb Brantley active yet but they like his potential as a rotational lineman in the future.

— The Redskins defense has been on the field for just 177 snaps (seventh-fewest in the NFL) which may explain why ILB Zach Brown is lagging behind the NFL leaders in tackles. 

— The Redskins’ leading tackler is ILB Mason Foster, who is 10thin the league with 27. 

— The team is trusting ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons more and more in nickel situations and it’s just a matter of time before he makes a game-changing play.

ILB Shaun Dion Hamilton has been active for all three games but he has yet to take a snap on defense.  

ILB Zach Vigil has played just 16 snaps on defense but he has taken a heavy special teams load (58 snaps, 78 percent of the total). 

OLB Ryan Kerrigan constantly harassed Aaron Rodgers last Sunday but he is still looking for his first sack of the season.  

OLB Preston Smith also has no sacks but you get the feeling that a burst of four in three games is coming. 

— The game stats say that OLB Pernell McPhee has been on the field for 40 snaps, but he has had almost no impact. 

— After posting a goose egg in the sacks column last year, OLB Ryan Anderson has one of Sam Bradford and he let Aaron Rodgers slip out of his grasp last Sunday. 

— Speaking of droughts, CB Josh Norman is still seeking his first interception since he got two off of the Bears’ Matt Barkley on Christmas Eve in 2016.

— There were questions about how well CB Quinton Dunbar would adjust to a starting role and the answer is so far, very good. 

— We haven’t heard much about slot CB Fabian Moreau and that’s because he performing well while doing on the job training at slot corner. 

CB Greg Stroman has taken on the role as the team’s primary punt returner and while he hasn’t made any big returns he has held onto the ball. 

— Undrafted rookie CB Danny Johnson has yet to take a snap on defense and he has stayed active by playing a lot of special teams.

CB Adonis Alexander expected to be back at Virginia Tech this fall, and he has yet to be active as he makes up for missed offseason preparation time. 

S D.J. Swearinger has two interceptions this year after tying for the team lead with four in 2017.

— Thanks in large part to the play of Swearinger and of S Montae Nicholson, the Redskins are one of two teams this year that have given up just one play that gained 30 yards or more. 

S Deshazor Everett has played only a handful of defensive snaps as he serves as the special teams captain.

S Troy Apke isn’t ready to be on the field defensively yet and the problem is that his hamstring injury is keeping him from getting the practice time he needs to get ready to play. 

S Kenny Ladler was very good in practice in training camp, not as good in preseason games, but he was good enough to get the promotion from the practice squad when Apke was injured. 

LS Nick Sundberg has not been perfect but he has been very, very good. 

P Tress Way has six punts that were downed inside the 20 and none that resulted in touchbacks.  

— All but two of K Dustin Hopkins’ kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks. 

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Today: Bye Week

Upcoming: Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 10 days; Panthers @ Redskins 16; Cowboys @ Redskins 23


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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 


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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to


Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."