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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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Jordan Reed ruled out for Monday night and could be 'weeks' away, per source

Jordan Reed ruled out for Monday night and could be 'weeks' away, per source

The Redskins ruled Jordan Reed out for Monday night's game against Chicago and the star tight end could be "weeks" away, a source told NBC Sports Washington. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that Reed would miss the Redskins game against the Bears on Monday, where Washington seeks to get their first win of the season. Reed hasn't played since he sustained a concussion in the third preseason game against the Falcons on August 22nd.

A huge part of head coach Jay Gruden's offense when healthy, Reed has dealt with injuries throughout his career. He has never played a complete 16-game season in seven years in Washington, and even more worrisome is the head injury situation. This marks his seventh documented concussion since he played college football at the University of Florida. 

Without Reed, the Redskins only have Jeremy Sprinkle and Vernon Davis at tight end. The team played with just two tight ends last week against the Cowboys, but that is unusual. 

Juggling injuries elsewhere with Quinton Dunbar, Colt McCoy and Cassanova McKinzy, at some point the Redskins might need to consider placing Reed on the injured reserve. 

Each time Gruden has been asked for an update on Reed, the head coach explains that as part of the NFL's concussion protocol there are no updates. The medical exams are handled by independent doctors, not the Redskins medical group. It's also worth noting that Reed is unable to speak with the media while in the NFL concussion protocol. 

There have been signs of optimism in spurts for Reed. 

He practiced each day prior to the opener against Philadelphia but was ruled out late in the week. In Week 2 against Dallas, he started the practice week but then missed Friday's session before being ruled out for the game.

In advance of the Bears game on Monday night, Reed was on the field on Wednesday but did not go again the rest of the week when the media was allowed to watch practice. 

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Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 3

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Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top wide receivers for Week 3.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 3

TIER 1: MUST STARTS

1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 11 Receptions, 137 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 42.7 PTS, 2019 WR8
Previous Ranking: 3

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Opponent: at Chargers
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 151 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 40.1 PTS, 2019 WR15
Previous Ranking: 1

3. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: 16 Receptions, 221 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 44.1 PTS, 2019 WR5
Previous Ranking: 5

4. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 150 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 37 PTS, 2019 WR19
Previous Ranking: 11

5. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: at Seahawks
2019 Stats: 20 Receptions, 212 Receiving YDS, 41.2 PTS, 2019 WR10
Previous Ranking: 2

6. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
Opponent: vs. Rams
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 232 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 42.2 PTS, 2019 WR9
Previous Ranking: 9

TIER 2: WR1's

7. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Opponent: vs. Broncos
2019 Stats: 11 Receptions, 142 Receiving YDS, 25.2 PTS, 2019 WR39
Previous Ranking: 6

8. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
Opponent: at Eagles
2019 Stats: 12 Receptions, 159 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 39.9 PTS, 2019 WR16
Previous Ranking: 16

9. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 6 Receptions, 89 Receiving YDS, 14.9 PTS, 2019 WR71
Previous Ranking: 7

10. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 11 Receptions, 162 Receiving YDS, 27.2 PTS, 2019 WR33
Previous Ranking: 10

11. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: vs. Falcons
2019 Stats: 12 Receptions, 130 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 43 PTS, 2019 WR7
Previous Ranking: 13

12. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent: vs. Ravens
2019 Stats: 15 Receptions, 247 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 57.7 PTS, 2019 WR1
Previous Ranking: 8

13. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Opponent: at Browns
2019 Stats: 12 Receptions, 166 Receiving YDS, 29.2 PTS, 2019 WR29
Previous Ranking: 14

TIER 3: High-end WR2's

14. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 11 Receptions, 174 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 40.4 PTS, 2019 WR14
Previous Ranking: 22

15. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Opponent: vs. Raiders
2019 Stats: 8 Receptions, 118 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 25.8 PTS, 2019 WR35
Previous Ranking: 12

16. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: vs. Saints
2019 Stats: 11 Receptions, 123 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 29.3 PTS, 2019 WR28
Previous Ranking: 20

17. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Opponent: vs. Panthers
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 217 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 40.7 PTS, 2019 WR12
Previous Ranking: 18

18. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Chiefs
2019 Stats: 12 Receptions, 233 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 47.3 PTS, 2019 WR4
Previous Ranking: 28

19. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Opponent: vs. Jets
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 134 Receiving YDS, 25.6 PTS, 2019 WR36
Previous Ranking: 15

TIER 4: On the cusp

20. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
Opponent: at Cardinals
2019 Stats: 16 Receptions, 165 Receiving YDS, 1 Fumble, 30.5 PTS, 2019 WR27
Previous Ranking: 21

21. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Opponent: vs. Raiders
2019 Stats: 3 Receptions, 86 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 15.6 PTS, 2019 WR69
Previous Ranking: 24

22. Josh Gordon, New England Patriots 
Opponent: vs. Jets
2019 Stats: 5 Receptions, 92 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 20.2 PTS, 2019 WR50
Previous Ranking: 17

23. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Lions
2019 Stats: 5 Receptions, 49 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 1 Rushing TD, 22.1 PTS, 2019 WR44
Previous Ranking: 19

24. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
Opponent: at Browns
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 103 Receiving YDS, 25 Rushing YDS, 22.8 PTS, 2019 WR42
Previous Ranking: 23

25. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Vikings
2019 Stats: 11Receptions, 151 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 38.1 PTS, 2019 WR18
Previous Ranking: 25

26. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: at Colts
Previous Ranking: 29

27. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Opponent: at Packers
Previous Ranking: NR

28. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Opponent: at Bills
Previous Ranking: 27

29. Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins
Opponent: vs. Bears
Previous Ranking: NR

30.  Jamison Crowder, New York Jets
Opponent: at Patriots
Previous Ranking: NR

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 3