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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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Redskins challenge fans to create all-time team with this pool of franchise legends

Redskins challenge fans to create all-time team with this pool of franchise legends

Everyone has a little bit more time on their hands amid the coronavirus outbreak that’s forced the governors of both Maryland and Virginia to issue stay-at-home orders for the foreseeable future.

With the start of football season still months away, the Redskins decided to give their fans an assignment while they sit at home and wait for the pandemic to be contained.

Using an online form, the Redskins are challenging fans to put together a “dream team” composed of franchise greats and active stars. It’s a fun exercise while sports take a hiatus, so let’s go through the players available for selection.

Quarterback (pick 1)

The choices: Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer, Doug Williams, Joe Theismann, Alex Smith, Mark Rypien, Sammy Baugh and Kirk Cousins

Notable snubs: Robert Griffin III

Running back (pick 2)

The choices: John Riggins, Alfred Morris, Brian Mitchell, Clinton Portis, Earnest Byner, George Rogers, Larry Brown, Adrian Peterson and Stephen Davis

Notable snubs: Terry Allen

Wide receiver (pick 3)

The choices: Art Monk, Bobby Mitchell, Charley Taylor, Charlie Brown, Gary Clark, Hugh Taylor, Pierre Garcon, Ricky Sanders and Santana Moss

Notable snubs: Henry Ellard

Tight end (pick 1)

The choices: Chris Cooley, Jerry Smith and Jordan Reed

Notable snubs: Donnie Warren

Offensive line (pick 5)

The choices: Jeff Bostic, Jim Lachey, Joe Jacoby, Len Hauss, Russ Grimm, Turk Edwards, Brandon Scherff and Vince Promuto

Notable snubs: Trent Williams and Chris Samuels

Defensive line (pick 2)

The choices: Charles Mann, Dave Butz, Dexter Manley and Gene Brito

Notable snubs: Andre Carter, Ron McDole

Linebackers (pick 3)

The choices: Chris Hanburger, Ken Harvey, London Fletcher, Monte Coleman and Ryan Kerrigan

Notable snubs: Brian Orakpo

Defensive backs (pick 4)

The choices: Brig Owens, Champ Bailey, Darrell Green, DeAngelo Hall, Ken Houston, Landon Collins, Mike Bass, Pat Fischer and Sean Taylor

Notable snubs: Joe Lavender and Paul Krause

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Redskins are warming up to trading down from No. 2 pick, per one report

Redskins are warming up to trading down from No. 2 pick, per one report

The 2020 NFL Draft is less than a month away, meaning the rumors surrounding the Redskins and what they'll do with the No. 2 overall selection are only going to intensify over the next few weeks.

Many expect the Burgundy and Gold to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the second pick, and it makes sense. He's been pegged as a generational talent by many experts and would make an immediate impact for the Redskins defense.

But coming off a 3-13 season, the Redskins still have plenty of holes on their roster. Arguably the best way to expedite a rebuild of any franchise is by building through the draft, and the Redskins potentially have the opportunity to acquire multiple first-round picks by trading down from the second overall selection. 

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the team is warming up to exactly that idea.

"I continue to hear that they are increasingly open to trading out," la Canfora said. "I think there's a distinct possibility."

When the Redskins moved up to No. 2 in the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire Robert Griffin III, they shipped three first-round picks to the Rams. It likely would take a deal similar to that for the Redskins to move out of their current draft position.

The Dolphins currently sit at No. 5 and have three first-round picks in this year's draft. They're also desperate for a quarterback. With Miami having the draft capital to strike a deal, they seem like the most likely team to trade up to No. 2. 

Should Washington move down to No. 5, the Redskins would potentially have the chance to select another player La Canfora says they have a high draft grade on: Clemson's Isaiah Simmons.

"If they do drop back a few spots, I believe strongly they would target Isaiah Simmons," La Canfora said. "That's another player I'm told they are super high on their draft board. They feel like he's such a rotational chess piece you can put all over the place. They are very intrigued by that possibility if they were to move down."

Simmons is arguably the most versatile defensive player in this year's draft. Listed as a linebacker, Simmons has lined up as a cornerback, safety and pass rusher, too. Simmons's measurables -- 6-foot-4, 239 pounds -- are off the charts, and the Clemson standout raised his stock even higher this past February with an outstanding performance at the Scouting Combine.

Throughout free agency, the Redskins have not made a splashy move. But one common trait between many of the players Ron Rivera has brought in to Washington is their versatility. Simmons fits exactly that mold. The only question remains if he would still be available by the time the Redskins were on the clock, as both the Lions and Giants would have the chance to take him before Washington.

If Young is considered the best defensive player in the draft, Simmons is right behind him. La Canfora explained that if Washington has the opportunity to trade back and still nab Simmons, that's something they should absolutely consider.

"If you take Chase Young, and he ends up being [Lawrence Taylor], then I get it. You call it a day," he said. "But if he's less than that, and you have the opportunity to trade off of him, as if he were a quarterback, to get quarterback value for the pick because the other team moving up is taking a quarterback, then I don't know how you don't strongly consider it."

La Canfora explained what many assume will be the deciding factor on whether the Redskins trade down or not -- will they get enough in return for the pick?

"It will be mostly tied to the value and trade for the pick," Canfora said. "Do they feel there is enough opportunity to throw three, four, five darts at premium positions on the draft board over the next couple of years that would allow them to hasten their rebuild?"

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