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

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

Here is what you need to know on Thursday, September 27, 11 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 offense is up today, the defense tomorrow. 

— After a couple of weeks of living up to his game manager reputation, QB Alex Smith aired it out to the tune of 11 yards per attempt against the Packers. 

QB Colt McCoy has another durable quarterback in front of him but he remains a valuable reserve.

— There isn’t much to say about RB Adrian Peterson except that those who said that he was finished (I might have been one of them) seriously underestimated him. 

— During training camp, RB Chris Thompson said that his injured leg wouldn’t be 100 percent until November, but he has looked good so far. 

— When Rob Kelley went to injured reserve, RB Kapri Bibbs made his way onto the 53-man roster and in his first game back was active and got some carries. 

— A combination of fumbling problems and a lack of special teams prowess has landed RB Samaje Perine on the inactive list for all three games.

— For the moment, let’s forget about a breakout year for WR Josh Doctson and just see if he can get a breakout game. 

— Rarely has a player with one reception in a game have as big an impact as WR Paul Richardson did against the Packers as his 46-yard TD showed that Smith could and would throw deep. 

— After a slow start, WR Jamison Crowder looked like himself against the Packers as he caught four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. 

WR Maurice Harris was active for the first time this year last Sunday and he played sparingly (six snaps).

— As expected, WR Brian Quick’s action on offense has been limited but he is contributing on special teams. 

— We might see what WR Michael Floyd can do on the field after the bye. 

TE Jordan Reed is on pace to catch 75 passes for 900 yards and that would be his second-best career season on both of those categories. 

— Against the Packers, TE Vernon Davis went from mostly invisible to a major factor with receptions that gained 50 and 20 yards. 

— TE Jeremy Sprinkle has yet to be the target of a pass but his blocking has consistently helped the Redskins’ run game. 

— Assuming he bounces back from his “minor” surgery, OT Trent Williams could be in line for his first All-Pro season. 

— The only player besides Alex Smith who has played every offensive snap this year is OL Chase Roullier

— It’s only one game but C Tony Bergstrom played much better against the Packers than he did in some of his preseason appearances. 

— Perhaps nobody on the team likes the early bye except for G Brandon Scherff, who can use to week off to get some rehab on his injured knee. 

OT Morgan Moses should be OK for the Saints game after he suffered a concussion in the first quarter against the Packers. 

— Coming in for Moses against the Packers, OT Ty Nsekhe was flagged for two false starts and a hold in his first extended action of the season. 

— On Monday Gruden essentially said that he would like for this to be a redshirt season for rookie OT Geron Christian

— Rookie free agent OL Casey Dunn was active for the first time on Sunday and he played four special teams snaps. 

— Gruden was very happy with the play of Roullier and Bergstrom against the Packers meaning that G Shawn Lauvao will not automatically get his starting job back when he is healthy. 

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Today: Bye week

Upcoming: Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 11 days; Panthers @ Redskins 17; Cowboys @ Redskins 24


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Derrius Guice out for Week 15 vs. Eagles as he awaits MRI results

Derrius Guice out for Week 15 vs. Eagles as he awaits MRI results

The injuries just keep coming for Derrius Guice.

The second-year running back will miss the Redskins Week 15 contest against Philadelphia after suffering a left knee injury against Green Bay, interim head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday. The injury is on the same knee that Guice tore his ACL in just a year ago that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season.

The severity of the injury is still unclear. Guice underwent an MRI on his knee earlier on Monday. The team is still waiting for the results.

Guice missed eight weeks earlier this season after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during the Redskins Week 1 loss in Philadelphia. He was placed on injured reserve and returned in Week 11.

Entering Sunday's contest, Guice was coming off the best game of his young career. In Week 13, the second-year veteran ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries in the Redskins' victory over Carolina.

Guice seemed on his way to another big game in Green Bay before getting hurt. He finished with 42 yards on just five carries, including a 23-yard run, the play he suffered the injury on.

The LSU product has shown flashes of how good he can be, but injuries keep occurring for Guice. He's played in five NFL games in his two-year career and been forced to leave the game early in three of those.

Whether the injuries are just a series of bad luck or not, the Redskins need Guice to stay healthy.


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    2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: College football's elite well represented

    2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: College football's elite well represented

    The College Football Playoff committee announced the four schools selected for this playoff, and each program is full of NFL talent.

    So it's not a shock to anyone that in our latest mock draft, LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma all have multiple players projected to go in the first round.


    LSU, the No. 1 seed in the playoff, also has on its roster the likely Heisman Trophy winner and consensus No. 1 overall pick in quarterback Joe Burrow. The Tigers have multiple players in their secondary expected to go in the first round, such as safety Grant Delpit and cornerback Kristian Fulton. Where will they end up?

    While Burrow may be the consensus top pick, Ohio State has whom many consider to be the best player in the draft in edge rusher Chase Young. Could he be an option for the Redskins at No. 3, where they would select if the season ended today, or will he be off the draft board by then? 

    The Buckeyes defense is a lot more than just Young. Cornerback Jeffrey Okudah is widely considered the top cornerback in this year's class, and safety Jordan Fuller would likely be a first-round pick in past years.

    Clemson's offense deserves a lot of credit, but perhaps their best NFL prospect comes from the defensive side of the ball in linebacker Isaiah Simmons. He has the ability to go after the quarterback, but also make plays in coverage and is all over the field.

    A little undersized, Simmons will be an impact player for any team right away. Where does he land?


    Oklahoma has had the NFL's No. 1 overall pick the past two seasons in quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. While Jalen Hurts has had a spectacular season, he's not the prospect either one of those signal-callers was.

    However, the Sooners do arguably have the best wide receiver in the draft in CeeDee Lamb. In a deep wide receiver class, can Lamb jump over Alabama's Jerry Jeudy or Clemson's Tee Higgins to be the first receiver selected?

    The 2019 College Football Playoff will be without Alabama for the first time in history. Although the Crimson Tide won't compete for a National Championship, the amount of NFL talent they have on their roster is impossible to ignore.

    In our latest Mock Draft, the Crimson Tide have nine (!!) first-round selections, by far the most of any school. 

    A lot can change between now and April, but college football's elite programs are expected to dominate the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.