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

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