Here is what you need to know on Thursday, September 27, 11 days before the Washington Redskins visit the New Orleans Saints.
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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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. pic.twitter.com/HX8UZFP9lz— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) September 26, 2018
Today: Bye week
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