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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. 

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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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The Redskins intend to be ready for 'every scenario' when the 2020 NFL Draft begins

The Redskins intend to be ready for 'every scenario' when the 2020 NFL Draft begins

Kyle Smith began his media session at the Combine Tuesday by thanking Dan Snyder and Ron Rivera for giving him his new role of Vice President of Player Personnel, others in the front office for helping him in the past and even the hosts of the NFL's offseason staple for putting on such a well-run event.

It was an impressive way for the young executive to open up his presser and hinted at how detail-oriented he is. So, it should be no surprise that Smith intends to be beyond prepared for whatever the 2020 NFL Draft may throw at him and his franchise.

"Trade scenarios, we'll talk through all that stuff. That's part of those three, four, five days leading up to the draft. We'll go through every scenario," he told reporters in Indianapolis. "We will go through every scenario of how far back would we go if that scenario came or what if this team called and what do they have available? We'll go through all those scenarios so that draft night, when those opportunities come, we'll be ready to roll."

Every Redskins fan on the planet — as well as Redskins fans on other planets, if they exist (which is something this story won't examine further, sorry) — know that the key decision facing Washington these days is what to do with the No. 2 pick. And while Smith was open with his praise of Chase Young's potential, he made sure to mention that this year's class features plenty of other strong prospects.

As for the kinds of players Smith and Rivera will target, the two leaders are already unified in what they value, according to Smith.

"Sitting down from the very first conversation we had at Mr. Snyder's house, we talked through our process and what we've been doing with the draft and the type of players we've been looking for," he said. "And he talked about his process and... we kind of meshed it together. And we'll move forward together."

In explaining how the Redskins will assemble their draft board — by the way, hardcore fans will love his full breakdown on this episode of the Redskins Talk podcast — Smith explained that he's going to run those meetings. Eventually, Smith and the personnel folks will huddle with the coaches and pass over names of soon-to-be-pros the coaches need to review.

Then, by April, the two staffs will meet once more and finalize everything. Only then will the answer to Washington's major offseason question finally reveal itself, and Young or a couple of other of top selections will join the Redskins.

Regardless of that answer, Smith expects the organization to reach it in a shared fashion.

"It's a collaborative deal," he said. "We believe in our process. We're going to talk through everything... Once the coaches come in in April, we will sit in there and literally go through each thing, each scenario and set it together so everybody's on the same page and everybody's working together."


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Redskins VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith on Dwayne Haskins: 'He needs his time'

Redskins VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith on Dwayne Haskins: 'He needs his time'

Dwayne Haskins knows that the Redskins starting quarterback job will not be given to him; he must earn it. Ron Rivera has made that clear multiple times since taking over as the team's head coach.

Rivera has mentioned he's excited about Haskins' future, too, but the new head coach could also be looking for the second-year quarterback to use this offseason to go above and beyond and truly take command and ownership of the job. Doug Williams, the Redskins senior vice president of development, said as much earlier this week.

Redskins vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith believes thus far, Haskins has done exactly that.

"He's ready to do everything he possibly can," Smith said to local media on Tuesday in Indianapolis, speaking for the first time since being promoted to his current role in January. "The other day he told me he's bringing the guys down to Florida to throw with them and do the things he can do. He's doing all the extra stuff that we expect of him and he's got a bright future."

Working out with teammates at an off-site location during the offseason is not uncommon for NFL players. The league has placed multiple rules and regulations on NFL teams that restrict the amount of hands-on access coaches can have with players. It's up to the players to go about it themselves and coordinate times to work out together.

In addition to reaching out to his wideouts to schedule offseason work, Haskins has remained in the building since the season ended and continued to work on his craft. That's something Smith has noticed.

"He's smiling walking around the building," Smith said. "He's excited, he's energized."

The 22-year-old is still raw when it comes to experience; he only started one year at Ohio State and seven games a year ago as a rookie. Smith recognizes this and believes time will serve Haskins extremely well.

"He also needs his time. He's a young kid, man," Smith said. "He's got the right stuff. He's a good kid, he works hard. We're all excited about Dwayne."

Haskins had more than his fair share of growing pains as a rookie, but the Ohio State product really started to catch his stride towards the end of the season. Through the final six quarters of Haskins' season, he threw for 394 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

Haskins' progression towards the end of the 2019 campaign has excited many in the building, Smith included.

"I'm really excited about Dwayne," Smith said. "Obviously, as everybody has seen, he kind of ascended as the season went on. He played in [seven] games, he kept improving. I just had a conversation with him the other day. I'm excited, man."

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