Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 9, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky news conferences, open locker room after practice, approx. 3 p.m.
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 10
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 14
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 21
Redskins one per player one-liners—Offense
QB Kirk Cousins—He got the comeback win that everyone has been looking for and we’ll see if that spurs a November-December run.
QB Colt McCoy—The backup is always ready to go but Cousins’ incredible durability keeps him glued to the bench.
RB Rob Kelley—His two TDs against the Seahawks were good for his fantasy owners but other than his 78-yard effort against the Rams his highest rushing total in a game is 30 as injuries have slowed him down.
RB Chris Thompson—Like Kelley, Thompson hasn’t been able to get much going on the ground with the OL racked with injuries and the screen game isn’t as effective without Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff leading the way.
RB Samaje Perine—The rookie needs to clean up his ball security if he wants to get more carries.
WR Josh Doctson—Was Sunday the breakout game that everyone has been looking for?
WR Terrelle Pryor—And when it is determined that Doctson has broken out, then we’ll see what they can get from Pryor.
WR Ryan Grant—It would have been hard to imagine at the beginning of the season but Grant is a 2018 free agent that the Redskins are very much going to want to re-sign.
WR Jamison Crowder—It looked like he had busted out of a season-long slump with 123 yards against the Cowboys but then he missed a game last week for the first time in his career.
WR Brian Quick—He had played only 11 snaps coming into the game, adding to the degree of difficulty making the timing-pattern catch in the last drive in Seattle.
TE Jordan Reed—He’s on pace for a career low in both yardage and average yards per catch.
TE Vernon Davis—Davis, on the other hand, is on pace to have his best season since his 2013 Pro Bowl campaign.
TE Niles Paul—He only has two receptions but he has proven his value blocking as a tight end and as a fullback and on special teams.
TE Jeremy Sprinkle—The rookie has been active for three games and he is still looking for his first NFL catch.
OT Trent Williams—The knee injury could cost him an invitation to his sixth straight Pro Bowl but the good news is that he may be back for the stretch run.
OT Ty Nsekhe—I guess there is never a good time to have a core muscle injury but Nsekhe going out the game before Williams was injured was particularly bad timing.
OT T.J. Clemmings—It was good to have a tackle with two years of starting experience to fill in while Williams and Nsekhe are out but the Vikings let him go after those two years for a reason.
OT Morgan Moses—He has been playing through two painful sprained ankles the last few weeks, making him the only O-lineman who was able to grind through the injury plague at the position group.
C Spencer Long—He was playing well when his injury hit but his absence from the lineup may be costly because, well, see the next player on this list.
C Chase Roullier—The rookie sixth-round pick has played well enough to possibly win the job full time and make the team consider moving on from pending free agent Long in 2018.
G Tony Bergstrom—The former Raider, Texan, and Raven may be looking for a fifth NFL team when the Redskins get healthier on the O-line.
G Arie Kouandjio—The Redskins were fortunate that a guy who had been in the system for two and a half years was available when their rash of O-line injuries hit.
G Tyler Catalina—The undrafted rookie has played well while filling in at right guard and, for a while at the end of the Dallas game, left tackle.
G Brandon Scherff—He was having an All-Pro caliber year when he was injured.
G Shawn Lauvao—Although Kouandjio and Catalina have played well, Jay Gruden said on Wednesday that Lauvao will start at left guard when he returns from his stinger.
From the locker room
Norman on his third and one tackle in the fourth quarter: "I just wanted to take his arm off with me".Posted by Rich Tandler on Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Tandler on Twitter
Kirk Cousins just said that he is looking forward to working with Josh Doctson not just this year but "for seasons to come". Hmm... #Redskins— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) November 8, 2017
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