Here is what you need to know on Thursday, August 30, two days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster down to 53 players. 

Talking points

Some quick takes on some hot topics as the Redskins go into their fourth and final preseason game. 

— There is a lot of chatter about the Redskins keeping tight end J.P. Holtz to play fullback. But if they decide they need a fullback to maximize the effectiveness of Adrian Peterson why not just find a fullback on waivers or as a free agent?

— I’m out of the Peterson prediction business. I should have known from 2012 when I thought he would have a hard time gaining 1,000 yards coming off of an ACL injury and he ran for 2K. All I’ll say is it will be fun to see how things go this year. 

— The deadline for roster cuts is Saturday at 4 p.m., but don’t look for the Redskins to wait until the last minute to start making moves. On the day before the deadline last year they released 10 players and put DeAngelo Hall on the in-season PUP list. 

— I have to believe that someone there has a good guard on who is going to be cut that they will part with for a seventh-round pick or maybe a swap of sixth- and seventh-round picks. The Redskins don’t necessarily need to look for a starter to take the place of Shawn Lauvao, but they need to upgrade their depth in case Lauvao gets injured. 


— Ryan Anderson could be one of the few players who has a roster spot locked, but will still see a good amount of playing time tonight. For one thing, there are only five OLBs on the roster, so the team’s 2017 second-round pick will have to play because there isn’t anyone else. And, he needs the work. He is showing some improvement this preseason with three hurries and one QB hit in 36 pass rush snaps. In the regular season, he had the same three hurries and one hit in 81 pass rush snaps. It would be good for his confidence to get a sack. 

— There are many reasons why preseason stats are of very limited value, but I think you can take some stock in punting numbers. It doesn’t matter much who you are punting against, the ball goes as far as it goes. In any case, Tress Way has been booming the ball to an average of 44.9 net yards per punt, third in the NFL. Let’s just hope he’s not the team MVP due to an impotent offense. 

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The agenda

Today: Redskins @ Ravens 7:30 NBC Sports Washington

Upcoming: Final cut (Sept. 1) 2 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 10 days; Home opener vs. Colts (Sept. 16) 17 days