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Need to Know: The Redskins by the numbers—Redskins offense improves on third down

Need to Know: The Redskins by the numbers—Redskins offense improves on third down

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 7, one day before the Washington Redskins visit the New Orleans Saints.  

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The Redskins by the numbers after they have played three games in 2018 and are getting ready to play the Saints on Monday night. 

39 points—The average scored by the Redskins the last three times they have played the Saints. Washington is 2-1 in those games with the two wins coming by an average margin of 22.5 points. 

2,561 days—How long it has been since the Redskins won a game to move to a 3-1 record. That happened on October 2, 2011 when the Redskins and Rex Grossman won against the Rams in St. Louis. The start turned out to be fool’s gold as the immediately embarked on a six-game losing streak and wound up with 2-10 finish to the season. 

41.0 percent—The 2018 Redskins’ third-down conversion rate on offense. That’s not great, 15thin the league, but it is a solid improvement over their 32.3 percent performance last year (31st). If they keep up that rate over the full season they will 18 more first downs than they did last year. 

Second—That is where Ryan Kerrigan ranks in the league in the new ESPN metric called Pass Rush Win Rate. You can get the details in this article here. It’s compiled using tracking data from the Next Gen sensors in each player’s uniform. It says that Kerrigan gets away from his blocker in 2.5 seconds or less on 43 percent of his pass rush snaps. The league average is 22 percent. Of course, fans want to see Kerrigan rank somewhere in the more traditional stat called “sacks” and so do the Redskins. But his zero in the sacks column would be more worrisome if he wasn’t getting off of blocks. 

6.7 points—The Redskins’ average scoring margin this year. That ranks sixth in the NFL. They are one of three teams that has won two games by a margin of 14 points or more this season. The Rams and the Patriots are the other two. 

1.32 points—The average allowed by the Redskins per opponents drive. That ranks third in the NFL. 

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The agenda

Today: No media availability 

Upcoming: Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 1 days; Panthers @ Redskins 7; Cowboys @ Redskins 14

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Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Washington linebackers Thomas Davis and Reuben Foster are at two very different points in their respective NFL careers.

The former is entering his 15th NFL season and is on the tail-end of an incredible career, while the latter is still trying to find his place in the NFL. The two are separated by 11 years in age.

Yet, both linebackers are expected to have significant roles in Washington's defense come this fall, a team they have yet to play a snap for. In a Zoom conference call with local media on Friday, Davis shared his excitement for what Foster has the chance to bring to Washington's defense.

"Reuben is a physical specimen," Davis said. "I was telling somebody the other day you have people who are born to play a position. When you look at Reuben, he’s one of those guys. I feel like he was born to play the linebacker spot."

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It's been a long and windy road -- both on and off the field -- for Foster since Washington claimed him off of waivers in November of 2018.

Foster was released two years ago by San Francisco after two separate domestic violence accusations. Washington claimed the linebacker, yet he would not play for the team at all that season after immediately landing on the Commissioner's Exempt List.

Later that year, Foster's former girlfriend recanted her testimony on the first incident, and charges were dropped on the second. The linebacker got clearance from the NFL to play shortly after.

Foster returned to the field for OTAs in 2019, but his first practice with his new team ended rather quickly. On just the third snap of the session, Foster suffered a gruesome, non-contact knee injury, tearing multiple ligaments. His recovery took longer than usual, as he lost feeling in his toes in January -- months after the surgery. 

Earlier this week, Foster was removed from the active/PUP list and placed on the team's active roster, 21 months after he was originally claimed by Washington and 15 months after his devastating injury. Foster spoke with reporters shortly after Davis did on Friday, and opened up about his life from the past year and a half.

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If there's someone who can relate to Foster's rehab process, it's Davis. Over a 23-month span from 2009-2011, Davis suffered three (!!) separate ACL tears.

Yet, Davis bounced back from those injuries in tremendous fashion. Since returning from the final ACL tear in 2012, Davis has been extremely durable. Over that span, he's earned three Pro Bowl nods and was named to the NFL's All-Pro squad in 2015. Even at age 36, Davis racked up 112 tackles for the Chargers last season.

"Just seeing [Foster] make progress each and every day has truly been special," Davis said. "As a guy who has his own rehab story, to see Reuben being able to do the things he’s doing day in and day out, I’m extremely impressed and I’m excited for him."

With so many twists and turns in his young NFL career, Foster has finally reached the point where he can make football his top priority.

And now in Washington, he has someone he can look up to as a mentor in Davis.

“I try to talk to Reuben as much as I possibly can," Davis said. "Reuben, he’s excited, man. He’s energetic, he’s up-tempo. He’s always just ready to get back on the field as much as he possibly can when he was that opportunity. He’s just out there working hard and we’re just trying to constantly encourage him to continue to fight, continue to work and just let the chips fall where they may at the end of the day."

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SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

Another day, another Washington Redwolves concept. 

Except this time, we may have found a winner. 

On Friday afternoon, an unaffiliated team account, @WashRedwolves posted a concept by Raymond Santiago that combines the classic Burgandy & Gold color scheme with the highly requested Redwolves logo.

Take a look:

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As you can see nothing really changed from the team's current uniform, just the Redwolves logo rather than the numbers they're currently rocking.

And that's absolutely fine. 

Because the team seems to be committed to keeping the identity intact as much as possible post-name change, less would serve as more. 

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