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Need to Know: Redskins one per player one-liners, defensive edition

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 20, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1:30 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences, open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until:

—Redskins @ Giants (12/31) 11
—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 84
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 127

One per player one-liners, defensive edition

A snapshot of every defensive player on the roster; offense coming in the next few days. 

DL Ziggy Hood—He has been a steady presence all year, with no highlight plays but no major gaffes, either.

DE Matt Ioannidis—He is rounding back into form after the broken hand and he registered his first sack since Week 6 when he got one against the Chargers.

DE Anthony Lanier—We won’t see a two-sack performance out of him very often but it was good for him to see him break out against the Cardinals.  

DL A.J. Francis—His persistence has paid off with a regular role in the DL rotation.

DE Stacy McGee—Although he hasn’t been dominant, he is one of the best free agent defensive line pickups the team has had in years.

DE Terrell McClain—Although he rarely gets mentioned with players who should be shut down, he hasn’t played since Week 11 with a toe injury.

ILB Zach Brown—Despite missing a game, he still leads the NFL in combined tackles.

ILB Zach Vigil—The Redskins were fortunate that he was a free agent when the injuries struck at inside linebacker as he knew the defense as soon as he was re-signed.

ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons—He has been brought along gradually, with 56 defensive snaps spread out over four games.

ILB Otha Peters—He played 15 special teams snaps in his NFL debut against the Cardinals.

ILB Martrell Spaight—He had one of his best games of the year against the Cardinals, playing 51 snaps and registering seven tackles.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—He hasn’t been able to get that 10th sack of the season but he does have two QB hits and eight hurries in his last two games, so it’s just a matter of time.

OLB Preston Smith—After getting an interception against the Cardinals he now has a pick in each of the last two seasons (one vs. Vikings in 2016).

OLB Junior Galette—It may be coincidence but after he let it be known he thought he deserved more playing time he was just two snaps off of his season high against the Cardinals.

OLB Ryan Anderson—It looks like we really won’t know if he was worth a second-round pick until next year at the earliest.

OLB Pete Robertson—The Redskins always carry a linebacker or two whose job is strictly special teams and right now he is that guy.

CB Josh Norman—After having a rough game against the Chargers he bounced back nicely with a solid performance last Sunday.

CB Bashaud Breeland—It’s likely that we will be watching his last two games as a Redskin, but if Kirk Cousins leaves and they have a lot of cap money, you never know.

CB Kendall Fuller—Some of his teammates are saying that he deserved Pro Bowl consideration.

CB Quinton Dunbar—If Breeland leaves, Dunbar could get the starting cornerback job opposite Norman, at least in the short term.

CB Fabian Moreau—The rookie has been playing great on special teams but he has taken only two defensive snaps since Week 6.

CB Joshua Holsey—He has been serving a redshirt season as a rookie, playing only nine defensive snaps.

S D.J. Swearinger—His play has been far from flawless, but he has made some big plays and between that and his leadership, he has been a solid free-agent acquisition.

S Deshazor Everett—Maybe he’s not cut out to be a 16-game starting safety but he appears to have a future as a spot starter, role player, and special teams contributor.

S Fish Smithson—As I was writing this post last night, news came down that Montae Nicholson, who has a pretty cool first name, was put on IR and Smithson was moved up from the practice squad and instantly owned the coolest first name in the entire NFL.

S DeAngelo Hall—It’s pretty certain that we are seeing the last of Hall on the field for the Redskins but we may see him back in Ashburn in some role in the future.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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Need to Know: How many Redskins starters will take the field against the Jets?

Need to Know: How many Redskins starters will take the field against the Jets?

Here is what you need to know on Thursday, August 16, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

Talking points

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to play everybody’s favorite game, "Who the Heck is Going to Play in Tonight’s Preseason Game?

Jay Gruden has been able to play the game well, at least from his point of view. His goal is to tell the media as little as possible about his playing time plans. 

"I think defensively we will probably go that route,” Gruden said when asked if the starters will play against the Jets. “We’ll see offensively. We will wait and see who’s available to us due to injury and we’ll make that decision soon."

Let’s look at what this means for the defense first. We are likely to see first-round pick Daron Payne get his first game action in a Redskins uniform. He was still recovering from an ankle injury when the Redskins played the Patriots a week ago, although only a handful of starters participated so he may not have played anyway. Jonathan Allen sat last week as well, and he should get some snaps tonight. 

On the other hand, Matt Ioannidis suffered knee and ankle injuries against the Patriots and probably will sit this one out. 

All four starting linebackers are healthy and could play. Ryan Kerrigan (14 snaps) and Preston Smith (18) played a few series in the second preseason game against the Packers last year. Zach Brown and Mason Foster both stuck around for 20 snaps. 

In the secondary, Josh Norman has been healthy and may play. D.J. Swearinger said earlier this week that he would like to play, but he has been sitting out some practices with a minor ailment, so he may be out. I would look for significant snaps to be played by Quinton Dunbar and, especially, new top nickel cornerback Fabian Moreau. 

On offense, the rehab schedule probably says that Jordan Reed, Trent Williams, and Morgan Moses are out. If the two starting tackles are out, you have to wonder if Gruden will put Alex Smith out there. I think that it’s likely that Smith will make his debut in a Redskins uniform, especially after he sat out last week, but it’s no sure thing. 

We should see the starting interior line of Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, and Brandon Scherff as well as running back Rob Kelley. Paul Richardson is a good bet to line up at wide receiver, but Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson may sit due to minor injuries

So, out of the currently anticipated 22 Week 1 starters, 15 should see action if Smith plays. That may not make the game worth the price of regular-season admission but we could have a quarter or so of reasonably good football. 

Bureau of statistics

Last year, 19 of the players who started in Week 1 against the Eagles started the second preseason game. 

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The agenda

Today: Redskins vs. Jets 8 p.m. ESPN

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 8 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 16 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 24 days

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