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

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

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 27, four days before the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice, 11:30; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences, open locker room after practice, approx. 1:30

Days until:

—Redskins @ Giants (12/31) 4
—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 77
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 120

Player one-liners, offense

Last week I did one-liners for each defensive player on the roster; now the offense is up. 

QB Kirk Cousins—He needs 232 yards passing against the Giants to surpass his yardage from 2015 when he had Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, and a mostly-healthy Jordan Reed.

QB Colt McCoy—Jay Gruden announced that Cousins will start Week 17 against the Giants so McCoy, who is under contract in 2018, will see how things shake out in the offseason.

RB Samaje Perine—If you project his stats from the six games since he became the starter out over 16 games in a season he would have just over 1,000 yards.

RB Kapri Bibbs—He didn’t do anything spectacular in the win over the Broncos but his new team did get the W over his old team.

RB Dare Ogunbowale—He could get a shot in the offseason program in 2018.

WR Josh Doctson—We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly out of the 2016 first-round pick this year.

WR Ryan Grant—Raise your hand if you had him third on the team with 550 receiving yards and tied for second in touchdowns with four this year.

WR Jamison Crowder—He had a slow start but since Week 8 he has averaged six receptions for 77 yards per game and has three touchdowns.

WR Robert Davis—He’s been on the 53 for a couple of games, but he has yet to get an offensive snap.

WR Maurice Harris—The second-year player has not had much run since his spectacular TD catch against the Vikings; missing games with a concussion and back problems didn’t help

WR Brian Quick—The free agent has just 73 snaps in 15 games.

TE Vernon Davis—His impact has been limited lately with no more than three receptions in a game since Week 11.

TE Niles Paul—He has managed to stay healthy for the first time since 2014 and has contributed on offense and special teams.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle—The stat line is 113 snaps, three targets, two receptions, one TD.

OT Morgan Moses—He is the only O-lineman to start every game and he had to fight through some seriously sprained ankles to do it.

OT Ty Nsekhe—A very good backup although he has allowed a team-high five sacks in limited playing time.

C Chase Roullier—Gruden said that he could be the center for a long time, and while the rookie has a lot to learn, there is no reason to doubt the coach.

G Arie Kouandjio—While he has struggled at times, the Redskins were very fortunate that he was available in midseason when they desperately needed someone who could step right in and play.

G Brandon Scherff—Despite injuries to both knees he played at a high level again this year and he deserved his second straight Pro Bowl selection.

C Tony Bergstrom—In three starts while Roullier was out, Bergstrom did not allow a sack.

C Demetrius Rhaney—The fact that he remains on the roster as the third-string center indicates that the organization wants to keep him around for an extended look in 2018.

G Kyle Kalis—The team didn’t like him enough in training camp to keep him but when they had an opportunity to get him off of the Colts’ practice squad they took it.  

G Tyler Catalina—He beat out Kalis for the last OL spot in September because of his versatility, but he’s better off staying at guard than at tackle.

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Through Week 3, some teams are known and others are still mysteries

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Through Week 3, some teams are known and others are still mysteries

The sample size for the 2018 NFL season is still small, but three weeks is enough to start figuring out who's legitimate, who's legitimately bad and who's legitimately confusing.

The first group houses teams like the Rams and the Chiefs, even though the Chiefs defense apparently wants to watch Pat Mahomes just as much as the rest of us and therefore allows people to score on them repeatedly.

The second group, meanwhile, consists of dreadful groups like the Cardinals, Raiders and the Bills, even after Buffalo somehow took down the Vikings and Vegas all in one afternoon.

The last group, though, is the largest, because so many squads have flashed and crashed already through just three contests. 

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The Redskins, for example — are they a sneaky NFC contender or an up-and-down bunch destined for another mediocre record? 

Then there's the Chargers. The other Los Angeles franchise is without their scariest defender and has lost to two of the sport's elites. So is their 1-2 mark going to improve like you'd expect as they get healthier and face easier opponents?

This week's power rankings do their best to slot the powers at the top, the weaklings at the bottom and then deal with the in-betweeners. That's why you'll encounter some 2-1 outfits in the 20s and some 1-2 or 1-1-1 organizations around the top 10. 

Enough of the writing, however. Let's get to the list.

Click below for a fresh batch of NBCSportsWashington.com's power rankings.

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Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis are changing the Redskins defense

Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis are changing the Redskins defense

The Redskins spent time, money and draft capital to improve their defensive front. Through three games of the 2018 season, those moves are paying off. 

Construction of a rebuilt defensive line truly began at the 2017 NFL Draft when Jonathan Allen slipped all the way to Washington with the 17th pick. He showed plenty of promise last season, but an injury cut his season short after five games. The Redskins barely recovered from his absence and the team's rush defense limped to finish last in the NFL. 

Washington continued to invest in the defensive front in 2018, drafting Daron Payne in the first round and Tim Settle in the fifth. The 'Skins also re-signed tackling machine linebacker Zach Brown during free agency. 

Add it all up, and the Redskins currently rank in the top 5 of the NFL in nearly every meaningful defensive category. Giving up fewer than 15 points-per-game, Washington is tied for second in the NFL with the vaunted Jacksonville defense. Prefer the yardage allowed metric to measure team defense? Washington (278 per-game) only ranks behind the Ravens (273 per-game). 

Any good defense has strong players lining up from the front to the back, but it always starts up front.

In Washington, that means Payne and Allen at the top of the list. 

"Those two guys are special guys and they need to be on the field," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said on Monday, after Payne and Allen combined for three sacks of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.

"We have some other guys that can play without a doubt, but those two guys are first-rounders and very talented, so the more they play, the better they get."

Add in Matt Ioannidis, who has three sacks in three games, and the Redskins have a stout, young defensive line. Almost more importantly, all three players are on rookie, team-friendly contracts. In fact, Pro Football Focus has Ioannidis ranked as the highest graded of the Redskins defensive linemen, probably because of crazy plays like this.

Washington will continue to push Payne and Allen into more situations and more snaps. In the Packers game, both of the former University of Alabama defensive tackles played more than they ever had before. 

"The first couple games we had a rotation going and trying to get their feet wet together, especially Daron, but I think he showed that he can handle the reps and we want to get him out there. We didn’t draft him in the first round to sit by me," Gruden said. "I was impressed with the way that he and Jonathan played, not only at the start of the game, but at the end of the game. They were flying to the football. They were making plays downfield, in the pocket, in the running game. Those two guys together, the vision that we had when we drafted them, getting Jonathan and Daron together came to fruition."

This week the Redskins get to rest and nurse some wounds, particularly along the offensive line. After their bye, however, both sides of the football will be tested. 

First comes a Monday night game in New Orleans with the explosive Saints offense. That will be the biggest test yet for the young D-line. The following week will bring a different, more physical test for Allen and company: Cam Newton and the Panthers.

Redskins fans should be excited about the young defensive front. The play has been very encouraging, and that's without much statistical production yet from outside pass rushing stalwarts Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan. 

If the defensive numbers look the same after games against Drew Brees and Newton, then the conversation is no longer about potential. It's about results. 

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