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Need to Know: Redskins stock up, stock down after Patriots game

Need to Know: Redskins stock up, stock down after Patriots game

FOXBOROUGH, MA—Here is what you need to know on Friday, August 10, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Jets in their second preseason game. 

Talking points

Here are the players who played well against the Patriots and saw their stock rise and some others who now have declining stock.

Up—WR Cam Sims caught a 57-yard pass from Colt McCoy. It was a nice pass, looped over the fingertips of a leaping safety. Sims made the most of it, staying inbounds and dismissing a few tacklers to get down to the one-year line. Jay Gruden said that he was looking for players who could shine under the bright lights and Sims, who has been inconsistent in practice, needed a good game. 

Down—When QB Kevin Hogan came into the game for the last series of the first half, the Redskins had racked up 259 yards of offense. They ended with 333, meaning that they got 74 yards of offense with Hogan under center. The problems weren't all on him, but he did nothing to elevate the level of play of the offense. He did a few things well, but with the ball in Patriots territory and his team having a chance to take the lead, he coughed up the ball after a sack. 

Up—NT Tim Settle was playing with backups against backups, but that shouldn’t take away from his performance. He dominated the middle, posting five tackles and forcing and recovering a fumble. 

Down—RB Samaje Perine got off a few good runs but he did put the ball on the ground, something he has to avoid at all costs. Fortunately, the fumble, which the Patriots recovered, was negated because of the referees’ questionable assertion that his forward progress had been stopped. Perine was lucky this time, but his next fumble could be his last for the Redskins

Up—Midway through the first quarter, RB Byron Marshall showed why he is a serious candidate to make this roster. On a play from the New England 25, he got matched up against a linebacker and McCoy looked for him all the way. Marshall took in the short pass, turned on the jets, and went in for the touchdown. Not many can do that.

Bureau of statistics 

Only one player who started last night on offense, RB Rob Kelley, might be a Week 1 starter. In all, 29 Redskins did not play.

On the record

Gruden on why so many of the team’s starters did not play: I think a lot of thinking was I want to see our guys play against hopefully a lot of the starters for New England. I think it’s a great opportunity for some of these core backup players to get some great experience against a great team on the road. That was part of it. The other part of it is we have the Jets coming in for a couple of days of practice.

Comment: Yeah, I guess. Bill Belichick did the same thing, so there must be some merit to the strategy. I still think there is some value is giving the starters five to 10 plays just to get them out there. The thing is, coaches like Gruden are terrified of the thought that they might reduce the length of the preseason. If they continue to make the first look just like the fourth, they could disappear in a hurry. 

The agenda

Today: Off day

Upcoming: Preseason Jets @ Redskins (Aug. 16) 6 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 22 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 30 days

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Redskins activate running back Byron Marshall for Week 11, release wide receiver Brian Quick

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Redskins activate running back Byron Marshall for Week 11, release wide receiver Brian Quick

On Saturday the Washington Redskins announced their activation of running back Byron Marshall off of the injured reserve list. Marshall is eligible to play in Week 11 against the Houston Texans.

To make space on the roster, the Redskins also released wide receiver Brian Quick.

The move to add Marshall back on the 53-man roster is not too surprising. Earlier this week Samaje Perine was ruled out for Week 11 with a calf injury. Only Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs were the healthy backs left on the active roster. Chris Thompson is still not available to play.

Before the season even started Marshall was placed on the IR with a sprained ACL and MCL. Those injuries occuring in the second preseason game of the season.

In his second season with Washington, Marshall has only played in four games. Don't expect him to see significant time against the Texans behind Peterson and Bibbs, either. It will probably just be some fill-in opportunities in the backfield. At worst, he sees a notable amount of snaps if one of the two gets dinged up.

The release of Quick comes with Trey Quinn coming back this week as well. Placed on waivers, Quick only had three catches for 18 yards through six games for the Redskins. 

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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans. 

"That's for sure," the coach said. 

By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically. 

Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.

As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field. 

Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries. 

The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half. 

Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."

Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future. 

Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston. 

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