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Redskins schedule Preview: Week 5 at Saints

Redskins schedule Preview: Week 5 at Saints

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, the New Orleans Saints. 

Week 4, October 8 (Monday night football), Mercedes Benz Superdome

2017 Saints: 11-5, first in NFC South 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9.5

Early line: Redskins +7.5

Key additions: TE Benjamin Watson, CB Patrick Robinson, DE Marcus Davenport

Key losses:S Rafael Bush, WR Willie Snead

Notable: QB Drew Brees was slated to be a free agent but he re-signed with the Saints; RB Mark Ingram reportedly will be suspended for the first four games, pending appeal. The game against the Redskins is the fifth of the season for New Orleans so Ingram will be eligible.  

Biggest questions: 

  • How will they survive the loss of Ingram if he loses his appeal? Alvin Kamara was terrific as a rookie, but he didn’t have more than 12 carries in a game and he had single digit carries in 11 games.
  • How much will Davenport, who cost the Saints their No. 1 picks this year and next, help a pass rush that was pretty good without him last year (42 sacks, T-seventh in NFL)?
  • Will Father Time ever catch up with Brees, who is 39?

Series history

The Redskins lead the all-time series 17-9; Washington has a 3-2 edge in the last five meetings.

Series notables

The first time: September 24, 1967, Tulane Stadium — Rookie running back Ray McDonald ran for 98 yards and three touchdowns to spur the Redskins to the win. A 40-yard touchdown pass from Sonny Jurgensen to Charley Taylor gave the Redskins a 20-10 halftime, lead and McDonald’s final touchdown run, from 15 yards out, clinched the 30-10 win for Washington.

The last time: November 11, 2017, Mercedes Benz Superdome — You really don’t want the details on this debacle, do you? If you’re into that sort of thing, here’s my account I wrote as the game unfolded

The best time: September 9, 2012, Superdome — Nobody knew quite what to expect out of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III as he made his NFL debut. The answer came late in the first quarter when he found Pierre Garçon on a slant for 88 yards and a touchdown. The rookie was simply spectacular. That could apply both to Griffin, who complete 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and two TDs, and running back Alfred Morris, who rolled for 96 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. It all added up to a 40-32 Redskins win. 

The worst time: See “The last time” above.

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Three up, three down
- The draft: Grading the Redskins' draft
- The future: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- The buzz: Redskins part ways with long-time executive

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 17, 39 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The best Redskins players 25 or younger

Here is a look at the best Redskins players who have played at least one season and will be 25 or younger as of Week 1 this year. 

WR Jamison Crowder, 25 as of Week 1—Crowder hit the ground running in his first year, with 59 receptions, a team rookie record, and gaining 604 yards. He has been very dependable in his three years, averaging 64 catches, 747 yards, and four receiving touchdowns per year. 

OLB Preston Smith, 25—Since he came into the league, no player but Smith has at least 20.5 sacks, three or more interceptions, and four or more forced fumbles. His sack numbers tend to be up and down from week to week, but Jay Gruden has said more than once that Smith is very consistent in getting pressure on the quarterback even if he doesn’t always get home for the sack. 

DL Matt Ioannidis, 24—A year ago it was thought that he would face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster. Now goes into the season as a starter and key contributor. The 2016 fifth-round pick got much stronger between his first and second seasons and he took well to the coaching of new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Only a broken hand that cost him two games and had him playing with an awkward cast for a few more kept him from threatening to make double-digit sacks. 

DL Jonathan Allen, 23—The Redskins were just starting to get a hint of what Allen could do early in the season. Pro Football Focus credited him with a total of three sacks in the Redskins third and fourth games. But in their fifth game, he suffered a foot injury that ended his season. Allen was a full go for the offseason program and there is no reason to think that he won’t pick back up right where he left off. 

S Montae Nicholson, 22—Like Allen, Nicholson’s rookie season was shortened due to injuries. He took advantage of the absence of anticipated starter Su’a Cravens and made an impact from the beginning. While the 2017 fourth-round pick and free-agent pickup D.J. Swearinger were in the lineup the decade-long struggles the Redskins have had at the safety position were suddenly gone. 

Best of the rest: WR Josh Doctson (25), C Chase Roullier (25)

It should be noted that DL Daron Payne turned 21 in May and RB Derrius Guice will the 21 later this month so they could be joining this list soon. Assuming those two start, the Redskins will have nine quality starters aged 25 or younger this year. 

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Timeline  

Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder was born on this date in 1993. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 39
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 53
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 76

The Redskins last played a game 166 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 84 days. 

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Trent Williams has really good things to say about Alex Smith and Derrius Guice

Trent Williams has really good things to say about Alex Smith and Derrius Guice

The most significant thing to come from Trent Williams' spontaneous chat with the media on Wednesday is that the left tackle expects to be ready for training camp.

But two other topics Williams covered while talking were his initial impressions of new teammates Alex Smith and Derrius Guice. 

And while having one player compliment other players in the offseason is the second-most common thing in the NFL behind the Browns losing games, No. 71 went beyond the normal, clichéd positivity you're used to hearing. 

He was first asked about Smith, a QB he'd only met at the Pro Bowl until these offseason sessions in Ashburn.

“He’s a winner," Williams said. "As you all know, you don’t win in this league without a quarterback, so us being able to have one and have one right now, it does everything for our team and our attitude and the faith we have to win."

Next came a question about Guice, the rookie who looks like the most talented running back to date that Williams will have the pleasure of blocking for. What are his thoughts on the LSU product?

"When you watch him on film it's like he's been here before," Williams observed. "He's a specimen."

As for the 'Skins being able to snag Guice where they did in the draft, the 29-year-old admitted he was quite surprised.

"Extremely lucky to get him in the second round," he said. "I don't know how that happened... It's not going to take very long before people recognize him as an elite NFL talent."

Williams is coming off of surgery, will turn 30 in July and, during last season, spoke about how the injuries he constantly fought through started to take a toll on him. Ready to hear something sad? He's never won a playoff game.

So, for a veteran who's aging like him and who hasn't captured anything of signifigance yet, having confidence and trust in his backfield is paramount. Fortunately, judging by the quotes above, it sounds like Williams is already there when it comes to Smith and Guice.

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