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These 3 younger, lesser-known Redskins should see more playing time down the stretch

These 3 younger, lesser-known Redskins should see more playing time down the stretch

By turning to Dwayne Haskins before the Bills game, the Redskins signaled their commitment to positioning themselves for a better future as opposed to trying to succeed in the present.

And in their loss to the Jets, Washington made additional in-game changes that showed they're interested in evaluating other younger players on their roster. Nothing was as major as switching QBs, but the adjustments versus New York were still eye-catching.

So, as the Burgundy and Gold continues to shift its focus way down the road as opposed to what's coming up at the next intersection, who will see their playing time increase?

Here are three lesser-known Redskins that stand to see more action in these final six contests.

Kelvin Harmon

Much has been made about the connection between Haskins and Terry McLaurin, but Haskins and Harmon seem to be building a solid understanding of each other, too.

Against the Jets in Week 11, the sixth-round wideout brought in a career-high five balls for 53 yards. Before that matchup, Harmon had just eight catches in eight appearances.

"He brings a physical presence to the receiver position," Haskins said of Harmon on Wednesday. "Kelvin does a great job high-pointing the ball, does a great job being physical at the catch point."

Part of Harmon's increased production certainly had to do with Paul Richardson being out, and when Richardson returns, he may see fewer targets. However, the two rookies have actually known each other well before getting to the NFL, and as Haskins explained, Harmon's physicality is something that the other pass-catchers can't match. 

In McLaurin, Washington knows it has one tremendous playmaker to count on for years. Let's see if Harmon can continue to push for snaps and looks as he aims to demonstrate he can be a legit option as well. 

Geron Christian

Donald Penn is a 36-year-old who was brought in during training camp to help the Redskins survive without Trent Williams. He's performed better than many expected, but he's clearly not someone who's long for the franchise.

In fact, this past Sunday, Bill Callahan opted to pull Penn in favor of Christian in the second half on a couple of series. 

"We're going to continue to mix and match our personnel," the interim coach told the media Monday.

Now, the team has to walk a delicate line when it comes to Penn and Christian at left tackle. It needs to start figuring out what Christian can be in this league — is there starter potential, or is he just a rotational guy? — because he's a former third-round pick they haven't used much to this point. That said, the Redskins do have a first-round signal caller they need to protect as best they can.

As long as Christian isn't a giant liability, though, the coaches may and probably should opt to keep giving him more and more chances. Either he's promising or he's disappointing, but regardless, it's time to get an answer.

Jimmy Moreland

Penn wasn't the only one who was subbed out at FedEx Field in Week 11. Callahan also put corners like Josh Norman and Fabian Moreau on the bench to give others a "chance to get some exposure on film." If Callahan is willing to remain flexible at that spot, Moreland will benefit.

Out of Harmon, Christian and Moreland, Moreland has by far seen the most snaps in 2019. Unfortunately, the offseason hype that surrounded him hasn't carried over to the regular season, as he's yet to intercept a pass and has had some crucial errors in coverage.

But hey, you know who else has had some crucial errors in coverage? More experienced corners than Moreland on the defense, such as Norman and Moreau. And with all signs pointing to Norman not returning in 2020 and Moreau potentially sliding down the depth chart, why not turn to Moreland even more and see if he can develop?

It's easy for fans to say money or draft status shouldn't factor in to who plays and who doesn't, but those things do often matter. Yet, in a season as dreadful as this one and when the record is as awful as it is, those variables should weigh less, meaning Moreland should see the field more. 

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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them. 
 

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Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Washington Redskins (3-9) take a two-game winning streak to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers (9-3).

The game will serve as a reunion for a couple of former Redskins. First-year Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Redskins' quarterbacks coach from 2010-2013, and linebacker Preston Smith spent the first four seasons of his career in Washington before joining Green Bay this year.

LaFleur has led the Packers to a 9-3 record, including a 31-13 rout of the New York Giants last week, and Smith leads one of the league's top defenses in sacks. The Redskins took down the underperforming Carolina Panthers 29-21 last week thanks to a dominant performance from Derrius Guice.

The Packers lead the all-time series 20-16-1, however, the Redskins have won the last two matchups, both of which were played at home. Washington's last win in Green Bay came in October 1988.

Here's everything you need to know about their Week 14 matchup:

REDSKINS at PACKERS WEEK 14

Who: Washington Redskins (3-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (9-3)

What: Week 14 of the 2019 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV, Pregame and postgame coverage streaming on NBCSportsWashington.com

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Spread: Packers, -12.5

Over/Under: 42

Weather: 40 degrees, mostly cloudy

REDSKINS at PACKERS TV SCHEDULE:

8:30 a.m.: Pro Football Weekly

9:00 a.m.: Redskins Talk: Week 14

10:00 a.m.: Inside the Redskins

11:00 a.m.: Redskins Coaches Show

11:30 a.m.: Redskins Nation

12:00 p.m.: Redskins Kickoff Live

4:00 p.m.: Redskins Postgame Live 

REDSKINS 2019 SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles (L, 32-27)

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, (L, 31-21)

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, (L, 31-15)

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, (L, 24-3)

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, (L, 33-7)

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, (W, 17-16)

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 9-0)

Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (L, 19-9)

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m. (L, 24-9)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 34-17)

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m. (W, 19-16)

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m. (W, 29-21)

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.

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