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Enemy Intel: Suh vs. Redskins’ revamped O-line

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Enemy Intel: Suh vs. Redskins’ revamped O-line

Since free agency opened March 10, front offices around the league have been busy retooling rosters and prepping for the upcoming season. Here at CSNWashington.com, we’ve kept a watchful eye on the moves made by teams that appear on the Redskins’ 2015 schedule.

Who’s gotten better? Who’s slipped a bit? Let’s take a closer look.

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Miami Dolphins (Week 1)

2014 record: 8-8.

Key additions: DT Ndamukong Suh (Detroit), TE Jordan Cameron (Cleveland), WR Greg Jennings (Minnesota), WR DeVante Parker (1st round pick) and CB Brice McCain (Pittsburgh).

Key departures: WR Mike Wallace (Minnesota), DT Jared Odrick (Jacksonville), DT Randy Starks (Cleveland), DB Jimmy Wilson (Chargers), TE Charles Clay (Buffalo) and WR Brian Hartline (Cleveland).

Best move: Signing Suh to a six year, $114 million contract in the opening moments of free agency, making the four-time Pro Bowler the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. He’ll obviously want to make a splash in his Miami debut.

What it all means for the Redskins: Sure, Ryan Tannehill is a quarterback on the rise after a breakout season in 2014. And, yeah, he’s got a few new weapons in Parker, Cameron and Jennings. But let’s not overcomplicate this, okay? The Redskins’ biggest challenge is going to be keeping Suh and Cameron Wake out of the backfield and off of Robert Griffin III.

Last season, ProFootballFocus.com ranked Suh as the NFL’s third most effective defensive tackle with 8.5 sacks and league-leading 38 stops (which PFF defines as solo tackles that constitute an offensive failure). So, yeah, Suh is among a handful of D-linemen that can singlehandedly affect the outcome of a game.

Wake is a game changer, too. ProFootballFocus.com rated the DeMatha High product and four-time Pro Bowler as the league’s best 4-3 defensive end. He posted 11.5 sacks, 39 quarterback pressures and 27 stops, according to PFF.

You can expect both Suh and Wake to pose a problem for the Redskins' running game, Griffin, who has a reputation for holding onto the football too long, and a retooled O-line. Barring anything unforeseen, this game will mark the first NFL starts for rookie right tackle Brandon Scherff and a second-year right guard Spencer Long. Scherff and Long have a grand total of 18 NFL snaps between them. Griffin, meantime, is coming off a season in which he was sacked 33 times despite attempting just 214 passes.

Can offensive line guru Bill Callahan cook up a game plan to neutralize the Dolphins’ duo? If not, it could be a long, unproductive day for Griffin and the Redskins’ attack.

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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.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

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

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

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

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

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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You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

Most coaches would've let it go. In fact, plenty wouldn't have even noticed. But Jay Gruden couldn't resist.

He just had to get on Quinton Dunbar for his cutoff practice pants.

"The pants gotta be over the knees, didn't you see the uniform code violation?" Gruden barked at Dunbar while mic'd up in Richmond (the first full segment is above). "He's the least swag guy you guys got on defense and I'm just trying to help him out," he later told Deshazor Everett when Everett tried to stand up for Dunbar.

Numerous players bring up how easy Gruden is to get along with when they're prompted to evalute the 'Skins' fifth-year headman. And over the course of just one training camp session, there were a handful of examples backing that up.

There's Gruden telling Jamison Crowder to cheer up ("You always look so grouchy all the time, man"). He then hops over to check in on Morgan Moses, who just added a new baby to his family, before predicting the right tackle will end up with enough kids to fill up two starting offensive lines. 

He even gets along with former members of his team; in Part 2 of his Mic'd Up, he strolls up to now-Jet Spencer Long, quizzes him on New York's offense and then hits Long with, "Ours is better, right?"

Now's the time a certain amount of you especially angry Internet users will starting typing your HE SHOULD STOP JOKING AROUND, YOU SEE BELICHICK DOING THIS CRAP? comments. And, of course, being friendly has no influence on winning in the NFL.

But every person with a job knows that it's much easier to work with a boss that you enjoy being around as opposed to one you try to avoid being around at all costs. You can point to certain areas where Gruden needs to improve, but the fact that he treats each player — from established star to offseason longshot — equally is one place he's excellent in.

Another place he's excellent in? Rightfully calling out those who are wearing pants that are far too short.

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