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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Raiders

Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Raiders

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 21, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.

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Today’s schedule: Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky press conferences, open locker room after practice, approx. 3:00

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 11
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 32
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 38

Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Raiders

QB Kirk Cousins—He is a fixture on top of this list until he puts together a solid game. Let’s define that as something around 260 yards passing with at least two touchdowns and no interceptions. Cousins did that four times last year so that shouldn’t be too tall an order. Just FYI, the Redskins were 3-1 in those four games.

WR Terrelle Pryor—I was debating whether he should be included here for a second straight week. Then I saw this:

He made that bold statement on a conference call with Oakland media. If the need to replace one of the two departed 1,000-yard receivers didn’t put enough pressure on Pryor, then a statement like this does. Through the small sample size of two games, he’s on pace for 775 receiving yards and no touchdowns. That’s not enough to replace the departed receivers.

RB Samaje Perine—Even if Rob Kelley can go on Sunday with his rib injury he probably can’t carry a full load. The team will rely on Perine early and perhaps often. The rookie will need to be to be productive sooner than he was against the Rams. He averaged 2.2 yards on 11 carries in the first three quarters of the game. In the fourth quarter, he had 10 rushing attempts for a 4.3-yard average. He needs that fourth-quarter production from the get-go.

CB Bashaud Breeland—Josh Norman and Breeland likely will play sides vs. the Raiders receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. It will be picking your poison. Breeland has been solid during the first two games but he will need to keep it up. Breeland is slated to be a free agent after this year and if he is going to get the payday he wants he needs to come up big in games like this one.

OLB Preston Smith—Yes, Smith is off to a strong start. But the Redskins have seen him flash in the past. What they want is week in, week out productive from him. That starts with him getting the job done for a third week in a row.

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The Redskins-Terrelle Pryor showdown you wanted to see isn't happening

The Redskins-Terrelle Pryor showdown you wanted to see isn't happening

RICHMOND — Sure, it would've only amounted to a few snaps in a meaningless matchup in August. Regardless, seeing Terrelle Pryor take on the Redskins defense in Thursday's New York-Washington preseason game would've at least added a little spice to the action.

Unfortunately, for Redskins fans (and a few defenders who were ready to give out an elbow or two if need be), Pryor won't be suiting up for the contest at FedEx Field.

"I'm not playing this week," Pryor told reporters after Monday's practice, the second joint session between the two squads.

"My biggest thing was, last year, every time I caught a ball and I got wrapped by my ankle, I re-tweaked it," he said, citing his health as the reason why he's going to miss the game. He also revealed that he broke his ankle back in May, which is why he underwent a procedure on it and missed all of OTAs.

The receiver has been on the field sparingly so far vs. the Burgundy and Gold. Combine that with the fact that he'll now be absent on Thursday, and you end up with a large letdown for what could've been some interesting drama between the wideout and his ex-teammates.

Luckily, the two sides had no trouble finding something else to get upset about. 

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San Francisco 49ers to sign former Redskins RB Alfred Morris, Kyle Shanahan says

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San Francisco 49ers to sign former Redskins RB Alfred Morris, Kyle Shanahan says

The San Francisco 49ers plan to sign former Redskins and Cowboys running back Alfred Morris, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.

It will be officially announced once Morris passes his physical, at which point he will be allowed to practice with the team in Houston. 

“Alf did a great job for us for the two years I was with him," Shanahan said, via 49ers.com. "It’s not flashy, but he runs extremely hard. He’s very reliable. He’s always been able to  — you block it for zero, (he) usually can get at least one. He’s a hard-nose runner, you can keep handing the ball off to who’s very reliable.”

Morris was part of Shanahan's offense in Washington in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The 29-year-old two-time Pro Bowler running back spent the last two season in Dallas, wher ehe was Ezekiel Elliott's backup.

Like the 49ers, the Redskins have struggled with depth at the running back position. Last Thursday in their preseason matchup with New England, expected starting running back Derrius Guice tore his ACL, and the rookie out of LSU will miss the entire season.

There were rumblings that the Redskins might try to sign Morris to offset the loss of Guice, but the 49ers made a move first. With Morris off the free agency board, the Redskins have even fewer options at running back.

Adrian Peterson is a name that has been thrown around, but it's unclear what production he could even offer in this stage of his career.

A carsouel of Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine is expected to fill the void left by Guice. Our first look at the new running back rotation is this Thursday, when the Redskins take on the Jets in their second preseason game. 

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