Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, November 27, 7 days before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals.
—Today's schedule: Off day
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 14; Panthers @ Redskins 22; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 27
Redskins roster one per player one liners—offense
Over the next two days I’ll do a quick assessment of every player on the roster; the offense is up today, the defense tomorrow.
—If Rob Kelley falters will RB Mack Brown, who has no offensive snaps, get his shot at some carries?
—In three games since returning from the PUP list TE Derek Carrier has played sparingly; his role could grow if Jordan Reed’s snaps are limited by the shoulder injury.
—Since Trent Williams has one game left on is suspension it is likely that OT Blaine Clausell has just one game left as a Redskin.
—There is nearly a 100 percent chance that QB Kirk Cousins will be back with the Redskins next year and there’s better than a 50 percent change it will be on a franchise tag.
—It seems certain that WR Jamison Crowder will make at least one or two big and/or important plays every week the rest of the way.
—I had higher expectations of TE Vernon Davis than most did but I’m not sure that I thought he would be on pace for 50 receptions for 650 yards.
—WR Pierre Garçon is beginning to assert himself down the stretch with 22 receptions for 307 yards in the last four games.
—Yes, WR Ryan Grant does a lot of the little things but as some point a wide receiver has to catch passes; in 220 snaps he has just four receptions.
—On the other hand, WR Maurice Harris has played 55 snaps and he has six receptions.
—Against the Cowboys WR DeSean Jackson got his first long-distance touchdown of the year; he’ll need more if he wants a solid contract next year, whether it’s from Washington or elsewhere.
—I still think that RB Matt Jones is going to contribute on offense before it’s all over.
—At Tulane, RB Rob Kelley’s high in carries for a season was 98 in 2013; he has 98 rushing attempts so far this season.
—G Arie Kouandjio played OK in his one start against the Browns but it remains to be seen if he is still a part of the team’s future.
—G Shawn Lauvao has been respectable starting at left guard although the team may want to upgrade eventually.
—Since taking over for Kory Lichtensteiger during Week 3, C Spencer Long has done nothing to create any thought that the team is anxious for Lichtensteiger to return from injured reserve.
—So far this year QB Colt McCoy has not been needed either at quarterback or as the long snapper.
—I’m don’t think that OT Morgan Moses will ever make any Pro Bowls but after he toughed it out on a pretty severely sprained ankle over the last three games he will be the type of player the Redskins will want on the right side well into the 2020’s.
—Nobody is certain what the role of OT Ty Nsekhe will be when Trent Williams returns from his suspension after the Cardinals game but him going back to the bench is the odds-on favorite.
—It appears that the team thinks that OT Viston Painter is a viable backup but that doesn’t mean they won’t bring in competition for him next year.
—I predict that TE Jordan Reed will be named a Pro Bowl starter but he won’t play because his left arm will be attached to his body with duct tape at that point.
—At some point WR Rashad Ross might turn the corner and go from being a fast guy to being a fast NFL wide receiver but the Redskins are still waiting for that to happen.
—G Brandon Scherff is not only playing through pain (shoulder and ankle injuries) but he’s playing very well, easily at a Pro Bowl level.
—Is QB Nate Sudfeld the future if the Redskins decide that Cousins’ asking price is too high?
—The play of Long has rendered C John Sullivan to the role of the offensive line version of the clipboard carrier/insurance policy.
—RB Chris Thompson’s role in the offense has varied with as few as three touches in a game and as many as 19 but his pass protection has remained solid; he hasn’t allowed a sack.
—It’s disappointing that OT Trent Williams didn’t talk to fans through the media or even issue a statement on his substance abuse suspension.
Tandler on Twitter
My unscientific call is that 9-6-1 has about a 75% chance of making the playoffs. Not many non-division leaders have a good path to 10 wins. https://t.co/UO1GWQeCwo— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) November 26, 2016
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