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Need to Know: One liners on every Redskins player, offensive edition

Need to Know: One liners on every Redskins player, offensive edition

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.

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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