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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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Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years


Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years

Upsets get a lot of attention in March, due to the allure of the NCAA Tournament and the non-allure of everyone who loves to talk about how THEY CALLED that upset that YOU DIDN'T.

With that being said, upsets happen every month of the year, and they go down weekly in the NFL. So, how about we look back at some of the Redskins' particularly surprising wins from the past decade?

Here are five of the most memorable. 

5) 2014 - Redskins 27, Eagles 24

The Eagles came into FedEx Field late in 2014 with a 9-5 record needing a win to remain squarely in the playoff hunt. The Redskins, meanwhile, were just 3-11 and had changed quarterbacks a depressing five times.

Yet in this matchup, Robert Griffin III managed the offense well and DeSean Jackson had more than 120 receiving yards against his former team because DeSean Jackson is awesome.

Yes, the 'Skins were outproduced in nearly every major stat category. But Mark Sanchez — sorry, future Redskin great Mark Sanchez — had two costly turnovers and Cody Parkey missed two field goals (Philly fans have probably forgiven him by now), allowing the home team to squeak out a W.

4) 2009 - Redskins 27, Broncos 17

This is one of those random Redskins games you've probably forgotten about because it came in a lost season, but it was still a miraculous victory.

The most iconic play from this one was a Hunter Smith to Mike Sellers TD on a fake field goal — a fake, mind you, that came after a timeout by Jim Zorn because the unit's first fake punt attempt included only 10 players on the field.

Denver was 6-2 but lost Kyle Orton to injury at halftime. Jason Campbell, on the other hand, helped the Burgundy and Gold score more than 17 points for the first time all year.

"We've had a desert experience -- very arid, if you will -- for the last few weeks," Zorn said postgame. "So to be able to come out with a win, you almost don't know how to feel."

The Zorn Era was terrible, but you have to give the dude credit for working "very arid" into an NFL press conference.

3) 2012 - Redskins 40, Saints 32

There was plenty of hype surrounding RG3's debut, but there was no way he was going to lead the Redskins to a win over the Saints... in his debut... in the Superdome... right?

Wrong. Incorrect. Not right.

Griffin found Pierre Garcon early for an 88-yard score and the offense stayed hot all afternoon, outpacing a New Orleans squad that was favored by more than a touchdown. If you want a further reminder of how impressive this effort was, look back at what happened to this franchise in the Superdome this past season. 

2) 2014 - Redskins 20, Cowboys 17

Dallas' six-game winning streak stood no chance against Colt McCoy, as the Texas legend went into the Cowboys' house for a wild Monday Night triumph.

Kai Forbath's field goal sealed it in overtime and Bashaud Breeland dominated Dez Bryant, but McCoy was the star. On the way to his first successful start in close to three seasons, the signal caller went 25 for 30 in the air and found the end zone on the ground, too.

1) 2017 - Redskins 17, Seahawks 14

If someone in your life thinks they can't do something, just pull up the box score or highlights from this contest. They will then realize that nothing is impossible, because the Redskins beating the Seahawks on this Sunday should've been impossible, yet it somehow happened anyway.

Washington went into Seattle's harsh environment down six starters, including three on the O-line, but Kirk Cousins kept things together and found Brian Quick and Josh Doctson for long completions on a harrowing last drive to steal this result. It wasn't quite UMBC over Virginia, but it was absolutely a stunning final nonetheless. 


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Josh Norman's brother players professional football in Washington, seriously

Josh Norman's brother players professional football in Washington, seriously

NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller spoke with Washington Valor defensive back Marrio Norman Thursday at the Nuggets-Wizards matchup at Capital One Arena.

Norman, the older brother of Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, was assigned to the Valor on March 6.

"I'm just excited to come and to add my talents to the team," Norman said.

Although the two brothers will be suiting up in different venues in the Nation's Capital, the younger Norman briefed the former on handling the press in Washington.

In 2018 with the Albany Empire, Norman racked up 58 total tackles and three interceptions.

The Valor's season kicks off on April 26 against the Baltimore Brigade at Royal Farms Arena.