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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 17, two days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Practice 12:05; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 1:30

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 2; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 7; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 15

Injuries of note:
Out:
LB Compton (knee), LB Cravens (elbow)
Limited: G Lauvao (groin), C Long (concussion), OT Nsekhe (ankle), TE Reed (shoulder), S Blackmon (concussion)
Friday injury report

Redskins player one-liners—Offense

QB Kirk Cousins—Yes, he’s just one of 53 players but the team’s playoff prospects largely depend on Cousins’ right arm.

QB Colt McCoy—The other day he said he’s the backup long snapper, holder, AND punter.

QB Nate Sudfeld—We can’t watch him during practice so we don’t know how he’s progressing.

RB Rob Kelley—If you project his rushing yards from his six starts, over a 16-game season he would have nearly 1,300 yards.

RB Chris Thompson—His value to the team was apparent as he turned on his speed and dashed around the left side to score the game-winning touchdown against the Eagles.

RB Mack Brown—He’s been active for the last seven games but he has just two offensive snaps and no carries.

RB Matt Jones—The former starter has flaws but he also has some obvious talent; will they use it at some point this year?

WR DeSean Jackson—He has been heating up lately but there still is no guarantee that he will be back in 2017.

WR Pierre Garçon—A consistent, steady presence, Garçon has fewer than five receptions in only four games this year.

WR Jamison Crowder—On a team with Jackson, Garçon, and Jordan Reed, Crowder is the leader in receiving yards with 804.

WR Ryan Grant—They like his run blocking and he has been doing better catching the ball lately.

WR Maurice Harris—After being good for a key catch or two per game since being activated he hasn’t done much the last two weeks.

WR Rashad Ross—He can’t get active on game days; the experiment may end after this season.

TE Jordan Reed—His injury problems could keep him from getting selected to the Pro Bowl but if he’s even moderately healthy he will make big plays down the stretch.

TE Vernon Davis—It’s good to have him as the starter when Reed is out or limited but he seems to be more effective as the second TE with Reed on the field.

TE Derek Carrier—I’m not convinced that his knee, which was injured a year ago, is fully healthy.

C John Sullivan—That the Redskins are much better off with him as their backup center than they were a year ago with LeRibeus was demonstrated in Philadelphia on Sunday.

C Spencer Long—In 2015 Redskins centers allowed three sacks; so far this year Long has allowed none.

C Kory Lichtensteiger—He was activated from injured reserve and he can back up at guard but it will be interesting to see if he still will be around if injuries force another roster move.

OT Trent Williams—Everyone saw that there just is no substitute for Williams when he was outside blocking a cornerback on Chris Thompson’s touchdown run on Sunday.

OT Morgan Moses—While Williams was serving his suspension Moses played through a sprained ankle that would have had most humans on crutches.

OT Ty Nsekhe—In four games filling in for the suspended Williams he allowed zero sacks.

OT Vinston Painter—While Williams was out he became the swing tackle but he was not called upon.

LG Shawn Lauvao—He already had sustained a groin injury when Calais Campbell bulldozed him in Arizona and got the game-changing sack-fumble.

RG Brandon Scherff—The second-year player could be selected to his first Pro Bowl as he has led the offensive line in snaps and has allowed no sacks.

G Arie Kouandjio—After struggling mightily in a couple of early-season appearances, Kouandjio improved last Sunday when he had to start in Lauvao’s place against the Eagles.

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The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

10) Will the Redskins develop depth on the D-line?

9) Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

Over-simplification can be dangerous, but at the same time, some problems boil down to a root cause. 

The Redskins play-action pass game looked bad in 2018, and if you listen to head coach Jay Gruden, much of that might have hinged on the ability of his tight ends to run block. 

Back in March Gruden opened up about some of his team's offensive struggles in 2018 and the coach pointed out that his tight end rotation varied greatly on if the team was going to run or pass. Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis tended to come off the field in clear run situations, while Jeremy Sprinkle didn't get many snaps on pass plays. 

As the season went on, that became obvious for opposing defense. 

"Your tendencies are probably through the roof when you throw, that's what we're trying to guard against," Gruden said at the NFL League Meetings. "We got to figure out ways to be balanced in all personnel group settings and make sure that's really what we're studying in the offseason and moving forward how we can adapt our running game to make sure we have the equal amount of runs in each personnel group with each person in that group."

Sure those quotes are a few months old now, but nothing has been done to change the personnel. Reed, Davis and Sprinkle populate the tight end depth chart, and it doesn't seem likely there will be significant change to any of the three player's game. 

Based on that, something else must change. 

The Redskins either need to adapt their run style to something where Reed and/or Davis can be on the field. Or use Sprinkle more in the pass game.

Neither of those options seem particularly likely. 

What could happen is less two tight sets for the Washington offense, and less dependency on that look. 

In his remarks from March, Gruden hinted that the Redskins could deploy their 11 personnel more often, going with three wideouts and one tight, instead of two tight ends on the field. That would require health and productivity from the Redskins wideouts, which hasn't happened in the last two seasons. 

In a way, the discussion of a blocking tight end is very much an oversimplification of the Redskins 2018 offensive woes. The team ranked 29th in the NFL in points scored, and obviously, that lack of production did not stem from one position. 

At the same time, however, the lack of a tight end that can run block and show up in the pass game creates a series of other problems. The team can't always run with their best receiving threats on the field, they can't pull off play-action because the run threat doesn't always emerge, and all of that snowballs. 

The little things add up in the NFL. Just ask Jay Gruden. 

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Many Redskins' fans became increasingly worried over the weekend about the health of running back Derrius Guice after a report came out that he suffered a hamstring injury during his rehab process from an ACL injury he suffered last August.

The report questioned Guice's availability for the start of Redskins' training camp, which begins on July 25.

In response to the report, Guice tweeted: "I don’t listen to the noise. I know what’s going on with me." He has since deleted his Twitter account.

But Guice is still an active user on Snapchat, and took to the platform on Monday to share footage of himself working out. The second-year running back shared video taken of him performing a number of drills, many of which required him to change direction quickly and test his hamstring, as well as his knee.

Guice even captioned one of the videos "Hamstring who," with several eyes emojis attached to the caption. Based on his caption, Guice does not appear to seem concerned that this latest report will affect his status for the upcoming season.

Prior to his ACL injury last August, Guice showed plenty of promise during training camp and the preseason. 

At this point, Redskins fans just want Guice to be healthy and ready for Week 1 and showcase the talent that earned him an All-SEC honor at LSU.

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