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The numbers say that the 2016 Redskins were among the teams hit hardest by injuries

The numbers say that the 2016 Redskins were among the teams hit hardest by injuries

Redskins fans who thought that the 2016 team had an excessive amount of bad fortune on the injury front now have some hard numbers to back up their point of view.

The numbers crunchers at Football Outsiders have a metric called Adjusted Games Lost (AGL). It includes players who missed games due to injuries and weighing the raw number based on whether the player was a starter or a reserve. They also factor in the diminished capacity of a player who is on the injury report but plays anyway.

Per this measurement, the Redskins AGL in 2016 was 101.5. Only four other teams lost more games than Washington. That makes two years in a row where the Redskins were in the bottom five in terms of AGL. In 2015 their AGL was 119.1, 31st in the league.

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As one might guess, the offense was much healthier than the defense. The offense had 27.6 AGL, 10th in the league. The defensive AGL was 68.9. Only the Bears had worse injury luck on that side of the ball.

Kedric Golston, the starter at nose tackle, missed the last 14 games after suffering a torn hamstring. An ACL had DeAngelo Hall on injured reserve for the final 13 games. And whether you count Junior Galette as a starter or as a reserve, he went down as missing 16 games after tearing his Achilles just prior to the start of training camp.

I’ve always thought that the connection between how many injuries a team suffers and the program conducted by that team’s strength and conditioning coach is tenuous at best. There was no way, for example, that a strength coach could have prevented Hall from tearing his ACL in MetLife Stadium. An injury like that is just bad luck.

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But apparently the team thought something was wrong with the way that Mike Clark was doing things. On the same day that they decided to let Joe Barry go, they showed Clark the door as well.

They promoted Chad Englehart as the strength and conditioning coach. That may seem to be an odd move if they were unhappy with Clark since he was Clark’s assistant. But Englehart has been on the staff for seven years and perhaps the belief is that he has seen enough of both the right way and the wrong way of doing things to come up with an effective program.

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Need to Know: Redskins have faith in their young cornerbacks but will keep their options open

Need to Know: Redskins have faith in their young cornerbacks but will keep their options open

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on Wednesday, August 15, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Jets in their second preseason game. 

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The Redskins paid Orlando Scandrick $1 million and he didn’t play so much as a preseason snap for them. The money is gone, and the Redskins are left with what is mostly a youthful group at cornerback. 

The senior citizen is Josh Norman, who is 30 and entering his seventh NFL season. Quinton Dunbar is next on the age scale at 26. Those two will be the starters at cornerback on the outside. After them, youth rules the day. 

Fabian Moreau, 22, will take the slot corner position that Scandrick was going to fill. He is in his second NFL season having played just 59 snaps as a rookie. 

That’s 59 more NFL snaps than the next three players on the depth chart have combined. Rookies Greg Stroman, a seventh-round pick this year, Adonis Alexander, a supplemental sixth-round pick, and undrafted free agent Danny Johnson, all 22 years old, are the next men up if any of the top three on the depth chart falter or get injured. 

“I’m very impressed with them all,” said Jay Gruden. “You know, obviously Adonis not as much because he just got here, and he’s been hurt but he’s got the skill set that we’ve noticed, as far as your sixth corner, I think he’d be a very good guy to have in your building to develop. Watching Stroman and watching Danny Johnson compete and play, I’ve been impressed. Watching Fabian move inside, I’ve been very impressed.”

That all sounds good. However, Gruden made sure that everyone knows that the cornerback depth chart is not set in stone.

“We still have time if it doesn’t work out or if somebody gets injured, we still have time to make moves also ourselves,” he said.

The Redskins have about nine practices and three preseason games before they have to set their roster. If it proves that their confidence in the young corners is not well founded, they could look to pick up an alternative on the waiver wire, in the free agent market (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is still available), or via a trade.

The best-case is that the kids work out. But if not, there are alternatives. 

Bureau of statistics

The 2017 Redskins were sixth in the league in pass defense according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. 

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The agenda

Today: No media availability

Upcoming: Preseason Jets @ Redskins (Aug. 16) 1 day; Final cut (Sept. 1) 17 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 25 days

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Terrelle Pryor, DJ Swearinger get into heated exchange during Day 3 of Redskins-Jets practice

Terrelle Pryor, DJ Swearinger get into heated exchange during Day 3 of Redskins-Jets practice

The Redskins' joint practices with the Jets have been nothing short of entertaining.

Day 1 of practice brought a couple of brawls between the two teams, with one spilling into the sideline where fans were standing. 

Day 2 was relatively calm, but Day 3 has brought another altercation, this time between former teammates Terrelle Pryor and DJ Swearinger. 

During a one-on-one rep, safety Monte Nicholson broke up a pass to Pryor. As Pryor started walking back to the sideline, a very hyped-up DJ Swearinger had more than a few things to say about it. As the two inched closer, Swearinger fakes a punch, causing Pryor to flinch and creating roars from the Redskins sideline. 

It's clear the Redskins' DBs have strong feelings towards their ex-teammate. Back in June, inside linebacker Zach Brown said the 'Skins would "have it out" for Pryor during their joint practices. 

While Pryor won't be playing in Thursday's preseason game, let's hope the competition continues over nonetheless.

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