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Snap Chat: Redskins were cautious with Jordan Reed, limiting his playing time

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Snap Chat: Redskins were cautious with Jordan Reed, limiting his playing time

The Redskins let a lead slip away on Monday night in Kansas City and as a result, fell to 2-2 heading into the bye week.

But before we get to the bye week, it's best that we look back at Week 4 to see how Redskins players performed based on their snap count.

Here is my weekly look at playing time for the Redskins during their loss to the Chiefs:

— The number that jumps off the page is the 13 snaps for TE Jordan Reed. Yes, the total offensive snaps were limited to only 50 but that is still a low number. Jay Gruden admitted that Reed was on a snap limit, going in almost exclusively for pass plays (of the 13 snaps, one was a run play). The bye will be a welcome break for Reed as he recovers from a chest injury he suffered in Week 2.

— WR Josh Doctson played just 17 snaps. As JP Finlay noted, he needs to play more. The second-year player is by far the team’s most talented and dangerous wide receiver and he needs to be a staple in the offense, not a part-time wrinkle.

— RBs Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley played an equal number of snaps, 12, even though Kelley went out early with an ankle injury. Chris Thompson played by far the most RB snaps with 26.

— OT Trent Williams was the only one between the starting O-line and QB Kirk Cousins to miss any time. He was out four snaps dealing with an injured knee. T.J. Clemmings made his Redskins debut, filling in for Williams those four snaps plus lining up as an extra blocker on two plays.

— There were 76 defensive snaps and CB Bashaud Breeland and S D.J. Swearinger played all of them. LB Zach Brown missed just two snaps.

— The player who had the fourth-most defensive snaps was surprising. OLB Preston Smith, who played just 21 snaps against the Raiders, played a season-high 61 snaps. Fellow linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was just behind him with 57.


— With S Montae Nicholson missing some plays with injuries (played 46 snaps), S Stefan McClure made his NFL debut on defense with 12 snaps.

— Injuries at cornerback created an opportunity for CB Fabian Moreau. After playing a combined five snaps in the first three games he got 18 snaps.

— NT Ziggy Hood played the most among the interior defensive linemen with 44 snaps, followed by Matt Ioannidis with 40 and Jonathan Allen with 37. You might think that Allen should have played more because he was often dominant but maybe keeping him fresh allowed him to play so well.

— A healthy ILB Mason Foster normally would play nearly every snap. He still was dealing with his Week 2 shoulder separation and he was limited to 32. Martrell Spaight played 43 snaps.


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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here


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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler


Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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