Jim Sundberg knew his left arm was broken as soon as it happened.It happened on the play where the Saints blocked a Sav Rocca punt and returned it for a touchdown.My arm kind of got squeezed between a helmet and Reids facemask, it got smashed in, said Sundberg in the locker room today. He was sporting a hard cast that went from his hand almost up to his shoulder.I broke the same bone in high school, thats how I knew right away thats what happened, he said.Both the break that happened yesterday and the one from high school were to the ulnar bone. He said that this one was about two or three inches from his wrist and the injury in high school was about three inches away from that one.He kept on playing after the injury on Sunday, snapping on eight more punts, field goals, and extra point attempts. It wasnt easy.I think at the end of the day you just have to look at yourself and see what youre made of, he said. It really was a test of myself, it was pretty terrible.But I felt like I really didnt have another option.What happens from here? Sundberg said that is was up in the air. He said that he will be in a cast for a few weeks. What will happen in the interim remains to be seen.They could just keep him on the inactive list while he rehabbed his arm and either have someone else currently on the roster do the snapping or sign another one in the interim.Or they could put Sundberg on injured reserve, ending his season, and sign another snapper. In theory, they could utilize the new rule that allows a team to active one player from injured reserve after six weeks but it would be hard to justify using that precious move on a snapper.
Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.
The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp.
Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.
Here are some of the players in our latest update:
—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).
—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen
—The team’s leading rusher from 2016
With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond.
No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?
No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.
Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver.
The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it.
The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago.
Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season.
Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks.
Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.
No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl.
Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd.
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