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20 questions in 20 days 14: Can Moss regain his old form?

20 questions in 20 days 14: Can Moss regain his old form?

As we count down to the first game of the Redskins season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to be looking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to look into their crystal balls and answer them.
Question 15: Can Santana Moss regain his old form?The background: Moss led the team in receiving yards every year from when he came to the team in 2005 through 2010. Last year his production dropped off after he missed four games with a broken hand. But even if you account for the missed games, it still was his worst statistical season since he became a regular starter for the Jets in 2003. The Redskins challenged the 33-year-old by bringing in two high-priced free agent wide receivers in Pierre Garon and Josh Morgan and making it clear that 2011 draft pick Leonard Hankerson played a prominent role in their plans. Moss responded by losing 15 pounds and he has shown well in training camp.Tandler: I think we can dismiss talk that Moss and Robert Griffin III could do this year what Cam Newton and Steve Smith did with the Panthers last year. There are too many other targets for Moss to rack up 1400 receiving yards in this offense even of Griffin can duplicate Newtons historic rookie season. But based on what we have seen in training camp and the preseason games, it seems clear that even as the third or fourth receiver Moss can be a potent weapon for RG3. I think you can put him down for 65 catches for 800 yards and five TDs and the Redskins will be perfectly happy with that.El-Bashir: Expecting Moss to post another 1,000-yard season is fantasy. As Rich mentioned, Griffins got too many other targets for that happen. At 33, Moss is also fighting age. Shedding 15 pounds will help him regain the step he lost last season, but Father Time is undefeated. Moss still can carve out a crucial role for himself, though, as he proved against the Colts, the first teams final dress rehearsal. He showed sure hands on his second quarter touchdown reception and got back to his roots by returning two punts -- an added responsibility he requested. If Moss can be an effective thirdfourth option for Griffin, return punts and be a respected veteran voice in the locker room, hell more than earn his keep.20 questions in 20 days20 Aug.20Will Jammal Brown play this year?
19 Aug.21Will Chris Cooley make the team?
18 Aug. 22Can Brandon Meriweather get he job done at safety?
17 Aug. 23Is Garon a No. 1 receiver?
16 Aug. 24Can Trent Williams go from good to great?
15 YesterdayCan DeAngelo Hall be a defensive playmaker?
14 TodayCan Santana Moss regain his old form?
13 TomorrowCan Orakpo post 15 sacks?

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Running back Marshall expected to miss 3 weeks with elbow injury

Running back Marshall expected to miss 3 weeks with elbow injury

Rookie running back Keith Marshall is expected to miss three weeks after suffering a strained elbow in Friday's preseason game.

Marshall was scheduled to have an MRI exam on Saturday. While there has been no official word from the team as to the severity of Marshall's injury, CSN's Chick Hernandez is reporting he will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

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Redskins' starting defense is sharp in small preseason sample of work

Redskins' starting defense is sharp in small preseason sample of work

Judging by the small sample size that the NFL preseason has become it looks like the Redskins’ starting defense is ready to go for the start of the NFL season.

The Redskins’ opponents had six possessions with their staring quarterbacks in the lineup, which usually means that those teams had all of their healthy starters in the game. In those six possessions the Redskins’ opponents mustered 53 yards of total offense.

As far as the starting quarterbacks, the Redskins didn’t face anyone who is bound for Canton five years after retirement. But there wasn’t a Case Keenum in the group either. Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Matt Ryan combined to complete six of 18 passes for 46 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns. That comes to a combined passer rating of 42.4.

This is a major improvement over the 2015 preseason when starting quarterbacks were much sharper against the Redskins’ defense. Josh McCown, Matthew Stafford, and Joe Flacco completed 19 of 26 passes for 248 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s a stellar passer rating of 128.4.

This year the other teams apparently wanted to get the QBs some work and didn’t run a lot. The Redskins gave up 36 rushing yards on eight attempts. That’s an average of 4.5 yards per attempt. Over a year that would be an improvement over last year (4.8 per carry) but still well above the league average (4.1).

It’s hard to overemphasize the small sample sizes involved here. It would be a mistake to draw any sweeping conclusions from a few dozen snaps. But among the goals of the preseason are to look competent and, as Jay Gruden said, create some “positive vibrations”. The Redskins defense can check the boxes next to both of those.

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Bryan Stork clarifies next move after days of speculation with Redskins

Bryan Stork clarifies next move after days of speculation with Redskins

After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter. 

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options. 

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Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries. 

Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury. 

McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill. 

Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter.