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Grading the special teams: Blocked punts big issue

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Grading the special teams: Blocked punts big issue

Special teamsGrade vs. Rams: C-Comment:The big concern entering Sundays game was whether long snapper Justin Snow would find a rhythm with holder Sav Rocca and kicker Billy Cundiff after signing in Washington on Tuesday.As it turned out, the Redskins field goal operation was the least of the unit's problems at Edward Jones Dome. It was the punt team again.For the second consecutive week, Rocca had a punt blocked and the opposing team promptly parlayed the miscue into a touchdown. Facing a fourth and six at the Washington 24, Rocca received a perfect snap and, by the time he looked up, Matthew Mulligan already was in his face. Four plays later, the Rams had a 31-28 lead they would not relinquish.Its not like the 6 foot 4, 265-pound Mulligan used an elite burst of speed, outmuscled a lineman, raced around the corner, laid out and got a finger on the ball. He came right up the middle and stuffed Roccas attempt.Just like New Orleans Martez Wilson seven days before.The blocked punts, of course, come a season after the Redskins had five field goal attempts knocked down.So what the heck is going on, Coach?Last year, if you take a look at the blocked field goals, we lost a number of offensive linemen, Mike Shanahan said Monday. In every scenario, theres a different person at fault. You just keep on working to eliminate those problems. What happened in St. Louis is what I told you after the game some person was more concerned with coverage than they were with protection, and all of a sudden, you take off to quick and theres another mistake.Shanahan went out of his way to not name the player(s) at fault. But youve got to wonder whether Shanahans patience is also running short with popular special teams coach Danny Smith.The only reason special teams did not receive a failing grade is Cundiffs continued execution on kickoffs. Four of his five kickoffs Sunday resulted in a touchback.

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Redskins announce list of 26 players who did not travel for Buccaneers game

Redskins announce list of 26 players who did not travel for Buccaneers game

TAMPA — The Redskins did not bring the entire team to Tampa for their preseason game tonight.

A total of 26 players, most of the team’s starters and top reserves, stayed back in Washington.

They were not going to play in the game, which was rescheduled from tomorrow to tonight.

RELATED: REDSKINS VS. BUCCANEERS LIVE BLOG

Here are the players who did not make the trip:

  • 8 QB Kirk Cousins
  • 11 WR DeSean Jackson
  • 20 CB Greg Toler
  • 23 S DeAngelo Hall
  • 24 CB Josh Norman
  • 25 RB Chris Thompson
  • 26 CB Bashaud Breeland
  • 30 S David Bruton Jr.
  • 31 RB Matt Jones
  • 51 LB Will Compton
  • 54 LB Mason Foster
  • 61 G Spencer Long
  • 64 NT Kedric Golston
  • 71 T Trent Williams
  • 73 DE Ziggy Hood
  • 75 G Brandon Scherff
  • 76 T Morgan Moses
  • 77 G Shawn Lauvao
  • 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger
  • 80 WR Jamison Crowder
  • 85 TE Vernon Davis
  • 86 TE Jordan Reed
  • 88 WR Pierre Garçon
  • 91 LB Ryan Kerrigan
  • 92 DE Chris Baker
  • 94 LB Preston Smith

 

None of the names on the list is particularly surprising with the possible exception of Hood.

He has likely earned a roster spot but his inclusion in the group getting the night off was not expected. We will keep an eye on his situation as we move towards Week 1.

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Redskins vs. Buccaneers Live Updates: Week 4 score, stats, highlights

Redskins vs. Buccaneers Live Updates: Week 4 score, stats, highlights

The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off Week 4 of the NFL preseason with a rainsoaked matchup on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

The game was moved up a day early because of incliment weather and early updates indicate the game is still on, for now.

CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live udpates from the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game with the latest scores, stats, highlights, weather updates and quarter-by-quarter summaries. 

RELATED: WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN REDSKINS VS. BUCS

PREGAME: 

5:30 p.m. — The official kickoff time is set for 8:00 p.m. The radar in Tampa Bay doesn't look to good just two hours out.

5:40 p.m. — Rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld is getting the start for the Redskins tonight. Having played his college career in Big Ten country, 'a little rain' isn't a concern.

6:10 p.m. — Oh the joys of television ... and cannons. CSNMA Insider JP Finlay still has some things to get used to. 

6:20 p.m. — The game is still on as planned, although the torrential downpour in Tampa could potentially force game officials to end the game at the half. 

6:40 p.m. — The final preseason game is, for many teams, the final audition for fringe players. As such, 26 Redskins players did not make the trip to Tampa. Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, DeAngelo Hall, Trent Williams and Pierre Garcon are just few of the stars who will be watching the Buccaneers' game on TV. 

7:20 p.m. — Weather update: THERE IS A LOT OF RAIN.

8:00 p.m. — OK, it's apparently time to play football, which may be a difficult task to carry out tonight. If you're in the neighborhood of Raymond James Stadium, there are plenty of seats still available. 

FIRST QUARTER:

8:10 p.m. — The Redskins receive to start the game. Nate Sudfeld is in at QB. Robert Kelley starts at RB with Rashad Ross and Maurice Harris at WR. Logan Paulsen gets the start at TE.

8:15 p.m. — A healthy dose of Robert Kelley to start. He has been mighty impressive in the preseason. WIll he play another series? He probably shouldn't. A position on the roster is all but locked up. The Redskins rushing game looked fairly poor this preseason aside from Kelley.

8:17 p.m. — Redskins first drive stalls. Dustin Hopkins connects on a 47-yard FG. 3-0 Redskins. 

SECOND QUARTER:

8:40 p.m. — Mack Brown wants a spot on the roster. The Florida Gators running back ran 60 yards for a TD on the first series of the second quarter. 10-0.

8:45 p.m. — Mack Brown doin' work. 

8:50 p.m. — Conventional wisdom suggested that the Redskins running back position would work itself out by the end of the preseason. But as of now it looks like the team could keep Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley and Mack Brown. 

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Tropical storm pouring down rain in Tampa as game time approaches for Redskins (VIDEO)

Tropical storm pouring down rain in Tampa as game time approaches for Redskins (VIDEO)

TAMPA - It's no secret that bad weather is hitting Tampa this week. In fact, the Redskins and Buccaneers moved up their fourth and final preseason game from Thursday night to Wednesday night in an effort to get in front of the pending tropical weather. While the schedule change may help the teams avoid the nastiest parts of the storm, plenty of bad weather has already moved into Tampa.

From CSN photographer Mitch Tischler live at Raymond James Stadium:

A different view - looking over Tampa Bay:

As of 1 p.m., there are no plans in place to cancel the game, and some of the football operations people involved believe that the game will be fine as the bands of rain space out. Lightning and flooding could lead to a cancellation, however, either before the game or once the action stars.

Stay tuned.