Three weeks after having second procedure on his surgicallyrepaired right knee, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger said he remains on targetto start in New Orleans.Thats how I feel, and thats what Im going to go with,Lichtensteiger said Wednesday. Unless something changes, Im going to be readyfor Week 1.Lichtensteiger returned to the practice field Monday, buthas been limited to warmup and individual drills.Im getting some contact in the individual drills but asfar as doing live team reps, Im not there yet, he said. But I think Imclose. It feels good, but Im hesitant to put a for-sure timetable on it rightnow.Lichtensteiger said its possible he could take a few snapsin the preseason finale against Tampa Bay, but at the very least, he would liketo practice fully during the week leading up to the regular season opener atSuperdome.Ive just got to get ready, he said. At some point, Ivegot to take reps in practice and get the feel for how a game goes. Whenever Ido that and feel comfortable with it, thats when Im sure theyll put me in.So far this preseason, the Redskins offensive line has beenravaged by injuries. In addition to Lichtensteiger, the team has also beenwithout Jammal Brown (hip) and Chris Chester (ankle). Only Brown, however, isexpected to be sidelined long term.
The Redskins announced the moves of two veterans to injured reserve and the signing of a veteran center. They also promoted a player from the practice squad.
They sent safety DeAngelo Hall and center Kory Lichtensteiger to injured reserve. Hall suffered a torn ACL on Sunday against the Giants and Lichtensteiger sustained a calf strain.
To take those spots on the roster, the Redskins signed veteran center John Sullivan and offensive lineman Vinston Painter was moved up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Sullivan, was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009 through 2014. The 31-year-old missed all of 2015 with a back injury and the Vikings released him on August 30 of this year.
The Redskins claimed Painter off of waivers in August but released him when they cut down to 53 players. He was then signed to the practice squad.
Hall and Lichtensteiger are no strangers to injured reserve. It’s the second straight season Lichtensteiger has been on injured reserve. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury last year that had him on IR for eight weeks before he returned. Hall tore his Achilles in 2014 and spent the last 11 games on injured reserve.
Due to the new injured reserve rules, either player would be eligible to return to the roster after missing eight weeks. With the ACL injury that will not happen for Hall but if Lichtensteiger could return if the calf heals. The team does not have to designate anyone to return in advance but they can make only one such move during the season.
CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.
Aftet two weeks of lip service from coaches and players about establishing the run, the Redskins finally commited to Matt Jones and the ground game in the team's first victory against the Giants. The 'Skins ran the ball 28 times (excluding victory formation plays late in the game) and Jones got the rock 17 times. With help from The Edge, let's examine what worked well in New York.
Compare the difference in the loss to the Cowboys and the win over the Giants. Against the Cowboys the 'Skins ran two types of runs: Zone (14 attempts) and Gap (1 Attempt). Against the Giants on Sunday, Washington kept the defense guessing with Gap runs (6 attempts), Draws (4 attempts), a Sweep (1 attempt) but still kept their identity as a Zone running team (17 attempts). See graph below.
While the other running styles may not have had as much success as Inside Zone and Outside Zone, the variety broke up the Zone running focus of previous games and allowed for much more success in the run game overall.
Most importantly for Jay Gruden and Sean McVay, the Redskins stayed committed to the run and that plan succeeded in the fourth quarter.