Last week I wrote that the Redskins had fewer starts by their own draft picks in 2011 than any other NFL team. Of a total of 352 starts (22 starters times 16 games), draft picks made 121 of them.With a great emphasis being put on the draft by Mike Shanahan than we saw in the past in Washington, one would expect the Redskins to have more starts by home-grown talent in 2012 than they did last year. Now well look at how many draft pick starts they might have in 2012. Last week we looked at the offense Today, the defense.DefenseIt is a good bet that the Redskins are planning on starting the three linebackers drafted by the Redskins for all 16 games this year. Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley, and Ryan Kerrigan are mainstays on the defense and are set in the starting lineup.Along the line, Jarvis Jenkins will fight it out with Adam Carriker for the starting job at left defensive end. Both will play a lot but the question here is who gets how many starts. It says here that earlier in the years Carrikers experience will have him on the field first earlier in the years but when Jenkins knee if fully healthy and he gets familiar with the defense, he will get the nod. Give Jenkins, who was drafted in the second round last year, 10 starts in 2012.There is a possibility that no Redskins draft picks will get starts in the backfield. DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are set as the starters at cornerback and Tanard Jackson and Brandon Meriweather are penciled in as the starting safeties. It would not be surprising to see DeJon Gomes match the five starts he got as a rookie in 2011. If Kevin Barnes can beat out Cedric Griffin for the nickel back job he may get a few starts. Beyond that, it is hard to see Brandyn Thompson getting a start and 2012 draft picks Richard Crawford and Jordan Bernstine are probably a year away from contributing at all.With 48 combined starts for the linebackers, 10 for Jenkins and five for Gomes, that projects to 63 starts for the defense. Well add in 10 more for unexpected developments for a total of 73.If you add that to the 78 starts projected for the offense, that makes 161 starts by team draft picks for the Redskins. In 2011, that still would have had them near the bottom of the NFL. Only the Rams (125) and Bills (155) had fewer that 161 starts by their draft picks.The Redskins recent focus on building the team through the draft is, as Shanahan likes to say, a process. Indications are that it it will be a very long process.In 2011, the Redskins had 72 starts by their own draft picks on defense:S Reed Doughty 11S DeJon Gomes 5OLB Ryan Kerrigan 16S LaRon Landry 8ILB Rocky McIntosh 8OLB Brian Orakpo 16ILB Perry Riley 8
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who is in the NFL concussion protocol, has been cleared to return to practice, but he still has some hurdles to clear before being declared ready for game action.
During his Monday news conference Gruden said that Reed, who has missed the last two games with a concussion diagnosed two days after the team’s game against the Ravens on October 9, would practice with the team when preparations resumed on Monday.
However, that doesn’t mean that he will play on Sunday, when the Redskins face the Bengals in London. Reed still has to clear the concussion protocol and his participation in a game is subject to the approval of an independent neurologist.
Reed did participate in practice on a limited basis last Wednesday. But he was held out Thursday and Friday and was declared out for the game on the injury report.
So while the news that he will practice is encouraging as far as his chances of playing against Cincinnati it very much remains to be seen if it will happen.
It looked bad. Third quarter, Lions QB Matthew Stafford goes deep to wide receiver Marvin Jones with Josh Norman hanging on in coverage. Jones and Norman lept for the ball, Jones caught it, Norman's head whipped to the Ford Field turf.
Few were surprised when Norman stayed laying on the field, or when he was escorted directly to the locker room after the play by Washington's medical staff. Diagnosed with a concussion at the stadium, now things get tricky for Norman and the Redskins.
The NFL's concussion protocol requires a series of steps be cleared before a player can return to practice, then another series of steps to play in a game. So far this season, Su'a Cravens and Jordan Reed have sustained concussions for Washington, and neither player made it back inside a week.
Further complicating matters for Norman, the Redskins will practice at their Ashburn facility until Thursday before boarding an overnight flight to London for Sunday's game against Cincinatti. While there are obviously plenty of doctors in London, it's unknown if any are a part of the NFL concussion protocol and are able to clear Norman for the game should he be ready.
"Thursday he'll have to be cleared, otherwise we will have to play without Josh Norman," Jay Gruden said Monday.
On top of all that? How about A.J. Green.
The Bengals star wideout already has 775 receving yards on the season, and on Sunday posted one of the more ridiculous TD catches that will happen all season. It would be hard to envision a scenario where the Redskins staff would not match Green up against Norman.
That is, if the cornerback gets cleared.
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