Redskins snap count analysis at Dallas

garcon-vs-dal.png

Redskins snap count analysis at Dallas

Here is a look at who played how much against the Cowboys on Thursday.

Offense: 65 snaps

Quarterback: Robert Griffin III 65

Offensive line: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus all played 65

Wide receiver: Josh Morgan 42, Leonard Hankerson 37, Santana Moss 33, Pierre Garçon 29, Aldrick Robinson 10, Brandon Banks 9

2.5 WR/snap Garçon was very productive in his relatively limited action with five receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown. Banks’ snap count was his highest since the Vikings game in Week 6.

Tight end: Logan Paulsen 65, Niles Paul 13, Chris Cooley 3

You would figure that Cooley’s snaps would start to climb as the weeks go on but they have declined from 20 his first game back to 11 to 9 and the three this week.

Running back: Alfred Morris 52, Darrel Young 23, Evan Royster 9

Morris continues to evolve into an every-down back as his pass protection skills improve. After a light load against the Eagles, Young played about his season average in terms of percentage of offensive plays.

Defense: 82 snaps

Defensive line: Barry Cofield 55, Stephen Bowen 53, Jarvis Jenkins 33, Kedric Golston 28, Chris Baker 9

Cofield tied for his second-highest snap count of the year; only in Week 6 against the Vikings did he play more.

Linebacker: Ryan Kerrigan 82, Perry Riley 81, London Fletcher 63, Lorenzo Alexander 41, Rob Jackson 36, Keenan Robinson 19, Mario Addison 5

Kerrigan resumed his Iron Man role, playing every snap. We will find out later today if Robinson’s 19 snaps, tied for his season high, will be his last of the year.

Defensive backs: Madieu Williams, Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall all played 82 snaps; DeJon Gomes 73, Cedric Griffin 72, Jordan Pugh 4, Reed Doughty 1, D. J. Johnson 1

Oddly, Doughty started the game per both Pro Football Focus and the NFL and that was his only defensive snap. Griffin saw by far his heaviest workload of the season thanks to Tony Romo throwing 62 passes. 

Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson held out of OTAs

grudenoninjuriesrefframe_1.jpg

Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson held out of OTAs

Everybody wants to see what first-round rookie WR Josh Doctson can do when out on the field with Kirk Cousins and the Redskins first-team offense - but they were forced to wait on Wednesday. Washington decided to keep their prized rookie off to the side working with trainers while the team took part in individual and team drills.

"Just kind of Achilles got rolled up on, and I’m just taking it easy," Doctson said after the OTA session. "It happened back in minicamp, so I’m just trying to take it easy for the day. I’ll be back out there tomorrow."

'Skins coach Jay Gruden echoed Doctson's comments, saying the team was using precaution with the rookie.

"Sore Achilles," the coach said of Doctson. "We're just trying to be smart with him. We don't want it to reoccur."

While Doctson battled a broken wrist last November in college, the Achilles injury is new, though both coach and player did not seemed alarmed. 

DeSean Jackson also missed Wednesday's practice session, leaving the Redskins WR group down two of their most explosive players. 

"I’ll go tomorrow," Doctson said. "Just a small tweak."

As for the missed OTA session, the rookie still tried to absorb as much as he could.

"I’m trying to learn, take mental reps. Everything’s going pretty easy right now, learning from the older guys and just watching them," he said. "I’m not happy I ain’t get to practice today, but I understand I gotta take it easy."

Gruden on DeSean Jackson missing OTAs: He will probably show up

grudenondeseanrefframe_1.jpg

Gruden on DeSean Jackson missing OTAs: He will probably show up

DeSean Jackson missed Wednesday's OTA session at Redskins Park, though Jay Gruden said he expects his WR to attend, eventually. 

"He will probably show up here, maybe next week, maybe whenever," Gruden said.

Throughout Jackson's tenure, he's had a spotty record of attending voluntary workouts and practices, though he did attend a workout earlier this month.

"He’s been here. He’s popped in, had a cup of coffee," Gruden said with a laugh.

It's important to remember that the sessions Jackson has missed are not mandatory, though his contract contains a $500,000 bonus if he attends 90 percent of workouts.

"Last time I looked up the word voluntary, it's his choice," Gruden said. "He knows what type of shape he needs to come in. He'll be ready to go."

During the OTA session, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense looked choppy, and new Redskins cornerback Josh Norman declared the 11-on-11 drills a win for the defense. Cousins also said that he is using this time - his first offseason as the undisputed starter - to sync timing with his receivers. 

With rookie WR Josh Doctson also not taking part in team drills due to a sore Achilles, the Redskins receiver group - considered by many to be the strongest position group on the team - was down two of its most explosive talents. 

Redskins guard Spencer Long has been getting some work at center, too

ryankerriganchick052316refframe_1.jpg

Redskins guard Spencer Long has been getting some work at center, too

Although it’s a little early in the offseason to handicap position battles, it’s definitely worth noting that guard Spencer Long has also been getting some work at center.

“Getting more and more comfortable,” Long told me on Monday at the Redskins charity golf tournament. “Obviously, I’d be lying if I told you I was as comfortable [at center] as I was at guard, but that comes with time. The more practice I get at it, the better I’ll be. I’ve been working at it daily.”

“It’s something that I’m definitely prepared to do if I’m asked,” the 25-year-old added. “It’s something I’ll continue to work at.”

What does it mean? That’s unclear…for now.

Starter Kory Lichtensteiger along with backups Josh LeRibeus and Austin Reiter are the three centers currently listed on the Redskins’ roster.

Long, meantime, made 14 starts in 2015 at left guard after replacing Shawn Lauvao, who was playing well when he went down with a season-ending ankle injury in Week 3. Lauvao, though, is expected to return at some point and, assuming that he does, it could create an opportunity to reshuffle the line.

But that doesn’t mean it is going to happen. Lichtensteiger is by far the most experienced center on the team. It’s also important to point out how quickly Jay Gruden reinstalled Lichtensteiger as the starter last January after he missed most of the season with a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Long, on the other hand, is more than five years younger and has a big size advantage but has played in only 18 games, all as a guard.

On Wednesday, the Redskins will open practice to reporters for the first time this spring, giving us a better picture of the pecking order at a number of positions, including those along the O-line.

We’ll also get a better feel for exactly how much work Long is getting at center—and how much progress he's made.  

“You’re the guy that has to be orchestrating everything up there,” Long said, asked about playing center vs. guard. “While making the calls, you have to focus on your snaps, too. ...You have to have a certain poise, to make the right calls confidently and also get the snap off when you’re exhausted. It’s just a different position; you’re at the head of it.”