Redskins snap count analysis at Dallas

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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 announce jersey numbers for draftees, free agents

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Redskins announce jersey numbers for draftees, free agents

Now that the 2016 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror, the Redskins are plodding away toward the start of training camp, and eventually, the beginning of the 2016 NFL season.

But before that can begin, the players who saw their lifes change for the better in Chicago, Illinois this weekend have to get fitted for new jersey numbers.

On Tuesday, the Redskins announced the jersey numbers each rookie and free agent signing will wear, along with the few players who have changed jersey numbers:

— No. 2, QB Nate Sudfeld (Rd6, No. 187)

— No. 18, WR Josh Doctson (Rd1, No. 22)

— No. 20, CB Greg Toler (FA)

— No. 24, CB Josh Norman (FA)

— No. 29, S Duke Ihenacho (Change from No. 24)

— No. 30, S David Bruton Jr. (FA)

— No. 34, DB Kyshoen Jarrett (Change from No. 30)

— No. 36, S Su'a Cravens (Rd2, No. 53)

— No. 38, CB Kendall Fuller (Rd3, No. 84)

— No. 39, RB Keith Marshall (Rd7, No. 242)

— No. 46, LB Willie Jefferson (FA)

— No. 52, LB Terence Garvin (FA)

— No. 53, LB Steven Daniels (Rd7, No. 232)

— No. 60, OL Cody Booth (FA)

— No. 63, NT Jerrell Powe (FA)

— No. 73, DL Ziggy Hood (FA)

— No. 83, TE Marcel Jansen (Change from No. 85)

— No. 85, TE Vernon Davis (FA)

— No. 97, DE Kendal Reyes (FA)

— No. 98, DT Matt Ioannidis (Rd5, No. 152)

McCloughan says he prefers low-mileage running backs

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McCloughan says he prefers low-mileage running backs

When it comes to drafting running backs, Scot McCloughan prefers low-mileage models.

Last year, McCloughan took Matt Jones, who had 297 rushing attempts in three seasons at Florida, in the third round. This year the running back pick was Keith Marshall, a seventh-round pick who carried the ball 253 times in four years as a Georgia Bulldog.

In contrast, Heisman Trophy winning back Derrick Henry had 395 carries in 2015 alone.

Of course, Henry got the ball a lot because he was consistently productive for the Crimson Tide. Injuries kept Marshall from having a bigger role at Georgia and Jones couldn’t break out of a running back by committee arrangement with the Gators.

McCloughan sees the positive in each of his backs’ situations.

“The thing I like about it, and it was the thing with Matt Jones last year, is the amount of carries he’s had,” he said when asked about Marshall’s lack of college production. “He hasn’t been beat up. With running backs, it’s so important to have the health. The more hits you take, the worse off it is. Again, we’ll see how it shakes out.”

McCloughan may just be trying to put some lipstick on a pig here in talking about the Redskins’ still uncertain running back situation. But it’s a fact that heavy college workloads taken on by backs like Henry do drop their draft stocks. So it makes sense that all other things being equal a back who had a light workload prior to entering the draft should be somewhat more valuable.

As McCloughan said, we’ll see how it shakes out.

McCloughan may use extra 2017 picks to deal for players this year

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McCloughan may use extra 2017 picks to deal for players this year

Scot McCloughan raised some eyebrows by executing draft trades that got the Redskins three picks in the 2017 NFL draft. He says he did it in part with the 2017 draft in mind. But he also wanted some trade assets should any needs arise this coming season.

“A lot of people don’t want to do it because it’s not immediate impact,” McCloughan said at a news conference at Redskins Park. “‘Well, that’s next year. What about this year?’ Coaches want this year, which I understand completely. But what it gives me the opportunity to do is not just worry about next year’s draft and trading up and that kind of stuff, but this offseason and during the season trading. We’ve got multiple picks now.”

So if the Redskins find themselves in need of a player at any point between now and the trading deadline, which falls in early November, they have spare picks in the next draft to be able to do so.

The Redskins acquired 2017 picks in the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds. They traded away their own 2017 fifth-rounder last summer for tight end Derek Carrier. They currently have nine 2017 selections, one in each of the seven rounds plus two in the fourth and two in the sixth.

The deal that made some fans moderately unhappy was the one McCloughan made the Jets to give them a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2017. But it’s clear that McCloughan didn’t see much value on his board at that point in time.

“Well, the thing about it was if I was dead set on the guys on the board at that pick, I would have taken them,” said McCloughan. “But knowing I can get a fourth next year for them and knowing that it gives me ammunition to trade around too later if need be this year or next year? Yeah, it’s valuable.”