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Redskins snap count analysis vs. Giants

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Redskins snap count analysis vs. Giants

Here is a look at the Redskins’ snap counts against the Giants:

Offense: 70 snaps

Quarterback: Robert Griffin III, 70

Offensive line: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus all played 70 snaps.

Of this group, only one has missed any of the 471 offensive snaps this year. Williams has played 407 snaps.

Wide receiver: Leonard Hankerson 68, Josh Morgan 54, Santana Moss 17, Aldrick Robinson 3, Dezmon Briscoe 1

Average WR per snap: 2.0 The Redskins split out a lot of players who were not wide receivers, including fullback Darryl Young. That limited the playing time for everyone but starters Morgan and Hankerson. Moss did make the most out of his 17 snaps, however, with three receptions, two of them for touchdowns.

Tight end: Logan Paulsen 60, Niles Paul 38, Fred Davis 16

Paulsen played virtually every snap after Davis went out with his injury. It looks like Paulsen stepped into the role of Davis, who had missed just four snaps all year, as the “starter” and Paul took snaps that would have gone to him and Paulsen had Davis been playing.

Running back: Alfred Morris 52, Darrel Young 40, Evan Royster 17

As noted above, Young frequently lined up split out wide and that meant one of his heaviest workloads of the year (he typically plays fewer than 20 snaps and his previous high was 27 against the Bucs).

Defense: 63 snaps

Defensive line: Stephen Bowen 49, Barry Cofield 48, Jarvis Jenkins 34, Kedric Golston 15, Chris Baker 15

Nothing unusual here except that Cofield had a slightly heavier workload than usual.

Linebackers: Perry Riley 63, Ryan Kerrigan 63, London Fletcher 46, Lorenzo Alexander 41, Rob Jackson 33, Keenan Robinson 12, Mario Addison 1, Chris Wilson 1

Fletcher, of course, went out after straining his hamstring, resulting in Alexander getting more snaps than he would have otherwise. If Fletcher can’t go in Pittsburgh it looks like Alexander will start in the middle. It will be interesting to see if that leads to increased snaps for Wilson or for Robinson.

Defensive back: DeAngelo Hall 60, Madieu Williams 60, Josh Wilson 60, Reed Doughty 32, Jordan Pugh 30, Cedric Griffin 30

It’s obvious that Pugh has moved ahead of DeJon Gomes on the depth chart with Pugh essentially splitting the strong safety snaps with Doughty and Gomes playing only on special teams.

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Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

The Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, confirmed CSN Insider JP Finlay, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the news. 

The news is unexpected following reports earlier in the day that Stork had been released. 

In fact, Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay explored whether Washington should sign the former first-round pick a few hours ago. 

The Patriots selected Stork in the fourth round of the 2014 draft from Florida State, and in two seasons with New England he has started 17 games. Stork has also dealt with concussion issues, last year playing just eight games and starting six.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 lbs., Stork is big for a center. Current Redskins starter Kory Lichtensteiger lists at 6-foot-2 and 295 lbs., and was limited to five regular season games last season.

The Redskins have Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long and Josh LeRibeus competing at the center position, but none have the high-end potential that a Stork could bring to the position. 

Unfortunately, in addition to concussion issues, Stork has been kicked out of practices for fighting and can cross the line separating legal and dirty play on the field, according to CSNNE.com Patriots beat writer Phil Perry

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RB Chris Thompson unlikely to play in Bills game, says Jay Gruden

RB Chris Thompson unlikely to play in Bills game, says Jay Gruden

Redskins fans know that Presumed starting running back Matt Jones will not play Friday night against the Bills.

But on Wednesday, Jay Gruden said that Chris Thompson is also unlikely to play. 

Gruden said that Thompson is nursing a sore knee and shoulder and that the team would rather not "have him get banged around."

The coach pointed out it also lets rookies Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley get more snaps as the 'Skins try to determine what they have in the young runners. 

In his fourth season out of Florida State, Thompson is a known quantity for Washington.

A skilled receiver out of the backfield, Thompson emerged as a quality third down back for Gruden last year and a trustworthy target for Kirk Cousins out of the backfield. 

Gruden also announced that Chris Baker might sit out Friday's game against buffalo. The defensive tackle is batting soreness in his quad. 

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Redskins' Blackmon, Hall learning to communicate as they convert to safety

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Redskins' Blackmon, Hall learning to communicate as they convert to safety

Over the past decade the Redskins have tried some different things in their futile efforts to bolster the safety position. They have tried young players, older players, and everything in between while trying to stabilize the back end of their defense.

But they have never tried converting two veteran cornerbacks to safety. Until this year, that is.

DeAngelo Hall has made three Pro Bowls as a cornerback in his 12 years in the NFL. Will Blackmon has played in 81 games at cornerback in his nine NFL seasons. Both are being asked to set aside a lot of the knowledge accumulated over the thousands of snaps that they have played on the edge and move to the middle of the field.

Blackmon said this spring that he never played safety during any of his previous three NFL stops with the Packers, Giants, and Jaguars. Hall lined up at safety towards the end of last year but given the on-the-fly nature of the position switch defensive coordinator Joe Barry and the other coaches tried to make it easier for him.

“We kind of spoon-fed him along last year and had a specific package with specific calls for him,” said Barry. “This offseason, obviously we unleashed the whole playbook at him. I think in the long run, it actually worked out great for him because we didn’t overload him last year, as I said. We kept it pretty simple on him and he was able to make that transition a lot smoother.”

As Barry indicated, Hall will be going from taking a Playing Safety 101 course to being expected to perform at a graduate level. On one level it’s still football and he and Blackmon will be covering and tackling and trying to knock passes down. But unlike the cornerback out on an island a safety is responsible for communicating changes in the defense to the rest of the secondary.

“The way secondary play works is that most communication is from the inside out,” said Barry. “As a corner, you’re usually told what to do; you’re communicated to by your safeties. That was the biggest thing I know for D-Hall, especially a year ago when we moved him because he was like, ‘Wow, I have got to tell everyone what to do instead of receiving information and being told what to do.’ And Will echoed the same thing.”

Certainly they are taking a gamble by having Hall and Blackmon as two of the four safeties they are likely to carry on the roster. But they did give themselves time to properly prepare for their transitions.

“But the good thing is that we made the move,” said Barry. “It wasn’t like we made the move halfway through training camp. We made this decision in the offseason, so they got a full entire offseason, they got a full entire training camp, they are going to have four preseason games under their belt because every day is, ‘Ooh, I learned something new today. Ooh, I saw something new today.’ But I couldn’t be happier with where they’re at right now.”

Well, Hall isn’t going to have four preseason games to get ready. In the two the Redskins have played so far he has played a total of 18 snaps. He won’t play in the fourth preseason game so if he plays a half against the Bills on Friday he will have about 50 snaps under his belt. That’s not even one full game’s worth.

Blackmon has played a total of 58 snaps in the preseason and he could play in the fourth game so he will have more preparation than Hall from that standpoint. It will be interesting to see if Blackmon spells Hall early in the season as the latter player gets his feet under him.