A little late with this, here are is a look at the snap counts for the game against the Bengals. The numbers are provided by the NFL.Total offensive snaps: 76Quarterback: Robert Griffin III 76Offensive line: Chris Chester, Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger, Tyler Polumbus played all 76 snaps; Trent Williams 14, Jordan Black 62Williams was injured on the third offensive play so he gave it a go for 11 plays after that. You have to think that bodes well for him being able to play this week but you can never tell. Brian Orakpo played a dozen snaps or so after his season-ending pectoral injury.Wide receiver:Leonard Hankerson 59, Josh Morgan 57, Santana Moss 40, Dezmon Briscoe 15, Aldrick Robinson 15Average wide receivers in per snap: 2.5 The number that jumps out is Robinsons. He went from playing 60 snaps against the Saints to just 15 this week. Like a lot of young receivers he will have his ups and downs this year.Tight end:Fred Davis 73, Niles Paul 12, Logan Paulsen 5A bit of a change here in that Pauls snaps are down from 20 last week. This is probably due to the team playing in catch-up mode for much of the game.Running back:Alfred Morris 37, Evan Royster 19, Roy Helu Jr. 19; Fullback Darrel Young 11The relatively high workloads for Royster and, especially, Helu were due in part to the Redskins spending so much of the game behind in the score. Young has played 19, 11, and 11 snaps in the Redskins three games.Total defensive snaps: 60Defensive line:Stephen Bowen 53, Jarvis Jenkins 40, Barry Cofield 37, Kedric Golston 16, Chris Baker 10Bakers workload was about the same as Chris Neild had as Cofields primary backup last year. Jenkins saw the first extended action of his NFL career.Linebacker:Perry Rile, London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan played all 60 snaps; Rob Jackson 32, Markus White 15, Chris Wilson 10, Lorenzo Alexander 1, Keenan Robinson 1The headline here is that White, seeing the first regular-season action of his career on defense, played more than the veteran Wilson. It will be interesting to see if that continues. In non-headline news, Kerrigan played every snap.Defensive backs:DeJon Gomes 59, Madieu Williams 59, Josh Wilson 59, DeAngelo Hall 59, Richard Crawford 24, Crezdon Butler 2, Cedric Griffin 2, Reed Doughty 1Griffin suffered a hamstring injury in the early going, pressing the rookie Crawford into action as the third CB.
Judging by the small sample size that the NFL preseason has become it looks like the Redskins’ starting defense is ready to go for the start of the NFL season.
The Redskins’ opponents had six possessions with their staring quarterbacks in the lineup, which usually means that those teams had all of their healthy starters in the game. In those six possessions the Redskins’ opponents mustered 53 yards of total offense.
As far as the starting quarterbacks, the Redskins didn’t face anyone who is bound for Canton five years after retirement. But there wasn’t a Case Keenum in the group either. Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Matt Ryan combined to complete six of 18 passes for 46 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns. That comes to a combined passer rating of 42.4.
This is a major improvement over the 2015 preseason when starting quarterbacks were much sharper against the Redskins’ defense. Josh McCown, Matthew Stafford, and Joe Flacco completed 19 of 26 passes for 248 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s a stellar passer rating of 128.4.
This year the other teams apparently wanted to get the QBs some work and didn’t run a lot. The Redskins gave up 36 rushing yards on eight attempts. That’s an average of 4.5 yards per attempt. Over a year that would be an improvement over last year (4.8 per carry) but still well above the league average (4.1).
It’s hard to overemphasize the small sample sizes involved here. It would be a mistake to draw any sweeping conclusions from a few dozen snaps. But among the goals of the preseason are to look competent and, as Jay Gruden said, create some “positive vibrations”. The Redskins defense can check the boxes next to both of those.
After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options.
Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries.
Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury.
McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill.
Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter.
The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.
- T Al Bond
- T Cody Booth
- LB Shiro Davis
- LB Ejiro Ederaine
- CB Jeremy Harris
- LB Willie Jefferson
- WR Valdez Showers
- WR Dez Stewart
- WR Jarvis Turner
- RB Kelsey Young
The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.
The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.