A few questions will be answered as the Redskins start up their OTAs today in Ashburn. At a handful of positions, it will be interesting to see who lines up with the first team. While jobs that are up for grabs are not won in May with the opening game 111 days away, lining up with the first team sends a signal that it is the players job to lose.That can be the case even when the job is a backup role. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger will be sitting out as he rehabs his injured knee. Does Maurice Hurt, who filled in there for the last half of the season, line up at left guard in Lichtensteigers absence? Or will it perhaps be rookie Josh LeRibeus?There is no question about who we will see with the first unit at quarterback. And it is likely that Robert Griffin III will be handing the ball off to Roy Helu Jr. The anticipated battle for the starting running back job between Helu and Tim Hightower will not take place until training camp as Hightower recovers from a knee injury.One third of the teams trio of top receivers will be sidelined today. Leonard Hankersons surgically-repaired hip isnt recovered enough for football activities so hell watch Pierre Garon and Josh Morgan catch passes from RG3. Santana Moss should be the third wide receiver but that spot will bear watching. If Anthony Armstrong or Aldrick Robinson gets significant time there, that could be a sign that the team is looking at moving on without Moss. That is not expected but there is always a surprise or two during this part of the year.Adam Carriker has been the staring left defensive end for the past two years. Jarvis Jenkins was drafted in the second round a year ago to take his place. Jenkins suffered a torn ACL in a preseason game so the plans were put on hold for a season. Will Jenkins line up with the first team today?The rest of the defensive front seven is pretty well set as are the starting cornerbacks. But when they line up with three corners, who goes in with Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall? Will it be Kevin Barnes, who held the nickel corner job las year? Or Cedric Griffin, the veteran free agent signed in March?Finally, who does secondary coach Raheem Morris line up at safety? It seems likely that Tanard Jackson, who followed Morris here from the Bucs, will get one of the spots. Will the other safety be be free agent Brandon Meriweather? Or will DeJon Gomes get the first crack at holding on to the job he had at the end of last season?Again, nothing is set in stone in May. But any player would rather be working with the first team than not.
Redskins rookie Su'a Cravens has been named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of Week 3 on NFL.com for his interception against Eli Manning on Sunday.
With the Redskins clinging to a 29-27 lead, Cravens picked off Manning late in the fourt quarter. It was certainly a good time for him to make his first career interception as the pick sealed the Redskins' first win of the season.
Cravens' interception beat out Jay Ajayi's game-winning touchdown run for the Miami Dolpins, Justin Tucker's game-winning field goal, T.Y. Hilton's winning touchod catch and Robert Quinn's late sack.
Yes, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor accounted for 200 total yards last week in a loss to the Dolphins. While the yardage total is impressive, and Pryor has shown breakout potential this young season, the Redskins defensive focus needs to be on another Cleveland player: Isaiah Crowell.
"That's a power running game. They do a lot of good things in the running game," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "The No. 1 guy is Crowell. He's an excellent back."
Through three games, Crowell has 45 carries for 274 yards, good for an average of more than 6 yards-per-carry and second in the NFL in rush yards. He's shown both power and speed, including an 85-yard touchdown run against the Ravens in Week 2.
What makes Crowell especially difficult to stop is that the Browns offense is so varied. With a guy like Pryor, Cleveland will run the Wildcat and the read option in addition to their normal pro set.
"You start worrying about all the stuff going on with the formations and then all of a sudden they bang you with Crowell right up the middle with a power play," Gruden said. "It's hard to stop."
In three games, the Redskins have given up nearly 370 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Washington is allowing 123 yards-per-game on the ground, good for 24th in the league.
With DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland out for Sunday's game, the Redskins will face the Browns with a revamped secondary. That won't matter much, however, if the defense can't slow down The Crow.