Here are the players whose stock went up and down against the Panthers.
Up—Josh Morgan caught six passes for 46 yards but that didn’t tell the whole story. A few of his grabs were of the amazing variety, reaching back to snare on pass and catching a couple just before getting smacked by a defender. It has taken him a while but he is finally starting to show the ability that made him one of the team’s top free agent priorities.
Down—Mike Shanahan made it a point last week to say that Aldrick Robinson would see increased playing time. He did, actually starting the game and playing 32 of the 81 offensive snaps. But on the Redskins’ first series he saw a tough but makeable chance slip through his fingers. He was targeted just once more during the game and he caught the pass for six yards.
Up—Hey, it’s not Alfred Morris’ fault that the Redskins only gave him the rock three times in the second half. The rookie continued his roll towards a stellar season with 76 yards on his 13 attempts (5.8 avg.). Play after play he lived up to his motto that he will never let the first defender take him down.
Down—Brandon Banks has not been able to break off a big play in the kicking game and he got a chance to redeem himself with a couple of key third-down touches against the Panthers. He couldn’t find an opening and was tackled short of the sticks both times.
Up—It looks like London Fletcher may be rounding back into form after a couple of off weeks. He had eight tackles and didn’t miss any, per Pro Football Focus. When he plays well, it raises the level of the whole defense.
Down—Ryan Kerrigan had just one assist against the Panthers and that was it. His last sack of a quarterback came in Week 4 against the Bucs; his only other sack was of a wide receiver attempting an option pass against the Steelers.
The Redskins may have a roster hole to fill at center and according to a report they are set to sign a veteran to do the job.
The Redskins are going to sign John Sullivan, who was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009 through 2014, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
The 31-year-old Sullivan missed all of 2015 with a back injury and the Vikings released him on August 30 of this year.
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Kory Lichtensteiger was placed on injured reserve due to a calf injury he sustained against the Giants on Sunday. Jay Gruden described Lichtensteiger’s situation as “week to week” during his press conference on Monday.
The Redskins will have to make a roster move when the do sign Sullivan, whether it’s Lichtensteiger to IR or something else.
If Lichtensteiger does go on injured reserve it will be the second consecutive year on the shelf for him. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury last year that had him on IR for eight weeks before he returned.
Due to the new injured reserve rules, Lichtensteiger would be eligible to return to the roster after missing eight weeks. The team does not have to designate anyone to return in advance but they can make only one such move during the season.
Injuries racked the Redskins on Sunday, none more severe than the torn ACL sustained by safety DeAngelo Hall.
His injury, along with the ankle injury to Bashaud Breeland, leaves the secondary with some holes.
Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that the team will look to bring in some players to help.
"We’ll probably need another one for depth purposes," Gruden said of a secondary player.
Enter Josh Evans, a sixth-round pick out of Florida that played the last three years with the Jaguars.
In 36 starts for the Jags, Evans piled up 145 tackles to go with five passes defensed and three fumble recoveries.
Evans also has good size at 6-foot-1, 207 lbs., a trait Scot McCloughan likes in his secondary. One more thing working for Evans: versatility. He played both strong and free safety positions in Jacksonville.
A workout does not mean a signing, and with the Redskins having to juggle moves along the offensive line in addition to the secondary, there could be a lot of players in and out of Ashburn this week and the coming weeks.
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