I have a list a couple of pages long of posts that want to do in the future. Sometimes, some other blogger does one of them before I get around to it. On rare occasions, that writer does such a good job with the topic that I cross it off my list and write a post like this one to recommend it.Jimmy of Blogging the Beast has made a list of the 10 players that the Redskins could least afford to lose to injury in 2012. I might be able to quibble here and there about positioningI would have put London Fletcher higher than Jimmy didbut his reasoning is sound and its a good read.Im not going to give away much of the list because you should go over and read the whole thing. But heres a taste, the explanation of why Trent Williams is second on the list. After going through some eye-opening numbers about the right defensive ends the Redskins will face Jimmy writes:Some teams are strong across the rest of their OL and can afford to give their LT additional help. This is not the case in Washington. There will be no shortage of times when Trent Williams will be asked to handle the above players one-on-one for long stretches of games. Last year, when Williams was lost for the last 4 games for failing a drug test, Willie Smith was awful. Williams needs to not only grow up, but begin to play like the enormously talented player that he is, and stay on the field. With the golden child in town, the stakes are higher.Good stuff, go check it out.
Rookie running back Keith Marshall is expected to miss three weeks after suffering a strained elbow in Friday's preseason game.
Marshall was scheduled to have an MRI exam on Saturday. While there has been no official word from the team as to the severity of Marshall's injury, CSN's Chick Hernandez is reporting he will be re-evaluated in three weeks.
Redskins team source tells me Redskins RB Keith Marshall (elbow) will be out roughly 3 weeks then re-evaluate him. #RedskinsTalk— Chick Hernandez (@CHICKatCSN) August 29, 2016
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.