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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The injury bug, Fuller impresses

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The injury bug, Fuller impresses

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 18, 15 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 229 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 23 days.

Today’s schedule: Practice 11 a.m.; Player availability after practice, approx. 12 p.m.

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 1
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 30
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 37

The Redskins week that was

A look back at some of the past week’s most popular posts and most important topics from CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com.

Kendall Fuller impresses, Kirk Cousins frustrates—There’s no other way of putting it—Fuller struggled as a rookie last year. The third-round pick was mostly healthy last year but he lacked confidence in his repaired knee. He has been looking much better in camp this year; look for him to get plenty of snaps as the nickel corner.

5 observations from Redskins' empty loss to Ravens—I like doing these “gut reaction” posts right after coming back to the press box from the locker room. I haven’t re-watched the game but I’ve gathered a little more information from Jay Gruden and the players. Often these first reactions are the best, most accurate comments I make.

Redskins Su'a Cravens reportedly to miss 2-3 weeks—This report came before the surgery to repair some meniscus damage. The timetable didn’t get altered very much; the three-week mark would have been after the last preseason game anyway. Now he is supposed to be ready for Week 1. That’s likely but, as with all injuries, we don’t know until he actually gets on the field.

Report: Murphy suffers season-ending injury—While the impact of this injury is being minimized by some, Murphy was very good last year. He had nine sacks and forced three fumbles. The injury makes the Redskins more dependent on Junior Galette, who has not played since 2014. Yes, OLB was an area of depth but it’s tough when you start to burn through that depth in the first quarter of the first preseason game.

Redskins to keep Murphy on 90-man preseason roster—Instead of putting Murphy through waivers before putting him on injured reserve, the Redskins put him straight to IR. Read the post to see why this was a somewhat curious transaction but the explanation makes it clear that the Redskins are making moves with 2018 in mind.

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Need to Know: The pace picks up as the Redskins return to Ashburn

Need to Know: The pace picks up as the Redskins return to Ashburn

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 16, 17 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 227 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 25 days.

Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 3
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 32
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 39

The pace picks up at Redskins Park

The Redskins have returned from Richmond and they get to work in Ashburn today with a 1 p.m. practice. It has been nearly week since their first preseason game. Now they have three days to get ready to play the Packers on Saturday. After that, things keep moving quickly as the Redskins get ready to play the Eagles in the season opener on September 10.

—They will have a week of practice that is close to a regular-season week. They play the Bengals on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field so they will have a full seven day’s to get ready for so-called “dress rehearsal” for the regular season. I have the quotes around it because they still don’t game plan or scout the opponent much if at all. But the starters should play at least the first half.

—After that, it’s quick turnaround as they get a couple of days of practice before heading down to Tampa to play the Bucs in the fourth preseason game on Thursday night. The short turnaround isn’t much of a concern as it will be the front-line players participating in the Bengals game and the bottom half of the roster scrapping for the last four to six spots still up for grabs will be playing at Raymond James Stadium.  

—The coaches don’t get much of a breather after that. After the clock hits 0:00 in Tampa they will have about 40 hours to get the roster cut down to 53. Starting this year, there is no first cut prior to the fourth preseason game so they go from 89 (Trent Murphy going to injured reserve takes care of one roster reduction already) to 53. That means that 36 decisions must be made and 36 players must be informed that they are no longer part of the team.

—After 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Redskins can start signing members of their 10-player practice squad. While many of them are likely to come from the pool of players they just cut, not all of them will. The team then starts to prepare for the regular season.

—For the final item here, an answer to a fan’s question from Twitter.

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Need to Know: 53-man roster projection, defense—Post training camp edition

Need to Know: 53-man roster projection, defense—Post training camp edition

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 15, 18 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 226 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 26 days.

Today’s schedule: Off day

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 4
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 33
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 40

Redskins roster projection--defense

The Redskins have completed training camp and they have their first preseason game under their belts. Let’s take another look at who is likely to make the 53-man roster after the cut is final on September 2. The offensive projection went up yesterday; here is the defense.

Players I have making the roster who are new to the organization in 2017 are in italics. Rookies are also in bold.

Defensive line (6)

Starters: Jonathan Allen, Stacy McGee, Phil Taylor (NT)
Backups: Terrell McClain, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood

Bubble: Joey Mbu, Matt Ioannidis, A. J. Francis

In many respects, Ioannidis is more deserving of a roster spot the McClain. But it would cost $3.5 million in dead cap this year and another $3.7 million in 2018 to move on from McClain. There is no dead cap for cutting Ioannidis. That said, they could well find a way to keep Ioannidis on the roster.   

Inside linebacker (4)

Starters: Will Compton, Zach Brown
Backups: Mason Foster, Martrell Spaight

Bubble: Zach Vigil, Chris Carter

As with Ioannidis having a shot as a seventh D-lineman, I think that they might try to find a way to fit Carter in as a fifth ILB. I’m just not sure where the ripple effects will go.

Outside linebackers (4)

Starters: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith
Backups: Ryan Anderson, Junior Galette

Bubble: Lynden Trail

Trent Murphy’s season-ending injury did not cause any immediate changes here because he was not going to be on the initial 53 anyway because of a four-game PED suspension. This seems to be set although Trail could push his way on.  

Cornerbacks (5)

Starters: Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland
Backups: Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau

Bubble: Josh Holsey, Dashaun Phillips

Moreau got onto the field this week, finishing up his injury rehab ahead of schedule (no, really). Holsey hustles and he’s the kind of guy you want on the team. If they do keep a sixth corner he is the likely candidate.

Safety (6)

Starters: D.J. Swearinger, Su’a Cravens

Backups: DeAngelo Hall, Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, Montae Nicholson

Nicholson also made his first appearance in pads, adding to the likelihood that he will be on the initial 53. That likely makes Hall, who still is on the PUP list, a candidate to get squeezed out if they want to add a player at another position.

Specialists (3)

LS Nick Sundberg, K Dustin Hopkins, P Tress Way

Still no challengers here and none of the way.

Defensive breakdown: 25 players, four rookies, a total of nine new to the organization.

Full roster breakdown: 25 offense, 25 defense, three specialists. Nine rookies, a total of 15 players new to the Redskins.

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