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CSN: McCloughan—“You’ll take a quarterback over three defensive players”

CSN: McCloughan—“You’ll take a quarterback over three defensive players”

Some pretty interesting comments by McCloughan on how he values the QB position and what it takes to win games. Tandler breaks it down on CSNwashington.com.

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Need to Know: The 2017 Redskins—5 reasons for optimism

Need to Know: The 2017 Redskins—5 reasons for optimism

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 22, 11 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.


The Redskins last played a game 233 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 19 days.

Today’s schedule: Off day

Days until:

—Preseason national TV vs. Bengals (8/27) 5
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 26
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 33

5 reasons for optimism

Here are five reasons to be optimistic that the Redskins’ 2017 season will be successful. Tomorrow, the other side of the coin.

All starters will be healthy—They still must navigate that third preseason game but assuming they are able to do that they will field 22 of the 22 starters they have planned on since after the draft if the timetable for Spencer Long’s return from a knee scope is accurate. Except for Trent Murphy, all key reserves should be good to go. An NFL season consists of four months of attrition and starting with a nearly full complement of players is a solid advantage.

Depth—The depth is not across the board (as you’ll see in the 5 concerns post tomorrow) but at most positions, if someone gets injured the Redskins can insert an NFL-caliber player in his place. Of course, there will be a drop-off in talent at most places but that is to be expected. They should be able to survive a reasonable amount of the above-mentioned attrition.

Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson—It seems that everywhere I look someone is saying the Redskins are going to go 5-11 because they lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. And while it would be foolish to say that Pryor and Doctson are just as good, both are large, talented receivers who will be productive in Jay Gruden’s offense. They will bring strengths (red zone, third and five) that one or both of the departed receivers lacked. There may be a drop-off but it won’t be huge.

Jonathan Allen and Zach Brown—I lump the defensive end and inside linebacker together because they bring an element of speed and athleticism at their positions that the defense hasn’t had in a while. Both can go sideline to sideline and both play tough inside. Brown went to the Pro Bowl last year and Allen could develop and become the Redskins’ first Pro Bowl interior defensive lineman since Dave Butz in 1983.

Pass protection—Yes, there is concern over the offensive line’s performance in the running game. But the pass blocking looks solid, just as it has for the past two years. Between their abilities and Kirk Cousins’ knack for getting rid of the ball quickly, the Redskins again should be in the top five in the league in sacks allowed.

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Redskins struggling O-line takes hit as Spencer Long gets knee scope, per report

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Redskins struggling O-line takes hit as Spencer Long gets knee scope, per report

The Redskins offensive line struggled through the first two games of the 2017 preseason, and more bad news arrived Monday night when CBS Sports reported that center Spencer Long underwent a knee scope and is expected to miss the next two weeks.

Long moved to center last season when Kory Lichtensteiger got injured, and the results were solid. In 2015, Long started a number of games at left guard, but at center in 2016, he seemed a natural fit as a leader and a quick learner calling the Redskins protections. 

With Long expected to miss some time, rookie Chase Roullier will take over the top center job. Rouillier played center his senior season at Wyoming and earned All Mountain West honors. At 6-foot-4 and 312 lbs., Roullier has comparable size to Long, who goes 6-foot-5 and 320 lbs. Both players also played some guard in college. 

Washington coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly talked about the importance of a backup center, and with Roullier now moved to the top line, expect the Redskins to move quick to bring a veteran in for depth. This will make sorting out the offensive line roster even murkier as the Redskins approach roster cuts after their fourth preseason game. 


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