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Fan questions: Will the 2014 Redskins be pass happy?

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Fan questions: Will the 2014 Redskins be pass happy?

I got a ton of good questions on both Twitter and on the Real Redskins Facebook page so we're going to do a two-part post here. If you don't see your question answered here, check back tomorrow. Let's get rolling.
@Rich_TandlerCSN @Snide_Remarks think the Skins will be a pass 1st offense this year? Avg 35+ attempts per game?

— Jeffrey Gordon (@jeffhokies) June 24, 2014
Actually, 35 pass attempts per game would not really make them "pass first". The NFL average last year was 35.4 attempts per game so in those terms a 35 pass per game pace would make them relatively balanced. Last year the Redskins averaged 38.2 passes per game, while Jay Gruden's Bengals averaged 36.6. Mike and Kyle Shanahan did not want to pass that much but game situations forced them to do so. But the Shanahans didn't have DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. If the Redskins play to their strengths, they should pass more often than the average team. I'll put the over/under at 37.5 pass attempts per game.

For a long time it looked like Moss might be gone. It was a surprise to many when he re-signed with the team at the start of free agency. But it appears that Gruden wants him around. During OTAs, Gruden had some high praise for Moss, who turned 35 earlier this month. "I like having guys like that, veteran guys who are great examples for rookies and also can help you win in big games," said Gruden. "You know the game’s not too big for them because they’ve been there and done that. He’s another one that’s going to help this team out.” To be sure, good words in June do not guarantee a roster spot to a player in September. But it sure sounds to me that Moss will be around and will compete with Leonard Hankerson (if healthy) and Aldrick Robinson (if he's polished his game) for that first receiver off the bench spot.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Rich, how do you think Jay Gruden and the offense will perform this yr? And weakest position as of now? #redskinstalk

— #⃣〽️R.〽️⭕️RGAN⚡️ (@_CountUpMOB) June 24, 2014
We'll have to see about the offense. The potential is there but I need to see it come together out on the field before I'm ready to proclaim that they have a top-10 offense. As far as the weakest position, it's (still) safety. They have two starters that nobody else seemed to want in Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather, two untested players in Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas, and one player who has not played in two years in Tanard Jackson. They will need a heck of a pass rush to survive that group.

I'd say probably but not certainly. He seems to be confident that he will be sufficiently recovered from last year's microfracture surgery to get on the field by the start of training camp. But players are often more confident than their actual physical condition should warrant. If he really is out there on July 24 in Richmond he should be able to contribute enough to earn a roster spot. If Bowen starts camp on the PUP list, all bets are off.
Hey Rich, how does practice squad eligibility work? Which players might we see on it?@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk

— Steven Wilson (@stevenedwilson) June 24, 2014
To be eligible for the practice squad a player must have no prior Accrued Seasons in the NFL (An accrued season is six or more games on the active roster) or have one prior Accrued Season in which the player was on the 46-man active roster for fewer than 9 games. A player can be on the practice squad for up to three seasons and it should be noted that a player must pass through waivers before signing on the PS. Of course, all of the rookies are eligible so you might see TE Ted Bolser there. It might be a good spot for safety Akeem Davis, who has some potential but faces a full depth chart at his position. Chase Minnifield and Brandon Jenkins are among other players who have PS eligibility.
@Rich_TandlerCSN if Andre Roberts fields kicks and punts, what position group gets an additional body? WRs, DL, OL? #RedskinsTalk

— Crystal AC (@itscryspybetch) June 24, 2014
I think you're assuming that if Roberts is not the returner that they will take up a roster spot with a return specialist. I don't see that being the case. Roy Helu could return kickoffs and he's going to be on the roster as a running back anyway. If Richard Crawford is healthy enough to be the punt returner he will be one of five cornerbacks on the 53. We will see, but I don't think that Roberts being the returner--and I think that's likely to be the case--frees up any other roster spots.

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Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

New Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is looking to pattern his game after two All-Pro linemen. 

"I'm a very versatile player and can do anything. I love watching Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald," Washington’s first-round draft pick told reporters on a conference call.

The Redskins will be very happy if Allen can be as productive as Atkins and Donald. Atkins has played for the Bengals since the 2010 season. He has been durable, playing in 16 games in six of his seven seasons, and effective, producing 52 sacks, a good total for a defensive tackle. 

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Donald was a first-round pick of the Rams in 2014. He was a first-team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, recording a total of 28 sacks in his three seasons. 

Both players combine outstanding physical talent and high motors. Allen has selected two pretty good role models to follow. 

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Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Jonathan Allen was the perfect pick for the Redskins, filling a need with a player who clearly was the best on the board.

Allen’s slide from a top-five prospect to the middle of the first round is believed to be because of issues with both of his shoulders. During his time at Alabama he suffered labral tears in both of his shoulders that were surgically repaired and he also suffers from mild arthritis in both of them. That apparently scared some teams off but not the Redskins.

“We didn't have any concerns,” said coach Jay Gruden. “We talked to Dr. [James] Andrews, he gave thumbs up on him. We feel very good about the injuries.”

Then why did a top talent slide all the way back to the Redskins’ pick?

“As far as him falling to us, their were a lot of things that happened in the draft, three quarterbacks went, a couple of receivers went pretty high, a lot of offensive players went that probably not a lot of people expected,” said Gruden. “So, some of these very good defensive players fell to us and we're happy.”

Allen told reporters that the shoulders did not cause him any problems while he was playing.

“I didn’t even wear a brace for the [2016] season,” Allen said. “So, I mean, it doesn’t even affect me. Every team I talked to, shoulders were medically cleared, no problems. Probably the best I’ve felt in the last four years, to be honest.”

Alabama team doctor Lyle Cain’s assessment of Allen’s shoulders align with those of the player and Gruden.

"He's played without any problems," Cain told NFL Media last month. "This is something that a lot of offensive linemen and defensive linemen have, things guys play with their whole careers. It's just a little earlier for him because he got hurt in college."

We will see how this plays out. It’s possible that his injury problems could limit his effectiveness or cut his career short. But clearly the Redskins saw that the Allen’s talent made the injury risk a worthwhile gamble.

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