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Need to Know: 11 predictions for the 2017 Redskins offense

Need to Know: 11 predictions for the 2017 Redskins offense

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 14, 13 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 194 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 58 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 3
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 27
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 50

11 predictions for the Redskins’ offense

Yesterday I did one prediction for each of the Redskins’ 11 anticipated starters on defense. Now I do the same for the offense, with the same caveat that not all of the predictions are bold.

OT Trent Williams—He will make his sixth straight Pro Bowl but he will still fall short of All-Pro honors because he is not a Dallas Cowboy.

OT Morgan Moses—Fresh off his contract extension, Moses will be one of the two or three best right tackles in the game but he won’t make the Pro Bowl because they only select left tackles for that.

G Brandon Scherff—He will play every snap but one that he will miss for some random reason not related to injury or his play on the field.

G Shawn Lauvao—I hate to predict an injury for anyone but I’ll take the under on 10.5 games played for him this year.

C Spencer Long—For Long, another year of 100 percent accurate shotgun snaps.

WR Josh Doctson—This is perhaps the boldest prediction in this post—Doctson will catch 10 touchdown passes. He will be that good a red zone target.

WR Terrelle Pryor—Last year he got over 1,000 yards receiving with the disadvantage of playing with bad quarterbacks in Cleveland but the advantage of there being no other viable targets on the team. This year he’ll have a much better quarterback but Kirk Cousins will have plenty of guys to throw to. I’ll take under 1,000 yards but not by much.

WR Jamison Crowder—Crowder will post solid numbers across the board. My specific prediction is that he will score at least two touchdowns that don’t come on pass receptions (punt return, run from scrimmage, fumble recovery, etc.).

TE Jordan Reed—So, if Pryor doesn’t get 1,000 yards will Reed? If he plays in 13 games or more, yes. I don’t think he does but he still makes the Pro Bowl again.

RB Rob Kelley—After writing a couple of days ago that he could be as good a runner as David Johnson I suppose I need to come up with something bold here. But I can’t honestly say that he will match or top the 1,200 yards that Johnson racked up in 2016 because both Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson are going to get some carries. Still, I’ll put Kelley down for 1,050 yards and eight touchdowns.

QB Kirk Cousins—Up from last year: Completion percentage (67.0 in 2016), touchdown passes, (25), interceptions (12). Down from last year: Pass attempts (606), completions (406), passer rating (97.1).

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 24, eight days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 7:30 CSN; Redskins vs. Raiders 8:30 NBC

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 29
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 35

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

—With Rob Kelley out and Jordan Reed unlikely to play, per Adam Schefter, Samaje Perine will get his first NFL start and Jeremy Sprinkle will be active for the first time. Perine got rolling as the game went on vs. the Rams. In quarters 1-3 he had 11 carries with an average of 2.2 yards per. In the fourth quarter, the rookie carried 10 times for a respectable 4.3 average. If he can get that 4.3 average all game and carry between 15 and 20 times, the Redskins will be fine on the rushing front.

—It was in Week 3 last year that Kirk Cousins got rolling. After throwing one touchdown and three interceptions in his first two games he threw two TD’s and no picks against the Giants. His pattern as the starter has been to start slowly and then pick up steam as the season gets going. Looking at the injury situation and at a Monday night game at Arrowhead Stadium looming next week, today would be a great day for him to get going. The talk in Oakland is that the Raiders will load up to stop the run and challenge Cousins to beat them through the air. Cousins will need to take them up on that challenge.

—The Redskins have four sacks in two games. It will be difficult for them to add to that total today because Raiders QB Derek Carr gets rid of the ball so quickly. The best way to get pressure on a quarterback like that is to take the shortest route. It will be important for Jonathan Allen to get some push up the middle and perhaps Greg Manusky will send Zach Brown or Mason Foster blitzing into the A-gap occasionally. The pressure is also on the secondary to make sure tackles after Carr gets those short completions to make sure they don’t turn into big plays.

—I was skeptical of the impact that Oakland RB Marshawn Lynch would have in his return at age 31 after a poor (417 yards) 2015 season followed by a season in retirement. And although there may be reasons to wonder about his durability over the course of a 16-game season, right now he’s healthy. The Redskins’ worst nightmare would be for Lynch to get 15 carries and grind out four to five yards per pop. That would set up Carr to do whatever he wants to do.

—This looked like a tough one even when it appeared that the Redskins would be at full strength on offense. If Kelley and, especially, Reed are out, the game looks to be an even more daunting task. The Washington defense is going to have to step up and force Carr to make decisions sooner than he wants to. Offensively, the Redskins are going to need to keep Carr and company off the field by controlling the clock. They did it last week against the Rams. If they can take time of possession 35 minutes to 25 again they have a chance to pull off the upset. It’s possible but I’m going to go against it happening.

Raiders 28, Redskins 21

2017 predictions record: 1-1

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

The Redskins could be without two key offensive players against the Raiders tonight, according to a report.

According to ESPN, Redskins starting running back Rob Kelley (rib) is unlikely to play and that Jordan Reed (chest) is a game-time decision but it also is probable that he will sit out. Bot players were listed as questionable on the final injury report on Friday.

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Kelley was having a career day against the Rams last Sunday before he left the game in the second quarter with a rib cartilage injury. He practiced on a limited basis all week.

Reed, a key target for quarterback Kirk Cousins, missed some snaps after sustaining the injury to his sternum during the game against the Rams. He was out of practice on Wednesday and limited on Thursday and Friday.

Rookie Samaje Perine saw his first NFL action last week and he likely will get his first NFL start in Kelley’s spot tonight. If Reed can’t play, Vernon Davis will start and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle, who was inactive the first two games, will be in uniform.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.