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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure against the Ravens tonight

Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure against the Ravens tonight

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 10, 23 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 221 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 31 days.

Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Ravens 7:30 on CSN

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 10
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 46

Five Redskins under pressure against the Ravens

QB Nate Sudfeld—The Redskins just might need a new starting quarterback in 2018. If Sudfeld is going to have a good shot at getting that job he has to play well in the preseason, starting tonight. He will get a good chunk of the second half, if not all of it. A consistent performance would go a long way towards the organization gaining confidence in him.

G Arie Kouandjio—Here is another guy who could have a job open for him next year. Left guard Shawn Lauvao will be a 30-year-old free agent next year and at one time Kouandjio, a fourth-round pick in 2015, was thought to be the heir apparent. But in practice in Richmond he has often been playing with the third team. Kouandjio needs to get past rookie free agent Kyle Kalis first and he can start doing that tonight.

WR Brian Quick—The free agent pickup was invisible during much of the offseason program. He didn’t do much early in camp, either, but he has started to produce in practice lately. With Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and probably Maurice Harris out against the Ravens, Quick should have plenty of opportunities to produce.

NT Phil Taylor—He is the starting nose tackle on the (very) unofficial depth chart but he won’t start unless he produces. Taylor will be getting on the field in an NFL game of any kind for the first time since November 6, 2014. If he wants to make the team he will not have the luxury of easing in.

CB Quinton Dunbar—The third-year player has had some rocky practice sessions. Starters Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland probably won’t play long so Dunbar will have a chance to come in and cement his spot as the No. 4 corner.

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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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Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Giants-Browns game after nasty-looking hit

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Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Giants-Browns game after nasty-looking hit

NFL preseason games usually don't cause a stir on the Internet. That is, until a very important player suffers an injury in one.

That's exactly what happened during Monday night's Giants-Browns game in Cleveland. While going up to snag an Eli Manning pass, Odell Beckham Jr. was cut down by Briean Boddy-Calhoun on what was a gruesome-looking play:

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At first, Beckham Jr. somehow looked like he was going to be OK. But he eventually had to head to the New York locker room, and the team later said his ankle is what they were concerned about:

If that's all it turns out to be, consider the receiver and the Giants lucky. In looking at replays of the hit, it's remarkable to think that he could emerge from it with no knee issues. 

New York will surely update his status once they find out more.

UPDATE - 10:26 P.M.

The entire Big Apple sighs a giant sigh of relief:

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