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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Packers

Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Packers

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 19, 14 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

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The Redskins last played a game 230 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 22 days.

Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Packers, CSN, 7:30

Days until:

—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 29
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 36
—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 43

Five players under pressure vs. the Packers

QB Kirk Cousins—He will have enough time in the game to establish a rhythm and he needs to get the offense going. It’s not like he is in danger of losing his job or anything but the Redskins need to get some offense going and that means that Cousins will need to be sharp.  

RB Mack Brown—Brown didn’t get in until late in the game against the Ravens and he found tough sledding behind the Redskins third-team offensive line. He produced last year behind the bottom of the depth chart line so he should be able to do it this year. The second-year player is battling for a roster spot and, if he makes it, depth chart position.

S Deshazor Everett—Judging from Jay Gruden’s comments earlier this week, it appears that Everett does not yet have the total confidence of the coaches as he fills in with the starters at strong safety with Su’a Cravens out. A good performance will keep him in there until Cravens is ready. If he slips up, however, veteran Will Blackmon could get the assignment.

NT Phil Taylor—He is a repeater on this list from last week. It isn’t that he played poorly; in fact, he did a good job in his dozen snaps at nose tackle. But a player who has been out of the game for two years needs to provide the coaches with a bigger sample size if they are going to give him a roster spot. It will be a test every practice, every game for Taylor right up until the 53-man roster is settled.

ILB Mason Foster—After Will Compton held down the starting Mike linebacker position for most of camp and for the first preseason game, Foster gets his turn now. The coaching staff has a lot of faith in Compton’s ability to call and adjust the defense. Foster needs to earn similar confidence. He may not face Aaron Rodgers, which would be a big test, but he needs to perform well regardless. Foster called defenses during his four seasons with the Bucs so this is not totally new to him.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Early NFC East picture, Cravens fallout and setting over/unders vs. Raiders

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler put a bow on the trip to Los Angeles, then look at the early NFC East picture, talk adjustments post-Su'a Cravens and set over/unders vs. Oakland.

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Report: Mason Foster getting second opinion on dislocated shoulder

Report: Mason Foster getting second opinion on dislocated shoulder

Mason Foster saved the Redskins’ win last Sunday. He might be watching this Sunday’s game from the sideline, according to a report.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Foster is getting a second opinion on the shoulder that he dislocated in the second quarter of the Redskins’ win in Los Angeles. Rapoport said that it is "likely" that Foster will be out against the Raiders on Sunday night.

Foster popped the joint back into place and continued to play, not missing a snap. After the Redskins took the lead with less than two minutes to play, Foster sealed the 27-20 win with an interception on the Rams’ first play after the score.

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The severity of the shoulder injury is not known, but if he is going to get a second opinion that usually means that the initial diagnosis was a fairly severe injury. The fact that he played with it for a half doesn’t mean that the injury won’t cause him to miss time. It’s not unusual for the adrenaline of being in the game will allow a player to push through an injury but problems pop up the following morning.

Fortunately for the Redskins, they do have an experienced backup should Foster miss any time. Will Compton has played in 50 games with the Redskins with 29 starts, including 15 starts last year.

Jay Gruden will speak to the media about Foster and several other Redskins who came out of Sunday’s game with injuries following the team’s practice, which starts at 1:45 p.m.

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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.