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Need to Know: Redskins stock up-stock down vs. Ravens

Need to Know: Redskins stock up-stock down vs. Ravens

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

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 222 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 30 days.

Today’s schedule: Off day

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 9
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 37
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 46

Stock up/stock down vs. Ravens

A look at who was up against the Ravens and who was heading in the opposite direction (small sample size warning on many of these).

Stock up—DE Jonathan Allen had only one tackle in limited action but it was a sack. The top draft pick played under control, something that is an issue for many in their first pro games.

Stock down—The starting offensive line isn’t in any jeopardy of having changes made but they were supposed to be the strength of the strength of the team. Yes, the Ravens executed some stunts and blitzes that they didn’t expect but you have to be able to get a yard on third and one.

Stock up—Undrafted and undersized rookie ILB Nico Marley had four solo tackles including a sack for a five-yard loss. He remains a long shot to make the roster but he will make it a tough decision if he continues to play like this.

Stock down—Backup QB Colt McCoy played behind the second offensive line with backup receivers but you have hope that an eighth-year player can do better than six of 13 for 40 yards (3.1 yards per attempt) and an interception against the Ravens backup defenders.

Stock up—WR Ryan Grant caught one of McCoy’s passes, picking up the Redskins’ initial first down in the process. He also got hit hard in the process but he held on to the ball. Combine that with his production in practice while Jamison Crowder has been out with a hamstring injury and his stock is definitely on the rise.

Stock down—RB Samaje Perine did lead the team in rushing with 15 yards on six carries. He also fumbled once, dropped a pass, and seemed to miss some openings by not knowing where to go. The rookie will learn but it was not an auspicious debut.

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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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