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Need to Know: 5 Redskins who helped themselves vs. the Browns

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Need to Know: 5 Redskins who helped themselves vs. the Browns

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 20, three days before the Redskins play their third preseason game against the Ravens.

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There was plenty of movement during the Redskins’ preseason game against the Browns; some players solidified their grips on a roster spot, others may have moved up the depth chart. Here are five who helped themselves against Cleveland.

Bashaud Breeland was in little danger of having his status affected by his marijuana arrest a week ago but he made sure of it on Monday night. He tied for the team lead in combined tackles with five, most of which delivered some pain to the ball carrier, knocked down two passes, and recovered a fumble.

Bacarri Rambo solidified his grip on a roster spot with four tackles and a forced fumble. But what may have been most important stat, he had a special teams tackle. His lack of enthusiasm for playing on the kicking units last year kept him on the inactive list for much of the year, which stunted his development at safety. If that turns around he could have a future here.

—The Redskins scored four times, had four turnovers, and lost the ball once on downs. That added up to only two punts for the Redskins and Robert Malone’s (42 yards) was better than Blake Clingan’s (34). Malone has consistently been better in practice and it’s hard to see him not being the punter against the Texans on September 7.

Lache Seastrunk ran for 35 yards on seven carries (5.0/carry), mostly in the late going. He was the only Redskins running back to average over four yards per carry. He’s showing that he knows how to use his speed with the ball in his arm as opposed to being just a fast guy. He may not have achieved “lock” status yet but he’s getting close.

Ryan Grant led the team in receptions with four, picking up 44 yards and a touchdown. But his best catch came before the game. Early in warmups he stuck out one hand and made a jaw-dropping catch. He then tucked the ball under his arm and turned upfield like it was routine. The coaches probably didn’t see it and it wasn’t on film but it doesn’t really matter. He is solidifying his grip on the role as the top receiver off of the bench behind the big three of Jackson, Garçon, and Roberts.

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Timeline

Today’s schedule: Open locker room 11:15; Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)

—It’s been 234 days since the Redskins played a game; in 18 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 10; Home opener vs. Jaguars 25; Redskins @ Eagles 32

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The Redskins have conducted interviews with a number of candidates at defensive coordinator, but a new name emerged Thursday morning. 

Thurman played cornerback in the NFL for nine years from 1978 to 1986, recording 36 career interceptions in 137 games. The bulk of his playing career was spent with the Dallas Cowboys, but he played his final season with the then St. Louis Rams. 

In coaching since 1988, Thurman's coaching career started working with the secondary for the Cardinals before an eight-year run at his alma mater, Southern Cal. From there, Thurman came back to the pros, joining the Ravens coaching staff in 2002 working under Rex Ryan. In 2008, Thurman moved on with Ryan to the New York Jets, and in 2013, was named Jets defensive coordinator In 2014, he went to Buffalo with Ryan to serve as their defensive coordinator when Ryan was named head coach.

In four seasons as a coordinator, two in New York, two in Buffalo, Thurman's defenses ranked no worse than 19th, per Pro Football Reference.

A football lifer like Thurman likely has connections all over the league, but it's interesting to note he has worked with new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn since 2009. The two were on staffs both with the Jets and the Bills. Another Redskins coordinator candidate Gus Bradley has often been linked with Lynn, though the two have never been on the same staff.

Meeting with Thurman will satisfy the NFL's guidelines to interview minority candidates for coordinator positions. The Rooney Rule, as it was instituted, requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching jobs, but only suggests that teams extend the practice to coordinator positions. Washington had set an interview with Carolina's Steve Wilks, but then he was promoted internally to be the Panthers defensive coordinator and the meeting never took place. 

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