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

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

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 6, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40; Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 16; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 24

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Baker (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), G Lauvao (groin)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle
Wednesday injury report

QB Kirk Cousins—It’s on his shoulders. Not just this game but the entire playoff run. He can’t have an off day, not even one like the Arizona game where he was off for just part of the game. Cousins doesn’t have to be perfect on every throw but for this team to win he has to be very good every quarter.

OT Trent Williams—Back from his four-game suspension, Williams can’t miss a beat in returning to his All-Pro form. Any mistake, much less any sacks allowed, will open him up to further criticism that he left the team in a bad spot. 

WR DeSean Jackson—The dynamic here has become more intriguing since media reports of mutual interest between Jackson and his former team have emerged. Jackson has done his thing the last two games, catching passes for long gains. But if he is going to be of value down the stretch (and of value to any other team next year) he is going to need to get his hands on some shorter and intermediate passes as well.

OLB Preston Smith—He was a regular on this list until he came up big against the Vikings. But he has since disappeared again and needs to come on strong for the team’s stretch run.

ILB Will Compton—He has been coming under fire lately for ineffective play, including missed tackles and being out of position on occasion. The Redskins need him to raise the level of his game if they are going to land in the postseason.

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.