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Need to Know: Amerson's pick six Redskins' defensive highlight

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Need to Know: Amerson's pick six Redskins' defensive highlight

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 30, 13 days before the Redskins visit the Cowboys on Sunday night.

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Five things to know about the Redskins defense yesterday:

1. Before we get too deep into this here, it must be noted that the Raiders’ offense isn’t one that will terrify opposing defense when all of the key members were playing. Throw into the evaluation the fact that they were playing with journeyman Matt Flynn at quarterback with Terrelle Pryor out with a concussion and that Darren McFadden left the game after just five carries with a hamstring and you have an even more ineffective unit.

2. The Redskins got seven sacks, the most they have had in a game since Week 4 of the 2011 season. Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, and Barry Cofield got two each. Cofield had only 2.5 sacks all of last season. Some of the takedowns of Flynn were the result of quick pressure while others happened thanks to solid coverage that left the quarterback with no place to go.

3. Rookie David Amerson made the most of his first career interception, taking it back 45 yards for the Redskins’ first touchdown of the game. It was the longest pick six by a Redskins rookie since Champ Bailey took one 59 yards to the house in 1999. The Redskins also took the ball away in the fourth quarter when Kerrigan got a sack and strip of Flynn and Barry Cofield recovered the ball. For the first time this year Robert Griffin III did not throw an interception. The Redskins lost one fumble and they had a positive turnover ratio for the first time this year.

4. After giving up an average of 488 yards per game in their first three games, the most in NFL history to start out a season, the Redskins gave up 298 to the Raiders. Oakland garnered just 130 yards of offense in the second half. The Raiders’ one scoring drive lasted 10 players. Other than that they didn’t run more than seven plays on any other their other 13 possessions.

5. If you factor the seven sacks and the 33 yards lost on them, the Raiders gained just 5.0 yards per pass play. The Redskins had allowed a league-worst 8.5 yards per pass play coming into the game. Flynn’s passer rating for the game was a pedestrian 83.7 compared to the opposing passer rating of 120 for the season to date, also the worst in the NFL.

Stat of the day

—Through four games, Pierre Garçon has 29 receptions, the most by a Redskin through the team’s first four games in the Super Bowl era.

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Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Cowboys 13; Bears @ Redskins 20; Redskins @ Broncos 27

—Today’s schedule: Mike Shanahan news conference 3:00, telecast live on Comcast SportsNet.

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Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

New Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is looking to pattern his game after two All-Pro linemen. 

"I'm a very versatile player and can do anything. I love watching Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald," Washington’s first-round draft pick told reporters on a conference call.

The Redskins will be very happy if Allen can be as productive as Atkins and Donald. Atkins has played for the Bengals since the 2010 season. He has been durable, playing in 16 games in six of his seven seasons, and effective, producing 52 sacks, a good total for a defensive tackle. 

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Donald was a first-round pick of the Rams in 2014. He was a first-team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, recording a total of 28 sacks in his three seasons. 

Both players combine outstanding physical talent and high motors. Allen has selected two pretty good role models to follow. 

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Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Jonathan Allen was the perfect pick for the Redskins, filling a need with a player who clearly was the best on the board.

Allen’s slide from a top-five prospect to the middle of the first round is believed to be because of issues with both of his shoulders. During his time at Alabama he suffered labral tears in both of his shoulders that were surgically repaired and he also suffers from mild arthritis in both of them. That apparently scared some teams off but not the Redskins.

“We didn't have any concerns,” said coach Jay Gruden. “We talked to Dr. [James] Andrews, he gave thumbs up on him. We feel very good about the injuries.”

Then why did a top talent slide all the way back to the Redskins’ pick?

“As far as him falling to us, their were a lot of things that happened in the draft, three quarterbacks went, a couple of receivers went pretty high, a lot of offensive players went that probably not a lot of people expected,” said Gruden. “So, some of these very good defensive players fell to us and we're happy.”

Allen told reporters that the shoulders did not cause him any problems while he was playing.

“I didn’t even wear a brace for the [2016] season,” Allen said. “So, I mean, it doesn’t even affect me. Every team I talked to, shoulders were medically cleared, no problems. Probably the best I’ve felt in the last four years, to be honest.”

Alabama team doctor Lyle Cain’s assessment of Allen’s shoulders align with those of the player and Gruden.

"He's played without any problems," Cain told NFL Media last month. "This is something that a lot of offensive linemen and defensive linemen have, things guys play with their whole careers. It's just a little earlier for him because he got hurt in college."

We will see how this plays out. It’s possible that his injury problems could limit his effectiveness or cut his career short. But clearly the Redskins saw that the Allen’s talent made the injury risk a worthwhile gamble.

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