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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must improve in second half of the season

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must improve in second half of the season

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 12, three days before the Washington Redskins host the New Orleans Saints.

Five Redskins who need to improve in the second half of the season

There are many Redskins who need to play better in the second half of season. Here are five who are in the team’s future plans who need to step up.

RB Matt Jones—The rookie has the physical ability to be an impact running back. But issues with fumbling and problems finding the proper place to run have held him back. If he wants to show that he is the back of  the future, now’s the time to start.

G Brandon Scherff—The top draft pick has been competent at guard but not special. If he is going to justify being the fifth overall pick he is going to have to be special as in perennial Pro Bowl selections and occasional All-Pro status. He doesn’t have to get there this year but he needs to start working towards it.

WR Pierre Garçon—He hasn’t been playing poorly but he hasn’t had any big games. He gained 74 yards receiving in the opener and he hasn’t gained that many since. Garçon’s season high in receptions is seven; he had more than that three times last year. It would be good if he could have a few games where he carries the offense with 10 catches for 110 yards or so.

LB Keenan Robinson—Last year it looked like he was Pro Bowl bound at some point in his career but so far this year he hasn’t been nearly as effective. Robinson has had some nagging injuries which may have reduced his effectiveness. It looks as though he may be pressing in his contract year. Robinson needs to relax and play if he is going to get paid.

LB Ryan Kerrigan—Like Garçon, Kerrigan is not having a terrible year but he isn’t having the impact that the team was hoping for when he got his contract extension in July. The issue is not so much that he has just 3.5 sacks; it’s that he hasn’t made other big plays like he has in the past that made him much more productive than his sack numbers alone would suggest. He has just one forced fumble and that was recovered by the offense. The fifth-year player has no fumble recoveries, no interceptions, and no passes batted down.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:35; Jay Gruden and Joe Barry news conferences and player availability after practice, approx. 1:30

Days until: Saints @ Redskins 3; Redskins @ Panthers 10; Giants @ Redskins 17

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Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster: 11-20

Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster: 11-20

At CSNmidatlantic.com we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offense, defense) right after minicamp. Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2017 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.

Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 11-20, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—A former top pick who has to come through after a rookie season lost to injury.

—Kirk Cousins’ front-side protector.   

—Two free agent acquisitions.

—A third-year player in a pivotal season.    

Go here to see our ranking of the 2017 Redskins, players 11-53.

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Redskins Playbook: Pair of rookies could start season on NFI list

Redskins Playbook: Pair of rookies could start season on NFI list

With the excitement of training camp ramping up for Redskins fans, there are a number of players that the move to Richmond brings less energy. Veteran safety DeAngelo Hall is reported to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, which isn't a surprise, as well as linebacker Houston Bates.

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Other players are likely to also land on the PUP to start camp, including a pair of rookies: 

  1. Rookie CB Fabian Moreau - The third round pick out of UCLA suffered a torn pectoral muscle at his UCLA Pro Day. Moreau has been spotted at Redskins Park working out but it seems unlikely his injury will be ready for full contact by late July.
  2. Rookie S Montae Nicholson - A similar scenario for the fourth round safety from Michigan State, who had surgery for a torn labrum earlier this year. Asked about both Nicholson and Moreau, Washington coach Jay Gruden provided no certain timeline.

"It will be a while," Gruden said in May. "I’m hoping maybe training camp, maybe later. It might be the regular season. We don’t know yet."

Technically, since they are rookies that sustained injuries before they joined the organization, Moreau and Nicholson will land on the non-football injury list. The functionality of that list works the same as the PUP during training camp. 

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