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Need to Know: Five Redskins who need to step up against the Giants

Need to Know: Five Redskins who need to step up against the Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 27, two days before the Redskins host the New York Giants.

Five Redskins who need to step up against the Giants

WR DeSean Jackson—This is two weeks in a row on this list for Jackson and he’ll probably continue to be on her until he has a big day. I posted yesterday that Jackson has made one big play early in each of the last two games but has subsequently disappeared. The Redskins just might need him to catch one deep in the fourth quarter.

RB Matt Jones—He doesn’t just need to hold on to the ball; he needs to put up some rushing yards while he’s doing it. The Redskins need someone to whom they can hitch their wagon down the stretch and at the time it seems Jones is the best candidate for that job.

CB Bashaud Breeland—Last December Odell Beckham chewed up the Redskins’ secondary with 12 receptions for 140 yards while being guarded mostly by Breeland. He was better earlier this year, although both Beckham and Ruben Randle caught TD passes against him. The second-year corner needs to be physical and make plays.

CB Will Blackmon—I had Chris Culliver here when I first outlined his post but with Cully now out for the season Blackmon needs to step up into the role as a starter. Blackmon was on the street in Week 1 and now he’s starting for a team that could find itself in a playoff run. Like Breeland, against the Giants Blackmon will need to make tackles after completions.

ILB Keenan Robinson—He should be able to play, although we’ll find out his status today. Just like it is time for Jones to step up it also is time for a leader in the defensive front seven to emerge and start making some plays.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:45; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and player availability after practice, approx. 1:00

Days until: Giants @ Redskins 2; Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 10; Redskins @ Bears 16

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A possible trade destination for Redskins RB Matt Jones?

A possible trade destination for Redskins RB Matt Jones?

RICHMOND—The Redskins reportedly have been looking to trade running back Matt Jones since just before the draft. They may be able to find a partner just up I-95.

The Baltimore Ravens are in need of a running back after Kenneth Dixon suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this week. Terrance West, who gained 774 yards on the ground last year, is healthy and returning but the Ravens want more depth at the position.

That is where Jones could come into play. The 2015 third-round pick of the Redskins was the unquestioned starter going into last season. But fumbling and other issues prompted Jay Gruden to make him inactive the last nine games of the season. Jones further fell out of favor by skipping OTAs this year, a move he made on the advice of his now-former agent.

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Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said last year that he liked Jones “a lot” in the 2015 draft and he could well still be intrigued by his size and speed. ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley said that Jones could be a good fit for the Ravens in their current situation.

It should be noted that Hensley seems to be engaging in informed speculation and not relaying anything he heard from the team’s decision makers. He also speaks of the possibility of Baltimore picking up Jones after the Redskins release him.

But there could be some incentive for the Ravens to talk trade with the Redskins rather than waiting for Jones to hit the waiver wire. For one thing, getting their new back in sooner rather than later would benefit the Ravens, allowing the player to get acclimated to his new quarterback and offensive line. While the Redskins are inevitably going to cut Jones, they have no incentive to do so before the final cuts just before the start of the season. Perhaps the Ravens will want to give up some minor compensation, something like a swap of sixth- and seventh-round picks, to get Jones in for the start of training camp.

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Hensley also mentions the possibility that the Ravens will look at former Redskin Alfred Morris for depth at running back. He currently is buried on the Cowboys’ depth chart behind All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott and Darren McFadden. However, there is the possibility of a domestic-violence suspension on the horizon for Elliott. While the suspension is likely to be brief the Cowboys probably don’t want to depart with any running back depth until the matter has been settled.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster, the final update: 1-10

Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster, the final update: 1-10

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 1-10. Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—A 2016 free agent who needs to make more big plays.

—A rookie expected to bolster one of the weakest units on the team.   

—Each of the five highest-paid players on the team.

—What you won’t find: Any players who will be over the age of 29 in Week 1.     

Go here to see our ranking of the 2017 Redskins, players 1-53.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.