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Need to Know: Health not an issue for the Redskins

Need to Know: Health not an issue for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 2, one day before the Washington Redskins host the San Diego Chargers.

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Five notes and quotes from Redskins Park:

1. The Redskins certainly can’t complain about their health. They did list nine players on their injury report on Friday but only one, safety Jose Gumbs, is listed as questionable. The rest are probable. While some have missed games here and there, no projected starters are on injured reserve. This team has 99 problems but health ain’t one.

2. Safety Reed Doughty was an injury concern last week and he ended up missing the game in Denver due to a concussion. He is one of those listed as probable after he practiced in full all week. “He’s had a good week. There’ve been no setbacks,” said Mike Shanahan. “He gets tested every day, so right now he’s listed as full-go. Unless something happens in the next 24 hours, which I don’t anticipate, he’ll be ready to play.”

3. What a difference some takeaways can make. The perception is that the Chargers’ offense is humming along efficiently with Philip Rivers completing nearly three-fourths of his passes while the Redskins are sputtering with Robert Griffin III trying to get his season together. But the Redskins have outscored the Chargers 174-168 this year. The difference, of course, is four defensive touchdowns scored by the Redskins. San Diego, on the other hand, has just four takeaways at all this year and not return touchdowns. It will be tough to get a pick six off of Rivers (only 5 INT thrown all year) but that would go a long way towards helping the Redskins’ cause on Sunday.

4. Some will be concerned when a Chargers player catches a pass and Brandon Meriweather comes streaking into the picture. Did he learn his lesson on illegal hits after the NFL suspended him for last week’s game? Shanahan isn’t worried. “I think sometimes people get a little carried away with that,” he said. “We understand what the rules are and he’s been penalized for it. We’ve been penalized as a team as well. So he knows where the emphasis is and he wants to play football for a long time. When he does get that hit, he’s going to try to hit in the right area. Hopefully he does.”

5. What’s missing from the Redskins’ passing game this year? Success using play action is way off. From the number crunchers at ESPN via my man John Keim we learn that last year the Redskins led the NFL in play action yards per game (118.5) and per attempt (11.8). This year they’ve slipped to sixth in yards per game with 68 and a lowly 23rd per attempt at 6.7.

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Stat of the day

—The Redskins lead the league with an average of 4.98 yards per rushing attempt.

Timeline

—Days until: Chargers @ Redskins 1; Redskins @ Vikings 5; Redskins @ Eagles 15

—Today’s schedule: No availability, Chargers at Redskins Sunday 1:00 p.m.

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Redskins coaching staff believes backups on O-line will be 'ready to roll'

Redskins coaching staff believes backups on O-line will be 'ready to roll'

All signs point to the Redskins starting Arie Kouandjio at left guard this weekend against the Eagles, and the coaching staff knows it's a big chance for the second-year man.

Incumbent starter Shawn Lauvao injured his groin last week against the Cardinals, and has not practiced all week. Assuming he doesn't play, this would mark Kouandjio's second start this season. He also got the start against the Browns in Week 4.

Washington coach Jay Gruden did not speak glowingly of Kouandjio's play against Cleveland, but it wasn't a negative review, either.

"He’s played one game, he played OK," the coach said. "He has another great opportunity for him. He’s waited his turn, done what’s asked of him. Practiced hard, played hard, and it’s a great opportunity.”

With center Spencer Long currently in concussion protocol and backup John Sullivan started to go in the middle of the Redskins offensive line, the group will have a number of new faces against the Eagles. The right side of the line, with guard Brandon Scherff and tackle Morgan Moses, will be the same as its been all year, though both of those players are nursing ankle injuries. 

"We have confidence in the guys that if some of those guys that are backups need to step up and be ready to roll," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. 

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One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

The Eagles defense is on a big-play streak, but not one that defensive coordinators will like very much, and it could be very good news for the Redskins and DeSean Jackson. 

At this stage of his career, Jackson is a well-known deep threat. While much of the 2016 season has been disappointing for Jackson, in back-to-back weeks, the vertical passing attack has worked. In Arizona last Sunday, Jackson only caught one pass, but it went for 59 yards. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Jackson hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as part of his season-high 118 receiving yards.

"What he brings to this football team, he brings something that not a lot of people can bring, and that’s obviously the speed and the big play ability," 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson.

The last two games moved Jackson's yards-per-catch average back in normal range with the rest of his career at 16.5. Halfway through this season, Jackson was averaging below 14 YPC, which would have been by far the worst of his career.

"A lot of people think that we haven’t utilized his speed quite like we should, but I think he has had a major impact on this football team," Gruden said. "His deep threat has an impact on the defense. It opens up areas for Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder and the backs sometimes. He’s been a major influence for this football team in a good way."

Beyond just the big plays, the Eagles defense has given up 645 passing yards in their last two games. Cousins has historically played well in Philadelphia, and should be in good position to do the same this weekend.

And based on the Eagles' past six games, expect Jackson to have another big game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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