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Need to Know: Kerrigan says something has to change

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Need to Know: Kerrigan says something has to change

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 14, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Here are five items of interest from Redskins Park:

1. Ryan Kerrigan talked about the inability of the Redskins’ pass rush to get sacks and pressures when they have the lead in the fourth quarter. “That's what's disappointing about these two weeks is that we have had teams in situations that we as pass rushers want them, that's a double-digit lead with not much time left, and we haven't been able to capitalize,” the third-year linebacker said. “That's something that has to change. I don't know if it's a mindset thing or a physical thing or both but it's got to change.”

2. Jarvis Jenkins was asked if he’d like to see the team get more aggressive in their pass rushing schemes. The third-year defensive end touched on the “coaching vs. execution” debate that often rages among fans. “I don't think we should go out of our game plan. Haz is calling great stuff, we've just got to execute more,” he said. “At the end of the day we're the players. We've got to go out there, trust our technique. We've got to do what he's telling us. He's the coach. We play what he calls. If it's not a good call we're still supposed to make the play. It's the NFL, that's why we get paid money.”

3. One of the highlights against the Vikings (you know, before the game got ugly in the second half) was Pierre Garçon taking a short pass from Robert Griffin III and mowing his way through Vikings for 32 yards. Griffin admired Garçon’s style. “He’s a running back playing receiver. Everybody saw him truck that safety against Minnesota so he does some freakish things,” he said. “He’s got a really – I say it’s a good attitude, but he’s a tempered guy out there on the field and he plays that way at receiver which you don’t see very often. If you get the ball in his hands, he can do some damage with it.”

4. Mike Shanahan first said that before he would commit to having Nick Williams active on Sunday he would first have to see how he did in practice. However, when asked what Williams’ abilities might bring to the team, Shanahan slipped a bit, saying he wanted to see how Williams would do when he “knew” he would be playing. Here’s the full quote: “First of all, maybe some guys are just returners, some guys you want not only as a returner but as a wide receiver. We’ll see how he catches punts and kickoffs this week when he knows he’s going to be playing on Sunday afternoon. And you get a chance to see guys, when they are activated, how they practice and how they do things and that’s what we’ll try to do is make that evaluation and decide what gives us the best chance to win.”

5. Eagles QB Nick Foles is not concerned that his team has a 10-game losing streak at home. He’s not sure how to explain it. “I’m excited to play at home. We have previously had a rough time winning at home, but I’m excited to get back at home,” he said. I feel like we’ve done a good job on the road, but we really need to win one at home for our fans and I expect them to be out there ready to roll and cheer us on and we’re striving to get them a win at home.”

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Stat of the day

—The game against the Vikings was the Redskins’ first one this season that they didn’t turn the ball over. They had six turnover-free games last year.

Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 3; Monday night 49ers @ Redskins 11; Giants @ Redskins 17

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:15; Jim Haslett news conference 12:00; Practice 1:00; Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III news conferences after practice (approx. 3:00); news conferences streamed line on CSNwashington.com.

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The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Defense

The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Defense

The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on defense. We looked at the offense earlier this morning.

Defensive line

DL Caleb Brantley, Florida—At some point his talent will make it worth the risk of taking him after he was charged with striking a female in a bar. For the Redskins that may be the fifth round.

NT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, USC—He’s a load at 6-1, 331. Tu'ikolovatu is a true nose tackle who punches hard and fast, ties up blockers, and can tackle well when he gets free.

RELATED: Redskins focus on defense in first 3 rounds

Linebacker

ILB Jordan Evans, Oklahoma—A three-year starter who could step into an inside linebacker role after a year of grooming. Evans led the Sooners with 98 tackles and had four interceptions and 2.5 sacks.

Edge Bryan Cox Jr., Florida—Look for him to be under consideration later in the day. The son of the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker of the same name, Cox has size and ability but is inconsistent. He is athletic enough to make the move from defensive end to outside linebacker but they might limit him to a pass-rushing role while he is learning.

MORE REDSKINS: Three reasons to like the pick of Ryan Anderson 

Defensive backs

CB Howard Wilson, Houston—Some scouts think he may have been a first-round pick if he had returned for his senior year. The Redskins have a lot of numbers at the position so he could get that redshirt year he may need.

S Desmond King, Iowa—A four-year starter who played 94 percent of the Hawkeyes’ defensive snaps. He’s smart, tough, and tenacious. King doesn’t have ideal size at 5-10, 201 but he has the coverage skills to play free safety and even cover the slot if needed.

S Tedric Thompson, Colorado—He is more of a true free safety than King. Thompson tied for the FBS lead with 23 passes defensed (7 interceptions, 16 broken up).

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The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on offense. Will look at the defense a little later this morning.

Offensive line

G Dorian Johnson, Pitt—The Redskins probably would want him to add a few pounds to his frame, as at 6-5 he currently carries “only” 300 pounds. He’s smart, tough, and athletic.

G Nico Siragusa, San Diego State—At 6-4, his weight is about right at 319 pounds. A three-year starter with a great power game and pass protection skills that will need to be coached up.

RELATED: Redskins focus on defense in first 3 rounds

Tight end/receiver

TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech—He’s big enough to be your blocking tight end and athletic enough to line up split out wide.

WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma—One of the most productive receivers in the country and a Heisman finalist. He’s a little small at 6-0, 178 but he has excellent deep speed.

Running back

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma—As a true freshman in 2014 he set the national record by rushing for 427 yards in a game against Kansas. He probably doesn’t have that kind of monster game in him at the next level but he will be a solid, reliable back who can handle a heavy workload.

RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State—A very productive runner and pass catcher who posted over 2,200 yards of offense last year.

MORE REDSKINS: Three reasons to like the pick of Ryan Anderson 

Quarterback

QB Nathan Peterman, Pitt—Nobody would have batted an eye if he had gone off the board in the third or maybe even the late second round. If the Redskins are concerned about Kirk Cousins leaving as a free agent, Peterman carries a very similar set of skills.

QB Brad Kaaya, Miami—Another QB many thought may be off the board by now, Kaaya has the mental makeup to succeed at quarterback but his game needs a lot of polish.

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