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Need to Know: Redskins playing without a full deck

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Need to Know: Redskins playing without a full deck

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 1, seven days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans.

Redskins short handed but have enough to get by

According to the NFL, the Redskins have 90 players on their roster. But truth be told they are working with fewer than that.

The dropped from officially having 90 to having 89 yesterday when the put running back Tristan Davis on the Exempt/Left Squad list. Davis went to the coaches yesterday and informed them that his heart was no longer in the game of football and that he was leaving camp. The roster designation removes him and his salary from the books but the Redskins do maintain his rights should he have a change of heart and want to return to the game.

They got back up to an official 90-man roster with the signing of Nick Barnett on Wednesday. But they are still operating under the limit.

Counting towards the 90-player limit but not participating in camp are Adam Carriker and Maurice Hurt. Both of them are on the PUP list. Either player could come off of it at any time but Carriker appears to be a long way from being cleared to participate. He just had a third surgery in an attempt to fix the quad muscle he injured in a game last September. Carriker may be back this season but not at any point during training camp.

Hurt had a procedure done on his knee during OTAs and is still recovering from that. Mike Shanahan said on Wednesday that there was no timetable for Hurt’s return, that it could be a few days or a few weeks.

“Anytime you have surgery, you don’t want to push that knee too hard until he’s ready to play. But we’ve got a lot of players, we have some depth,” he said. “We watched him play over the last couple of years so we know what he can do. So I want to make sure that he’s healthy before we put him in any game-type situation.”

Keenan Robinson is probably headed for injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle in his left shoulder. But he is currently on the roster pending an evaluation of the injury by Dr. James Andrews. That will take place when he performs the surgery next week.

So subtracting the “long term” injured players brings the Redskins down to 86 players. Take away DeAngelo Hall, who is not practicing after spraining his ankle in practice on Monday, and Donte Stallworth, who has been out with a hamstring strain all week, and you’re down to 84 players available to practice.

Even though they are a little short, things are working out fine for the Redskins because the players who are out play different positions. Davis’ departure still left the Redskins with six running backs and two fullbacks. There are still 11 wide receivers who can line up while Stallworth gets better. Hall’s absence actually may help at cornerback as it will give top draft pick David Amerson some work with the first team.

They have numbers at inside linebacker as the signing of Barnett means that they have six players to back up London Fletcher and Perry Riley.

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Today’s schedule (all practices open to the public at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center)

10:00—Walkthrough practice, players available to media coming off the field

After walkthrough (approx. 11:30)—News conference with player TBA

3:20—Full practice, players available to media coming off the field

5:30 (approx.)—Mike Shanahan news conference

Note: There is some inclement weather forecast for Thursday. In general, rain will not cancel a practice session but the presence of lightning will. Check here or on Redskins.com for the latest updates.

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Days until: Redskins @ Titans preseason opener 7; Preseason Monday night vs. Steelers 18; Redskins @ Packers 45

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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

The Redskins have interviewed some high-profile candidates for their open defensive coordinator position. When it was reported that they will meet with former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, the reaction among the fans was, “Who?”

Let’s take a look at what Tarver’s qualifications are to get the job of running the Redskins’ defense.

Before becoming a coordinator: At the age of 22, Tarver took a coaching job at West Valley College in California, and did that while earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Santa Clara. After that he was a graduate assistant at UCLA for three years before getting into the NFL in 2001, when the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. Tarver worked his way up to outside linebackers coach in 2005 and did that job until 2010, when he was let go went Mike Singletary was fired as the head coach. After a year as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Dennis Allen hired Tarver to run the Raiders defense in 2012.

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Note: If you want more complete stats on Tarver’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2012 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,672 (18th), points 443 (28th), takeaways 19 (26th), 3rd down 39.1% (20th), DVOA 12.5% 29th
Notable players: DT Richard Seymour, DE Lamarr Houston

It should be noted that Allen had a defensive background so he had a hand in these numbers. This team just wasn’t very good as indicated by the fact that Seymour, at age 33, was one of their best defensive players.

2013 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,918 (22nd), points 453 (29th), takeaways 22 (21st), 3rd down 43.1% (28th), DVOA 10.3% (26th)
Notable players: S Charles Woodson

They did make an effort to shore up the defense by bringing back Woodson and drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round. But Hayden only played in eight games and Woodson could only contribute so much at age 37. The pass defense struggled, ranking 29th in DVOA.

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2014 Raiders (3-13)

Rankings: 5,721 (21st), points 452 (32nd), takeaways 14 (30th), 3rd down 38.5% (14th), DVOA 6.3% (26th)
Notable players: LB Khalil Mack, S Woodson

Allen was fired after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano took over as interim head coach the rest of the way. Sparano has an offensive background so perhaps Tarver is more fully accountable for these results than those in other seasons. They did draft Mack with the fifth overall pick but his impact as a rookie was limited as recorded four sacks. Hayden again missed half of the season and, again, the defense was near the bottom of the NFL.

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