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Need to Know: Redskins vs. Cowboys by the numbers


Need to Know: Redskins vs. Cowboys by the numbers

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 19, six days before the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants.


Today's schedule: Jay Gruden news conference, 3 p.m., CSN

Days until: Browns @ Redskins 13; Redskins @ Ravens 20; Eagles @ Redskins 27

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Cowboys

102—Receiving yards for Dez Bryant on Sunday. Dak Prescott found him open when he needed to.

83—Rushing yards for Ezekiel Elliott on Sunday. The rookie needed 21 carries to get there but he slashed and battled for extra yards in an impressive performance. It wasn't an utter failure by the rushing defense, just a team with a good young back and a solid offensive line committed to the run.

2—The number of red zone interceptions Kirk Cousins has this year, one in each game. He had zero in his career coming into the season.

0—The number of interceptions of any kind that rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has thrown in two games.

4.3—Matt Jones’ average per rushing attempt over two games this year. That not great but in a small sample size it is an improvement over the 3.4 average he posted as a rookie last year. If you give a back who averages 4.3 per carry 16 carries per game you have a back with 1,100 yards rushing by the end of the year.

29—The number of rushing attempts the Redskins have had in two games this season. That would project to 232 rushing attempts over the course of a season.

6—The number of field goal attempts Dustin Hopkins has hit in six attempts this year. Hey, at least something is going right.

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Redskins roster by the numbers: Defense

Redskins roster by the numbers: Defense

The Redskins currently have 75 players on their roster. They are about to add some more in the draft and as undrafted free agents. They can have up to 90 players on their offseason roster. Year after year the distribution of those players to positions are consistent. We can look at what they have and see what they need to sign to get through OTAs, minicamp, and training camp.

Let’s break down the numbers by position and see where they will need to add players to get to where they want to be going into training camp. Last week we looked at the offense; today we’ll look at the numbers on defense.


Have: 6
Need: 8

Just like in a game, you want plenty of players to rotate through the line in the heat of training camp. They could carry one or two additional players here since they are legitimately in search of players who can have an impact beyond starters Terrelle McClain and Stacy McGee and pass rushing project Anthony Lanier.  

Nose Tackle

Have: 2
Need: 4

Like with the ends, you want to have a few big guys to rotate in when it gets hot in Richmond. It would be surprising if the Redskins didn’t add a nose tackle to the mix in the draft, probably on Saturday.

Inside linebacker

Have: 9
Need: 8

If the Redskins take an inside linebacker in the draft, as many expect that will, this position would get very crowded. They could keep as many as six on the final 53-man roster if there are a couple of key special teams players in the group.

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Outside linebacker

Have: 7
Need: 7

They could keep an extra one or two if they find some in the draft. You can’t have too many pass rushers, although they have kept just four on the final roster recently.  


Have: 7
Need: 8

It has always seemed to be a little odd to me that they’ll bring in a dozen wide receivers and only seven or eight corners.

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Have: 7
Need: 7

The depth chart here is unusual in that all seven players have significant NFL playing time; there is no “training camp fodder” here. If the draft one, an experienced player might be let go.  

Total defensive players under contract: 38
Total needed for camp: 41

There are 34 offensive players and three specialists on the roster, making the total 75. If they don’t make deals and use all 10 of their draft picks that will leave just five spots to sign undrafted free agents. They likely will want to sign more than that meaning that some of the players currently on the roster will end up getting cut, particularly those on the defensive side.

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