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Need to Know: Stock up-Stock down for Redskins vs. Browns

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Need to Know: Stock up-Stock down for Redskins vs. Browns

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 14, six days before Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field.

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CLEVELAND—Preseason games are not about the scoreboard but more about individual performance. Here are players whose stock rose and fell against the Browns last night.

Up—RB Matt Jones: The rookie showed some power, speed, and shiftiness as he ran 5 times for 38 yards and caught 1 pass for 7 yards. He isn’t going to supplant Alfred Morris, who had a solid night carrying the load in the Redskins’ first two series, but he will be a good change of pace and situational back.

Down—OL Josh LeRibeus: The fourth-year player was playing his first extended time at center and he was run over by defenders on numerous occasions. At times it was technique and sometimes it just looked like he was slow off of the ball.

Up—WR Rashad Ross: He is still a long shot to make the team but he did all he could to help his case against the Browns. The first-year player caught five passes for 68 yards, displaying his speed and good ball skills.

Down—KR Andre Roberts: After the Redskins had forced the Johnny Manziel led Browns to punt, Roberts fumbled during the return and the Browns recovered. Manziel eventually scored on a 12-yard scramble.

Up—OLB Jackson Jeffcoat: He got a sack of Manziel just before halftime and pressured him on a few other occasions. He became a long shot for a roster spot when the team signed Junior Galette. The second-year player needs to take advantage of every opportunity, even though he may be auditioning for a chance with another team.

Who did I miss? Hit me up in the comments!

 

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Today’s schedule: Off day

—It’s been 228 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 31 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason Lions @ Redskins 6; final cuts 22; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 41

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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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