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Need to Know: The five youngest Redskins and their 2014 prospects

Need to Know: The five youngest Redskins and their 2014 prospects

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 27, 23 days before the NFL Combine.

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Here are the five youngest Redskins who saw action on the field in 2013 and their prospects for 2014:

CB David Amerson (22.1 years old as of today)—It was thought that he would be something of a project when he was drafted in the second round last year and that has proven to be the case. He had two interceptions, one of which was a key pick six against the Raiders but he had issues in coverage and with tackling as well. With both 2013 starters hitting the free agent market, Amerson should be a 2014 starter.

RB Chris Thompson (23.3)—Some thought that he was a scapegoat for overall poor special teams play when he was pulled from kick return duties after four games. Still, it’s hard to say that he was getting the job done on either kickoffs (20.0-yard average) or punts (5.1). Thompson has two things you can’t coach, one good, one bad. He’s fast and he’s injury prone. How much he can emphasize the former and avoid the latter will determine if Jay Gruden will be able to use Thompson as a weapon.

TE Jordan Reed (23.6)—It appears that the only thing that may stand between Reed and a stellar NFL career is the injury bug. Reed was on pace to catch 80 passes for almost 900 yards but a Week 11 concussion ended his season prematurely. You can never tell about concussions but if he turns out have no higher risk than any other player he will be a key part of the offense.

S Bacarri Rambo (23.6)—After starting the first two games, Rambo virtually disappeared from the lineup for much of the season. Injuries forced him back into the lineup and while his play improved, his coverage and tackling still were not up to snuff. His role in 2014 may well depend on how well he can play on special teams.

QB Robert Griffin III (23.9)—Yes, even after two years on the roster Griffin still is one of the five youngest on the team, nosing out LB Brandon Jenkins for the spot by three days. He’s about five months younger than Andrew Luck and about a year and a half younger than Russell Wilson. Oh, in case you didn’t know, he’s projected to be the starting QB this year.

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Timeline

—It’s been 29 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 223 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Free agency starts 43; Offseason workouts start 70; NFL Draft 101

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Need to Know: Another big day on the ground on tap for the Redskins?

Need to Know: Another big day on the ground on tap for the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 11, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers.

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Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Eagles 1 p.m.

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 13; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 21

Injuries of note:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Lanier (leg)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Baker (ankle), G Shawn Lauvao (groin)
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Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The Redskins have not stopped a team in a goal to go situation since September. The Eagles are good in such situations, converting TDs 84 percent of the time. If the Redskins can get a stop and force a field goal try when the first time the Eagles get down there that would be a big psychological boost for the visitors. Or, better yet, maybe they can just not let the Eagles get any first and goal opportunities. That’s what happened when the teams played in Week 6.

—In that Week 6 meeting the Redskins rushed for 230 yards, their best performance on the ground this season by 79 yards. Matt Jones picked up 135 yards on 16 attempts, Rob Kelley had 5-59, and Chris Thompson kicked in with 9-37. It’s unlikely that Jones will be active so it will be up to Kelley to get things rolling on the ground.

—For all the talk about Kirk Cousins having the Eagles’ number, he had one of his worst statistical games of the year against them in Week 6. He completed just 52.9 percent of his passes, his lowest completion percentage of the season. Cousins also threw perhaps his worst interception of the year, a pick six that tied the game at 14 in the second quarter. The bottom line was that he made some plays and the Redskins won but he likely will have to play better this time for his team to prevail today.

—Carson Wentz has six interceptions in his last three games, including three last week against the Bengals. Josh Norman is due to get an interception, overdue, in fact. Don’t know what will happen but the chances seem good that a Redskin will get his hands on a Wentz pass today.

—We saw last week that the Redskins are not a lock to go on the road and win against a team that is desperately fighting for its playoff life. Fortunately for the Redskins, the Eagles do not have players who are the equals of David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Patrick Peterson. While plenty can go wrong I think the Redskins come away with with the win.

Redskins 28, Eagles 24

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Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

The Redskins officially brought Kory Lichtensteiger back to the active roster, and while the move is now for depth, it could have other ramifications down the road. 

The move is on the NFL's transaction report for Saturday. To make room for Lichtensteiger, the team released defensive lineman A.J. Francis. 

Dealing with injuries up and down the line of scrimmage, Lichtensteiger's return could give the offensive front more flexibility. When Lichtensteiger got injured Week 3 and sent to the injured reserve, third-year pro Spencer Long stepped in and performed well at center. Last week in Arizona, Long sustained a concussion.

That injury opened the door for John Sullivan, who will start this week in Philadelphia with Long ruled out. Sullivan was brought in as a backup to Long once Lichtensteiger was put on IR. With Long now in the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins need another center should Sullivan get hurt. Alas, Lichtensteiger's return from the IR. 

Left guard Shawn Lauvao also sustained an injured groin, and that's where things could get interesting. Long is capable of playing guard, as is Lichtensteiger in a pinch. Should Lauvao's injury persist, Lichtensteiger might be able to help there.

Against the Eagles, the plan certainly appears to be second-year man Arie Kouandjio starting in place of Lauvao. Kouandjio made one earlier start this season - Week 4 against Cleveland - and the results were mixed.

If Kouandjio stumbles and Lauvao needs more time, Lichtensteiger's return to the roster gives Jay Gruden and Bill Callahan more flexibility, especially when Long returns from injury.

In fact, once the team has Long, Lichtensteiger and Sullivan healthy, there could be a bit of a logjam roster-wise on the offensive line, but considering all the injuries, bumps and bruises that are part of O-line life by the last four games of the season, the Redskins staff likely won't mind figuring that out. 

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