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Need to Know: Veteran Redskins looking over their shoulders after the draft

Need to Know: Veteran Redskins looking over their shoulders after the draft

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 4, nine days before the Washington Redskins hold their rookie minicamp.

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—The Redskins last played a game 115 days ago. It will be 131 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Rookie minicamp 9; OTAs start 20; Redskins training camp starts 85

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We’ve already seen the draft, along with the signing of Josh Norman, cost veteran Chris Culliver his roster spot. Here are some other veterans whose roster spots are in danger after the Redskins picked seven players in the draft.

WR DeSean Jackson—Unlike the others on this list Jackson isn’t in danger of being released before the 2016 season starts. But it’s clear that with Josh Doctson on board the organization will choose to keep either Jackson or Garçon. Keeping neither is also a possibility; keeping both is not. Although Doctson is not the same type of receiver that Jackson is that doesn’t mean that he can’t take his spot as a No. 1 receiver, sending Jackson into the free agent market at age 30.

S Duke Ihenacho—I’m not betting against Su’a Cravens being the Week 1 starting strong safety and that could prove to be problematic for Ihenacho’s job security. Cravens joins DeAngelo Hall, Will Blacksmon, and David Bruton on the safety depth chart with the status of Kyshoen Jarrett pending injury rehab. Ihenacho could be on the outside looking in.

DL Kedric Golston—It’s pretty clear that Matt Ioannidis is a threat to Golston’s position on the D-line rotation. Chris Baker, Stephen Paea, Ricky Jean Francois, and Kendall Reyes are safe. It appears that Trent Murphy will join the group, leaving one spot for Ioannidis, Golston, and Ziggy Hood. I think we know who will get the nod if that is the case.

RB Chris Thompson—When your calling card is speed and a GM who didn’t draft you takes another speedy running back you could be in trouble. Actually, Thompson doesn’t have to worry as much about Keith Marshall as he does about a veteran like Pierre Thomas getting signed. That could make the veteran Matt Jones’ tag team partner and have Marshall and Thompson competing to be the third-down back. I think you know who would be favored in a battle between a McCloughan draft pick and a Shanahan draft pick.

Stat of the day

In 2015 the Redskins recovered 16 opponents' fumbles, leading the NFL in that category.

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 24, eight days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 7:30 CSN; Redskins vs. Raiders 8:30 NBC

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 29
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 35

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

—With Rob Kelley out and Jordan Reed unlikely to play, per Adam Schefter, Samaje Perine will get his first NFL start and Jeremy Sprinkle will be active for the first time. Perine got rolling as the game went on vs. the Rams. In quarters 1-3 he had 11 carries with an average of 2.2 yards per. In the fourth quarter, the rookie carried 10 times for a respectable 4.3 average. If he can get that 4.3 average all game and carry between 15 and 20 times, the Redskins will be fine on the rushing front.

—It was in Week 3 last year that Kirk Cousins got rolling. After throwing one touchdown and three interceptions in his first two games he threw two TD’s and no picks against the Giants. His pattern as the starter has been to start slowly and then pick up steam as the season gets going. Looking at the injury situation and at a Monday night game at Arrowhead Stadium looming next week, today would be a great day for him to get going. The talk in Oakland is that the Raiders will load up to stop the run and challenge Cousins to beat them through the air. Cousins will need to take them up on that challenge.

—The Redskins have four sacks in two games. It will be difficult for them to add to that total today because Raiders QB Derek Carr gets rid of the ball so quickly. The best way to get pressure on a quarterback like that is to take the shortest route. It will be important for Jonathan Allen to get some push up the middle and perhaps Greg Manusky will send Zach Brown or Mason Foster blitzing into the A-gap occasionally. The pressure is also on the secondary to make sure tackles after Carr gets those short completions to make sure they don’t turn into big plays.

—I was skeptical of the impact that Oakland RB Marshawn Lynch would have in his return at age 31 after a poor (417 yards) 2015 season followed by a season in retirement. And although there may be reasons to wonder about his durability over the course of a 16-game season, right now he’s healthy. The Redskins’ worst nightmare would be for Lynch to get 15 carries and grind out four to five yards per pop. That would set up Carr to do whatever he wants to do.

—This looked like a tough one even when it appeared that the Redskins would be at full strength on offense. If Kelley and, especially, Reed are out, the game looks to be an even more daunting task. The Washington defense is going to have to step up and force Carr to make decisions sooner than he wants to. Offensively, the Redskins are going to need to keep Carr and company off the field by controlling the clock. They did it last week against the Rams. If they can take time of possession 35 minutes to 25 again they have a chance to pull off the upset. It’s possible but I’m going to go against it happening.

Raiders 28, Redskins 21

2017 predictions record: 1-1

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

The Redskins could be without two key offensive players against the Raiders tonight, according to a report.

According to ESPN, Redskins starting running back Rob Kelley (rib) is unlikely to play and that Jordan Reed (chest) is a game-time decision but it also is probable that he will sit out. Bot players were listed as questionable on the final injury report on Friday.

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Kelley was having a career day against the Rams last Sunday before he left the game in the second quarter with a rib cartilage injury. He practiced on a limited basis all week.

Reed, a key target for quarterback Kirk Cousins, missed some snaps after sustaining the injury to his sternum during the game against the Rams. He was out of practice on Wednesday and limited on Thursday and Friday.

Rookie Samaje Perine saw his first NFL action last week and he likely will get his first NFL start in Kelley’s spot tonight. If Reed can’t play, Vernon Davis will start and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle, who was inactive the first two games, will be in uniform.

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