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Redskins roster by the numbers: offense

Redskins roster by the numbers: offense

The Redskins currently have 75 players on their roster. They are about to add some more in the draft and as undrafted free agents. 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. Today we’ll look at the numbers on offense.


Have: 4
Need: 6

The starters are set in Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao, although the latter may face some competition. The only proven backup is Arie Kouandjio. They likely will add a guard somewhere in the middle rounds of the draft.


Have: 7
Need: 7

The top three are set with Morgan Moses, Trent Williams, and Ty Nsekhe. The 6-8, 320-lb. John Kling is an interesting prospect as a backup. If they add a tackle in the draft or as an undrafted free agent Kevin Bowen or Ian Williams could be out.


Have: 1
Need: 3

Kory Lichtensteiger has retired and there is not an obvious candidate at guard to cross train as Spencer Long’s backup. They need at least one player to snap for the second and third team reps.

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Tight end

Have: 5
Need: 6

I wouldn’t be surprised if they added a tight end in the draft and one or two more out of the undrafted pool. They aren’t going to want to have Jordan Reed or Vernon Davis go too hard in training camp and Paul is coming off of shoulder surgery.

Wide receiver

Have: 9
Need: 12

Fans often wonder why teams keep a dozen or so receivers for training camp. It’s because they have three quarterbacks who need to throw passes, a lot of seven-on-seven drills to run, and three units to run team drills with 3-4 receivers each. They will keep 5-6 so having two for each one they are going to keep is reasonable.


Have: 3
Need: 3

Teams used to take four quarterbacks to camp routinely. But since they have killed off two-a-day practices there really isn’t the need. A quarterback’s arm isn’t going to get tired in a practice that lasts just a couple of hours. A fourth could be added if the Redskins draft a quarterback to challenge Sudfeld.

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Running back

Have: 5
Need: 8

They could go with seven here if they have, say, an additional quarterback. Running backs tend to get banged up in practice and you want to have a lot of them to run into preseason games.

Total offensive players under contract: 34
Total needed for camp: 45

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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.


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


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.


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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