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Saturday game plan: Calling audibles

Saturday game plan: Calling audibles

Colt Brennan, who had an impressive pro debut last Sunday, may taking a step up the Washington Redskins depth chart on Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills. It is likely that he, not Todd Collins, will be coming in to the game after Jason Campbell is done for the night.

Before Rainbow Warrior Nation out there goes berserk, be advised that the move would be temporary. Reasoning that Brennan won't see much action at all once the season starts, Jim Zorn wants to give him some experience against opposing defenders that actually have, you know, a shot at making the team.

I don't think that Zorn realizes that he is playing with fire here. If Colt comes in and goes six for eight with a touchdown, he'll have a rally at Redskins Park with tiki torch bearing protesters demanding that Brennan be made the starting quarterback immediately.

Brennan isn't likely to be in the game soon enough to hand off to Clinton Portis, but Campbell will be. Portis, who saw very limited preseason action in 2207—for that matter, he was as scarce at training camp practices as Rosie O'Donnell is at Weight Watchers meetings—will play against the Bills.

The appearance is likely to be brief. He'll throw a block, get a carry or two, perhaps catch a pass, and then the pads will come off. If Campbell should throw an interception, Portis will run as fast as he can away from where the ball carrier is heading.

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One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

The Eagles defense is on a big-play streak, but not one that defensive coordinators will like very much, and it could be very good news for the Redskins and DeSean Jackson. 

At this stage of his career, Jackson is a well-known deep threat. While much of the 2016 season has been disappointing for Jackson, in back-to-back weeks, the vertical passing attack has worked. In Arizona last Sunday, Jackson only caught one pass, but it went for 59 yards. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Jackson hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as part of his season-high 118 receiving yards.

"What he brings to this football team, he brings something that not a lot of people can bring, and that’s obviously the speed and the big play ability," 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson.

The last two games moved Jackson's yards-per-catch average back in normal range with the rest of his career at 16.5. Halfway through this season, Jackson was averaging below 14 YPC, which would have been by far the worst of his career.

"A lot of people think that we haven’t utilized his speed quite like we should, but I think he has had a major impact on this football team," Gruden said. "His deep threat has an impact on the defense. It opens up areas for Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder and the backs sometimes. He’s been a major influence for this football team in a good way."

Beyond just the big plays, the Eagles defense has given up 645 passing yards in their last two games. Cousins has historically played well in Philadelphia, and should be in good position to do the same this weekend.

And based on the Eagles' past six games, expect Jackson to have another big game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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