Here is a look at playing time during Sundays loss to the Rams; information is from the NFL.Total offensive snaps:63Quarterback:Robert Griffin III 63Offensive line:All five starters played every snapChris Chester, Trent Williams, Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger, and Tyler Polumbus.Wide receiver:Josh Morgan 49, Santana Moss 37, Leonard Hankerson 32, Aldrick Robinson 30, Dez Briscoe 12; Brandon Banks 1Average wide receivers in per snap 2.53. After playing the most snaps of any receiver against the Saints, Robinson saw his playing time cut just about in half. Hankerson saw his snaps played increase from 10 in New Orleans. It will be interesting to see the snap distribution when Pierre Garon returns to the lineup.Tight end:Fred Davis 62, Niles Paul 22, Logan Paulsen 3The Redskins went with two-tight end sets about a third of the time. Davis has missed one snap in two games, but he has caught just four passes.Running backs: Alfred Morris 34, Evan Royster 15, Darrel Young (FB) 12, Roy Helu Jr., 6It was kind of surprising to see that Morris played just over half of the snaps; he had 16 carries so he handled the ball on about half of his snaps. And the fullback Young getting just 12 snaps after getting just 19 (of 76) against New Orleans points out how the position is becoming marginalized in the offense.Total defensive snaps:71Defensive line:Stephen Bowen 65, Barry Cofield 51, Kedric Golston 37, Jarvis Jenkins 30; Adam Carriker 2Golston played a lot of left DE after Carriker went out with his injury. Jenkins was used at end some but he also gave Cofield a rest a nose tackle with Chris Baker inactive. Well probably see Baker active starting Sunday and Jenkins will focus on playing end.Linebacker:Perry Riley 71, London Fletcher 71, Ryan Kerrigan 71, Rob Jackson 40, Brian Orakpo 18, Chris Wilson 13, Lorenzo Alexander 3, Keenan Robinson 3Riley, Fletcher, and Kerrigan were the only defensive players in for every snap. Obviously Jackson got most of the snaps after Orakpo went out although Wilson took some as well.Defensive backs:DeJon Gomes 68, Madieu Williams 68, DeAngelo Hall 64, Josh Wilson 52, Cedric Griffin 44, Richard Crawford 7, Reed Doughty 3Griffin moved into the starting CB spot after Wilson left with a concussion and Crawford became the third corner. Crezdon Butler, active for the first time, did not get any snaps on defense and was in on just four special teams plays.
The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.
That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.
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Will the Redskins go with a defensive player in the first round of the 2017 Draft?
Finlay: The Redskins haven't drafted a defensive player in the first round since 2011 when the franchise grabbed Ryan Kerrigan with the 16th pick. In fact, the team has only drafted five defensive players in the first round over the last 15 years.
History suggests Washington will stay away from a defensive player, but sources in Ashburn have suggested otherwise. Assuming the talent is there when the 'Skins pick at No. 17, Scot McCloughan would like to bolster the team's defensive line specifically.
Things will get complicated should Leonard Fournette or Dalvin Cook slide to 17. Rich Tandler certainly would like to see the Burgundy and Gold add a top-flight running back.
Tandler: Many fans believe that conducting a draft is like going into a grocery store with a list. Defensive lineman is at the top of the list so you go to aisle 12 and put a DL in the cart. Safety is next on the list so you push the cart over to that aisle and pick out one of those.
No, a draft is much more unpredictable. There might not be a defensive lineman who is close to worthy of the No. 17 pick when the Redskins are on the clock. Talk of taking the best available player is like fingernails on a chalkboard to some. But if you’re reaching for need in a draft, you’re losing that draft. Sure, if a player in a position of need is just a spot or two down from the best available you think about it. Still, staying true to your board is the way to build a team.
The other thing to consider here is that we haven’t gone through free agency yet. Needs will shift after that. Suppose the Redskins sign two starting-caliber D-linemen and lose both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson in free agency? Defensive line is no longer a five-alarm priority and receiver will be.
More offseason questions:
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Twice in the last five seasons Pierre Garçon logged more than 1,000 yards receiving as a member of the Washington Redskins, including the 2016 season. He's caught 376 passes in Washington for 21 touchdowns over 74 games.
Outside of a foot injury that cost his six games in 2012, Garçon has been arguably the Redskins most durable wide receiver, and he's known to be a hard worker in the weight room and the practice field.
Despite all that, Garçon doesn't know that he will be back with the Burgundy and Gold once free agency opens. In fact, that uncertainty led the 30-year-old wideout to post a simple question on his Instagram page.
The top of the Redskins offseason questions remains QB Kirk Cousins. Garçon and fellow wideout DeSean Jackson are headed for free agency, as is standout defensive lineman Chris Baker. Reports show that the team has made little to no contact with any of the players or their representatives, though many conversations could be planned for the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis later this month.
Garçon's question seems simple, but the answer remains a mystery.
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