A little late with this, here are is a look at the snap counts for the game against the Bengals. The numbers are provided by the NFL.Total offensive snaps: 76Quarterback: Robert Griffin III 76Offensive line: Chris Chester, Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger, Tyler Polumbus played all 76 snaps; Trent Williams 14, Jordan Black 62Williams was injured on the third offensive play so he gave it a go for 11 plays after that. You have to think that bodes well for him being able to play this week but you can never tell. Brian Orakpo played a dozen snaps or so after his season-ending pectoral injury.Wide receiver:Leonard Hankerson 59, Josh Morgan 57, Santana Moss 40, Dezmon Briscoe 15, Aldrick Robinson 15Average wide receivers in per snap: 2.5 The number that jumps out is Robinsons. He went from playing 60 snaps against the Saints to just 15 this week. Like a lot of young receivers he will have his ups and downs this year.Tight end:Fred Davis 73, Niles Paul 12, Logan Paulsen 5A bit of a change here in that Pauls snaps are down from 20 last week. This is probably due to the team playing in catch-up mode for much of the game.Running back:Alfred Morris 37, Evan Royster 19, Roy Helu Jr. 19; Fullback Darrel Young 11The relatively high workloads for Royster and, especially, Helu were due in part to the Redskins spending so much of the game behind in the score. Young has played 19, 11, and 11 snaps in the Redskins three games.Total defensive snaps: 60Defensive line:Stephen Bowen 53, Jarvis Jenkins 40, Barry Cofield 37, Kedric Golston 16, Chris Baker 10Bakers workload was about the same as Chris Neild had as Cofields primary backup last year. Jenkins saw the first extended action of his NFL career.Linebacker:Perry Rile, London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan played all 60 snaps; Rob Jackson 32, Markus White 15, Chris Wilson 10, Lorenzo Alexander 1, Keenan Robinson 1The headline here is that White, seeing the first regular-season action of his career on defense, played more than the veteran Wilson. It will be interesting to see if that continues. In non-headline news, Kerrigan played every snap.Defensive backs:DeJon Gomes 59, Madieu Williams 59, Josh Wilson 59, DeAngelo Hall 59, Richard Crawford 24, Crezdon Butler 2, Cedric Griffin 2, Reed Doughty 1Griffin suffered a hamstring injury in the early going, pressing the rookie Crawford into action as the third CB.
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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