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State of the Redskins, Week 15: Still in control

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State of the Redskins, Week 15: Still in control

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 14 of the NFL season.

Record: 6-7, T-1st in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-2
vs. NFC: 6-4
vs. AFC: 0-3
Home: 5-2
Away: 1-5

Key stats changes from 2014-2015

 

Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 336.5 (25th)
Defense (yards/game): 363.7 (21st)
Passer rating offense:  93.0 (13th)
Opp passer rating: 95.2 (22nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 3.6 (29th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.6 (29th)
DVOA through Week 14 (Football Outsiders): -5.6% (17th)

Top three storylines:

Still in control—By getting their first win on the road, the Redskins stayed in control of their playoff fate. If they win out, they are in. There are some complex scenarios that will let them get in if they don’t put together a 3-0 finish. But there is a good sound to win and in.

Injuries continue to pile up—Another week, another season ending injury for the Redskins. This week it was second tight end Derek carrier, who went out with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Carrier joined over a dozen teammates on injured reserve as the team signed Alex Smith, who played for Jay Gruden in Cincinnati. Just another case of next man up.

Cousins stays hot—Kirk Cousins’ future in Washington was looking shaky after he threw two interceptions and posted a passer rating of 57.9 against the Jets in Week 6. But since then he has been on fire. Since then he has thrown just three interceptions and has five games with a passer rating over 100 including his last three in a row.

Next three games

Sunday vs. Bills (6-7)—The Bills’ defense was supposed to be dominant but that hasn’t materialized. LeSean McCoy, who burned the Redskins on occasion when he was with the Eagles, seems to be healthy and is playing better the last five games than he has all year. We will see what Rex Ryan brings to town on Sunday.

December 26 @ Eagles (6-7)—The only thing this game will mean is everything. The winner probably wins the NFC East, the loser likely heads home for the playoffs. We’ll take a closer look at where these two inconsistent teams as we get closer to the Saturday prime time contest.

January 3 @ Cowboys (4-9)—This game could be critical for the Redskins or it could be the January equivalent of a meaningless preseason game. We know it won’t mean anything for the Cowboys.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: JP & Tandler break down Redskins draft targets, and players to avoid

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: JP & Tandler break down Redskins draft targets, and players to avoid

How plausible is a draft day trade? Could the Redskins move up? And what to do about all those 'diluted samples'? JP Finlay and Rich Tandler break it all down.

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Redskins roster by the numbers: Defense

Redskins roster by the numbers: Defense

The Redskins currently have 75 players on their roster. They are about to add some more in the draft and as undrafted free agents. They can have up to 90 players on their offseason roster. Year after year the distribution of those players to positions are consistent. We can look at what they have and see what they need to sign to get through OTAs, minicamp, and training camp.

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. Last week we looked at the offense; today we’ll look at the numbers on defense.

End

Have: 6
Need: 8

Just like in a game, you want plenty of players to rotate through the line in the heat of training camp. They could carry one or two additional players here since they are legitimately in search of players who can have an impact beyond starters Terrelle McClain and Stacy McGee and pass rushing project Anthony Lanier.  

Nose Tackle

Have: 2
Need: 4

Like with the ends, you want to have a few big guys to rotate in when it gets hot in Richmond. It would be surprising if the Redskins didn’t add a nose tackle to the mix in the draft, probably on Saturday.

Inside linebacker

Have: 9
Need: 8

If the Redskins take an inside linebacker in the draft, as many expect that will, this position would get very crowded. They could keep as many as six on the final 53-man roster if there are a couple of key special teams players in the group.

RELATED: NFL Mock Draft Version 10.0

Outside linebacker

Have: 7
Need: 7

They could keep an extra one or two if they find some in the draft. You can’t have too many pass rushers, although they have kept just four on the final roster recently.  

Cornerback

Have: 7
Need: 8

It has always seemed to be a little odd to me that they’ll bring in a dozen wide receivers and only seven or eight corners.

MORE REDSKINS: Redskins mock 2.0 goes offense early, defense often

Safety

Have: 7
Need: 7

The depth chart here is unusual in that all seven players have significant NFL playing time; there is no “training camp fodder” here. If the draft one, an experienced player might be let go.  

Total defensive players under contract: 38
Total needed for camp: 41

There are 34 offensive players and three specialists on the roster, making the total 75. If they don’t make deals and use all 10 of their draft picks that will leave just five spots to sign undrafted free agents. They likely will want to sign more than that meaning that some of the players currently on the roster will end up getting cut, particularly those on the defensive side.

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