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Wade, Mason cut, all 10 picks make it

Wade, Mason cut, all 10 picks make it

This is going to be quick here as I'm on my way out the door to a wedding.

As I mentioned earlier, all 10 draft picks made the final roster. The only one I had not making it was Rob Jackson, but he started off strong in the Hall of Fame game and continued to impress. They wound up keeping 10 defensive linemen and 10 defensive backs.

There are those who will say that Durant Brooks made it because the Skins didn't want to waste a draft pick. I don't think so. For all its faults, this team isn't afraid to admit it made a mistake (see Archuleta and Lloyd). Brooks made it because there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between them and Brooks is five years younger, cheaper, and he'll be under contract for at least four years.

Todd Wade seemed to have it made at the start of camp as he represented the little bit of veteran tackle depth on the team. But Stephon Heyer played well enough to allow Zorn to show the injury-prone Wade the door.

Billy McMullen and Anthony Mix both got whacked as the Skins went with just five wide receivers. That's kind of surprising considering the condition of Malcolm Kelly's knees, but apparently they got a good prognosis.

McMullen and Marcus Mason both were victims of the decision to keep 20 D-linemen and D-backs.

The average 2008 Redskin is 28 years old, stands 6-2, weighs 251 and has 4.94 years of NFL experience. Nine of them are first-round draft picks and 13 were picked in the second. Another 13 came into the league as undrafted free agents.

If anything else interesting comes to mind, I'll post it later.

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Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Facing one of the NFL's best running backs in Arizona's David Johnson, the Redskins plan to use rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens as a spy in nickel coverage to slow down the Cardinals' threat, per a source close to the team.

Johnson ranks third in the NFL with 921 rushing yards, but it's the variety of ways the Arizona offense uses their second-year running back that makes him so difficult to handle for opposing defenses. Johnson also has 55 catches for 613 yards, and that's just through 11 games.

Cravens comes into the game with momentum as perhaps the Redskins most dynamic defensive threat. With size to play linebacker and enough speed to play coverage, the 6-foot-1, 220 lbs. rookie out of USC will be put in a tough position covering Johnson. The reality of his assignment is to try and contain Johnson as the Cardinals offense is so reliant on the runner that he will get a number of chances.

In their last two games, Johnson has gone for more than 150 total yards in each contest and scored multiple touchdowns. For his part, Cravens has proved a playmaker in his rookie season. To go with 29 tackles in nine games, his stat sheet has sacks and an interception listed.

Getting to Carson Palmer is the best path for the Redskins defense - especially considering the Cardinals' offensive line woes - but using Cravens to try and limit Johnson is a smart course of action for the 'Skins.

One member of the Washington defense explained that Johnson is "going to make plays" but that the key is to limit the damage. If the running back catches a ball out of the backfield, Joe Barry's defense will be focused on making a stop after a five-yard gain, instead of a 20-yard gain.

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Redskins vs. Cardinals inactives: Reed out as expected

Redskins vs. Cardinals inactives: Reed out as expected

GLENDALE, AZ—As expected, the Redskins will be without star tight end Jordan Reed today against the Cardinals.

He is inactive due to a third-degree AC joint sprain in his left shoulder.

Reed gutted it out and played the second half on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas after being injured in the first but during the week he didn’t practice at all couldn’t regain the range of motion needed to play today.

Coach Jay Gruden said on Friday that the team is planning on having Reed play next week against the Eagles.

For this week, Vernon Davis will step into the starting role.

Also inactive is reserve defensive lineman Anthony Lanier, who was kicked in the lower leg in Dallas. Gruden said that the swelling was still too severe for him to be able to play.

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The Redskins’ other inactive players today:

  • QB Nate Sudfeld
  • DL AJ Francis
  • RB Matt Jones
  • WR Rashad Ross
  • DB Dashaun Phillips