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From In The Bubble To On The Bubble

Taking a gander at the 2016 Washington Redskins depth chart it seems abundantly clear there are some veterans whose job security is in question.  One recent development which will benefit at least two rookies is the approval of the league to keep the practice squad at ten players for the next two seasons.  Here are the players who are and are not locks to make the 2016 roster:


The Quarterback position is etched in stone with Kirk Cousins starting and Colt McCoy backing him up.  2016 6th round draft selection Nate Sudfeld is likely headed for the practice squad.


The Running Back position is also largely etched in stone.  Matt Jones has been named the starter, Chris Thompson is the only experienced backup on the roster, and Robert Kelley has impressed thus far with limited non-contact action.  Keith Marshall is currently behind 2015 practice squad player Mack Brown on the depth chart and his recent hamstring tweak issue is not helping his cause.  Marshall will have to be ready for and produce in training camp to avoid the practice squad.  There are veterans available in free agency.


The Wide Receiver position is etched in stone.  Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Ryan Grant, and Rashad Ross are locked in.  It would not be surprising to see Maurice Harris or Reginald Diggs on the practice squad.


The Tight End position is one where there is more talent than there are roster positions.  Certainly Jordan Reed is the starter but behind him could be Niles Paul or Vernon Davis.  It seems all three are safe which leaves Logan Paulsen, Derek Carrier, and Marcel Jensen fighting for one roster spot.  Carrier will start the season on IR, leaving Paul and Jensen to battle for one job.  The team likes Paulsen as a blocker but also likes Jensen as a red zone receiving target.  Jensen is, according to the NFL rule change in 2014, eligible for the practice squad as the league allows two players with two accrued seasons or less to be on each team’s PS.


The team will not carry a Fullback this season.  A Tight End or Tackle will be used in the rare instances the team goes “Heavy Jumbo” as Joe Bugel used to call it.


Offensive line is anything but etched in stone.  Trent Williams is a lock at Left Tackle.  Brandon Scherff is a lock at Right Guard.  Morgan Moses is a lock at Right Tackle.  The team has three players battling for the starting Left Guard position in Spencer Long, Arie Kouandjio, and Shawn Lauvao.  Of the three, Long can play multiple positions.  The team has three Centers in Korey Lichtensteiger, Austin Reiter, and Josh LeRibeus, not including Long, who has been working at Center during mini camps and OTAs.  Lauvao and Lichtensteiger are both coming off major injuries.  It would not be surprising to see Kouandjio at starting Left Guard and Long at starting Center by September.  The team will keep at least nine offensive linemen but they may elect to keep ten.  By position, the locks are probably Williams, Moses, Ty Nsekhe, and Cody Booth at Tackle, Scherff, Long, Kouandjio, and Takoby Cofield at Guard, and Reiter at Center.  That’s nine players.  That would leave Long starting at Center and both Lauvao and Lichtensteiger out.  Al Bond is potential practice squad material.


The line is a tough read because Scot McCloughan is known to prefer larger linemen more suited to a power blocking scheme.  Lauvao is that, and the running game was effective until he went down last season, but Left guard Shawn Lauvao, who was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 30 after having left ankle surgery, also had surgery on his right foot and leg. He said he had five total procedures during the last three months. Lauvao said doctors sawed the bone of the first metatarsal in his right foot and did a “slight incision” on the peroneal tendon of his right leg. In addition, Lauvao ruptured the peroneal tendon and tore the ligaments in his left ankle, which was the reason he was placed on IR. Doctors also shaved the bone of his first metatarsal in his left foot.  And then there’s the matter of his $5.0MM salary for the 2016 season.


Likewise, Lichtensteiger is costing $3.878MM for the 2016 season.  He’s on the other side of 30 and is undersized for a power blocking scheme.  The fact Long has been working at Center even with both Reiter and LeRibeus on the roster, says the team is looking to go bigger.  One way of accomplishing that would be to retain a healthy Shawn Lauvao at Left Guard and to start Spencer Long at Center.  If Lauvao is not able to start, however, Long may have to start at Left Guard, leaving the Center position to Lichtensteiger.


Stay tuned on the offensive line.


Next Up: The Defense




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Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 22nd 2016


Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) will be ready for training camp.

Riley has been shut down since December. He shed his walking boot last week and is on track for a late July return. OLB Junior Galette (Achilles) is also expected to be cleared for camp.
Jun 16 – 9:16 AM

Josh Doctson (Achilles) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Doctson missed most of OTAs and all of minicamp, but the Redskins aren’t concerned about him falling behind. “Doctson will be fine,” WRs coach Ike Hilliard said. “I’m not worried about him. He can spit out [all the terminology]. He’s going to be real good.” Doctson will compete for the No. 3 role behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon when he gets cleared.
Jun 16 – 11:41 AM

ESPN’s John Keim reports second-year slot receiver Jamison Crowder has “left folks at Redskins Park excited.”

Per Keim, Crowder has “looked decisive and explosive in his routes,” and the Redskins will be “reluctant” to remove him from three-receiver sets because of how good he’s looked. Removing Crowder is a question because first-rounder Josh Doctson is joining DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in the Redskins’ receiver corps. Crowder has also drawn praise from Kirk Cousins. With so many other mouths to feed in D.C., Crowder probably won’t be a weekly WR4.
Jun 16 – 8:40 PM

ESPN’s John Keim reports the Redskins have “(seen) what they wanted” from Matt Jones this spring.

Per Keim, the “sense” is that the Redskins will be much better off at running back than they were in 2015 if Jones “performs this season the way he has practiced this spring.” Jones spent most of the offseason working on fundamentals, like taking handoffs and better ball security. He’s being set up for success, but it’s not a guarantee it will come. He’s a risk/reward RB2.
Jun 16 – 8:44 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Tandler said ILB Will Compton is written “in Sharpie” at the top of the depth chart.

Compton started the final nine games of last season including the playoffs, but he was a massive liability in the run game. He should enter this season as a starter as well, but he will need to take a big step forward for Washington’s defense to improve. Perry Riley and Mason Foster will compete for the starting spot opposite Compton.
Jun 20 – 12:12 PM

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Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 15th 2016


Kirk Cousins said there has been “no progress to speak of” in contract negotiations.

Franchise tagged in March, Cousins and the Redskins have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. While the two sides might not have made much headway to this point, these deals usually go down the deadline, and Cousins appeared to acknowledge that reality. “July 15th will be a determining day,” he said. “So stay tuned.” We will Mr. Cousins.
Jun 11 – 11:10 AM

Coach Jay Gruden said third-year WR Ryan Grant has had a “great camp” at OTAs.

Gruden noted Grant’s crazy work ethic and precise route-running chops. With Josh Doctson (foot) and DeSean Jackson (voluntary) sitting out practices, Grant has been getting increased reps with the first- and second-team offenses. He’s expected to open the season as Washington’s No. 5 receiver.
Jun 10 – 12:52 PM

Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) has shed his walking boot.

Riley’s foot has been giving him trouble since undergoing surgery in December. He’s not yet practicing, but Riley should be ready well in time for training camp. Riley is due a $4 million salary in the final year of his deal.
Jun 8 – 11:46 AM
Notable Quotable:

”We know we’re going to make each other better,” Norman said. ”Just got to keep challenging them, and they’ll keep challenging us.”

Jackson was absent from the final OTA session Wednesday after practicing Monday and Tuesday. Coach Jay Gruden expects Jackson to be on the field for mandatory minicamp next week.

”I was like, ‘Dang, this guy,”’ Norman said of Jackson. ”I called him up and he didn’t answer my phone call. It’s cool though. To each his own. If doesn’t want to be here he (doesn’t have) to be here. It’s voluntary. That competition’s only going to make you better.”


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Opposing Views: The Pittsburgh Steelers Press

     Each week during the 2016 NFL season will bring you the pregame press from the opponent’s perspective.  As there is already discussion of the opening game, here is what is being said thus far:

The Redskins finished the 2015 season with a 9-7 record, which was good enough to capture the NFC East Division title and a home playoff game. They were promptly booted from the playoffs by the Green Bay Packers, yet hopes are high in the nation’s capital that the team will return to the playoffs for a second consecutive season. The last time the Redskins made the playoffs in consecutive seasons was way back in 1990, ’91, and ’92.

The organization certainly isn’t resting on last year’s accomplishments, as they made several moves during the off-season to help them improve.

The biggest move was franchising quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins enters his fifth season, and his second as the team’s full-time starting signal caller. Many criticized the Redskins’ brass for selecting him with their fourth pick in the 2012 draft, right after taking RGIII second overall in the same draft.

However, RGIII’s career has fizzled quickly and the organization appears all the wiser for picking Cousins.

What’s more, Cousins is rapidly developing into one of the better quarterbacks in the league. His career passer rating is 91.3, and last season he threw for 4166 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Cousins’ efficiency could pose some problems for the re-tooled Steelers secondary. Given that this matchup takes place on the NFL’s opening weekend, chances are the Steelers defense won’t have worked out all the kinks.

Possibly compounding the issue is the Redskins formidable wide receiver corps. Leading the way is DeSean Jackson, who’s got plenty of speed and big play ability. Last season, he averaged 17.6 yards/catch. His achilles heel, however, has been his durability. He missed several games last season, but should be in top health for the opener.

In addition to Jackson, the offense also features Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder. Both are highly productive receivers. Garcon has averaged nearly 70 catches and 750 yards over the last two years, while Crowder caught 59 passes for 604 yards in 2015, his first in the NFL.

The team also drafted Josh Doctson from TCU with their first pick in this year’s draft.

The Redskins’ running game doesn’t pose as big a threat, but they do have some capable backs in Matt Jones and Chris Thompson. According to The Washington Post, Jones is “a big, physical runner who coaches hope continues to learn how to use his size (6 feet 1, 231 pounds) to his advantage. Chris Thompson is a smaller (5-8, 193), shiftier back who provides both a good change of pace as a runner, and a receiving threat out of the backfield.”

There’s a good chance the Steelers will need to simply outscore the ‘Skins in order to beat them. Can they do it? It would appear so, based on numbers from last season. The Redskins’ defense, while average in total points allowed per game (17th in the league, 23.7 points/game), ranked near the bottom of the league in passing yards allowed per game (258 yards, ranked 25th), rushing yards allowed per game (122.6 yards, ranked 26th), and total yards allowed per game (380.6 yards, ranked 28th).

Like the Steelers, the Redskins have taken steps to try and improve their defense, particularly the secondary, through free agency and the draft. The team signed strong safety David Bruton Jr. from the Super Bowl champion Broncos, and added safety Su’a Cravens from USC with their 2nd pick in the draft and cornerback Kendall Fuller from Virginia Tech in the third round. They’ll join 13-year veteran, DeAngelo Hall, who’s making a switch from corner to safety.

They’ve also added depth along the defensive line and linebacking unit.

The Bottom Line:

As with the Steelers, Washington’s defense may also be experiencing some glitches that the pre-season will not have fixed. Even with Martavis Bryant sidelined for the season, Ben Roethlisberger and company should be able to exploit the weaknesses. The same could happen for Kirk Cousins against the Steelers defense, however. Before it’s over, there’s a good chance that this opening Monday night matchup will be a high-scoring affair.

     And don’t forget, our own Deadskins will bring you “The Loser Papers” following each Redskins victory.

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