The only question at safety is: Who will emerge as the natural deputy to Goldson? Kirk Cousins would have another great game, as he would throw four touchdowns in this game along with 324 passing yards, as the Redskins crushed the Saints 47–14. McCloughan has already indicated the Redskins paid close attention to how Smith fared in space during his pro day, per Tom Schad of The Washington Times: You could see the athleticism on tape, no doubt about it. WAS – Jordan Reed 8-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick), 0:11. Quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion during the second preseason game and consequently missed the rest of the preseason. NE – LeGarrette Blount 5-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 4:30. But somebody from this group has to show the range to operate at free safety and cover for Goldson if needed. A breakout player in 2014, Paul has the move skills and sure hands to regularly pose matchup problems from the tight end position. During a segment on “60 Minutes,” CBS reported that the injury that kept Smith out of a first-round … ... Redd and Thompson all still on their rookie contracts in 2015, the Redskins will likely save money and let Helu leave in 2015. STL – Greg Zuerlein 52-yard field goal, 9:33. Of the 8 career road games in which Cousins had now played, he totaled 14 interceptions, and had thrown at least one interception in each. Redskins Players We Need to See More of in 2015 by Nick Foxley. If it's outside linebacker, the Redskins will have their replacement for Brian Orakpo and complement for 2014 second-round pick Trent Murphy. The Redskins kicked off their 2015 regular season by hosting the Miami Dolphins. Atlanta's next 6 plays covered 67 yards, followed by an apparent 13-yard touchdown pass on third-and-2; however, the play was later ruled an incomplete pass because Freeman did not maintain possession of the ball as he fell to the ground. Crowder has a good chance to earn playing time as the kind of short-range outlet Griffin needs in 2015. A 10-yard pass and a 26-yard pass, both to rookie receiver Jamison Crowder, were followed by a deep attempt to fellow rookie Rashad Ross. In Week 6, the Redskins played on the road for the second consecutive Sunday, this time against the 4–1 New York Jets, who had held three of their first four opponents to 14 points or less and were coming off of their bye week. If he can't offer an impact on the outside, Washington's ability to play the 3-4 adequately and consistently will suffer. On the ensuing drive, Franks converted a 22-yard field goal attempt to tie the score at 10–10 entering the fourth quarter. Quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion during the second preseason game and consequently missed the rest of the preseason. He played a variety of positions for the Pats as a roving, "Elephant-style" outside rusher. In fact, the latter seems a surefire starter after recording six sacks for the Chicago Bears last season. Redskins set to release OL Tyler Larsen, per source. This cut the Redskins' lead to only 7 points, as Sturgis missed the extra point. DAL – Dan Bailey 34-yard field goal, 3:39. St. Louis began the second half with a 52-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal to get back within two scores, 17–3. Still reeling with 11 minutes left, Washington desperately tried to mount a comeback, engineering a 59-yard drive that resulted in no points, due to an incomplete pass on fourth-and-1 from the Jets 2-yard line. ", That battle could either free Roberts to spend more time on the outside, or it could even condemn the former, "Very much so," he said. Kounadjio utilized power techniques during his time at Alabama. Morris certainly has the frame for the job, though, at 5'10" and 224 pounds. He countered with a field goal of his own to bring the score back within 3 with 7:29 remaining in the game. On the inside, McCloughan made depth stronger by drafting Martrell Spaight in Round 5. Washington Football Team Roster: the official source of all current Washington … Gruden cited Crowder's flair for big plays as one of the key factors in the decision to pick him 105th overall, per Andrew Walker of When you consider Smith's 6'5", 271-pound frame, along with his rather stiff and limited move skills, Felder's argument begins to make sense. Certainly, Washington's offense isn't going to get competent pass protection from mini mite Chris Thompson. Whoever doesn't win the job on the right may then try his hand pushing Shawn Lauvao on the left. A lot of uncertainty remains at the one place on the roster where every football team wants a sure thing. Getting stronger in key areas was the theme of the whole draft. The Redskins lacked a receiver who was part of any coverage units so this gives them another player who can run and cover.". But it's a different story altogether in Washington. While Jackson is a safe bet to continue terrorizing defenses deep, Gruden must get catch-machine Garcon more involved after his numbers dipped in 2014. But the duo should also factor Josh LeRibeus and fourth-round pick Arie Kouandjio into the mix. But B/R analyst Michael Felder strongly disagrees with this assessment. Washington advanced from their own 20-yard line to Tampa Bay's 6-yard line in just 8 plays, all of which were Cousins completions. Smith certainly shows two-gap qualities as a run-stuffer. Fitzpatrick, not normally known as a particularly mobile quarterback, saw a hole in the defense and scored an 18-yard rushing touchdown on the very next play. With the win, the Redskins improved to 4–5. A look at this season's lame ducks and why they aren't long for this team. For all his failings, Griffin has been subjected to a heavy beating and ceaseless pressure by a feeble front that's simply acted as a welcome mat for pass-rushers. Even after selecting Smith, depth on the outside isn't great. Teams. In 24 previous meetings, dating back to 1966, the Redskins and Falcons had never gone into overtime, and Atlanta had won the last four meetings. Cousins threw zero interceptions for the second consecutive home game, a first in his career, and the Redskins defense did not allow a 40-yard rusher for the second straight week. Kicker Matt Bryant connected on a 42-yard field goal and the Falcons cut the deficit to 7–3. More important, he smartly used a high draft pick to get an instant contributor and avoid the half-measures that have done nothing to fix the trenches in recent seasons. On the Eagles' next drive, a Sam Bradford deep ball to rookie receiver Nelson Agholor was negated by a Ryan Mathews fumble that was recovered by Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson on a trick play. Since McCloughan took over, a trio of new faces have arrived during free agency. The first isn't an easy one to answer. Returning: Matt Jones, the imposing Florida running back whom the Redskins chose in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft, will be back. As for McCoy, he seems the most at ease in head coach Jay Gruden's offense. DAL – Cole Beasley 7-yard pass from Kellen Moore (Dan Bailey kick), 4:22. Gruden's aim may be to enter the new campaign with three power-style backs able to split chores in the backfield. By dealing in volume and using that volume to target a specific template (bigger, smarter, more physical players), McCloughan has taken a positive first step toward remaking this roster. 2015 Washington Redskins Roster on PickingPros provides the entire list of players for the Redskins. It's been a rough few seasons for the Redskins with their last playoff appearance coming in 2015. Washington then struggled on defense as well, allowing 4 plays of 10+ yards. Jones says his style is similar to the latter powerhouse back, per Tom Schad of The Washington Times. If he doesn't improve in those areas, both Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy will surely receive another chance to supplant the player dangerously close to bust status. The Buccaneers had failed to salt the game away, and Barth's field goal left Washington with a chance to win the game. The Redskins continued to have no success on offense, resulting in a punt to Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry, who fielded the ball at the Miami 31-yard line, broke a few tackles and burst into the clear for a 69-yard score and a 17–10 Dolphins lead. Comprehensive and up-to-date Washington Football Team news, scores, schedule, stats and roster The rest of the first half would pass without any more fireworks, but the Redskins sorely needed some in the second half to overcome the 17-point halftime deficit they faced. More importantly, the Eagles took their first lead of the game, 20–16. This win was also Cousins' first division win, after previously going 0–5 against the Cowboys, Giants, and Eagles. at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina. Just 3 plays later, he took a short Cousins pass 19 yards to the 21-yard line. NO – Brandin Cooks 60-yard pass from Drew Brees (Kai Forbath kick), 10:44. Sprinkle learned as a rookie watching former Redskins tight end Niles Paul, who was a special teams captain for years with Washington, but also had a 39-catch season in 2014 and forged a role on offense until he left via free agency after the 2017 season. They eventually settled for another Josh Brown field goal to go up 15–3. After the game, it was announced that receiver DeSean Jackson would miss several weeks with his hamstring injury, and that kicker Kai Forbath had been released and replaced by former Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints kicker Dustin Hopkins. All times are p.m. Eastern. At least he knows he can count on Ryan Kerrigan on the other side. Wide receiver DeSean Jack-son earned 2014 Bobby Mitchell Offensive Player of the Year presented by Neustar, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan earned the 2014 Sam Huff Defen-sive Player of the Year presented by comScore and punter Tress Way re- Two Redskins penalties moved the ball 29 yards, and a 10-yard Bradford pass was caught by tight end Brent Celek to tie the game at 13–13. This was close enough for Bryant to convert a field goal, and Atlanta had crept within one of Washington, 7–6. Miami got the ball to begin the second half, and on third-and-7 from the Miami 45-yard line, Tannehill threw deep down the right sideline to former Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron for a gain of 27. Only a penchant for injuries and inconsistent concentration can hold Reed back. Targeting a player specifically, or at least largely, for what he can do on special teams would seem like a wasted pick on many other teams. Gaining yards following drive and gap blocking is a different discipline. Redskins running back Chris Thompson caught a 4-yard Cousins pass for a touchdown to provide a glimmer of hope, but it was quickly squashed by a 41-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Rueben Randle to put the Giants lead at 32–13. WAS – Dustin Hopkins 35-yard field goal, 3:18. Improvement was expected in 2014, but little came. McCloughan has already signed Ricky Jean-Francois and Stephen Paea to compete at the position. "2015 NFL Draft trade tracker: Details of all the moves", "Redskins Acquire Two Draft Picks From Saints",, 2015 National Football League season by team, Pages using NFL final roster with unknown parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, The Redskins traded their original third-round selection (No. Keim details how the wideout's work in football's third phase stood out during his college days: "Known for blocking and special teams work at Ohio State. 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