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Need to Know: Plenty of questions remain for Redskins 21 days from opener

Aug 17, 2014, 5:00 AM EST

Forbath-camp

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 17, one day before the Redskins host the Browns on preseason Monday night football.

Four downs

The Redskins starting lineup seems to be pretty well set but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some big personnel questions that need to be answered. Here is a look at the top four lingering questions.

Who will be the kicker? The winner between Kai Forbath and Zach Hocker will be in and the loser will be cut. Jay Gruden has said repeatedly that the competition will be decided in preseason games. If that’s the case, the rookie Hocker has a big edge as Forbath was short and wide on a 46-yard field goal and booted a kickoff out of bounds against the Patriots. But there still are three more games to go.

Who will be the nickel back? Tracy Porter and E. J. Biggers have switched off there through camp except when Porter was not fully participating as he finished rehabbing his shoulder. Bashaud Breeland was also taking some first-team nickel snaps before his brush with the law on Monday. It appears that Breeland will be the guy eventually but what happens in the short term is up in the air.

Who will return punts and kickoffs? As of right now Andre Robert sits atop the unofficial depth chart at both spots. It’s possible that he will remain there when the season starts but it might be tough to do if he is going to play 40-50 snaps a game at wide receiver. If he can get healthy, Chris Thompson should get a shot at kickoff returns and Richard Crawford may get a crack at punts.

Who is the fourth wide receiver? The other day Gruden said that as of right now Ryan Grant and Aldrick Robinson are playing the best out of the receiver outside of the big three. Where does that leave Santana Moss and will Leonard Hankerson come off of the PUP before the season starts.

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Timeline

—Redskins linebacker Akeem Jordan was born on this date in 1985

Today’s schedule: Closed walkthrough at Redskins Park, no availability.

—It’s been 231 days since the Redskins played a game; in 21 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Redskins at Ravens 6; Final cuts 13; Home opener vs. Jaguars 28

Tandler and Tarik look at Monday’s game

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  1. redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Rich,

    One question I’m hoping you can answer is a rumor coming from outside reporting about RG3. Out of nowhere, there is a report that “claims” the Redskins brass and players not happy with RG3’s grasp of the offense. This came from the most notorious site I read regarding unfounded innuendos about the team. Sometime I wonder if this site is clandescently run by Jerry Jones Does this claim have any legitimacy?

    Of course Monday could quell this claim.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Has a responsible reporter who covers the team every day come up with a report like this? Anything close to it? That should answer your question.

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      • Roy Clippard - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        That’s Great Rich!

    • kenlinkins - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      When I read anything negative about a Redskins player, I always look for quotes with some ones name attached. If I do not see that, then I chalk it up to some writers option of what he/she thinks someone else is thinking about someone else’s idea that someone might have over heard in the men’s john! But it is a sad fact that some reporters get their first major brake by writing about a rumor that becomes true and he/she gets their own show, even thou the last 10 wild rumors they wrote about proved to be BS! In this case, until I see someone else starting for the Redskins other than RG3 I will believe that coach Gruden and RG3’s team mates are not disappointed in him.

  2. kenlinkins - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Rich: IMO the Cleveland game is the point in time where the Redskins must show that the O-Line is working together as a unit and can protect RG3. With the starters planning to play about half of the game, we should get a good read on the solution at LG, Center, and if RG and RT have returned to 2012 form. I still have my concerns at C, RG and RT. With only McGylnn having any real NFL game time under his belt, how can the Redskins transfer to the younger guys if there are major brake down along the O-Line? While I am sure that most of the younger guys will be ready sometime this year, I do wonder if the starters can protect RG3 until then. If the Redskins must make changes, they only have two preseason games left to work out any problems. I really do hope the Redskins starters at O-Line can show marked improvement in the Cleveland game.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Gruden said that the starters will play about a quarter. It’s the Browns’ starters who will play a half, which is good for the Redskins to have their backup OL tested. But in the 15 or so snaps the Redskins’ starters will play they will get tested; Browns have a good defensive front.

      I see very little chance that they don’t have the current starting 5 going into the season. Maybe if there is a disastrous performance but I simply don’t anticipate that so I don’t spend any time contemplating what will happen if there is one.

      If they end up needing to start McGlynn or Long or Compton, they will deal with it.

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  3. gasngo14 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Rich, has M Moses moved over to RT yet in practice and how is he looking? Do you think he could start RT this season?

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