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Need to Know: 5 Redskins in the spotlight vs. the Browns tonight

Aug 18, 2014, 5:17 AM EDT

Orakpo

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, August 18, five days before the Redskins play their third preseason game against the Ravens.

Three and out

Five Redskins players who will be in the spotlight tonight as they host the Browns in tonight’s preseason game.

  1. Brian Orakpo—The Browns are likely to pass a lot since they’re using this game to determine if Brian Hoyer or Jonny Manziel will be their quarterback to start the season. That means that the Redskins will be expected to bring a lot of pass pressure, led by Orakpo, the franchise player who is supposed to be the pass rush lynchpin.
  2. Lache Seastrunk—With Chris Thompson (ankle) sitting out, Seastrunk is the lone speed back who will dress. He will get a chance to put some distance between himself and Thompson with a good performance.
  3. Santana Moss—Last week when talking about the next tier of receivers behind the big three of Jackson, Roberts, and Garçon, Jay Gruden mentioned Ryan Grant and Aldrick Robinson as the main backups. There was no mention of the veteran Moss. He should get some chances tonight to show that he deserves to be mentioned.
  4. Bacarri Rambo—He played pretty well against New England but all of the Patriots’ top-shelf offensive talent sat out and an open-field tackling situation never presented itself. The second-year safety is going to have to overcome some tougher situations to lock up a spot on the 53.
  5. Colt McCoy—He went eight for nine with a 150 passer rating against the Patriots. That’s fine but he still has work to do to convince Gruden and company that a third quarterback is necessary. Problem is, if the completes, say, 60 percent of his passes and throws a pick it will look like he’s going backwards.

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

—Former Redskins kick returner and current Comcast SportsNet Redskins analyst Brian Mitchell was born on this date in 1968.

Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Browns, FedEx Field, 8:00 p.m.

—It’s been 232 days since the Redskins played a game; in 20 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 12; Home opener vs. Jaguars 27; Redskins @ Eagles 34

Storylines abound on Monday night

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  1. shermanp79 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    I don’t see Moss staying. Yes, he can be a leader but there are others on this team who can fill that role. There is no reason Garcon and Jackson shouldn’t be able to lead the young guys. If Grant and Aldrick hadn’t looked as they have, I could understand. He is only going to catch 20 balls, maybe a TD, I prefer the younger guys if all is equal.

    I want to see the defensive starters put pressure on the QB tonight. I too hope Rambo can get it together, they need him.I want to see Thomas too.

    I think it’s important for RG3 to get on the field with Jackson and Garcon. I hope the offense plays the first half. The offense needs time to come together. I expect a lot more passing from RG3 this week. I might mix some of the back ups in with the starters too, let’s see what Seastrunk looks like on 3rd down. I want to see Grant go against the starting defense.

    Finally I want to see the ST not give up any big returns and see how Roberts looks back there doing both jobs. He hasn’t been great as a returner and I think other guys need to be put back there too. I hope Forbath looks better but If Hocker does then we benefit with deeper kicks. I like experience but Forbath isn’t that much more, so a K that can make FG’s is all I care about. I know deeper KO is important, since lessens returns but the STs should be able to do their jobs and stop them. It was that way throughout history.

    • RussianBreadMaker - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Sad to see Moss go, but this is a business and it’s time to bring in some young blood and see what they can do.

  2. renhoekk2 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    You are talking about a number 6 receiver. It definitely should be Moss over some undrafted FA rookie. If you have to play your #6 depth guy you need someone who knows what they are doing. Not someone learning on the fly. In the regular season the games count. It’s not the time to be breaking in UDFA rookies. UDFA sit on the practice squad and learn. (Running backs are the exception.) IF Hankerson ever get’s back to 100% then you might see Moss let go. Until then he should be going nowhere.

    • bowlregard - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      It might come down to ST. Or it might come down to who they envision playing the slot. Beyond Jackson being a constant deep threat, I’m not sure how they line them up X, Y, and Z.

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