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Need to Know: Five possible surprise Redskins cuts

Aug 23, 2014, 5:49 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 23, five days before the Redskins wrap up the preseason against the Bucs.

Nickel coverage

Here are five possible surprise cuts by the Redskins when they trim the team to 53 players a week from today.

Colt McCoy—While there has been plenty of speculation that the Redskins could go with two quarterbacks, most analysts have McCoy staying. That could change with a particularly strong performance by some players or injuries that force the team to use the third QB roster spot for another position.

Rob Jackson—He’s supposed to be a playmaker but he really hasn’t done much this preseason. He’s holding on but if Adrian Robinson or Gabe Miller comes on strong he could be in trouble.

Josh LeRibeus—The 2012 third-round pick reported in shape and he has been playing well. But his survival on the roster will come down to a numbers game. If they keep eight or nine on the O-line, he’s probably out. If they keep 10, he’s got a good shot.

E. J. Biggers—He was the first nickel back for most of training camp. But he could get squeezed out by Tracy Porter, who was guaranteed $2 million, and Bashaud Breeland, who was a fourth-round pick

Bacarri Rambo—He’s made progress at safety but since he’s been playing there a lot he hasn’t done much on special teams. If he can’t demonstrate some ability to perform in the kicking game, Akeem Davis or Trenton Robinson could jump up and steal the spot.

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 Hall of Fame quarterback Sonny Jurgensen was born on this date in 1934

Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, 7:30

—It’s been 237 days since the Redskins played a game; in 15 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 7; Home opener vs. Jaguars 22; Redskins @ Eagles 29

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  1. luis - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Im a great fan from mexico rich… follow every day…hail…

  2. colmac69 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Rich….as someone who is around redskins and talks to enough people at this point in time how many spots on the roster do u believe…in your opinion. …are still up for grabs? I would estimate roughly maybe ten/twelve but thats only going by what u read/hear…

  3. redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Rich, I’ve read many articles about the improved tackling by the secondary thus far in preseason. While I can agree that it seems that the DBs are much better in, maintaining proper spacing and hitting their angles which had helped in avoiding big plays; it still bothers me when I see players lunging at ball carriers with their shoulder out and arms not.

    I played football for many years and I played both Defensive End and Linebacker. When I was coached to tackle, I was told to keep the head up, focus eyes on the waist line, and wrap them up low. Being undersized in both those positions, I had great success taking down opponents against even the bigger running backs. Today if seems to be DBs are not coached to wrap up when tackling the ball carrier.

    I just think tackling today is quite unorthodox. In the Cleveland game Akeem Jordan made two excellent form tackles that had me jumping off the couch yelling “that’s how it is done!”. However I see few DBs today tacking in the same manner.

    Have you ever asked the coaches why that is? Is it the emphasis to attack the ball instead of the player to force more turnovers? Is it to avoid injury such as a knee to the head or shoulder?

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Opportunities for tackles like that are limited, the offense guys are paid a lot of money to make you miss. Haz has said as much, that a lot of the time tackling is a matter of getting the guy down any way you can. Raheem said that he wants his guys in the secondary to get a hold of a body part an not let go until the guy is on the ground. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t principles that need to be followed like keeping your head up and get the guy down instead of worrying about a big highlight hit. But the real opportunities for “form” tackles are few and far between in reality.

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  4. captblood3000 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Would cutting Chester or Polumbus be a bigger surprise? It would require good performances from their younger linemen. I understand that LeRibeus has looked good in preseason, and Moses looked good (at least to me) against the Browns.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      It would be a bigger surprise but it’s not happening.

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  5. cowboyhater - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Sorry, but it’s time to move on from Santana Moss…it’s time to let the young bucs move into those back up roles. We have our 3 vets in Garcon, Jackson, and Roberts. I feel the talent is there, and to keep an older receiver on this roster, while risking to lose a young prospect would be a mistake.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      I don’t think Santana would be a surprise cut.
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