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Need to Know: 5 under the radar Redskins who will be playmakers in 2014

Aug 30, 2014, 5:27 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 30, eight day before the Redskins open their season against the Texans.

Nickel coverage

The preseason is finally over and we can move on to the games that actually count. But the practice games were useful in confirming a few things I’d seen in training camp and earlier regarding some of the lesser-known players on the team. Here are five under-the-radar players who will be on everyone’s radar by the end of the season.

WR Ryan Grant—Their fifth-round draft pick is as fundamentally sound as any rookie at any position. He makes up for his lack of blazing speed with solid route running and excellent hands. Sooner rather than later he will be the fourth receiver and contributing.

FB Darrel Young—The converted linebacker has been on the roster since 2010 but he hasn’t done much offensively. Jay Gruden will change that this year. Young won’t become a full-fledged offensive weapon by any means but he should make a few memorable plays running and receiving.

ILB Keenan Robinson—The third-year player who has only a half a season of experience has drawn some attention due to the fact that he’s replacing London Fletcher. But he’s a legitimate playmaker. He will make plenty of mistakes but his speed and coverage skills should allow him to make some plays from the Mike linebacker position.

DE Chris Baker—Sure “Big Swaggy” gets attention due to his size and his big personality. But he is much more than just flash; Baker is a rare combination of size, speed and agility. He will end up in the backfield getting a sack or tackle for loss on a regular basis.

CB Bashaud Breeland—The rookie fourth-round pick will get burned from time to time—news flash, every cornerback does—but will also has the capability of making highlight quality interceptions on occasions.

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Stat of the day

—Final preseason kickoff stats: Zach Hocker 12 kickoffs, 3 touchbacks, 6 returned inside the 20. Kai Forbath 8 KO’s, 1 TB, 1 in 20, 1 out of bounds. If Hocker ends up getting the nod that could be the reason why.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability; Roster must be reduced to 53 by 4 p.m.

—It’s been 244 days since the Redskins played a game; in eight days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 15; Redskins @ Eagles 22; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 27

In case you missed it

  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Cut tracker:

    RB Chris Thompson (per Lake Lewis, Sports Journey)
    RB Lache Seastrunk
    RB Evan Royster

    I guess they’re keeping Silas Redd?
    ~

  2. colmac69 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Certainly didnt xpect all three to b cut…that leaves morris..helu and redd rite now as rb……hocker cut as well which I can live with….miller in…brown cut and sharpton going on ir for season…thomas released as well

  3. bowlregard - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Always thought DY was underutilized.

    The thing I’ve noticed about the D in preseason – lots of really hard hits. Ryan Clark can really hit. And Breeland. It seems to be part of their MO. Last time I took notice of the Skins really laying the wood was the year before SB XVII. Just sayin.

  4. samhuff96 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    FB Darrel Young hasn’t done anything offensively?! The beast is a blocking machine, Morris’ production goes up when he’s in the game. Fantasy should give credit for blocks. Hell, if they had a league where you drafted defensive players and not offenders, I might even join, but as it is it’s too unrealistic and I prefer D&D because of the greater realism. Perhaps, one could draft an entire team’s running back or all of teams receivers, this would give better realism rather than going for a good receiver on running back without others in the category.

    One of my nephews lost his league because the top competitor had a field goal kicker on a team that could score touchdowns but kicked a lot of field goals in the last game of the season.

    • bowlregard - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      I think what is meant that DY hasn’t had the opportunity to do much with the ball in his hands.

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