Aug 30, 2014, 5:27 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 30, eight day before the Redskins open their season against the Texans.
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.
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.
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.
—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
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