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Need to Know: Five Redskins who have exceeded expectations in 2015

Oct 30, 2015, 5:03 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 30, 9 days before the Redskins visit the New England Patriots.

Five who have exceeded expectations

We all think we have things figured out before the season starts and then they actually start playing and we are surprised. Some players we didn’t expect to contribute much have stepped up to play key roles. Here are five who have exceeded expectations.

S/CB Kysheon Jarrett—He was gong to come in and help out on special teams and maybe play a few snaps a game at safety. But when the team was short on cornerbacks in training camp, the fifth-round pick stepped up and volunteered to help out. Now he is the team’s starting slot corner and playing so well that there are legitimate questions over what do to with him when the veteran corners are healthy.

WR Jamison Crowder—He was going to be the punt returner while learning to be a wide receiver. But he is third on the team in both catches (32) and receiving yards (292). If he catches 18 more passes over the remaining nine games he will be the first Redskins rookie to record 50 receptions in a season since Art Monk in 1980.

DE Chris Baker—The Redskins signed Stephen Paea to a healthy free agent contact and that was supposed to push Baker into a reserve role. But Baker has been getting more action from the start of the season; he has 238 snaps in seven games to 104 for Paea in six. And he has made plays, posting 3.5 sacks to tie for the team lead, forcing two fumbles and recovering one.

RB Chris Thompson—Could he stay healthy enough to make the team? And what would he be able to do if he made it? He stayed on the field throughout the offseason and training camp, made the team and has done a solid job as the third-down and passing situations back.

K Dustin Hopkins—There was an uproar when Kai Forbath was released and Hopkins, who had not yet put his instep to a football in an NFL game that counted, was signed. But, though a small sample size, Hopkins has proven to be just as accurate as the kicker he replaced; his only miss cam from over 50 yards, a distance from which Forbath rarely even tried. His kickoffs boom into the end zone with great frequency, but that’s a standard expectation for an NFL kicker these days. His “magic” onside kicks are just a bonus.


Today’s schedule: Bye week

Days until: Redskins @ Patriots 9; Saints @ Redskins 16; Redskins @ Panthers 23

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Oct 30, 2015 at 5:54 AM

    I would consider the following for exceeds:
    – Moses. To come in and beat out the 5th overall pick after being written off for dead with lisfranc. He is killing it.
    – Jones. No one thought he could take Morris’s starting role and he is pressing him right now.
    – Thompson was great but… Injury bug again. How many games out will he be?
    – cousins. Has developed in to a much better QB than RGIII. No one thought that was possible. I know he has 10 ints. But the season is not over. I called less than league average at 17. Many games left. Doing better than expectations in my book.

    The rest you have I agree with! How about doing the 5 that have been the greatest disappointments that have under achieved expectations most tomorrow. I will start off…

    MORRIS, Long, Scherff, Hatch, DJax, Roberts, Jeron Johnson… Gruden, head trainer, Barry, McVay, kotwica,

    Too many to mention and hard to choose.

    • colorofmyskinz - Oct 30, 2015 at 6:02 AM

      Honestly a read a stat yesterday that the Redskins have the second most key players injuried of the 32 teams. What is wrong with our preparation process for the season? They supposedly fixed this with a new guy. Let me guess… He was from Tampa.

      • skinsgame - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:15 AM

        Moses has been solid for sure. I think it’s hyperbole to say that “he was written off for dead”. He was a projected starter. He holds up well to a pass rush and isn’t getting flagged for penalties. If they can start running behind the right side with success, he’d be a bona fide Hog.

        • greed - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:50 AM

          i was thinkin moses too , heres a guy coming off lisfranc injury no ota entered camp at no.2 been solid at a spot where skins have struggled since the rock jon jansen tappf out on us also have to throw R.ross in the mix too a longshot to make the team been pleasent suprise on special teams and adequate in spot duty as a wr , dont understand why he only knows one position to me that lack of coaching backups should know all spots would get him and his speed on the field more

    • sidepull - Oct 30, 2015 at 7:03 AM

      Moses was my first thought

    • hail74 - Oct 30, 2015 at 9:11 AM

      Cousins has 8 ints, still a lot tho but not far from league avg for starters thru 7games. Not sure I would consider long or scherff huge disappointments nor would I include the coaching staff but that’s just my opinion.

    • Jax4 - Oct 30, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      Scherff Underachiving?!?!?! You must not be watching the game. The kid is performing well above expectations and is borderline Pro Bowl level. Sure, he has has his “rookie” moments but they have few and far between.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Oct 30, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    I guess Breeland isn’t on this list because we thought well of him last year already, but I think he’s still done more than expected.

  3. garg8050 - Oct 30, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    The Patriots are SCARY good. They could hang 50 on the ‘Skins next weekend. And I’m not sure the ‘Skins will be able to run the ball either. Neither the Jets or Dolphins were able to run. Cousins might be throwing the ball 50 times. For any chance, the ‘Skins will need to score close to 40 points.

    • colorofmyskinz - Oct 30, 2015 at 6:26 AM

      The only questions I have about this game or the following :
      – what is the smallest point differential we can keep this loss to? I am hoping for 29 points or less.
      – can we score more than seven points?

      If we can keep the loss to less than 29 points and score more than 7 that would be a huge win!

    • colorofmyskinz - Oct 30, 2015 at 6:33 AM

      We may want to consider our key starters that we want to heal for this game. Like dhall, culliver, breeland, DJax, Kerrigan… Anyone that can use an extra week. We would be better off taking a 75-0 loss and give these guys an extra week to heal to have a shot at NFC east.

      • colorofmyskinz - Oct 30, 2015 at 6:34 AM

        Sit them. Take the loss heal and move on…

    • sidepull - Oct 30, 2015 at 7:02 AM

      Pats my favorite AFC team since the days of Grogan. Love it when they whip up on the Ravens. Above all that is just a hands down fantastic team to watch play football. Amazing that the Giants pick up Vareen and Ridley is a Jet and somehow the running game actually looks better. Redskins have been gashed in consecutive weeks. That in itself should be a huge concern, but Brady is merciless. Gronkowski unstoppable. Revis a Jet? Who cares. That team is going to be in the Super Bowl again. My hope is they overlook the Redskins. But in reality, not a chance. The pats are going to take try and take Reed away from Cousins I think. Belichick and Patricia get that Redskins film and they are probably going to make life miserable for the Redskins. We need Djax back. Any chance of that? Defense, I dont know what to say. They give Brady the same time they gave Winston well you know whats gonna happen. This is going to take a team effort, great game planning, no turnovers, 40 points, and a few lucky breaks. I dont think NE goes undefeated this season. Hopefully when they play the Redskins it their “bad day” Redskins keys to victory: run the ball effectively, keep Brady and company sitting. And the Redskins Coaching staff is going to need to get creative, very creative.

      • Skulb - Oct 30, 2015 at 10:20 AM

        Something is wrong with the Pats and the NFL though. I just noticed last night that they came off a home game to host a Thursday game. Every other Thursday home team comes off an away game so both teams lose one travel day between the games. Except the Patriots. That extra prep day for a Thursday is huge so obviously NFL are desperate to have the Patriots win. Makes you wonder about the whole Deflategate/Tom has a chip on his shoulder narrative I think. Seem more like a wrestling storyline to me.

        • bangkokben - Oct 30, 2015 at 10:43 AM

          They also follow-up their extra rest by playing a team coming off a bye as opposed to playing Sunday or Monday night and then playing said team coming off a bye – which seems to much more common for similar teams.

        • ajbus1 - Oct 30, 2015 at 5:40 PM

          The wrestling story lines happen a little too often.

    • troylok - Oct 30, 2015 at 7:55 AM

      The Patriots are an ordinary team if you can take Gronkowski away. How you can do that seems to be a mystery to every team the Patriots play. I’ve heard Preston Smith is fast and of course he is big. Is there any way they could put him on Gronkowski for the game? They’d have to give him help, but size for size he would match up well.

      • sidepull - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:55 AM

        Its just match ups. Belichick gets the mach-ups, sooner or later, he wants on Gronk. They are a smart football team that has been together, winning for long time.

        • skinsgame - Oct 30, 2015 at 9:36 AM

          It’s just match ups AND execution. Everyone does their job exactly as they are coached to on that team.

      • goback2rfk - Oct 30, 2015 at 11:12 AM

        I would say without Tom Brady they are more of an ordinary team. Tommy boy is the main reason for their success. The man is on pace for 5000 yards 40 TD’s with 2 INT’s. Hard to beat that.

    • 226thebeatdontstop - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:39 AM

      Gronkowski ,and Eddlemen are gonna kill the Redskins, we have no consistant pass rush or pressure…Actually the Patriots can run too ,I hearcso much whining about injuries but the Patriots start two, yes two rookie offensive lineman

      The Patriot defense WILL shut down the Redskins run game so lets see what Cousins does …. I think Jordan Reed and Crowder can make plays but Gruden needs to fix the run game

      • goback2rfk - Oct 30, 2015 at 10:55 AM

        No need to run on the Patriots they will kill you every time with that game plan. Going to have to pass 35+ times to keep up with Tom Brady and the high flying Patriots offense. Patriots are going to score a lot of points so i see us playing catch up the entire game. Pass Pass pass.

  4. Stephfan - Oct 30, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    First off I would say Jarrett is playing extremely well just good for now. Trenton is one that should be up there. My other mentions are carrier, and our entire back unit of dbs. I would also like to say that jones isn’t better than Morris. Gruden has who he favors and that is expected and evident. But let’s not forget who have us 3 street years as a 1,000 yard back. Hell i don’t see jones doing any better than Morris right now. And cousins is still a bum that won’t be resigned

  5. colorofmyskinz - Oct 30, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    There is a 0.000000000000000000001% chance of winning this NE game. And that is if Brady gets injuried pulling a pizza out of the oven prior to the game.

    Honestly, so why place our key players in harms way? Let them sit and recover for the second half of the season. That would give them 2 or more weeks to get that extra recovery. Let’s just chalk this game up to a loss, recovery, and development of developing players. Hell maybe start RGIII even. I would treat this game like a preseason game and focus on NO.

    • sidepull - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:15 AM

      I disagree. I beleive playing against stiff competition is what makes teams better. You get to see who has guts to step up in adverse circumstances. This isnt preseason and aside from the “suck for luck” gutless team that did that junk, a team is paid big bucks to show up and try to win a game. I think if they dont show up and play It would be a poor reflection on the whole organization. Scot said he wants to construct a team of football players. When you play the Redskins you are going to feel it. Sitting players that are starters doesn’t in any way shape or form fit that vision. This is just the kind off game the Redskins need to put forth their best effort. There are way too many competitors on this team to allow that to happen, to just take the mickey. Right start Rg3. I am sure that NE is game planning for that. The tricky Redskins could sure catch NE sleeping there. Really I get what your saying but it just isnt going to happen. If somebody gets injured, its next man up. Works for NE. Can you imagine NE Belichik touting that line of thinking. “Well guys were going to play a team thats probably going to kill us. They are really good. They were the Super Bowl champs last year and I know you want to see how well you play against world champions but we dont stand a chance. We are going to rest some key players, let some of our developmental players get some time and rest up for next week when we get a chance” Really?

    • bangkokben - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:41 AM

      Because competitive people don’t think this way in week 8 & 9 in the NFL. Had this been the week before the bye game, I’m sure you’d see no one come back sooner from injury. Instead, they look at this game as an opportunity to gain ground in the division since each of our rivals have this game on their schedules. It’s one thing to acknowledge you’re playing a superior opponent; another thing to fear they’re going to leave you injured.

    • Brandon - Oct 30, 2015 at 9:06 AM

      In addition to what sidepull said (which I completely agree with by the way), do you believe that Belichik is going to rest starters in this game because the Patriots will most likely be double-digit favorites in this game? Absolutely not! He is a gamer and that’s what we should expect out of our team. A great way to get better is playing better competition. The guys on this team who need all the reps they can get against elite players/teams should not be deprived of this opportunity. That being said, if they feel the level of play will suffer or an injury can be exacerbated by getting in the game (which may or may not be the case with DJax, Kerrigan, etc.) then they should sit. The kind of preparation and mental toughness needed to win a game like this is valuable experience that the players can draw on in the future…perhaps during a playoff run in a few years. The coaches need to stress this angle and I’m sure the players won’t just roll over. Grace and peace.

    • Rich Tandler - Oct 30, 2015 at 9:52 AM

      NFL teams don’t operate that way.

    • jonevans511 - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      Because….. YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME, or so says Herm Edwards. And every coach, player, analyst, and casual fan to diehard fan ever.

  6. 226thebeatdontstop - Oct 30, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Moses clearly has exceeded expectations he was viewed just last year as raw an years away from contributing.

    I’d add Breeland he is a 4th round pick and Crowder .

    I’d have to say thus far Trent Murphy is a BUST most games his name isn’t mentioned..

  7. bangkokben - Oct 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    When we were speculating this summer about areas to upgrade the team and kicker came up. I spelled out my description of what I wanted in a kicker and Dustin Hopkins PERFECTLY fits that description. Keep up the excellent kicking, Hop.

    As for our “most accurate” kicker in team history, he was 3/4 in his debut with the Saints – in PATs, had one touchback in five kick-offs, and an unheard of delay of game. {It should be noted, however, that the poor kickoffs did not adversely affect the Saints and even resulted in positive plays for the Saints (30-yard return fumbled, holding resulting in half the distance to the goal line, and Luck throwing an INT from 1st and 10 from his 25.)}

    Another “area” that exceeds expectation..This year the Redskins have been fortunate in how poorly the opposing place kicker has played. 12/16 for the year with two missed FG within 30-39 and another two within 40-49.

    • bangkokben - Oct 30, 2015 at 10:48 AM

      I stand corrected it was March.

      bangkokben – Mar 1, 2015 at 5:15 PM
      Rich was spot on with everything on Forbath. You need a kicker to kick the 55 yard FG at the end of the game. Forbath seems like a modern day Ray Wershing – 49er kicker from all those years ago. Solid inside 45 yards (which is actually the opponents 28) but don’t bother from beyond 50. Thing is the game has changed plenty since then. You need touchdowns to win games – even in overtime. If your within 28 yards to paydirt; score a TD. Why keep four special team aces around if you only need to kick it out of the end zone. Seems like we had the guy in Gano but Shanahan soured on him. In my mind today’s kicker should be a guy who can make the 50+ kicks 75% of the time, is excellent in onside kicks, can consistently kick all the kickoffs, and doesn’t buckle under pressure. The team needs to score touchdowns – use that fourth down to get first downs and more chances at six points.

  8. Quit the hate - Oct 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    OK guys, to keep any player on bench because upcoming game is unwinnable. Has to be the mentality of a sure loser. Also I am on MANY so called Redskin Groups. All I read is Redskin Organization is RACIST as is Gruden….. REALLY!!!! FIRE GRUDEN AND BENCH KIRK FOR GRIFFIN. That’s a real petition on Facebook…….. I want to puke, I am going to say this because nobody else does… I see the peeps saying these things, you are 99% black folk. Please stop playing racism card against my team. Please stand behind this team. If this is too complicated for you, please find new team…. Kirk is doing best he can with very little, so is Gruden and Scott.. Be happy, stop the hate…

  9. hk2000 - Oct 30, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    I think the whole team is exceeding expectations- at least MINE, I expected 0 wins, they already have 3, so Yeah but still not good enough, but who knows, maybe they’ll continue to prove me wrong. As far as NE game, I can’t believe people are advocating resting the starters and assuming a loss, they might as well forfeit the game. In fact if there is any game on their schedule that might change my opinion of this team, this coach and his choice at QB, it is this upcoming game. Any coach who goes into a game expecting to lose should not be coaching, and I’m not talking about lip service, but actual signs and evidence of the coach pouring all his creativity into the game plan and ensuring every player is on the top of his game and ready to execute to perfection- granted this should be the case in all games, but a coach who is trying to convince people that he’s up to the challenge and is good enough to earn the owner’s, players’ and fan’s trust should do everything in his power to do it in this game. To me this is the game that should be “Code Red”, not the one against the worst team in the NFL!

    • bangkokben - Oct 30, 2015 at 12:24 PM

      I may be in the minority but I’m a big fan of Mountain Dew Code Red.

      • hail74 - Oct 30, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        No I’m with you, add some red bull to that code red and amped for the day

        • bangkokben - Oct 30, 2015 at 6:22 PM

          That sounds seriously dangerous! Code Red Mountain Dew is basically Swedish Fish Soda.

  10. JOHNNY B - Oct 30, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Everyone here needs to realize that this game against the Patriots and the game against the Panthers are our 2 most important games. It doesn’t matter if we lose it only matters if we show up and play well. These 2 games will Guage how far we have come and how much more we need to grow. Non divisional games against good teams shows which players bring their best. Every player plays harder against rivals. So I don’t think this game will be as bad as most think. It all comes down to what version of our team shows up first half of last week or 2nd half.

  11. Eric Magruder - Oct 31, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    I like this list and just a quick note…we last played the patriots here in md and we lost by a touchdown and we had rex grossman as a qb…as long as we show fight in this game and not let them roll over us I will be happy Archives

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