Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 7, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Chargers in Los Angeles.
Today's schedule: Practice 2 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky press conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:45
-Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 3
-Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 10
-Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 17
Redskins player one-liners, defensive edition
I looked at every offensive player on the roster on Monday, here are one-liners on every defensive player on the roster.
DE Matt Ioannidis-He won't be getting back to being the force he was early in the season until he can get his left hand out of the club he has been playing with and get some use of that hand.
DL Ziggy Hood-I've said this here before, but there really isn't that much more to say about him-Hood prepares hard and plays hard and he would be a good rotational end, but he is not suited to being the first option at nose tackle.
DL Stacy McGee-After looking like he could teeter towards being a free-agent bust, McGee has played well the last several weeks with four QB pressures and 15 tackles.
DL Terrell McClain-After missing two games with a toe injury he was back out on the practice field on Wednesday.
DL A.J. Francis-He has been off and on the roster the last two years, kudos to him for not giving up and getting some meaningful playing time.
DE Anthony Lanier-The second-year player has been good providing pass pressure, but he has been a liability when he is on the field on running plays.
ILB Zach Brown-He has been slowed a bit by various injuries, most recently to his Achilles tendon, but he has only missed 12 snaps all year and he still leads the NFL in total tackles.
ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons-He got his first defensive snaps of the year against the Giants and recorded his first sack (a half, to be exact) in Dallas.
ILB Martrell Spaight-He seems to be more effective when he comes in as a role player rather than when he starts.
ILB Zach Vigil-After being re-signed on November 15 he has started two games and has 10 tackles.
OLB Ryan Anderson-While this has been a learning season for him, it's almost time to say that his rookie year has been pretty disappointing for a second-round pick.
OLB Chris Carter-He has only played one defensive snap this year but he has been a solid contributor on special teams.
OLB Preston Smith-The third-year player went six games with zeroes in the sack column before getting a half against the Cowboys, but he has been good providing pressure all year long.
OLB Ryan Kerrigan-He needs one more sack to hit double digits for the third time in the last four years.
OLB Junior Galette-He has been a disappointment in the sack department with only two, but per Pro Football Focus, he has 25 total pressures in 186 pass rush snaps, which isn't bad after being out two years.
CB Bashaud Breeland-The pending free agent has been inconsistent but on the whole, he has had a solid year.
CB Quinton Dunbar-If Breeland leaves as a free agent in 2018, the Redskins could do worse than have Dunbar start opposite Norman.
CB Kendall Fuller-With one more interception he would have five picks, the most that any Redskins cornerback has had since DeAngelo Hall had six in 2010.
CB Fabian Moreau-Although his defensive plays have been limited (54 snaps), he has excelled on special teams, particularly as a gunner on punt coverage.
CB Josh Norman-Opponents have attempted 390 passes against the Redskins and only 37 of them have been into Norman's coverage.
S Montae Nicholson-Injuries have cost him time but he has shown great promise when he has been in the game.
S Deshazor Everett-He was forced into the starting lineup the last two games with Nicholson out and Hall playing ineffectively and held his own.
S DeAngelo Hall-After getting burned against the Saints, Hall has played just one snap in the last two games.
S D.J. Swearinger-He has been one of the better free agent signings in the past decade providing both leadership and solid play all year.
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