NT Terrance Knighton. He does occupy two blockers quite often; he's not going to beat teams with his ability to play laterally. He has not solved the Redskins' run defense issues, though I do not view him as a problem, either. If he's taking up two blockers, someone behind him should be making a play. It's tough to say he's made the necessary impact because the run defense has been bad -- the Redskins allow 4.91 yards per carry and it's 4.38 with Knighton in the game.
After committing six draft picks -- including five in high rounds -- as recently as 2012 to acquire Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, it's stunning the Redskins lack stability at the game's most important position. But with injury-prone Griffin having been benched for poor play three times in as many seasons by two head coaches, and Cousins, despite signs of promise, still striving for consistency, the Redskins find themselves in a quarterback quandary. (Journeyman Colt McCoy is viewed strictly as a backup, people in Washington's football operation say.)
One troubling thing here is the fact that the Redskins are averaging just 11 drives per game (and why there is a discrepancy between their per game and per drive numbers). That would have them tied for 29th in the league. The Redskins have to get more drives per game if they want their offensive numbers to improve. Part of the issue is their own doing since they aren't picking up chunk yards, they are relying on 10+ play drives. There are positives you can take away from that, but it's also helping to limit their opportunities.
Tandler: It's been a mixed bag at this position this year. The bright spot has been Chris Thompson, getting a chance to play for the first time in his three-year career. He has gotten the job done as the third-down and passing situations back. He hasn't had a ton of touches (19 rushing attempts, 23 receptions) but he has done well with them, getting 270 yards from scrimmage. When not handling the ball, Thompson has done well pass blocking, with just one sack and two hurries on his ledger. Rookie Matt Jones flashed his potential early by gaining 123 yards rushing against the Rams but he has just 98 in four games since then.
WR DeSean Jackson—Yes, he's talented but Scot McCloughan undoubtedly is unhappy with him suffering what will add up to a two-month hamstring pull after taking too long to recover from a shoulder sprain early in training camp. Releasing him would create a net cap savings of $6.75 million.