Four Redskins players have received more targets, and two others would had have more if they hadn’t been hurt (Chris Thompson and Jordan Reed). Teammates and coaches still marvel at what Doctson can do. One assistant coach recently dropped Doctson’s name, unprompted, and predicted how good he would become. They've needed patience, however, as Doctson missed almost all of last season -- practice included -- because of Achilles issues.
The Redskins already lost two other inside linebackers this season – Will Compton and Mason Foster, both of whom are on injured reserve. Martrell Spaight will start in place of Brown, alongside Zach Vigil. Without Brown, the Redskins lose a speedy linebacker. Rookie Josh Harvey-Clemons also will play linebacker; he has been playing in some sub packages.
But, he wants to play. Galette has applied pressure on the quarterback on 33 percent of the pass plays in which he’s been on the field; that’s the same number as Smith, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Smith has five sacks in 303 rushes; Galette has two in 177.
But those were glory days compared to the last two weeks. The Redskins did not hold a lead at any time against the Cowboys or the Chargers. The game in Dallas was scoreless going into the second quarter but the Cowboys tore off 17 unanswered points to take control. The Redskins never got to within one score.
I don’t think that he is but it is a valid concern. This is what happens when you lose two in a row and neither game is competitive. As we sit here right now I think that Gruden still has the respect and the collective ear of the players. But if there is another game like the ones against the Chargers and Cowboys, things could start to erode. They are still pretty high up on the slippery slope but things can fall apart quickly with a push in the wrong direction.