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Snap judgements: Perry Riley mostly watches; Redskins OLB, RB depth an issue

Ben Standig examines the snap count totals from the Redskins' third preseason game.

Here's a look at who played lots, some and just a little in the Washington Redskins' preseason win over the Buffalo Bills. Most of all, here's what any of the snap counts mean ahead of the looming cutdown day. NFL teams must drop their roster from 90 to 75 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m. 

* We can start with the injuries. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (groin strain) and running back Keith Marshall (sprained left elbow) are perhaps the most serious based on their needs for an MRI, according to coach Jay Gruden. The connection between the two beyond their upcoming exams? Depth at outside linebacker and running back rival each other for shakiest on the team.

At OLB, the Redskins have a dynamic pass rushing pair in Kerrigan and Preston Smith. The apparent drop-off from there, especially after Junior Galette's season-ending Achilles injury earlier this summer and considering the limited help on the defensive line, is akin to Wile E. Coyote falling off a cliff.

Trent Murphy (22 snaps) shifted back to OLB following the Galette injury, but he is more of a run-stuffer. Houston Bates (21 snaps) is typically considered next in line. While he showed some pass rush prowess during the 2015 preseason, Bates is viewed as more of a special teams helper. 

Those two are behind Smith on the Redskins' depth chart. The guy listed behind Kerrigan, Willie Jefferson, received the fewest snaps (3) of any defender against the Bills and apparently is no longer on the team.

My last Week 1 roster projection included four outside linebackers. Depending on Kerrigan's status, another body might be included in the next version. Mike Wakefield registered a sack and played the most snaps (31) among the other options, followed by Lynden Trail (26) and Ejiro Ederaine (21). All seem more like practice squad hopefuls. Considering the limited depth, any or all could be among the 10 named.

* With Matt Jones and Chris Thompson inactive, running back Robert Kelley (48) started as expected and then probably played more than assumed after Marshall went down on his first carry. That injury also opened the door for Mack Brown (23). He nearly matched Kelley (12 carries for 53 yards) on the ground (11 for 43), and both looked comfortable in pass blocking. It still seems logical that the Redskins would add a veteran RB at some point, but there's a strong case now for Kelley and Brown, both of whom can play on special teams, to stick if Washington wants four for Week 1.

* Perhaps the single-most interesting snap count total belongs to Perry Riley. The veteran inside linebacker received only four. He's considered a potential salary cap casualty. Does his quiet day indicate the team is ready to move on with Martrell Spaight (55), Su'a Cravens (28) and perhaps Terence Garvin (36) as backups behind Will Compton (27) and Mason Foster (16)? Could we infer that the team knows what Riley offers and therefore chose to rest him, especially since he dealt with a foot injury last year? Perhaps the team knows he's gone and avoided the potential injury risk for all involved by shelving him? I've had Riley on the outside from the start.

Ty Nsekhe, who entered early when right tackle Morgan Moses (sprained ankle) exited, received the most snaps (54) on offense followed by guard Brandon Scherff (48) and Kelley. Kendall Fuller ended the game with an interception. The rookie CB also played the most defensive snaps (57) along with safety Will Blackmon.

* With Bryan Stork expected to finally join the team this week and Kory Lichtensteiger (47) receiving three holding calls, there will be tons of attention on the center position, which will impact the offensive line reserves. Tackle Takoby Cofield (25) played the entire second half. Guards Arie Kouandjio and Nila Kasitati each received 24 snaps while center Austin Reiter had 10. Meanwhile, Josh LeRibeus did not play Friday. If Stork is an upgrade and ready immediately, Lichtensteiger is in trouble. If not, than those two are the centers, Spencer Long probably becomes viewed more as a guard, and a choice between Kouandjio and Cofield becomes a thing.

Full snap counts courtesy of

OFFENSE (72 snaps)

--Ty Nsekhe 54

--Brandon Scherff 48 

--Robert Kelley 48 

--Kirk Cousins 47 

--Trent Williams 47 

--Kory Lichtensteiger 47 

--Maurice Harris 42 

--Spencer Long 38  

--Jordan Reed 36

--Pierre Garçon 36

--Rashad Ross 33

--Vernon Davis 28

--Ryan Grant 27

--Niles Paul 26

--Shawn Lauvao 25

--Takoby Cofield 25 

--Colt McCoy 25

--DeSean Jackson 24

--Nila Kasitati 24

--Arie Kouandjio 24 

--Mack Brown 23

--Morgan Moses 18

--Logan Paulsen 15 

--Valdez Showers 13 

--Austin Reiter 10 

--Marcel Jensen 5 

--Joe Kerridge 3 

--Keith Marshall 1 

DEFENSE (82 snaps)

--Kendall Fuller 57

--Will Blackmon 57

--Martrell Spaight 55

--Terence Garvin 36

--Anthony Lanier 36

--Matt Ioannidis 34

--Mike Wakefield 31

--Greg Toler 31

--Duke Ihenacho 30

--Corey Crawford 30

--Su'a Cravens 28

--David Bruton Jr. 28

--Will Compton 27 

--DeAngelo Hall 27

--Lynden Trail 26

--Lloyd Carrington 26

--Geno Matias-Smith 25

--Dashaun Phillips 24

--Bashaud Breeland 24

--Preston Smith 24

--Kendall Reyes 24

--Josh Norman 24

--Trent Murphy 22

--Houston Bates 21

--Ricky Jean Francois 21

--Stephen Paea 21

--Ejiro Ederaine 21

--Ziggy Hood 20 

--Mariel Cooper 18

--Mason Foster 16

--Kedric Golston 15 

--Shiro Davis 11 

--Ryan Kerrigan 5

--Perry Riley Jr. 4

--Willie Jefferson 3

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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