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Morning Manny: Perry Riley in bubble trouble; Redskins should play Paea

Two veteran defenders are thought to be possible cuts before the season starts, but only one is in trouble to the eyes of Manny Benton.

Manny Benton often tweets random thoughts regarding the Washington Redskins at random times of the day that typically bring interesting dialog. Now, from Monday through Thursday at around 9 a.m., you can find those Twitter-sized thoughts in "Morning Manny." Complete with explanations! 

The Redskins are wasting Defensive Lineman Stephen Paea's talent:

Some people believe that Stephen Paea is in danger of getting cut. If he does, that would be a rather dumb move by a team that lacks explosion on the defensive line. Besides the on-field component, Washington would only save a little less than $1 million by cutting the 6th year pro. Paea is 28 years old and only two seasons removed from a six-sack season. There's been talk about inconsistency and he has yet to play with the starters in preseason. However, Paea has made plays every opportunity he has received this summer. It's a head scratcher for sure. 

Paea has talent and it's evident to see. He has great hand usage and bullish strength. I just don't understand how the Redskins wouldn't value that in at least a rotation. This defense is designed for the front line to attack upfield. That's what Paea does best, but they are not giving him a chance to get in a rhythm. Prior to getting injured in 2015, Paea was used very sparingly. He only started one game. Yet he did come away with 1 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble in that short period of play. All Paea has done this preseason is create pressure. Is that not what the Redskins need?

LB Perry Riley's job is in jeopardy with Martrell Spaight's rise:

Perry Riley only took four snaps in Washington's third preseason game last Friday against the Buffalo Bills, which is pretty odd. The 7th year pro could find himself to be on the roster bubble with second year LB Martrell Spaight flashing big play ability this preseason. Riley has basically been invisible for the most part this summer. There hasn't been much talk about him and he hasn't done much of anything worthy of discussing. 

On the other hand, Spaight has looked like a mini-London Fletcher this preseason by leading linebacker chants and hitting everything in his path. To be honest, Spaight has looked better than projected starting LB Mason Foster. Although Spaight has been playing more Mike backer, while Riley and Foster play Jack, all his traits translate to that position.

Washington could very well move on from Riley in the coming day(s). I'm also interested in seeing how soon Spaight could legitimately take snaps away from Foster.

You can find Emmanual on Twitter @manny_benton.

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