The Washington Redskins face the Detroit Lions Sunday. Actually, 46 of them will. Seven players will be declared inactive before kickoff. Best guesses and the impact of those choices plus one prediction.
Nate Sudfeld - If the Redskins are lucky, the third-string quarterback will never be part of the 46-man game-day roster. The 2016 sixth-round pick isn't ready for prime time yet in more ways than one.
Rashad Ross - Surprised? Though active with Josh Doctson sidelined, Ross only received nine offensive snaps last week. More notable? Zero work on special teams. If DeSean Jackson (shoulder) plays, the Redskins have their speed element. What they're lacking with Doctson on IR is red-zone size for those fade patterns. Enter Maurice Harris. Washington signed the 6-foot-3 target off the practice squad this week. If Ross isn't on special teams, I can imagine the Redskins going for size over speed.
Jordan Reed - Good bet the star tight end winds up back on this list next week rather than have him fly overseas while recovering from a concussion with Washington's bye on deck.
Anthony Lanier - The undrafted free agent hasn't received any game action this season. He understands why. "Right now the talk is I'm a raw talent and still have a lot to learn," Lanier told Breaking Burgundy. "Coach Gruden is always telling me keep my pads low. There a couple of things I need to work on."
Martrell Spaight - Su'a Cravens (concussion) is back from a two-week absence. Neither Terence Garvin (7 snaps against Philadelphia) or Spaight played much on defense last week. Both are special teams mainstays, but Garvin is the better option in that role.
Odd man in - Safety Josh Evans only played on special teams against the Eagles. Since the Lions are a bigger threat in the air than on the ground, he stays up as the 10th defensive back over Spaight as the fifth ILB.
Prediction -- Seems insane to imagine the once 0-2 Redskins winning a fifth straight game. Of course, we've lived the 2016 Election. The bar for insane moved quite a bit. Vernon Davis scores a TD for the second straight week. Kirk Cousins throws for 273 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions average nearly 5.0 yards per carry despite not having a runner anyone's ever heard of, but Bashaud Breeland snags one of two Matthew Stafford interceptions...Washington 31 Detroit 27.
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