Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, exactly four weeks away from the Redskins’ season opener against the Saints in New Orleans.
Jordan Black at LT
With Trent Williams sidelined with a bone bruise in his foot, Jordan Black was lined up as the first team at left tackle during Saturday’s practice. We don’t yet know if Williams will be out of the lineup when the Redskins take on the Bears on Saturday or, if Black will start in his place if he is. Should that be a cause for concern for Robert Griffin III?
Mike Shanahan pointed out yesterday that Black has started 40 NFL games at tackle and that is true. However, he has only started 11 games since the 2006 season. He has not started a game at left tackle since that ’06 season when he was with the Chiefs.
His last extensive action in a season came in 2010 when he started nine games at right tackle for the Jaguars. Per Pro Football Focus, Black was pretty solid as a run blocker but decidedly below average in pass protection. He was charged with 35 quarterback pressures in those nine starts.
If Black does start against Bears, who could line up Julius Peppers at right end, we might see some more of Griffin’s vaunted mobility on display on Saturday night.
In case you missed it
Kirk Cousins had some shining moments in yesterday’s practice. In addition to Williams’ injury, some Redskins are still recovering from a variety of bumps and bruises. And while there is still time, it’s running out fast for the healthy players who sat out the Buffalo game.
Days until: Redskins @ Bears 6; RG3 vs. Luck at FedEx Field 13; final cuts 19; Redskins @ Saints 28; home opener vs. Bengals 42