New England at Washington


Posted Aug 15, 2003


Who's out: Receiver Cliff Russell is questionable for Saturday with a sprained shoulder; running back Ladell Betts (elbow) also is not expected to play; receiver Darnerien McCants (hamstring) also won't play. Guard Tre Johnson (Achilles) and lineman Rod Jones (ankle/toe) also won't play

Who's under the gun: The punters. Bryan Barker or Brent Bartholomew will be cut sometime Sunday, based largely on their perfomance Saturday night. David Leaverton then joins the competition for the final two games. He'll be limited to kickoffs Saturday.

What the Redskins must see: Smarter play. That's been missing in Steve Spurrier's tenure and that must change. Spurrier said one point of emphasis this summer was more disciplined and smarter play. He didn't see it against Carolina. Too many penalties. For a team that's very middle of the pack, it's the difference between a 7-9 season and 9-7. But they haven't looked smart in practice, either.

Other goals: Score points. Look for quarterback Patrick Ramsey to get several series, giving him a chance to move the ball. Dropped passes prevented the Redskins from sustaining drives against the Panthers. And look for Chad Morton to get more action early, particularly on third downs.

Need to see: Some juice from Trung Canidate. Do something to show you deserve to start.

Your turn: Tight end Robert Royal will start ahead of Zeron Flemister. Here's what he must do: block well and catch the occasional pass in traffic, especially on short-yardage or red zone situations.

Defensive goal: Like the offense, it's to play smarter. They didn't do that last week, with linebackers and linemen missing gaps. There's not enough talent up front for that to happen.

Watch for: An intense effort by the defense. They were revved up all week in practice.

Getting a turn: Bruce Smith, Regan Upshaw and Jeremiah Trotter all will play this week.

On the bubble: Receivers Scott Cloman, Pat Woodcock and Richmond Flowers must make an impact on special teams. They're fighting for one roster spot--maybe.

Fading fast: The Redskins liked lineman Pita Elisara entering the opener. But he had a poor night at tackle. Looks like he'll play some guard this week.

Don't expect much from: Newly-signed tackle James Cannida. He's still trying to get into football shape.

On the spot: The defensive line, particularly the tackles. But don't blame the tackles for everything last week. Pay attention to the sometimes sloppy angles of LaVar Arrington. One of those poor angles led to a 17-yard run last week.



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