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Questionable

RB Wendell Smallwood (knee)

LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring)

LB Jordan Hicks (calf)

CB Ronald Darby

You can expect Smallwood, Kendricks, and Hicks to play, with the only player in question being Darby. I provided my Scouting Academy evaluations on both Darby and Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. in anticipation of this potential match-up, but I suspect that Darby will not play.

Hicks and Kendricks, along with fellow LB Nigel Bradham, will have a key role in attempting to shut down Redskins RB Chris Thompson. Last week against the San Francisco 49ers, Thompson reached 60% snaps on offense for the first time this year. He is a dangerous threat after the catch in the passing game, posting an 18/340/2 stat line while averaging a solid 4.9 yards per carry.

Smallwood saw an early increase in snaps after only having a combined 29 in the first two weeks. In Week 3 against the New York Giants he logged a career high 43 and followed up with 35 in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers. I would expect RB LaGarrette Blount and RB Corey Clement to out-snap him this week, but that hinges entirely on the staffs confidence in his health.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Out

OG Tyler Catalina (concussion)

OT Ty Nsekhe (core)

CB Josh Norman (rib)

Questionable

RB Rob Kelley (ankle)

OT Trent Williams (knee)

LB Mason Foster (shoulder)

CB Bashaud Breeland (knee)

SAF Stefan McClure (knee)

SAF Deshazor Everett (hamstring)

I detailed the impact of the Norman and Breeland injuries in my Carson Wentz DFS article.

Despite being banged up, Trent Williams has only given up 7 pressures and 0 sacks on 171 snaps, which ranks 5th in the league in PFF’s pass blocking efficiency rankings (just behind Lane Johnson and Jason Peters). Even when not at full strength, Williams is an alien capable of putting up a force field that edge rushers seem incapable of cracking.

If LB Foster is ruled out or takes reduced snaps, it will likely mean more snaps for LB Martell Spaight. This is important as the Redskins 407 yards allowed to tight ends tops the league, which could point to a big day for Eagles TE Zach Ertz. Foster allows a below average 1.51 yards per coverage snap and has been solid against the run. Conversely, Spaight has given up an egregious 1 reception for every 5 coverage snaps.

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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