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Washington Redskins
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

  Inside Slant | Notes, Quotes | Strategy and Personnel | Player Wire

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ILB Zach Brown is still fighting a sore Achilles tendon that limited him in Sunday's loss to New Orleans. The Redskins are only doing walk-throughs with a Thursday game this week against the New York Giants, but Brown was listed as limited if there had been a practice on Tuesday.

WR Brian Quick (concussion) was listed as a full participant in Tuesday's walk-through practice and should return Thursday against the New York Giants after missing the past two games.

T Ty Nsekhe took over at left guard on Sunday against New Orleans and will start there against the New York Giants on Thursday.

RB LeShun Daniels was signed to the 53-man roster from the Redskins practice squad.

C Demetrius Rhaney, who played with the Los Angeles Rams in 2015 and 2016, signed to Washington's 53-man roster to serve as a backup on an offensive line crippled by injuries.

DL A.J. Francis, who has been cut twice by the Redskins this season, was signed again to the 53-man roster.

LB Pete Robertson was signed to the 53-man roster from Washington's practice squad.

FANTASIZING

WR Josh Doctson had a career-best day on Sunday in a 34-31 loss to New Orleans. Doctson caught four passes for 81 yards. He is slowly earning quarterback Kirk Cousins' trust and has six receptions of 20 yards or more. Doctson only has 19 catches, but 11 of them have come in the last three games. He also has three touchdowns. Doctson had already supplanted the injured Terrelle Pryor Sr. by taking at least 80 percent of the snaps each of the last five games.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: C Tony Bergstrom will be the third player to start at center this season for the Redskins. Cut by Baltimore in October, Bergstrom was quickly signed by Washington, which was decimated by injuries to the offensive line. Now, Bergstrom has been thrust into a starting role. Starting center Spencer Long was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Backup center Chase Roullier took over this month and had played five games in a row, including every snap against Dallas, Seattle and New Orleans. But he fractured his right hand on Sunday against the Saints and needed surgery. Bergstrom, 31, makes his fifth career NFL start. He has appeared in four games since signing with the Redskins. The sixth-year pro previously played for Oakland, Houston and Baltimore.



GAME PLAN:
The Redskins have yet to play the Giants (2-8), who stunned Kansas City on Sunday 12-9. It wasn't exactly a masterpiece, but New York will take any win it can get in this difficult season.

But there are plenty of areas for Washington's offense to exploit. The Giants rank 21st in points allowed, 28th in yards allowed per play, 31st in yards allowed per game and 29th in third-down conversions.

The front four, led by Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon, is still capable of imposing its will on any offensive line and that has to be a concern for the Redskins, who will be without two starters (Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long) and three others playing hurt (Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses).

New York finally halted its streak of 10 straight games with a touchdown pass allowed to an opposing tight end. It's unlikely Jordan Reed plays for Washington, but Vernon Davis has been torching teams in his place and will be a focus of quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Giants are extremely thin at middle linebacker.

New York's offense just had to be good enough to get four field goals against the Chiefs. A repeat probably won't cut it against the Redskins, who rank 11th in points per game and seventh in both passing yards per game and yards per play.

Washington's defense isn't great. It ranks 31st in points allowed per game. But the Redskins are much improved from last season on third downs and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has shown creativity in harassing opposing quarterbacks - even mobile ones like Seattle's Russell Wilson. They will still have to be better against the run after New York had 112 total rushing yards against Kansas City. That's the Giants' best chance to sustain drives with its top wide receivers, including Odell Beckham, Jr., on injured reserve.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Redskins TE Vernon Davis has 65 receiving yards or more in six of his past seven games. Expect the Giants to employ S Landon Collins as a stopper. He's tortured Washington in four career games with 31 tackles, three passes defended and a sack.

Giants TE Evan Engram is a legitimate weapon as a rookie with five touchdowns and 41 receptions. He will see a lot of Redskins LB Zach Brown, who has the speed to stay with Engram, but can get lost in coverage sometimes. Brown leads the NFL in tackles (101). Engram has topped 60 yards receiving four times this season.


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