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WASHINGTON (AP) — Missed tackles. Missed assignments. Missed communication. All are plausible explanations for what’s gone wrong with the Washington Redskins‘ defense lately.A unit that was a big reason for the team’s strong start to the season is also now a big reason for the Redskins’ rapid descent to 6-6 and a three-game losing streak heading into Sunday’s matchup against the visiting New York Giants.“We’ve just got to get off the field Joe Theismann Jersey ,” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. “Got to find a way to get off the field.”Only 12 of the league’s 32 teams have given up more yards per game than the 367.4 the Redskins are allowing this season. That’s bad enough as it is.But narrow the scope to the past five outings, and Washington’s average balloons to more than 420 yards. Over the past three games, Washington’s opponents have averaged 27.3 points.“Defensively, we have to play better. We have to play better. These 430-yard games are too much for the defensive personnel that we do have. We have no excuses there,” coach Jay Gruden said. “So the challenge will be, ‘Hey, if we have to win 7-6, let’s do it.’”To Norman’s point, the third-down conversion numbers are the most staggering of all.For the season, the Redskins are letting foes get the first down 44 percent of the time; only three clubs are worse. Over just the most recent five games, it gets worse, rising to a 54 percent success rate on third downs.It’s probably not a coincidence that Washington is 1-4 in those games, dropping from first place to third in the NFC East.And now comes the challenge of dealing with the Giants and their two offensive stars: rookie running back Saquon Barkley, third in the NFL in rushing yards, and wideout Odell Beckham Jr., who threw one TD pass and caught another last week.“We’ll work on things that maybe have hurt us in the past and we’ve got to work on those and get better at them,” Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said, “and just got to make sure we make tackles in the open field.”Unlike all of the injury issues on offense — Mark Sanchez is Washington’s third starting QB in less than a month, and the team is on to its third pair of starting guards — the defense has been relatively healthy.Plus, it was supposed to be getting help when the Redskins acquired Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the trade deadline. Things only have been getting worse lately, though.“It’s frustrating,” Norman said, “but we’ll find it.”Notes: LB Ryan Anderson (hamstring) and G Tony Bergstrom (knee, ankle) were ruled out for Sunday, while LB Zach Brown (illness), C Chase Roullier (knee), DL Matt Ioannidis (bruised shin) and WR Josh Doctson (strained hip) were listed as questionable. … With all the injuries along the offensive line Sonny Jurgensen Jersey , Gruden said the team hadn’t yet decided who will start at the two guard spots and that the team might do some rotating of players during the game. A Potential Sleeper to Solve Our Woes at Guard”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTShareTweetShareShareCould Drew Forbes Be Our Answer At Guard?Drew Forbes, OGSchool: Southeast Missouri State | Conference: Ohio Valley ConferenceCollege Experience: Senior | Age: 22Height / Weight: 6-5 / 305 lbsProjected Draft Status: 4th – 5th RounderNFL Comparison: ????College StatisticsN/APlayer OverviewDrew Forbes is a Bonne Terre, MO product, and made his name at tiny Southeast Missouri State in the Ohio Valley Conference. Forbes was a 3 year starter at left tackle for the Redhawks, winning the team’s award for best offensive lineman in his sophomore year, his first year as a starter. In his junior year, he was named second team All Ohio Valley Conference, leading a line which allowed only 14 sacks all year. After his senior season, he was selected as an FCS second team All American by the Associated Press. Snubbed by the Combine, Forbes’ stock has improved dramatically in recent weeks as a result of an impressive Pro Day performance. He posted numbers on key metrics that would have had him among the top OL at the NFL combine. His 40 yd time (4.87) would have been the best speed among that group with his bench press (28), vertical jump (30.5”), and 3 cone (7.59 seconds) being top ten scores.StrengthsGreat athleticism.Durable.Smart. Multiple time Southeast Scholar-Athlete.Nasty.Strong finisher.Solid base.WeaknessesSmall school competition.Played tackle in college, but would likely play guard in the NFL.Let’s see his workHow He Would Fit On The RedskinsThe Redskins’ issues at left guard are the topic of endless conversations and consternation here at Hogs Haven, so it’s no secret that drafting at least one guard, and preferably a couple, is at the top of many fans’ lists this year.Drew Forbes came onto the radar screen of a number of scouts late in the offseason, primarily as a product of his impressive Pro Day results. Had he posted those numbers at the NFL Combine, it’s possible that he would be in the Day 2 conversation. As it sits currently, it sounds like he’s a potential 4th or 5th round selection. Forbes is a bright guy, with multiple academic honors, he’s already married, and he helped put the Southeast Missouri State football program on the map during his tenure with the team. Given his athletic prowess, his high motor, and his nasty streak, I’d love for the Redskins to give this guy a chance to fill out the interior line with Chase and Brandon.
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