Predicting the Redskins Inactives for Week 8:
QB Rex Grossman:
-Another day of Grossman being inactive. Grossman has gotten a lot of flak for being on the roster, but when you look around the league and see all the back-up and 3rd string QB’s who have been forced into action this year the Redskins are looking quite smart for keeping him around.
DL Chris Neild:
-Neild still doesn’t seem fully recovered from his calf injury, and with the Broncos spreading the field wide, it’s a good time to keep him inactive. The interesting thing here is if Stephen Bowen can actually go today with his torn PCL muscle. If Bowen suffers a setback and there is no Neild, the Skins would be pretty thin along the line.
S Reed Doughty:
-Doughty is a local guy and probably desperately wanted to play in this game, but he unfortunately has been ruled out. It is likely he hasn’t passed his concussion test, or at least the results were inconclusive. Without Doughty the Redskins are going to be extremely thin at safety today versus Peyton Manning, and it could lead to a long day for the receivers.
TE Fred Davis:
-The Redskins should once again have Davis inactive as Jordan Reed has firmly taken over the top TE role. Logan Paulsen is there for his blocking ability and Niles Paul is assured a spot due to Special Teams. If Davis proved dangerous enough as a weapon he could maybe earn a spot over a WR like Aldrick Robinson, but he hasn’t shown that this year.
LB Brandon Jenkins:
-It is going to be tough to get Jenkins back out there, even in a game like today where you have a lot more opportunities to be in a nickel defense. The Redskins will stay with Rob Jackson and Darryl Tapp as the back-up outside linebackers.
RB Chris Thompson:
-With how bad Josh Morgan is performing as the return man there could be a call to bring Thompson back, but that doesn’t make any sense because Thompson was making just as bad of decisions as Morgan, and offered zero value outside of returns. At least an Evan Royster can play on all special teams units. Royster may not have great speed (not that Morgan does either), but he might end up being a decent returner option if he can show good decision making.
-Once again LeRibeus finds himself on the outside looking in. It is clear that Adam Gettis is well ahead of LeRibeus at this point, and that doesn’t look like it is going to change anytime soon.