As most of you have already heard, Carlos Rogers is out for the year. Anyone who saw his knee twist could have guessed this. I held up on posting anything about this until we had the corresponding roster move. Redskins.com announced that they have signed practice squad cornerback John Eubanks.
There is no question that this is a blow. One of the key differences between last year’s awful team and this one has been depth and talent at defensive back. But unlike last year, the loss of a single player is unlikely to hurt us as much. Fred Smoot has been playing well when healthy. Laron Landry makes Adam Archuletta look like Adam Sandler. We should be ok as long as we don’t lose another starter in the secondary.
The good news is that when you look at our schedule, there are no more teams that spread the field with multiple wide receiver sets the way the Lions and Cardinals do. While the Cowboys certainly have some good receivers in Owens and Crayton, the lack of Terry Glenn means we don’t need our nickel and dime CBs to be quite as good.
In the coming weeks we play the Jets (Coles and Cotchery but no major 3rd receiver and a new starting QB), the Bills (Lee Evans and no one else), the Bears (Berrian, Muhammad, and Hester but none have been truly lighting it up on offense, and Griese’s flaws are being exposed now), and the Vikings (who have a ton of receivers but no one is standing out).
We look ok.
And speaking of receivers, I had the chance to interview Redskins receiver Antwaan Randle El today. He’s doing some good charity work with the Boy’s and Girl’s club this week and I talked to him about it. I’m waiting for some pictures to round out the article, but expect the interview up tomorrow or Thursday at the latest. Come by and see what he thinks of Jason Campbell and our chances against the Jets this weekend.