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Week 15 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 16, Jacksonville Jaguars 13
What you need to know
The defense will have added responsibility with a questionable quarterback running the offense. However, if Josh Johnson
can turn this team into some type of run oriented crew adding his mobility then maybe they can sneak a win or two ending the season. Both sides of the ball have been wildly inconsistent all year so nothing is a guarantee with Washington. Injuries have played a huge part in their current situation but this team can win game with solid defense and running the football. Josh should be a little more comfortable orchestrating the offense next week which could help establish some cohesion.
Quarterback is just one of many problems on the Jaguars offense. The team has zero fantasy relevant players, especially now that they seem to be scaling Fournette's workload back to get a look at bottom-of-roster players. This is easily the worst offensive squad in professional football.
|QB Josh Johnson, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 25 - 151 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 9 - 49 - 0|
looked every bit like a quarterback that isn't comfortable with a new team. He has barely been there two weeks and it looked like it today. He was indecisive in the pocket and often tried to use his mobility to keep plays alive. However, he saved his best for last as he orchestrated a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. Then shortly after he set up the kicker for a game winning field goal. Josh only threw for one hundred and fifty yards but his forty-nine yards rushing was a huge plus. Playing in a game that remained close throughout was highly beneficial for Josh to compete and become effective.
|RB Adrian Peterson, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 51 - 0, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)|
had a more productive day versus the Jags as he gained fifty-one yards on the ground. Considering how limited the offense has become with a quarterback recently signed this was a solid showing. Adrian's best contribution came in the fourth quarter as he had a reception and a ten yard run to set up the game winning field goal. The run game could improve as team's seemingly have to prepare for a mobile quarterback in tandem with Adrian.
|RB Chris Thompson, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 9 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets)|
was unproductive for this game. He only had one reception and overall ten scrimmage yards. The creativity that comes with better quarterback play has greatly affected Chris' usage.
had one catch for seventeen yards. He was largely ineffective as the offense was limited throughout the day.
was Josh's favorite target in this game as he tallied four receptions for forty-six yards. He caught all four of his targets but the offense was so vanilla versus the Jags that Crowder didn't really have a chance to do more. He hasn't had a major impact this season but Josh looked comfortable targeting him over the middle of the field.
|WR Michael Floyd, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)|
had two receptions on three targets versus Jacksonville. Neither of his catches made much impact on the game as both were short throws. As a bottom tier option in the passing game, Michael doesn't get many opportunities.
did not record a catch on two targets. The Washington offense was extremely watered down and Josh didn't throw outside of the numbers much. As the offense has crumbled, Josh has struggled to find consistent production.
got an opportunity to play as a backup tight end. He took advantage and scored the only touchdown for Washington in this game. Jeremy only tallied three catches for nineteen yards so he didn't make a huge impact on the day.
|TE Vernon Davis, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)|
had two catches for sixteen yards on three targets. However, he exited this game with a neck injury before coming back. He was unable to be a main contributor in this game as the quarterback play hindered all skill positions. As the starting tight end now, Vernon will be relied upon for an expanded role moving forward.
|QB Cody Kessler, 52 offensive snaps, Pass: 9 - 17 - 57 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 6 - 68 - 0|
To nobody's surprise, Kessler does not look like a starting caliber NFL quarterback, especially with the surrounding cast Jacksonville is trotting out. He attempted only three passes over 10 yards on the day, none of them being completed. He's capable of making some plays with his legs, but that's about the only positive of note. On the flipside, he doesn't allow plays to develop at all and either auto-checksdown or feels phantom pressure and runs.
|RB Leonard Fournette, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 46 - 0, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)|
Fournette got a decent workload in the first half, before seeing his workload reduced in the second. Head coach Doug Marrone stated that the team wanted to see David Williams
get some work after he had a good week of practice. Backup runningback Carlos Hyde
was also a healthy scratch. Maybe the team doesn't want to risk injuring Fournette in an already-lost season. Maybe the coaching staff is making signals to the front office. The teams starting quarterback has been benched, the top backup (who was traded for in-season) isn't even suiting up, and now their fourth overall pick starting runningback is seeing reduced work. It's a strange situation.
Apparently, he is the top backup to Fournette now. He did have some nice runs in the second half, the longest going for 15 yards.
|RB T.J. Yeldon, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 6 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (3 targets)|
Yeldon was active for this game, unlike Carlos Hyde
. However, he barely saw the field in this game and recorded only a handful of touches.
|WR Dede Westbrook, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 20 - 0, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (5 targets)|
Westbrook is the only Jacksonville wide receiver who recorded a catch yesterday. The longest went for 8 yards. He had the only plays of note for the entire Jacksonville offense. The first, a 74 yard punt return at the very end of the first half (Jacksonville's only touchdown of the game). have the best play of the day for the Jaguars on offense with a 20 yard end-around carry.