Carrier, who was acquired just before the start of the regular season, has excelled as a run blocker for the Redskins. With Reed out against Atlanta because of a concussion, Carrier, a former wide receiver, is ready to contribute in the passing game.
The Redskins will be playing without Culliver and Reed against the Atlanta Falcons, as well as receiver DeSean Jackson and corner DeAngelo Hall. The team was hoping Culliver would be able to play, but his variety of left leg injuries will keep him out.
Shanahan, the Redskins’ former offensive coordinator, is in his first season in that capacity with the Falcons, who have rolled to a 4-0 start after winning just six games last year.
Culliver did not cause any structural damage to his left knee by playing the entire game against the Eagles last week. However, the cornerback is dealing with pain that could impact his status for Sunday against the Falcons.
A mid-level manager for DraftKings, one of the leaders in daily fantasy sports, won $350,000 in a contest run by FanDuel, its main competitor, last week. Questions of impropriety are naturally being raised on Capitol Hill.
Cousins is still maturing as a passer, but the steps he’s taken in his first four games this season has given several of his teammates trust that he can lead the Redskins’ offense efficiently.
The Redskins have had to play every game with a shorthanded secondary this season. The toughest test will come Sunday when they face Jones and the Falcons’ high-powered offense.
Jackson was back at practice for the first time since injuring his left hamstring in the season opener on Sept. 13. The Redskins could use him on Sunday against the Falcons with tight end Jordan Reed’s availability in jeopardy.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer believes the Buckeyes’ victory over Maryland last season was the turning point that eventually led to the College Football Playoff championship.
After getting just four sacks in the first three games, the Redskins defense had five sacks in Sunday’s 23-20 win against Philadelphia. The Eagles’ injured offensive line was no match for coordinator Joe Barry’s defense.
The Redskins have demonstrated that by carving out larger roles for players such as Chris Baker, Jamison Crowder and Kyshoen Jarrett, they’ve become a hungrier and more productive team.
The Redskins tight end sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win against the Eagles. It’s the fourth known concussion Reed has been diagnosed with since high school and his second in three seasons.