The Washington Redskins were fully prepared for this year's NFL draft. In spite of any draft picks they made, injuries and a weak offense have affected their performance on the field. This week promises some improvement for the Redskins as tight end Jordan Reed improved his timing, leading some to believe that his performance may improve the team's offensive play this week. While Reed is ready to play, wide receiver Josh Doctson is out of the game due to an injury. Outside linebacker Chris Carter is back home to play, and this will be his chance to return home and play his first game in Los Angeles.

Reed's influence on Redskins offense?

ESPN reported that the Washington Redskins hope that Jordan Reed's timing will help improve the team's game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that he thought that Reed was too quick in and out of his cuts and Reed agreed. Reed didn't attend training camp and felt a little rusty. He said that the loss against the Philadelphia Eagles showed how his timing was off. Quarterback Kirk Cousins missed him high and wide on a second and six in the red zone. Reed said he believed that he came out of his break too soon. He did catch five passes and picked up 36 yards in the game though while being targeted eight times.

Josh Doctson out, Chris Carter in

Redskins Wire on USA Today said that Josh Doctson remained questionable after the team received the final injury report. The Redskins enter the game with the Rams with Doctson as the only player who is questionable to play. He was listed as questionable for play because of a hamstring injury and missed several practices because of it.

Doctson was drafted in the 2016 draft and missed most of his rookie year, 14 games, because of an injury to his Achilles tendon. Coach Gruden said that Doctson's opportunities would come in time as the team continues to evaluate his performance.

The Washington Post reported that outside linebacker Chris Carter would be returning home to play against the Rams.

Carter grew up on the South Side of Los Angeles near the Coliseum. This will be his first game in his hometown. Although Carter never imagined he would get to play in his hometown, this year he will finally get a chance to return home. This is his seventh season with the Washington Redskins. Carter gets to come back to the area twice, first for the Redskins to play the Rams and then once again when the team returns to play the San Diego Chargers in game 14.