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8 statements about the 2017 Redskins that are crazy and also somehow true

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8 statements about the 2017 Redskins that are crazy and also somehow true

Calling a Redskins season "weird" is like calling a flight delay "miserable." 

That's because all Redskins seasons are weird, just like all flight delays are miserable.

Therefore, there's no need to write a blog post telling you that the 2017 Redskins season was weird, because you knew it was already. But there is a need to write a blog post pointing out why this particular year was weird, because you may not be aware of the exact reasons.

With that in mind, try to wrap your head around these strange, crazy and true statements about the 2017 Washington Redskins.

1) Ryan Grant finished the season with 333 more receiving yards than Terrelle Pryor

This is where you say, "Well, wait a minute, didn't Pryor's season end after only nine games? So of course Grant finished with more yards than him!"

And this is when I say, "Yes, smart reader, you're right. But Grant still had 39 more yards than Pryor when Pryor went to injured reserve with a foot injury, so the lowly-regarded backup receiver was still outdoing the highly-regarded free agent signing when both were healthy."

And this is when you say, "Wow, OK. You got me there. Yep, that's crazy."

2) Will Compton finished the season with one more interception than Josh Norman

Compton had one, and Norman had zero. Sure, Norman has never been a guy who racks up interceptions by the bunches, but it's still shocking to see him topped by a reserve linebacker when it comes to picks.

3) The Redskins ended the year 1-5 vs. the NFC East and 4-0 vs. the NFC West

Of course Washington beat the Rams in L.A. and the Seahawks in Seattle but got manhandled by the 2-13 Giants and Zeke-less Cowboys. That makes total sense.


4) Kirk Cousins led the team in rushing touchdowns for the second time in the last three years

Cousins' four ground scores paced the 'Skins, a feat he accomplished in 2015, too. This is both kind of neat and also a very big indictment on the state of Washington's running game.

5) Among players with at least five catches on the season, Vernon Davis led the Redskins in yards per catch

(In a hushed tone): Vernon Davis is a tight end who turns 34 in a month.

(In a more hushed tone): How could you possibly think Kirk Cousins is not worth all of the dollars considering his most dangerous target was a tight end who turns 34 in a month?

6) Josh Harvey-Clemons had a half-sack more than Ryan Anderson did in 2017

The second-rounder out of Alabama went his entire rookie campaign without bringing a QB down.

7) The Redskins' scoring defense was actually worse under Greg Manusky than it was under Joe Barry 

Remember how much people disliked Barry? Well, his unit allowed 23.9 points per game in 2016, while Manusky's gave up 24.3 a week in his first year at the helm.

8) Zach Brown finished in the league's top-10 for total tackles despite missing three games

A linebacker shouldn't be allowed to be as fast as Brown, who absolutely provided a good return on the one-year deal the Redskins gave him last offseason.


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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule tonight

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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule tonight

Since the 2017 regular ended we’ve known who the Redskins will play this coming season and we have known where the games will be played. Tonight we find out the when. 

The NFL schedule will be released tonight at 8 p.m. The NFL will fill in the blanks beside all of the prime time games, the Thanksgiving Day games and the Sunday doubleheader and night games. 

Last year, the Redskins were coming off of an 8-7-1 season where they just missed the making a second straight playoff appearance. Kirk Cousins was becoming one of the more recognizable names in the NFL and the schedule makers thought they would be enough of a draw to warrant five prime time slots. They were scheduled for a Sunday night, two Monday nights, and two Thursday nights, including a first-ever home game on Thanksgiving. 

The Redskins may not be as attractive a prime time candidate this year. They went 7-9 and Cousins is gone, although replacement Alex Smith is fairly well-known. It’s nearly a given that two NFC East games will be on prime time. That has been the case every year but one since 2012. We will see what will happen beyond that. 

The prime-time games that the Redskins do have will start a bit earlier than they have in the past. The league announced yesterday that Monday night games will move up from 8:30 p.m. ET to 8:15 p.m. ET and Thursdays will move from an 8:25 p.m. start to 8:20 p.m. Sunday night games move up from 8:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

There has been speculation that the Redskins will play on Thanksgiving, perhaps at Dallas or against another opponent in the night game. That would make three years in a row on Thanksgiving for them. That is not without precedent although it would be unusual. Besides the Lions and Cowboys, who host Thanksgiving games annually, only two teams played in three straight Thanksgiving games. The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between they played at Dallas on Thanksgiving. 

The availability of FedEx Field should not cause any schedule alterations. There are some events scheduled for the venue but concerts by Taylor Swift and Beyonce & Jay-Z, an international soccer game, and the Maryland-Texas college game are all going to be done before the start of the NFL season. 

Here are the Redskins regular season opponents. 


  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Cardinals
  • Saints
  • Jaguars
  • Titans
  • Bucs


  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Packers
  • Panthers
  • Colts
  • Falcons
  • Texans

The preseason opponents were announced earlier this month.

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Need to Know: Five players who are wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

Need to Know: Five players who are wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 19, seven days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

We know what to expect out of many members of the Redskins. Ryan Kerrigan will register between 10 and 13 sacks. Zach Brown will be among the league leaders in tackles. Jamison Crowder will compile about 800 yards receiving. But we really don’t know what to expect out of a lot of the players expected to play key roles. Here are five of them.

S Montae Nicholson—Although most of the uncertainty surrounding Nicholson is about his health, we really don’t know what he can do over a full season. Sure, he looked good in the six games he played last year but opposing offenses did not have much of a chance to probe his weaknesses. If he stays healthy, his ability to adjust to what the offenses are doing against him will be the next phase of his development. 

CB Fabian Moreau—As a rookie, he was impressive as a punt team gunner, but he got very limited playing time on defense (59 snaps, only seven after Week 5). The Redskins will be counting on him stepping into a bigger role after the departures of Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller. He has the tools but we won’t know how well he can handle the job until he gets extended playing time. 

WR Maurice Harris—Last year he went from spectacular to invisible in a hurry. He made a sensational catch for 36 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings the first time he was targeted. In five games after that, he had just three receptions for 26 yards. Should he have had more playing time (76 snaps)? Or did he just not earn more targets? The real Maurice Harris should come to the forefront in 2018.

NT Phil Taylor—You know the story here. He was looking great in training camp until a quad injury sidelined him for the season. Taylor is healthy enough for the Redskins to give him another chance but this is a player who has not taken the field since November of 2014. We simply don’t know what to expect out of him even if he does make into Week 1 in good health. 

RB Samaje Perine—His play improved as the year went on but he wasn’t good enough to keep both Jay Gruden and Doug Williams from saying that running back is a draft need. Ideally, he shares carries with the probable draft pick with a few going to Chris Thompson and they combine to rush for 1,800 yards. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 33
—Training camp starts (7/26) 98
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 143

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