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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Cowboys

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Cowboys

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 27, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.

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Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden press conference, open locker room after practice, approx. 2 p.m.

Days until:

—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 9
—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 16
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 27

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Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Cowboys

QB Kirk Cousins—Last year, Cousins put up big yardage numbers against the Cowboys in both games. But red zone problems—an interception in the first meeting and an inability to finish multiple drives in the second—cost the team both times. If they are going to win this time around Cousins will have to do what he can to punch the ball in when they are close.

RB Rob Kelley—Outside of the first quarter and part of the second against the Rams, Kelley hasn’t done much this year. In his second return from an injury on Monday he got six yards on his first carry and then 10 more yards on six carries the rest of the game. He’s not on the verge of getting benched or anything but he may not have unlimited rope if he doesn’t start producing. Sunday, going up against the No. 24 rushing defense in the league, would be a good time to start.

WR Josh Doctson—I had said that Terrelle Pryor had a permanent spot on this list until he broke out but he apparently is now a part-time player so the focus shifts to Doctson. At some point, the process of ramping him up slowly has to end and he needs to produce. Getting on a roll with a big game against the Cowboys would be a quick way to turn himself into a new fan favorite.

NT Ziggy Hood—He is one of several players who will be responsible for slowing down Ezekiel Elliott. I chose him because he plays the more in running situations than other linemen. As always, stopping Elliott on first down—he’s averaging 4.2 yards per rush on first down this year—is the key to slowing down the Cowboys attack. That’s when Hood will usually be in the game and it will be up to him to clog up the middle and get Elliott running to the linebackers.

S D.J. Swearinger—Per Pro Football Focus, Carson Wentz completed five of five passes to receivers covered by Swearinger for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He needs to bounce back in a big way. A solid game against Dallas would be a good bounce back, getting his first interception as a member of the Redskins on top of that would be even better. 

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

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Josh Norman on getting active in practice again. He is hoping to get final clearance to play in the. next day or two.

Posted by Rich Tandler on Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199