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Need to Know: Redskins one per player one-liners, offense

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Need to Know: Redskins one per player one-liners, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 4, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Chargers in Los Angeles.


Today’s schedule: Practice 11:40; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice, approx. 1:30

Days until:

—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 6
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 13
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 20

Redskins one per player one-liners—Offense

QB Kirk Cousins—Even without Jackson and Garçon he continues to be on pace to throw for over 4,700 yards and 30 touchdowns.

QB Colt McCoy—He got into a game for the first time since the 2015 season finale but he did not attempt a pass.

RB Samaje Perine—On his first carry on Thursday he got 15 yards and on his subsequent 11 carries he gained 23 (2.1 per carry).

RB Byron Marshall—He produced some against Dallas and he will have to continue to do so in the important third-down back role over the next four games.

RB LeShun Daniels—The undrafted rookie probably won’t see much action this year but the Redskins should hang on to him to see if they can develop him over the offseason.

WR Josh Doctson—He has played every offensive snap the last two games, which is unusual for a wide receiver.

WR Ryan Grant—Raise your hand if before the season you had Grant being fourth on the team in receiving yards and second in touchdowns.

WR Jamison Crowder—His drop that led to an interception can be forgiven because it was out of the norm for him, but the Redskins have got to find someone else to return punts.

WR Brian Quick—He has not caught a pass since the critical one during the late touchdown drive in Seattle.

WR Maurice Harris—Since his spectacular catch against the Vikings, Harris has been targeted five times in four games.

TE Jordan Reed—I get that it’s frustrating but I don’t get why so many fans think that a hamstring injury is something that a player can just “suck up” or “shake off.”

TE Vernon Davis—He’s still the team’s second-leading receiver even though he has just two receptions for 15 yards in the last two games combined.

TE Niles Paul—All he does is block, catch a few passes, and play special teams.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle—He will probably get a few more targets in the last four games but I think they generally are happy with what the fifth-round pick has done this year.

OT Trent Williams—He may end up getting shut down at some point, but if it does happen he probably won’t be too happy about it.

OT Morgan Moses—I’m not sure why there is talk of shutting him down with an ankle sprain; he might miss a game but it’s not like it’s something he needs to start rehabbing early.

OT Ty Nsekhe—They want to try him out at left guard but Williams and Moses have to be on the field at the same time.

C Chase Roullier—There seems to be a pretty good chance that he can get back on the field in Los Angeles and resume laying claim to being the long-term center.

OL Tony Bergstrom—The journeyman has played as well as could be expected for a player who was thrust into the starting lineup about a month after joining the team.

G Arie Kouandjio—He has played the best of any of the fill-in linemen, surprising considering that the team cut him on September 2.

OL Tyler Catalina—The rookie has given up more sacks (3) in 131 snaps than Shawn Lauvao did in 531 (2).

C Demetrius Rhaney—It’s likely that he will get released without having played a snap as soon as Roullier is ready to play.

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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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price


Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 


Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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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 and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

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