Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 9, six days before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Bye week
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 14
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 20
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 27
The Redskins week that was
Five takeaways from the Redskins' loss in KC — The one, overriding takeaway here is that you can’t make as many mistakes as the Redskins did and beat a very good team on the road. The fact that they almost pulled it out was a sign that the Redskins have improved. But the defense couldn’t escape a cycle where fatigue was causing them to make mistakes, which kept them on the field, which led to more errors of commission and omission.
It's officially time to get Doctson more touches — Josh Doctson has been healthy all year and yet Ryan Grant has played more snaps than him in every game but one. Grant has done some good things but he does not have the potential to dominate a game like Doctson does. Doctson had been targeted only six times in four games. He needs to be targeted at least six times per game.
Looking ahead at the Redskins' 2018 salary cap situation — You can look for yourself but they have enough cap space to do just about anything they want, including tagging Kirk Cousins.
Redskins' MNF defeat the definition of a 'moral victory' — I checked. The Redskins still have an “L” on their record from last Monday night. But if they play their final 12 games as well as they played against the Chiefs they likely will win a lot more than then lose. The challenge that Jay Gruden has is to get some consistency out of what has been a up-and-down team in what has shown to be a week-to-week league.
Time to talk extension with Zach Brown? — JP makes the case that the Redskins should get the defensive MVP locked up to a new contract the sooner the better. While they do need to keep Brown in burgundy and gold, I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything to happen. For one thing, the Redskins only have about $6 million in salary cap space left and it would be hard to construct a contract that would be attractive to Brown with just that much to work with. Also, Brown’s incentive is to wait and try to further increase his value over the last 12 games of the season. If he’s worth X dollars now he will be worth X plus a lot more if he continues to play well and the Redskins accomplish something in the playoffs.
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In case you missed it
- Redskins player one-liners—defense
- NFC East Update: Eagles roll, Giants suffer, and Dallas heart breaks
- New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Bye Week = Fan Week Volume 2
- Odell Beckham suffers gross-looking ankle injury, will need surgery
- Santana Moss on Josh Docton's growth this season