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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Winning without running is hard, return of a vet

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Winning without running is hard, return of a vet

SEATTLE--Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 2, one day before the Washington Redskins go to Seattle to play the Seahawks.


Today’s schedule: Walkthrough in Seattle, no media availability

Days until:

—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 8
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 15
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 19

Key injury update
DE Ioannidis (hans) G Lauvao (stinger), TE Paul (concussion), TE Reed (hamstring),
Doubtful: T Williams (knee), T Nsekhe (core muscoe), C Long (knees)
Questionable: G Scherff (knee), RB Kelley (ankle), CB Breeland (knee, groin), WR Full injury report here. Crowder (hamstring), S Nicholson (shoulder)
Questionable is often taken to mean that the player is going to play but that’s not always the case. Last week, Williams and Scherff were questionable and they did not play. So we’ll just have to wait until Sunday at about 2:30 to see.   

Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Seahawks

Here are some of the most popular post and hottest topics from the past week on and 

Desperate for depth, the Redskins sign Arthur Jones—Even though the Redskins have 12 offensive linemen on the roster, they needed to add a lineman on the other side of the ball after Matt Ioannidis broke his hand. The choice was Jones, a veteran of the Ravens’ Super Bowl win in2012. His familiarity with Greg Manusky from time both spent with the Colts. Look for the eight-year veteran to be active and play about a dozen snaps in Seattle.

So why did the 49ers give up on Kirk Cousins? There are many Redskins-related ripple effects to the 49ers trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. While these will take some time to play out, the deal makes it apparent that Kyle Shanahan believes that the Redskins will do whatever it takes to keep Cousins off of the open market in 2018. That could be by using a tag or by making a contract offer he can’t refuse. Shanahan has a six-year contract but he knows he can’t wait until he is going into his third year to have a shot at getting his preferred QB.

Another Redskin to IR, could mean return of Hall—Although it seemed certain that the move of safety Stefan McClure to injured reserve would clear the way for DeAngelo Hall to return to the active roster, as of this writing he has not been activated. They have until 4 p.m. Saturday to make a move and while one is expected, Gruden and Manusky would be OK with going into the game with three safeties active, assuming that Montae Nicholson is healthy enough to play. Update: Hall was added to the 53-man roster late on Friday.

Running game is key to Redskins getting back on track—I got some push back on this post with some saying that the Redskins can’t run with the offensive line being so injury depleted. That certainly doesn’t help, especially with the more intricate blocking schemes that the team uses. When you throw three or even four new players into the mix the coordination needed to execute such plays is lost. But they either have to figure out how to have a reasonably productive ground game or win through the air. The problem with the latter is, well, see the next item.

Redskins needed greatness from Cousins, but didn't get it—Cousins didn’t play poorly against the Cowboys by any means. But he didn’t put an injured team on his back and carry it to an improbable win. Read the post and see what you think are reasonable expectations for Cousins in such a situation.

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 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 five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

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) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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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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