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Recent comments made by Kirk Cousins may hint at his future in D.C.


Recent comments made by Kirk Cousins may hint at his future in D.C.

Kirk Cousins, who, as you may have heard, is slated to become a free agent next spring, is not talking like a guy who is looking to play for another team.

Although many believe he fully intends to leave town as soon as he can, a couple of comments made by Cousins indicate that he is looking at staying in the DMV for the long haul. Both were made unprompted, with the quarterback being asked if he planned on being with the Redskins beyond 2017.

The first one came when he addressed the media following the Redskins’ 17-14 win over the Seahawks. Cousins helped put together a late drive to win that game in the last two minutes.

“The resiliency and the grit of this team is a reflection of the whole organization and it’s the kind of thing you can build on and do something with, not just in one season or one part of the season but hopefully for years to come.”


You don’t need to parse this much to see what he’s saying. The most interesting aspect of the statement is the reference to the “whole organization.” Part of the reason that Cousins didn’t really want to sign a long-term contract earlier this year was that he wanted to see how the organization came together after key departures like general manager Scot McCloughan and offensive coordinator Sean McVay. It appears that things have come together in a satisfactory way in Cousins’ eyes.

The other statement came yesterday when Cousins had his weekly meeting with the media at Redskins Park. He was asked about his progress working with second-year wide receiver Josh Doctson, who made a diving catch to set up the Redskins’ winning touchdown.

“I told him after we scored, ‘Let’s make sure this isn’t a one-and-done thing. Let’s make sure this is a repeatable thing and something that people expect to have happen not just next week, not just this season, but hopefully for seasons to come.’ That’s where the vision needs to be and then we have got to work in a way where that can become a reality.”


Again, you don’t need to put Cousins’ words under a microscope to see what he is saying here. If a quarterback is going to be successful he needs a go-to target. Cousins believes he might have that in Washington.

Under the terms of the franchise tag, the Redskins and Cousins can’t negotiate a new contract until after the season ends. There still is half a season to go and things can change for better or for worse. Talking about long-term plans in November doesn’t necessarily lead to a new contract in February. But if you’re looking for signals right now, those two statements are good indicators that Cousins will want to get something worked out.

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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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday


Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.


Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.


Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP


Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

Redskins' Josh Norman is using his platform as a professional football player to help those in need, and this week it earned him NFLPA's community MVP.

The cornerback has been raising funds for youth enrichment programs in the D.C. area, as well as starting a campaign to help those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. 

Norman's foundation, Starz24, provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need and creates initiatives for students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in D.C.. He recently raised almost $100,000 for Starz24's Imagination Team Rooms, a STEM-based "makerspaces" that will be placed in several inner city middle and high schools. 

Then, when Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September, Norman started a social media campaign to help those affected. The campaign brought in $150,000. Norman also donated $100,000 of his own with part of the money going to the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.

I look at it as I’m on this earth to help people and help them be the best that they can be,” Norman said. “I have the means to do so. I’m going to do that.

Every week during the regular season, the NFLPA selects a NFL player who is making a difference in their community. They are going to be making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or a charity of his choice in addition to an in-kind donation on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets.

I am so honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for my work in the community,” Norman said. “All of this work is bigger than football. I want to make an impact in the lives of children who need it most and to help develop those children to help change the future.