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Cousins posts perfect passer rating in win

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Cousins posts perfect passer rating in win

Kirk Cousins posted a perfect passer rating in the Redskins’ 47-14 win over the Saints.

He completed 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Plugging those stats into the league’s formula for calculating the passer rating, that came to 158.3. By the way the NFL ranks its o that was perfect, the highest a quarterback can be. Cousins became the first quarter to post a perfect rating with the minimum of 20 pass attempts required by the league to qualify for such records.

The fourth-year quarterback in his first year as a starter started off hot, completing his first 10 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. That included going five for five during the Redskins’ opening drive to set up one touchdown and four for four for 46 yards on their second possession.

That also resulted in a touchdown on an 11-yard pass to Jamison Crowder.

“He was obviously very good,” said Jay Gruden after the game. “You have a perfect passer rating, you’re going to be pretty good . . . He delivered the ball with efficiency, with great decision making, and the results were outstanding.”

Cousins was quick to acknowledge that the Washington rushing game, which was productive for the first time in over a month, helped him out a great deal.

“When we execute and everybody does their part, good things happen, and it definitely feeds itself,” said Cousins. “It helps with the play calling with the next play.”

The Redskins ran for 209 yards, their highest total of the season and more than they rushed for in their last four games combined (172).

Cousins’ best pass of the day may have been his second one. On their opening possession they faced third and four back at their own 10. DeSean Jackson, played in his second game back after missing most of the first seven games with a hamstring injury, took off up the left sideline. Cousins dropped a beautiful pass into the receiver’s hands for 42 yards to the Saints 48. The Redskins went in for the touchdown a few plays later.

Cousins thinks that a play like that can have significance beyond just one game. “To be able to throw the ball accurately enough and covert a third down to get us out of being backed up in our own territory and to get DeSean back and get going are steps that we want to take,” he said. “It certainly got us going and gave us a spark. We never looked back and we ran the ball so well from there and executed plays well and next thing we know we finished the game and I was on the sidelines watching.”

The last time Cousins watched Colt McCoy finish a game that he had started while standing on the sidelines was on October 19 of last year. Cousins had been benche at halftime and he was watching McCoy lead the team to a win.

It was quite a different story today, 13 months later.

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Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 22, four days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five safe picks for the Redskins

Sometimes teams try to hit home runs with their draft picks. They may hit a few but they also will strike out a lot. Teams often are better off trying to hit solid singles and doubles. Here are five picks who would are unlikely to make many Pro Bowls but the Redskins would not regret the pick if they turned in the cards with their names on it. 

RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn—I’m starting off here with a player who would be a safe pick in the third round. Of course, the Redskins don’t have a third right now but if they do swing a trade and get one, Johnson would be a good pick. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, which is one reason why he might be available in the third. He is a grinder who will be an upgrade over Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. 

DL Vita Vea, Washington—There is plenty of hand wringing over whether Vea is a three-down player or just a base defense nose tackle. But even if he can’t rush the passer very well his floor is a player who can go a long way towards helping the Redskins stop the run, a chronic weakness. This is why a lot of fans and media are urging the Redskins to not overthink this and take a player that will, at a minimum, bolster one of their weakest areas. 

OL Billy Price, Ohio State—He started 55 games for the Buckeyes, the most of any player in the storied history of the program. He did suffer the partial tear of a chest muscle in the combine but that will be fully healed by training camp. When he’s ready, he’s an explosive, smart, and powerful player. Just plug him in at left guard and the Redskins’ O-line is set with all home-grown talent. 

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State—He doesn’t have the ceiling that the more heralded Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds have. However, he may have a higher floor. Smith is undersized, and Edmunds will be highly drafted based more on potential than on production. At 6-4, 256, Vander Esch has plenty of size, and he racked up 141 tackles last year on his way to defensive player of the year honors in the Mountain West. 

 CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado—The All-Pac-12 selection has the size and athleticism that add up to a safe pick in the second round. He needs some work on technique, but he has enough natural athletic ability—he competed in the decathlon—to be a productive cornerback right out of the gate. One other plus that fans will appreciate is that his strength is press coverage, not off man. 

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

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Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 30
—Training camp starts (7/26) 95
—Redskins @ Cardinals (9/9) 140

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

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:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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