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Effective in Detroit but lacking big plays, Kirk Cousins says 'I go where my reads take me'

Effective in Detroit but lacking big plays, Kirk Cousins says 'I go where my reads take me'

For whatever reason, a small subset of Redskins fans want to blame Kirk Cousins for any and all Washington losses.

Cousins is not to blame for the team's 20-17 Week 7 loss in Detroit.

In fact - Cousins played well.

He completed 30 of 39 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown, not to mention running for the go-ahead score with under two minutes left. 

That said, the Redskins offense lacked explosive plays, surprising against a suspect Lions secondary that lost top cornerback Darius Slay to a hamstring injury during the game. Afterwards, Cousins explained why so many of his passes seemed to go to underneath routes.


"I go where my reads take me," Cousins said after the game. 

Against the Lions, that largely meant to Jamison Crowder, who had seven catches for 108 yards. Tight end Vernon Davis and running back Chris Thompson also had big days, combining for 13 catches and 119 yards. 

Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson, however, were largely silent, especially in the first half. Jackson finished with five catches for 35 yards, but never once got a deep ball thrown his way. Garçon got even less - two catches for 22 yards.

"I may not be going to DeSean or Pierre every time," Cousins said, "but we're completing the football and going where my reads take me."

Both receviers are in contract years, and for Jackson in particular, his stats are way down. Known as a top vertical threat, Jackson is currently averaging 13.6 yards-per-catch. Last season, he averaged 17.6, and in 2014 that average was nearly 21 YPC. This comes after Jackson looked great throughout training camp and many that watched him in Richmond expected a big year for the veteran wideout. 

Garçon, speaking after the game, explained that deep balls are part of the offense but defenses can also gameplan to stop that facet. In the season opener against Pittsburgh, the Steelers deployed a soft zone coverage against Cousins that did not allow for much vertical attempts. It's possible the Lions borrowed parts of that plan on Sunday.

"We can't really control it," Garçon said.

After wins, players can look past not getting the ball. The victory matters most. After losses, it's only natural for players to wonder how they might have helped the team more, and in spots, frustration can mount.

Cousins might grow frustrated at having to answer questions about where he's throwing the ball, especially on a day when he completed 76 percent of his passes. It's only natural.

On the other side, all receivers want the ball, and top flight guys like Jackson command it.

Without the attempts, frustration could mount, and that too is only natural. 


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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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