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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-Eagles game

Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-Eagles game

Before the Redskins turn their attention to Week 2's showdown with the soon-to-be Super Bowl champion L.A. Rams, there are a few smaller storylines worth looking at that have been lost amongst the discussion of Kirk Cousins' unfortunate start and that last fumble that everyone definitely agrees about and no one is at all upset over.

Here are five things that aren't being talked about enough following Washington's Week 1 loss to Philadelphia:

1) Jamison Crowder was held in check... again

Here is the number of catches Jamison Crowder has had in each game since Week 13 of last season: 3, 2, 4, 1, 2 and 3, with that last number coming Sunday vs. the Eagles. And in those same games, he posted 42, 37, 24, 3, 16 and 14 yards, respectively.

This isn't to suggest that Crowder should be ceding snaps to Brian Quick, but it's a bit worrisome that a player as talented as he is has now turned in six very quiet contests in a row.

2) The Redskins top three corners all stood out

Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller all broke up passes that would've been huge chunk plays for Carson Wentz and the Philly offense. Norman was also credited for two other deflections, and Fuller was a huge reason why the Redskins registered their first turnover of 2017 (also a huge reason for that: The Eagles randomly deciding to throw a backwards pass when they here humming along).

Norman is due for a better second year with the 'Skins, but if Breeland and Fuller also improve, Greg Manusky will have three very good corners for his defense.


3) Junior Galette looked like the old Junior Galette — on one play, at least

The play didn't count in the end, but it was still promising. Pass rushers aren't normally recognized for their jukes, but check out this doozy Junior Galette came up with on Sunday:

Ryan Anderson lined up offsides so the sack didn't stand, but that footage indicates Galette can still offer plenty as long as his body allows him to.

4) Ryan Grant was actually quite solid

2016 Ryan Grant had 76 yards in 16 games. 2017 Ryan Grant has 61 yards in one game.

Yes, the offense will be more dangerous when Josh Doctson earns the trust of his coach and QB and becomes someone who's targeted often. But at least against the Eagles, Grant was useful and looked much better than he did at any point last season.


5) LeGarrette Blount took a shot at the FedEx Field crowd

Road opponents love to comment on the atmosphere at FedEx Field. Count LeGarrette Blount among them.

"Our fan base travels well," he said. "That's a big thing for us. Like you said, they drowned out all the Washington Redskins. All I heard was Eagles cheers throughout the game and throughout the process."

Philadelphia athletes can't help but talking about processes, apparently. He is right, though — there was tons of green in the stadium, and plenty of those fun, never annoying "E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!" chants near the end of the fourth quarter.

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Growing rumors that Redskins will land Pernell McPhee

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Growing rumors that Redskins will land Pernell McPhee

Every team in the NFL would love to add to their pass rush, and the Redskins are no exception. The team withdrew its contract offer to Junior Galette, spurring rumors that they were looking elsewhere.

The Redskins recently had linebacker Pernell McPhee in for a visit, and rumors are swirling that the former Bear is close to joining the Burgundy and Gold.

Nothing has been confirmed, but if McPhee does come to Washington, it would be in the hopes that he can provide a boost to the team's pass rush. The linebacker has proven himself capable of getting to the quarterback in his seven seasons in the NFL, recording 31.0 sacks in his career, with 21.5 of those coming in the last four years. He's also forced at least one fumble in each of the past five seasons.

Playing in the DMV again would mark a homecoming of sorts for McPhee, who played in Baltimore for 4 seasons after being drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round of the 2011 draft before signing in Chicago as a free agent.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the 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.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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