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Giants' CB Jenkins says Redskins' Jackson is one dimensional

Giants' CB Jenkins says Redskins' Jackson is one dimensional

There are some shots being fired by a cornerback towards a wide receiver going into this Sunday’s Redskins-Giants game this Sunday.

No, Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. are not involved. While there may be some simmering dislike between the two they both stayed on the high road during their sessions with the media on Wednesday.

I’m referring to Janoris Jenkins, the Giants’ newly acquired big-money free agent cornerback talking about DeSean Jackson, the Redskins big-money free agent wide receiver.

Jenkins, who played his first four seasons for the Rams and he has never faced Jackson since he came into the league in the 2012 draft. Jackson was out injured when the Rams and Redskins faced off in 2014 and 2015 and Jackson’s Eagles weren’t on St. Louis’ schedule during Jenkins’ first two years in the league.

But Jenkins believes he knows plenty about Jackson’s game. He doesn’t think he is capable of actually running pass routes.

“It’s different when you can go against a guy who has speed and quickness and that can run routes,’’ Jenkins said, via the New York Post. “But with DeSean I just think he’s kind of fast. A deep guy. I don’t see any digs or dig returns. Nothing like that.”

Certainly it’s true that Jackson likes to go deep. Since he came to the Redskins he has 29 receptions for 20 yards or longer. He has eight touchdown receptions of 40 yards or longer. The deep pass is Jackson’s calling card.

But Jackson does have more to his game than the fly pattern. He has 95 receptions as a member of the Redskins so the math tells you that 66 of his catches went for less than 20 yards. And that doesn’t count plays like the short pass he took from Kirk Cousins on the Redskins’ first series against the Cowboys. He zipped up the sideline for 28 yards after catching it.

“You have to stay on top of all his routes because he likes to go deep,” Jenkins said. “He’s a vertical guy. Just stay on top.”

I think the Redskins will be very happy if Jenkins does that. They should be able to move the chains with some shorter passes to Jackson if Jenkins just plays soft.

And while we’re on the subject, I wonder if Victor Cruz is going to call out Jenkins if he doesn’t follow Jackson from side to side during the game. Last week the Giants’ receiver said that Norman, being one of the highest-paid corners in the game, should have asked to follow Antonio Brown from side to side. Jenkins isn’t too far behind Norman in terms of the average annual value of his contract (Norman is first in the NFL, Jenkins is seventh).

Perhaps Jenkins should trail Jackson during the game.

He might find that it’s not as simple as it seems.  

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

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:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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