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Giants WR Harris says his team took Redskins for granted


Giants WR Harris says his team took Redskins for granted

Giants coach Tom Coughlin was not very impressed with his team’s effort against the Redskins during his team’s 20-14 loss at FedEx Field on Sunday. One player thinks that it may have been because the team was not very impressed with its opponent.

“I just didn’t think we played well, or we ‘slept-walked,’ whatever the word is,” said Coughlin. “We just didn’t function very well early on.”

The Redskins certainly were the aggressors in the game. They were a bit quicker to the ball and they hit harder. They caught New York off guard by quickly going to the line after getting the ball on a punt. Before the Giants secondary could react, DeSean Jackson had gotten behind the them and he hauled in a 63-yard bomb from Kirk Cousins to give the Redskins a lead they would never relinquish.

The Giants were coming off of their bye week and could have taken command of the NFC East with a win. There was no reason for them to come out and lay an egg.

Well, unless they decided to take their opponents lightly. New York wide receiver Dwayne Harris thinks that they did.

"I think we were ready to play but we probably took this team a little bit for granted because ... I don't know," Harris said. "I don't know everyone else's mindset but we came out slow. I think everyone was ready to play but we came out too slow."

The Giants had beaten the Redskins five times in a row and in six of their last seven meetings so perhaps there were good reasons for them to think they could throw their blue helmets out on the field on Sunday and walk out with a win. Of course, that proved not to be the case.

Perhaps Harris figured out early that the Redskins were not a good team to take for granted. On the Giants’ second possession Eli Manning threw toward Harris on the right sideline. The ball slipped through the hands of cornerback Will Blackmon and the receiver had a bead on the tipped ball. But safety Kyshoen Jarrett drilled Harris in the back, the ball popped up in the air, and on his second opportunity Blackmon got the interception.

Harris was down on the field for a few moments and needed some assistance to get to the sideline. 

Harris ended the game with two receptions for 28 yards, returned one kickoff for 19 yards and averaged 3.5 yards on four punt returns. Assuming he is still around in New York next year, Harris is unlikely to take the Redskins lightly again. 

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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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