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Gomes gets his chance against Cowboys


Gomes gets his chance against Cowboys

With Brandon Meriweather sidelined for the remainder of the season, DeJon Gomes figures to get something rare on Thursday: a second chance to prove he’s capable of starting in the NFL.

“Anytime you’re blessed to get a second opportunity you have to make the most of it,” Gomes said this week. “Honestly, in this league, a lot of guys don’t get that opportunity.”

Although the starting lineup won’t be announced until game time, it’s expected that Gomes will replace Meriweather as the Redskins’ strong safety when they face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Meriweather suffered a season-ending knee injury Sunday against the Eagles. 

For Gomes, it’s a new beginning.

When Meriweather wasn’t ready to start the season because of a different knee injury, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett turned to Gomes. And Gomes rewarded Haslett’s confidence in him – at first.

Gomes tied for the team lead in tackles in the Redskins’ season opening victory in New Orleans. He also returned a fourth-quarter interception 49-yards deep into Saints territory.

But Gomes’ fast start gave way to hard times. He struggled in coverage against Cincinnati and found himself replaced by veteran Reed Doughty in Tampa Bay. After that, Gomes was mostly relegated to spot duty and special teams assignments.

But Haslett said Gomes earned another look with his play in the second half against the Eagles. In the Redskins’ 31-6 victory, the 23-year-old defended two passes and had a pair of tackles. He added two tackles on special teams, too.

“He played well,” Haslett said. “He needs to step up and play at a high level the rest of the time. This is a second opportunity for him to go out there and show what he can do. I thought he played extremely well in the first game and wasn’t as good as we would have liked in the second, third and fourth games.”

Haslett hopes it’s not a lesson Gomes is forced to learn twice.

“If I learned anything, it’s that you have to stay consistent in this league,” Gomes said. “When you get out there, you have to do your job. If you don’t, you get replaced really easily.”

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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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