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Ian Rapoport: Terrelle Pryor can be a 'star' and Zach Brown could be a 'steal'

Ian Rapoport: Terrelle Pryor can be a 'star' and Zach Brown could be a 'steal'

While everyone in the area continues to obsess over Kirk Cousins' value and potential deal — have you heard he's negotiating with the Redskins over one yet? — there are two contracts that have already been official for a few months that NFL Insider Ian Rapoport loves for Washington.

The first one belongs to Terrelle Pryor. During an appearance on CSN's #RedskinsTalk podcast, Rapoport told JP Finlay that the wideout should provide a huge return on the cheap one-year agreement he signed in March.

"I think he can be a real star," he said. "He has incredible incentive, because he still does not have a long-term deal. That carrot can really make guys perform and sort of keep them performing and keep them focused. I think that will help immensely. It could turn out to be one of the best deals of free agency."


Rapoport even thinks Pryor's arrival can offset a key departure.

"I really liked it for the Redskins," he continued. "This offense lost DeSean Jackson — that'll hurt some. But Pryor being there kind of minimizes that hurt if you ask me."

That carrot the reporter referred to, along with the fact that Pryor is an athletic freak who's going to be paired with by far the best QB he's ever been paired with this coming year, backs up Rapoport's suggestion that the receiver will shine for the Burgundy and Gold. Yes, he'll have to share targets with Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed and he's still raw, but it's hard to envision a scenario outside of an injury where Pryor doesn't make his $6 million price tag look like a major bargain for the 'Skins.

The other player with a contract that Rapoport is high on belongs to a defensive player. Zach Brown, who joined Washington in April after the free agency market had really settled, could also turn out to be a tremendous find, Rapoport believes.

"I think, based on what it looked like last year, that he has the potential to be one of the best linebackers in football," Rapoport said. "[His speed is] crazy. That was another really good, smart, kind of value signing. For the Redskins, they got a really, really good player at a rate where you wouldn't think it'd be possible to get someone like that."


"He is not perfect, he's not for everyone, certainly not for everyone, and I know there's some teams that say, 'You know what? Have him. We'll make do without him,'" he acknowledged. "But talent-wise, he is ridiculous. So, if the Redskins get out of him the kind of player he can be, that's gonna be a big-time steal."

To review: In Rapoport's mind, Pryor has star potential, while Brown might very well end up as a steal. If both of those predictions turn out to be true, well, the Redskins won't need to angst over whether the one-year deals they landed those players with were worth the time and money.

Instead, they'll just need to worry about how they can sign both of them to something longer in 2018.  

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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman


Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

The referees made a fairly obvious mistake last week in the Redskins loss to the Saints when they flagged Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins for intentional grounding late in the game. 

Let's be honest: the call was terrible.

Cousins never felt a pass rush on the play, and was very obviously throwing the ball away. Jay Gruden talked about the play on Monday, and could not figure out how a flag came out in that situation. 

We had two receivers in the area. Quarterbacks throws it away all the time that are uncatchable balls whether they are in the pocket or not. As long as there is a receiver in the area, you can throw it whether they are looking or not. Guys run bad routes – one guy runs a hitch and he’s supposed to run a go and the quarterback throws the go ball, it’s not grounding. So I don’t know why the confusion.

The NFL even reached out and apologized to Redskins team president Bruce Allen for the blown call, a hollow gesture that did not generate much excitement from Cousins (via 106.7 the Fan). 

Whatever they do to say, ‘we’re sorry, wrong call,’ it’s tough because there’s nobody bringing that up in February or March when we're making decisions about which direction to go with the organization. We appreciate the clarification but you know it really doesn’t do much.

If you're keeping score, the NFL, the Redskins head coach and the Redskins quarterback all know the call was wrong. 

You know who doesn't think the call was wrong? Fox analyst, and former Cowboys Hall of Fame QB, Troy Aikman.

Grounding? Free rusher? Decide for yourself below.

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Fantasy Football -- Thanksgiving Day plan


Fantasy Football -- Thanksgiving Day plan

The Week 12 fantasy football rankings are out -- but when it comes to Thanksgiving Day, everyone wants some player regardless of where they slot overall. Don't overthink it and take a lesser player, but for those on the fence or simply looking for Thursday action, here are some recommendations for all three games.

Vikings @ Lions

Obvious: Vikings -- Wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs... running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon are in the RB2/Flex discussion for most, but good luck picking between them; Lions -- Wide receiver Golden Tate and ... wide receiver Marvin Jones works in three-WR formats while quarterback Matthew Stafford is No. 14 among passers this week.

Start: Case Keenum averaged 19.3 points over the last four games while the Lions have allowed ample points to fantasy quarterbacks in that stretch, though only three touchdown passes. Having Thielen and Diggs up the potential for Keenum, who is QB17 in the Week 12 rankings. That's comparable with Matthew Stafford (QB14), Andy Dalton, Jacoby Brissett and ahead of Derek Carr.

Add: Not sure there's any fringe skill player worth taking a flyer on so take a look at Vikings kicker Kai Forbath. He's attempted at least three field goals in four of his last five games and he kicked five extra points in the lone exception. ... Some will start Ameer Abdullah based on their options, but just know the Vikings allow the second fewest points to fantasy tight ends this season.

Chargers @ Cowboys

Obvious: Chargers -- running back Melvin Gordon and wide receiver Keenan Allen; Cowboys -- Wide receiver Dez Bryant, running back Alfred Morris and... quarterback Dak Prescott, though his production is down without running back Ezekiel Elliott and left tackle Tyron Smith.

Start: This hasn't been a vintage Philip Rivers season, but he's coming off his best performance (251 yards, two touchdown passes) since Week 5. The Cowboys aren't that special in the secondary and have surrendered two touchdown passes in three consecutive games. At QB13, he's on the cusp of QB1 status in 12-team leagues. 

Add: Kickers Nick Novak (Chargers) and Mike Nugent (Cowboys) are 15th and 16th respectively. So, there's that. 

Giants @ Redskins

The obvious: Giants -- tight end Evan Engram and... running back Orleans Darkwa is a viable RB2 option against a Redskins defense giving up gobs of yards on the ground; Redskins -- quarterback Kirk Cousins, tight Vernon Davis and...running back Samaje Perine is RB12 this week, though listed as questionable on the injury report with a finger issue.

Start: Jordan Reed is out for a fourth consecutive game, meaning Vernon Davis once again is Washington's main tight end. While he hasn't provided wow performances like Reed at his Pro Bowl best, Davis has been good for a solid 8-11 since taking on a larger role starting in Week 3. This could be his best statistical week of the season. The Giants allow the most points to fantasy tight ends on the season. Opposing tight ends scored a touchdown in each of the first 10 games before the streak snapped Sunday.


Add: Josh Doctson is only owned in 55 percent of leagues on CBS even though he's moved into the role of Washington's top outside receiver. The second-year player had four receptions for 81 yards in Sunday's overtime loss, though all the production came in the first half. Consistency is the next step, but Kirk Cousins is showing more and more confidence in the 6'3" target especially on 50-50 balls. Doctson is WR36 in my Week 12 rankings, meaning he's worth starting consideration in three-WR formats regardless.