East Rutherford, N.J. – Robert Griffin III and the Redskins came up short in the team’s NFC East opener Sunday at MetLife Stadium, falling 27-23 to Eli Manning and the Giants.
The Redskins, however, faced potentially bigger issues after the game.
Tight end Fred Davis – Washington’s leading receiver entering the afternoon – suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury in the first quarter and will miss the remainder of the season, according to a ProFootballTalk.com report.
Davis appeared to suffer the injury while running a route deep in the Redskins’ territory. Davis had to be helped to the sideline, and after the medical staff worked on him for several minutes, the team announced that Davis would not return.
In the third quarter, the veteran returned to the sideline, his left leg in an immobilizing boot, crutches at his side and a glum look on his face.
Davis arrived in the Meadowlands leading the Redskins in the game as the Redskins’ leading receiver, having hauled in 23 passes for 312 yards and no touchdowns. Before getting hurt, Davis had one reception for 13 yards and an illegal shift that negated a Josh Morgan touchdown reception.
Coach Mike Shanahan was expected to give an update following the loss that all but erased any momentum the Redskins’ gained from last week’s victory over the Vikings.
The Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw scored from a yard out moments into the fourth quarter to put the home team ahead 20-13.
Later in the fourth, the Redskins rallied on a perfectly-placed 30-yard touchdown pass from Griffin to Santana Moss with 1:32 that put Washington ahead 23-20. Earlier on the drive, Griffin converted a fourth down with a scintillating scramble and pass to Logan Paulsen for 19 yards.
But what had been shaping up to be the signature comeback of Griffin’s young career disintegrated moments later. Manning hit Victor Cruz in stride for a 77-yard touchdown pass that put the Giants ahead for good, 27-23.
In the coming days, the Redskins figure to be as concerned about the defeat as the injury to Davis, which removes a key weapon from one of the NFL’s top-rated offenses.
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 18, 55 days before NFL free agency starts.
—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 47
—NFL Draft (4/26) 98
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 234
Five possible Redskins free agent signings
Yesterday, we took an early look at how the Redskins might improve themselves in the first round of the draft. Free agency is just 55 days away so let’s look at five possible Redskins premium free agent signings.
QB Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings)—The Vikings have one of those “good problems to have” at quarterback. If Case Keenum leads them to the Super Bowl, they might have to hold on to him and let the 25-year-old former first-round pick walk. He didn’t put up huge numbers in his two years as the starter but the Vikings didn’t ask him to do much. He’s a pocket passer with mobility and it would be interesting to see what Jay Gruden could do with him. The devastating knee injury that cost him most of the last two seasons is, of course, a major concern and it would have to be examined closely before any major commitment.
WR Jordan Matthews (Bills)—He struggled some in 2017 after the Bills acquired him from the Eagles. He spent the last five games on injured reserve with a knee injury. But when he was healthy for his first three seasons with the Eagles, he averaged 75 receptions for almost 900 yards and six touchdowns per season. The injury could help the Redskins get a quality receiver at a discounted price.
G Jonathan Cooper (Cowboys)—The seventh overall pick of the 2013 draft has had problems getting a foothold in the NFL. He has spent two years with the Cardinals and two in Dallas. Injuries have hurt him as well. But he is young (27) and if he’s healthy he could be a good alternative to some of the more expensive options to fill the left guard spot.
DL Bennie Logan (Chiefs)—The Redskins wanted to sign him away from the Eagles a year ago but they couldn’t get a deal done. Logan went to the Chiefs on a one-year deal so he’s set to be a free agent again at age 28. He’s just the sort of nose tackle that Jim Tomsula likes (more athletic than heavy) and he could play on other downs as well. The Redskins have the same hole at nose tackle that they had a year ago and making another run at Logan is a no-brainer.
ILB Jon Bostic (Colts)—Logan was a second-round pick of the Bears in 2013 and if he signs with a new team in 2018 it will be his fourth in six NFL seasons. He is more solid than spectacular but the Redskins might just need someone who can play if they lose Zach Brown and/or Mason Foster and Will Compton to free agency.
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In case you missed it
Redskins fans desperately want Zach Brown back on the roster for the 2018 season, and a Wednesday morning tweet made many Washington fans freak out when the linebacker posted, "I guess the respect level is still low..."
Don't freak out Redskin fans.
The tweet has nothing to do with contract negotiations between Brown and the Redskins, per a source with knowledge of the situation.
Instead, this is about a recent addition to the Pro Bowl.
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Tuesday night, the NFL announced Falcons linebacker Deion Jones would replace injured Panthers LB Luke Kuechly in the Pro Bowl.
Brown made the Pro Bowl in 2016 playing with the Bills, and during Pro Bowl voting earlier this season his Twitter feed had many messages supporting a second straight trip.
Jones had a strong season for a good Falcons defense, but he finished with just 11 more tackles than Brown despite playing in three more games.
In fact, Brown was the leading tackler in the NFL before missing the final three games of the season with a litany of injuries. Remarkably, Brown kept the NFL tackle lead after he missed Week 15, though the rest of the leauge caught up to him by Week 16. Playing in only 13 games, Brown still finished ninth in the NFL in tackles, and also added 2.5 sacks.
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