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It’s Kelly’s turn

It’s Kelly’s turn

Malcolm Kelly is on the spot

Last week it was second-year cornerback Justin Tryon in the spotlight. All week long he received praise and there were indications that he would at least justify his fourth-round selection if not start to look like an outright steal.

Then, on Thursday, they had to call the Baltimore City Fire Department to put out the flames after Tryon repeatedly was torched.

This week while Tryon licks his wounds, Malcolm Kelly is the second-year player who is receiving all of the attention. He got feature articles in Fredericksburg and in the Times.

He's getting praise from the head coach:
I've seen him continue to come on.  He's catching the ball very well.  He's getting better at his route running, which is one of the things he's been behind because of all of the rehabbing.  And virtually, he's been rehabbing all summer.  So, that part is improving and that's where he's getting up to speed and becoming more and more confident in what he's going to do on the field.
He's getting praise from the quarterback:
He is doing a really good job of reaching out and catching the ball.  He is staying after practice catching balls from the JUGS machine.  That is something you expect because he has extremely strong hands.  The way he can reach out and catch a ball gives a quarterback a lot of comfort.
A lot of the accolades came as a result of one play. It was a 13-yard second-quarter reception of a Todd Collins pass. Pathetically, it was the Redskins' offensive highlight of the game. It's also somewhat disturbing that, according to Ryan O'Halloran's article he ran the wrong route on the play.
Malcolm Kelly's instructions were clear when he lined up on third down Thursday in Baltimore.

Press man coverage: Run 11 yards and break inside.

Soft man coverage: Run 11 yards, stop and turn toward quarterback Todd Collins.

At the snap, Kelly misread the coverage, thinking it was press. He saw the middle of the field open, knifed through and jumped to snare Collins' pass for a slick 13-yard gain, one of the few offensive bright spots for the Washington Redskins.
So the choices were A or B and he chose C. It's good that he made the play but for him to reach his potential the quarterback has to be able to have sufficient to throw to a spot before he makes his break. He's not there yet.

Although I like the fact that Kelly is making plays and it's encouraging that he appears to have recovered from the microfracture surgery he had in the offseason, he still has much improvement to do. Just like Tryon needs to defend the inside routes as well as out patterns, Kelly needs to make the proper reads and run the proper routes.

Without getting down the fine points of his crafts, Kelly might be an OK NFL receiver. If he wants to be something truly special, he needs to get to work.

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

The Redskins are pondering the three options they have to start up the process that will either lead to Cousins playing in Washington in 2018 or saying goodbye to their starter for the last three years. These options carry pros and cons that Schaffer, Allen, and Dan Snyder will weigh over the next 46 days until March 6, the deadline for teams to designate transition and franchise tags.

Here are the three most likely options for the Redskins and the pros and cons of each approach:

No tag, let him hit free agency—This would allow Cousins to become a free agent at 4 p.m. on March 14, when the new league years starts. The Redskins could make him an offer and they could ask the Cousins camp to give them an opportunity to match any offer they might be considering. But Cousins would be under no obligation to do so.
Pros: It would end the uncertainty once and for all. When the process is over, Cousins will either be a Redskin in the long term or be playing for another team. This also is the only way the Redskins can qualify for a compensatory draft pick if Cousins does sign elsewhere.
Cons: The most likely outcome is that the Redskins would be starting over at quarterback in 2018, something they are not ready to do. A large segment of the fan base would be angry if the Redskins just let Cousins walk out the door.

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Transition tag: This tag carries a salary of $28.8 million and it allows Cousins to talk to other teams. If he gets an offer sheet from one of them, the Redskins would have five days to match it. If they don’t match, Cousins goes to the other team for no compensation. Another possible outcome could be Cousins signing the tag and staying in Washington for the fully guaranteed $28.8 million salary.
Pros: There also would be a good chance of ending the uncertainty, with Cousins either ending up gone at the end of the process or under a long-term contract in Washington. It also would give Cousins what he wants, the ability to test the open market, while giving the Redskins a shot at keeping him at the same time.
Cons: A team with adequate cap space could front load an offer and make it very difficult for the Redskins to match. There would be no compensation if Cousins left because the Redskins declined to match an offer sheet. And there is the possibility that the QB uncertainty could linger for another year if Cousins signs the tag.

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Franchise tag: This tag carries a salary of about $34.5 million. Cousins could not negotiate with other teams as there is no non-exclusive option on a third career franchise tag. At his radio event the week after the season ended, Cousins said that he would just sign the tag and play for the Redskins. They could trade Cousins after he signs the tag, although the salary would make that difficult to do.
Pros: It would virtually assure that the Redskins would have Cousins for 2018. They would have until July 15 to try to negotiate a long-term deal with him.
Cons: You can’t make the case that Cousins, or any player not named Brady or Rodgers, could justify a $34.5 million salary for one year. And since a fourth franchise tag is not permitted, it would almost certainly set up a scenario where Cousins plays one more year and then he is done in DC. That’s not how to get the certainty at the position that Jay Gruden desires.

There is a fourth option, which would be to sign Cousins before the deadline. But earlier this month Cousins said that he would not be interested in doing that; his preference is to wait until March. Perhaps things can change but Cousins was quite definitive in what he said.

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