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Morris isn't sweating Eagles' wide-9

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Morris isn't sweating Eagles' wide-9

The Eagles 4-3 defense; specifically the 'wide-9,' is designed to smother outside runs. Keeping in mind the Redskins love to run the option, seemingly playing right into the teeth of Philadelphia's defensive scheme, rookie running back Alfred Morris is treating Sunday like any other game.

"I prepare for all games the same way. I mean the game plan changes, the plays you run change but the way I prepare doesn't change. I'm always going to go out there and leave it all on the field, give it my all."

Morris admits, however, getting past the Eagles won't be easy.

"They do pose a threat with the four D linemen, a lot of penetration, a good front four...so with that mindset, I gotta go out there on the fly and adjust, adapt as I always do. You know all the defenses are pretty much different, even if it's the same scheme, you know the players in that scheme are going to be different so it's going to be a challenge and I look forward to it."

So should we expect to see the Redskins attack the middle of that wide-9?

"I guess we'll have to see...that would be awesome though."

Morris then took a page from Coach Mike Shanahan's press conference playbook in emphasizing the importance of walking away with a 'W' Sunday.

"It's a must win for us, it's a playoff game for us. We have to win it if we want to keep our hopes up for the post season, so right now our focus is the eagles."

Morris was uncharacteristically solemn Thursday, perhaps the weight of a 3-6 season was taking it's toll, but the rookie perked up a bit when discussing seeing his little brother play ball for the first time during the bye.

Instead of giving his younger brother advice, Alfred said the two actually, 'feed off one another.' With his brother in attendance, Shawn Morris put on a show Saturday in a performance that caused Al Mo to joke that he needs to "get his numbers up."

The senior running back at Birmingham Southern scored three touchdowns and rushed for 255 yards on 38 carries, leading the Panthers to a 35-21 victory over Milsaps. One of those TDs was a reception.

Shawn would earn Southern Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.

Alfred admitted in a story that included multiple, 'awe mans' that it shocked him a bit when his brother gushed about his NFL accomplishments. Apparently, Shawn can only catch Redskins games on the radio and when he finally saw highlight videos fans' had posted...he was beyond 'proud' of his big bro.

No. 46 has averaged 88.1 rushing yards per game placing him 6th in the league with multiple 100 yard performances and don't forget about those five touchdowns. A solid performance versus the Eagles would be yet another proud moment in an already stellar rookie season.    

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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