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Need to Know: 11 predictions for the 2017 Redskins offense

Need to Know: 11 predictions for the 2017 Redskins offense

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 14, 13 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 194 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 58 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 3
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 27
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 50

11 predictions for the Redskins’ offense

Yesterday I did one prediction for each of the Redskins’ 11 anticipated starters on defense. Now I do the same for the offense, with the same caveat that not all of the predictions are bold.

OT Trent Williams—He will make his sixth straight Pro Bowl but he will still fall short of All-Pro honors because he is not a Dallas Cowboy.

OT Morgan Moses—Fresh off his contract extension, Moses will be one of the two or three best right tackles in the game but he won’t make the Pro Bowl because they only select left tackles for that.

G Brandon Scherff—He will play every snap but one that he will miss for some random reason not related to injury or his play on the field.

G Shawn Lauvao—I hate to predict an injury for anyone but I’ll take the under on 10.5 games played for him this year.

C Spencer Long—For Long, another year of 100 percent accurate shotgun snaps.

WR Josh Doctson—This is perhaps the boldest prediction in this post—Doctson will catch 10 touchdown passes. He will be that good a red zone target.

WR Terrelle Pryor—Last year he got over 1,000 yards receiving with the disadvantage of playing with bad quarterbacks in Cleveland but the advantage of there being no other viable targets on the team. This year he’ll have a much better quarterback but Kirk Cousins will have plenty of guys to throw to. I’ll take under 1,000 yards but not by much.

WR Jamison Crowder—Crowder will post solid numbers across the board. My specific prediction is that he will score at least two touchdowns that don’t come on pass receptions (punt return, run from scrimmage, fumble recovery, etc.).

TE Jordan Reed—So, if Pryor doesn’t get 1,000 yards will Reed? If he plays in 13 games or more, yes. I don’t think he does but he still makes the Pro Bowl again.

RB Rob Kelley—After writing a couple of days ago that he could be as good a runner as David Johnson I suppose I need to come up with something bold here. But I can’t honestly say that he will match or top the 1,200 yards that Johnson racked up in 2016 because both Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson are going to get some carries. Still, I’ll put Kelley down for 1,050 yards and eight touchdowns.

QB Kirk Cousins—Up from last year: Completion percentage (67.0 in 2016), touchdown passes, (25), interceptions (12). Down from last year: Pass attempts (606), completions (406), passer rating (97.1).

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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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.