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Need to Know: Redskins' offense was historically inefficient in 2016

Need to Know: Redskins' offense was historically inefficient in 2016

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 31, 13 days before the Washington Redskins start their mandatory minicamp on June 13.

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Former Redskins linebacker and special teams ace Lorenzo "One Man Gang" Alexander was born on this date in 1983. Alexander played for the Redskins from 2007-2012. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/27) 57
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 71
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 102

Note: While I’m on vacation I’m keeping Need to Know rolling with some new content and some of the most popular posts of the year so far. This one falls into the latter category.

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Redskins 2016 offense historically inefficient

Anyone who watched the 2016 Redskins got the feeling that the offense wasn’t very efficient. The piled up enough yards to set a team record for a franchise that has had some pretty good offenses. But when it came to the “let the points soar” part of the team fight song, well, it wasn’t really there.  

Here are what the numbers looked like in 2016. The Redskins were third in total offense with 6,454 yards. But they were in the middle of the pack, 12th, with the 383 points scored. They were one of only two teams in the top 10 in offense to score fewer than 400 points (Steelers, 399). The Falcons, who finished second in total yards, led the NFL with 540 points scored. That’s the equivalent of over 22 more touchdowns for a Falcons team that gained just 199 more yards than Washington. You don’t have to think real hard to figure out why one team had a bye in the playoffs while the other is sitting them out.

But the Redskins’ offensive inefficiency wasn’t just bad by 2016 standards; it was historically bad. In the history of the NFL only one other team has piled up more than 6,400 yards of offense and managed to push across fewer than 400 points was the 2012 Detroit Lions. Those Lions actually were a little less efficient, compiling more yards (6,540) and scoring fewer points (372).

If there was one game that epitomized the way the Redskins offense spun its wheels it was the game against the Bengals in London. They racked up 546 yards of offense and scored just 27 points. Since the 1970 merger teams have gained 546 yards or more and have scored 27 points or fewer 11 times. There have been over 11,000 games played since the merger so that has happened in about a tenth of a percent of them.

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

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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)

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

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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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