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Need to Know: Can DeSean Jackson get back on a roll vs. the Colts?

Need to Know: Can DeSean Jackson get back on a roll vs. the Colts?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 29, one day before the Washington Redskins travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts.

Three and out: Trent should be back

1. Jay Gruden made no bones about it when I asked him yesterday—he is concerned about winning games right now in the short term and he is willing to let the future quarterback situation sort itself out, well, in the future. That is fine; his job is to win games and he is doing what he thinks he needs to do in order to accomplish that.

2. There is a person in the building at Redskins Park who is supposed to be concerned about the long term and that is team president/general manager Bruce Allen. It would have been very useful to have heard from him this week with all of the short- and long-term implications swirling about in the wake of the benching of Robert Griffin III, the face of the franchise and a player the team gave up four premium draft picks to obtain. But requests for him to meet with the press have fallen on deaf ears. I guess you can say he’s been consistent; rarely has he met with the media during the season since he got the job in 2009.

3. Former Redskins safety LaRon Landry will line up with the Colts on Sunday, his first game against his old team since he left following the 2011 season. The sixth-overall pick had a bitter departure as he was in a dispute with the team over the treatment of an Achilles injury that kept him out of a combined 15 games his last two years with the team. Landry went to the Jets in 2012 and he made the Pro Bowl. One can debate whether or not Landry deserved the invitation to Hawaii but his performance that year didn’t impress the Jets enough to get them to make a serious effort to re-sign him. He’s been with the Colts the last two years and he’s done OK except for a four-game PED suspension earlier this year. Although he may not have lived up to the potential that came with being the sixth pick of the2007 draft, I think you can look at the current state of the Redskins at safety and say that they could use him.

Out: It will be interesting to see if DeSean Jackson can get rolling again with Colt McCoy in the lineup. He had a big game against the Vikings, Griffin’s first game back after his injury. Against the Bucs, Griffin overthrew an open Jackson twice and last week Jackson couldn’t handle a deep ball that appeared to be catchable despite double coverage. We’ll see if he can get back on a roll after gaining 115 yards receiving in four out of five games.

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Today’s schedule: No availability; team travels to Indianapolis following walkthrough

Days until: Redskins @ Colts 1; Rams @ Redskins 8; 2015 NFL Draft 152

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

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Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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