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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Bucs

Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Bucs

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 12, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.

First look at Redskins vs. Bucs

—The Bucs aren’t very good. They are 1-8 and have been outscored by 105 points. Only two teams have a worse per-game scoring differential. It’s not like one side of the ball is dragging down the other. They are ranked 29th in both total offense and total defense and are 27th in points scored and 31st in points allowed.

—But, like Jay Gruden did on Monday, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith could say that his team could easily have a better record. Five of their losses have been by six points or less so he could make the “a play here and a play there” point that Gruden made. Even though numbers like that ugly point differential say otherwise, they could have won a few more games.

—Regardless, there is no reason for the Redskins to take Tampa Bay lightly. For one thing, they have some scary pass catchers. The last time they met in 2012 Vincent Jackson had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. Jackson is 6-5 and this year the Bucs drafted Mike Evans, also 6-5, and although his game needs refining he’s a big-time threat right now. Throw in 6-6 rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and you have some challenges for the Redskins’ secondary.

—Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was a first-team All-Pro last year and he’s picking up where he left off with five sacks and two passes batted down so far this year. The interior of the line is the soft spot for the Redskins so Robert Griffin III will have to keep his eyes open.

—Where the Bucs have major problems is at the most important position on the field, quarterback. Veteran Josh McCown started the season, Smith switched to second-year QB Mike Glennon after three games and last week it was McCown behind center. Neither has been appreciably better than the other; they have combined to complete 59 percent of their passes with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a horrid passer rating of 78.8.


Today’s schedule: Open locker room 11:15; Robert Griffin III news conference 11:30; practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00).

Days until: Bucs @ Redskins 4; Redskins @ 49ers 11; Redskins @ Colts 18

If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I'll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


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The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 


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Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

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James Washington

Wide receiver
Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the combine and his 40 time was a pedestrian 4.54.

But forget about the numbers. His catch radius is larger than his height would indicate, and he plays much faster than the stopwatch says he does.

His route tree needs to be cleaned up but his ability to get open deep, make receptions on back shoulder throws and, yes, Redskins fans, fade patterns will make him a productive receiver while he learns.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
40-yard dash: 4.54

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying

He doesn't look like a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver, but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays, and you know exactly what he does for an offense.

—A Big 12 assistant coach via

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins needed a wide receiver to line up opposite Josh Doctson after Terrelle Pryor fizzled out last year. They went out and signed Paul Richardson to a free agent contract, solving the immediate need.

But in the NFL, you should always be looking for your next receiver. It takes most of them at least a season to develop so if you wait until you really need a pass catcher it’s too late to draft one. Washington has the capability to contribute early and develop from there.  

Film review: vs. Pitt, vs. TCU, vs. Oklahoma

—Like most coaches, Jay Gruden wants his wide receivers to block and Washington certainly gives it the effort. He helped backs gain extra yards on stretch plays with hustling blocks downfield. His technique may need some work—a long touchdown run against Oklahoma was called back when he was hit for holding—but the effort is there.

—Against the Sooners, Washington got by a cornerback who was in off coverage and beat him for a long gain. Later in the game, the corner was in press coverage and Washington made one move and beat the defender on a post for a touchdown. We can insert the usual cautions about Big 12 defenses here, but it still was impressive to watch.

—Speed is important but so is how fast a receiver can stop to catch a pass. On one underthrown fade pattern, Washington was able to slam on the brakes while the cornerback kept on running, making the catch for a nice gain out of the end zone an easy one.

—Against TCU he split two defenders on a deep pass. He caught the ball in stride and then he found a second gear and easily outraced the defensive backs to the end zone to complete the 86-yard play. This is a good example of Washington playing faster than his 40 time.

Potential issues: Washington is not a good enough prospect to warrant the No. 13 pick, but he could easily be gone by the time the time their second-round pick is on the clock. As noted above, the quality of the defenses he faced in compiling 74 receptions for 1,549 yards (20.9 per catch) and 13 touchdowns has to be considered.

Bottom line: If I’m the Redskins, I have a talk with Jamison Crowder’s agent before the draft to gauge what his client would want in order to sign an extension prior to the 2018 season. If it’s something the Redskins consider reasonable, they should look elsewhere in the second round. But if a 2019 Crowder departure seems likely,  they should look at Washington if he’s there in the second round. 

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