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Need to Know: Kyle says he had 'zero involvement' in Redskins QB decision

Need to Know: Kyle says he had 'zero involvement' in Redskins QB decision

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 13, two days before the Washington Redskins visit the Atlanta Falcons.

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Five notes and quotes from yesterday at Redskins Park:

1. Jordan Reed missed practice again with a concussion. He has already missed three games. It would be a shame for him to miss out on the live game snaps for what would be the last six games of the season but perhaps it’s time to put him on injured reserve. It’s 2013 and we now know that a persistent concussion like this certainly is something that you don’t want to mess with.

2. Mike Shanahan was asked if what happens at Redskins Park was impacted by what he sees on TV every night. “I don’t get a chance to watch TV during the season,” he said. That may be true, but don’t think for a second that he isn’t told virtually everything relevant that is said about the team in the media. He gets a report on it every morning from the PR staff. He may not have to wade through the commercials or click on the websites but he knows what the media buzz is.

3. Kyle Shanahan was asked if he had any input into the quarterback change. “I got zero involvement on that,” he said. “I actually game planned for both all Tuesday. It’s a little frustrating game planning for both, but I was told the final decision on Wednesday morning and been rolling with it.” I find it hard to believe that the father did not ask the son his opinion on a decision that would have such an impact on the son. Maybe Kyle didn’t have veto power over the decisions, but “zero involvement” is hard to swallow.

4. Here is another line I just don’t buy from Kyle. “Everybody’s responsible when a guy gets hit,” he said when asked if Robert Griffin III was largely responsible for him getting hit so much. “You can’t, I say this every week, but you can’t ever put a sack on just one guy. It’s not all on Robert. It’s not all on the O-line. It’s on everybody.” But putting a sack on one guy is exactly what coaches do when they grade film. If Polumbus misses a block and his man sacks the QB, it’s on Polumbus. If Griffin stands there in the pocket for 4.5 seconds, it’s on Griffin. If you don’t want to point the finger at one guy in public, fine. Just don’t think that your audience is naïve.

5. Jim Haslett doesn’t think any of his players have checked out but he said that he’s looking for signs and he’ll take action if he sees it. “Guys not hustling to the ball, guys not flying around, not doing what you’re supposed to do. I’ll promise you that, John, if that happens they’re not going to be playing the next week.”

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Stat of the day

—Jordan Reed is second on the team to Pierre Garçon in receptions with 46. If he is shut down for the rest of the season due to his concussion he will have missed the last six games but he likely will still finish the year as the team’s second-leading receiver. Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson are tied for third with 30 each. Hankerson is on injured reserve and Moss is unlikely to catch 16 more passes this year (he is averaging 2.3 per game).


—Days until: Redskins @ Falcons 2; Cowboys @ Redskins 9; Start of NFL free agency 88

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Mike Shanahan news conference and player availability after practice (approx. 1:30)

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

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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