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Need to Know: Redskins' Clark takes a jab at London Fletcher

Need to Know: Redskins' Clark takes a jab at London Fletcher

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 24, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

Three and out—One real snub

1. Yesterday Ryan Clark took a shot at former Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, who blasted defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on TV a few weeks ago. The topic was injuries and Clark pointed out that the Redskins are taking guys off of the street and putting them into games, not just filling out the roster with them. He thinks the defensive coaches in general and Haslett in particular deserve credit for that, not criticism. “The guys we’re bringing in are playing,” said the veteran safety in his possibly last year with the Redskins. “For former players bashing coaches and saying really classless, inappropriate, spineless, disrespectful things, you’ve got to commend a coach on that.” [emphasis added] I don’t think that Clark and Fletcher exchanged Christmas cards this year.

2. Trent Williams was the only Redskins player selected to the Pro Bowl. The one Redskin who I would say was truly snubbed was outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. With 13.5 sacks he has than three of the six outside linebackers who were selected over him and with five forced fumbles he has more than anyone at any position in the NFL.

3. There are two reasons you can’t say that punter Tress Way, who leads the league with a gross average of 47.7 yards per punt, was snubbed. First, not many players from four-win teams get the call. And part of the reason his average is so high is that he outkicks his coverage on a regular basis. Way’s net average per punt, the number that better measures a punter’s effectiveness by taking out yards given back on returns and touchbacks, is 40.0 yards. That is tied for ninth in the NFL. The chances are good that Way will be honored some day after he spends a few years refining his craft.

Out: Jim Jeffcoat played 12 seasons for the Cowboys from 1983 to 1994. His son, Jackson Jeffcoat, is now on the Redskins’ roster and he told me that he will start against the Cowboys on Sunday. “I’m excited,” he said. “The biggest thing is I have to take advantage of it, go out there and play well, play sound, and not be a liability to my team and make sure my level of play is up with everybody else’s.”


Today’s schedule: Practice 10:30; Jim Haslett and Jay Gruden news conferences, player media availability after practice, approx. 12:30

Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 4; 2015 NFL Draft 127; 2015 NFL season opening Sunday 263

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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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