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Need to Know: Redskins quick hits--No place like home for Morris

Need to Know: Redskins quick hits--No place like home for Morris

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 5, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.

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Alfred Morris loves playing at FedEx Field. In his last 13 home games he has 1,132 yards rushing, an average of 87.1 yards per game. That’s a season pace of almost 1,400 yards.

—Morris is on pace to run the ball 284 times for 1,264 yards in 2014. That would be almost identical to his 2013 season (276/1,275). If he can gain at least 1,112 yards this season he will become just the 13th player in NFL history to rush for at least 4,000 yards in his first three seasons in the NFL.

—Yesterday we looked at the possible benefits of attacking the Seahawks through the air. But Jay Gruden will need to be sure that Alfred Morris gets his carries. In Morris’ 36 games with the Redskins they are 0-9 when the carries the ball 14 times or fewer. They are 11-5 when he has at least 20 rushing attempts. Of course, we have to be careful to properly sort out cause and effect there—if a team gets the lead it naturally is going to start handing the ball off—it’s still critical for the Redskins to maintain two viable dimensions on offense.

—Kirk Cousins is going to look to shake off the effects of his four-interception game against the Giants last Thursday. Whatever halftime adjustments teams are making against him seem to be working. In his six games as an NFL starter he has thrown only two interceptions in the first half but he has tossed nine picks in the second half.

—Nobody expected DeSean Jackson to match the numbers he put up in his career year in 2013 (82 rec., 1332 yds., 9 TD) but he is considerably off that pace so far this season. He has 15 catches for 207 yards and one TD. That puts him on pace for 60/828/4. That would be a career worst in terms of yards for him with the exception of his injury-shortened 2012 season.

Pierre Garçon is only a little off of the pace he set last year when he led the NFL and set a Redskins record in receptions with 113. At his current rate he would catch 96 passes, a performance that would be third in team history for single-season receptions behind his 2013 and Art Monk’s 106 in 1984.

—Garçon’s numbers are not as consistent as they were last year. In 2013 he did not catch fewer than five passes in any game and he only hit double digits once. This year he has a 10-catch game (Texans) and an 11-catch game (Eagles). But he caught just one vs. the Jaguars and two against the Giants.

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Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park; no media availability

Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 1; Redskins @ Cardinals 7; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 22

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

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An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.


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