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Need to Know: The most overrated and underrated Redskins


Need to Know: The most overrated and underrated Redskins

Happy Independence Day!

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 4, 26 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.

Who's overrated? Underrated?

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports went through each of the 32 NFL teams and picked a player he viewed as overrated and then did another list of the 32 underrated players. I thought his picks for the Redskins were pretty insightful although I don’t completely agree with him.

Washington’s overrated player was safety Dashon Goldson. Here is Prisco’s justification.
“If they think he will fix their safety issues, they can forget about it. He's a box safety in a league where coverage is a premium. He failed in his two years in Tampa Bay as a high-priced free agent, so why think he can turn it around?”
It’s hard to disagree with most of what he says here. But I don’t think that Scot McCloughan traded for him with the idea of him “fixing” the safety position. He’s more of a patch. Even if there were thoughts of bringing back Ryan Clark for one more year, he nixed them by announcing his retirement. There was nobody on the roster who was capable of handling the job on a full time basis. It would have been outright foolish to hope to find help in the draft, which was weak at safety. Goldson was the best available option. That doesn’t mean he’s a fix, just better than whatever else they could reasonably come up with.

The only issue I have with calling Goldson overrated is that I don’t think he’s rated very highly. Sure, there are some Redskins fans who believe that he will revert to the form that made him a first-team All-Pro with the 49ers in 2012. But most neutral observers see him as just a guy at this point in his career.

Prisco’s underrated Redskin is Keenan Robinson:
“After missing all of 2013 with an injury, he emerged as a force on their defense in 2014. He is a thumper in the run game who should be better in coverage with a year of starting under his belt.”
Can’t argue with this assessment at all. Robinson did an admirable job of stepping in for the retired London Fletcher. He played well and also assumed some of the leadership duties that come with calling the plays on defense. I’ll add that he also could improve his pass rush up the middle; he had just 1.5 sacks last year.

The main concern with Robinson is health. He missed the last five games of his rookie 2012 season with a torn pec, all of 2013 with the same injury (sustained a second time), and three games near the end of last season with a knee injury.

Who are your most overrated/underrated Redskins? Let me know in the comments below.


—It’s been 188 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 71 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 26; Preseason opener @ Browns 40; final cuts 63

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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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