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OPEN THREAD: More David Amerson for Redskins in Week 2?

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OPEN THREAD: More David Amerson for Redskins in Week 2?

When David Amerson entered the game for the Redskins Sunday against the Dolphins, Miami QB Ryan Tannehill targeted the corner repeatedly. Amerson's performance left a lot to be desired, and the Dolphins promptly scored as the 'Skins corner repeatedly struggled covering his man.

With Bashaud Breeland suspended for Week 1, Washington had no choice but to turn to Amerson when starting cornerback DeAngelo Hall went down. Good news for Joe Barry's defense was that Hall came back for the 'Skins, but with the additional loss of Duke Ihenacho, Amerson continued to see the field.

Looking ahead, Ihenacho's extended injury absence combined with another suspension threatens the Washington secondary against the St. Louis Rams. Free agent acquisition CB Chris Culliver will miss this week's game for Washington, and in turn, more might be needed from Amerson. Much of that depends on the status of Breeland, who suffered an injury in the preseason before sitting out last week with the suspension.

"We’ve got to get him a good week of practice," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Monday of Breeland. "He understands the defense. He feels good about where he is mentally. Just a matter of going out there and playing and running and staying in the game."

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Last season as a rookie, Breeland impressed. The thought was pairing the second-year man out of Clemson with the veteran Culliver would give the Redskins a strong presence on the outside, and Hall could work in as a nickel corner. Plans don't always work, obviously, and through two weeks, the Redskins will not be able to deploy Breeland and Culliver at the same time. Still, Gruden expects a lot from Breeland.

"We have high expectations for Bree. He’s a smart kid and he will compete. Only time will tell if he’s rusty or not," Gruden said.

Rust could be an issue, as Breeland sustained a knee injury in training camp and was unable to play until the fourth preseason game. 

"I think he was rusty in that last preseason game, that’s why he played," Gruden said. "He had a couple plays that he did look rusty." 

The Redskins better hope the speed of live football knocks off the rust for Breeland, because the Rams speed might. WR Tavon Austin might be one of the fastest players in the NFL, and QB Nick Foles has the arm to go deep. Without Ihenacho at safety, the 'Skins are already undermanned, and with Culliver out for the week, Washington needs Breeland. Or it could mean more Amerson, and as Miami showed, that's not good news for the 'Skins defense.

Will Breeland be ready? Is it asking too much to start in your first week back? Let us know what you think in the comments.  

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

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However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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