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Over/under: Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' numbers in 2017

Over/under: Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' numbers in 2017

Now that the contractual matters are settled, at least until January, it’s time to see what Kirk Cousins can do in his third season as the Redskins’ starting quarterback.

He faces challenges after the departures of his two top wide receivers and offensive coordinator Sean McVay and the pressure of playing for a huge contract. On the plus side, he still has Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder, and a passing-oriented head coach in Jay Gruden.

Will he go over or under his 2016 performances in key statistical areas? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay get out the crystal ball and give their analysis.

Completion percentage: 67.0

Tandler: Two years ago, Cousins posted the seventh-best season completion percentage in NFL history (69.8). He reverted toward the norm last year, finishing eighth for the season. Some of that was by design as he threw deeper passes. With some new receivers, I think his completion percentage will fall off just a bit from last year.  Under

Finlay: Agree with Tandler here. Cousins has a career 66 completion percentage. I think he comes in north of that but still below 67, maybe 66.5. Under


Yards passing: 4,917

Tandler: So basically, we are asking if Cousins will put up the tenth 5,000-yard season in NFL history. Quarterbacks not named Drew Brees have done it just four times. I think they run a little more often than they did last year and even if Cousins is very efficient passing he might not have enough attempts to get over 5K. His attempts should drop from the 606 he had last year and only Dan Marino got over 5,000 yards in a season with fewer than 600 attempts. Under

Finlay: 4,600 is the magic number. Cousins and the Redskins threw the ball too often in 2016, and some of that added to the gaudy yardage total. The Redskins need a bit more balance in 2017 to win more games, and some of that will require a better run game. Under

Passing touchdowns: 25

Tandler: This is easy. The Redskins were 29th in red zone efficiency last year. They were in the top 10 in that stat in 2015. They added Terrelle Pryor, 6-4, and Josh Doctson, 6-2, should be in the lineup after his lost rookie season, giving Cousins a pair of prime red zone targets. They may not revert to the top 10 but they will be better in the red zone, good enough for Cousins to throw around 30 TD passes.  Over

Finlay: Cousins hasn't thrown 30 touchdowns in a season yet in his career. This is the season he does it. A healthy Jordan Reed can make a big difference in the red zone, as well as a stronger run game. Over


Rushing touchdowns: 4

Tandler: Cousins is not thought of as a running quarterback. But looking at 2015-2016 combined, he leads the team in rushing touchdowns with nine. How many will he add this year? On the one hand, he has better red zone targets so he might not have to scramble as much. But last year he appeared to have some openings to run that he didn’t take. I’d say he’ll get four on the nose but since that’s not an option I’ll say he gets three. Under

Finlay: All offseason Cousins has talked about being better off-schedule. That will carry over into the red zone as well, and Cousins will again show the wheels. Over

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.