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Reacting to Madden's ratings of the Redskins

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Reacting to Madden's ratings of the Redskins

Are you ready, world? Are you really, truly ready?

We're only six days away from the release of Madden '16; yes, there's less than a week left of waiting for the next edition of the always popular video game that will surely have the most realistic graphics and force us to miss far more important engagements and activities because of its addicting nature.

And just last week, EASports.com released the full team-by-team, player-by-player ratings -- ratings that will surely set off debates and provoke reactions amongst the game's players and football fans everywhere. Just like this one, in fact.

After viewing Madden's rankings of the Redskins, we've compiled a list of the most notable numbers that stuck out to us. Here it is:

  • Robert Griffin III's "I feel like I'm the best quarterback in the league" comments have created quite the buzz around the football world the past few days (how's that for an understatement?). But while he clearly has some work to do to become the league's best signal caller, according to EA Sports, he is at least the best on his own team: RG3 checks in with a 78 overall rating; Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, meanwhile, are both 73's. 
  • The top Redskin is Ryan Kerrigan, whose overall rating is just one point below his jersey number. DeSean Jackson is the second best Redskin in the eyes of Madden's creators -- the speedy receiver is an 88. Terrance Knighton (88), Jason Hatcher (87) and Trent Williams (87) round out the top 5 (anyone else think that the 87 assigned to Williams is far too low?).
  • The two most unexpected rankings probably belong to Darrel Young (87) and Kory Lichtensteiger (86); Young because he gets so few touches at the fullback position and doesn't seem to be valued much by national analysts, and Lichtensteiger because he's never mentioned among football's best centers. Users who play with the Redskins on the virtual field won't be complaining about the high numbers, though. 
  • Punter Tress Way's 85 rating is something that will have other specialists around the NFL pumping their fist (or maybe their legs); that's quite a distinction passed on to the second-year player by Madden's evaluators. 
  • Rookie Brandon Scherff is an 80, making him the third highest touted rookie in the game. Interestingly enough, he's still listed as a tackle by EA Sports despite what looks like to be a permanent move to guard. 
  • Duke Ihenacho and Jeron Johnson are both 76's, meaning if Jay Gruden and Joe Barry were looking to break the tie in the competition for starting strong safety using Madden's rankings, they're out of luck.
  • Bashaud Breeland is a 72; that feels low for a second-year corner who made as many plays as he did in 2014.
  • The two guys who look like they could make the biggest jump when these ratings are updated next are running back Matt Jones and wide receiver Jamison Crowder; the two rookies have flashed often in camp and should both have a large impact on the offense come Week 1.
  • The lowest rated Redskin -- a.k.a. the anti-Ryan Kerrigan -- is long snapper Nick Sundberg. He already took issue with us when we ranked him low compared to his teammates, so will he reach out to Madden, too?

Here is the full list of all the Washington players that the site leaked rankings for (courtesy of Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda).

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199