The deadline for NFL franchise players to sign long-term deals with their respective teams is at 4 p.m. today. Redskins fans should not expect to hear any news on a new contract for Fred Davis.The main reason is that the Redskins dont want to give the big chunk of guaranteed money to a player who could be suspended for a year if he runs afoul of the NFLs substance abuse policy at any time in the future. Under the CBA it is very difficult for teams to recover any guaranteed money for any reason, even if the player is suspended.The Redskins do have to eat the entire amount of Davis' 5.446 million contract under this year's salary cap. But even with the 18 million cap penalty levied by the NFL they have almost 7 million in cap space remaining so they don't need to make a move to create more space.There is little incentive to get a deal done on Davis end either. It just wouldnt make any sense for him to negotiate a new deal now for the very reason that the Redskins are reluctant to give him one. After serving his four-game suspension at the end of last year his market value is at its lowest. If he steers clear of trouble and puts up good numbers he will be able to command a much better deal than he would be able to now.The 5.446 million salary he will get this year is not bad for a player whose contract for his first four years in the league paid him a total of 3.505 million. He will be happy to take those weekly paychecks that will gross just over 320,000.The Redskins could franchise him again in 2013 but they would have to pay him 120 percent of his salary this year (just north of 6.5 million) or the 2013 tight end franchise tag tender amount, whichever is greater. At that point both sides could be ready to cut a deal that will carry Davis, 26, through what should be his most productive years in the NFL.
Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 20, three days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday night football.
Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky news conferences, open locker room, after practice approx. 3 p.m.
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 9
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 16
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 34
Injuries of note:
Not practicing: OT Trent Williams (knee), OT Ty Nsekhe (core muscle)
Limited: CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle), OLB Ryan Anderson (back), S Stefan McClure (knee). OL Tyler Catalina (concussion protocol).
It was encouraging that Breeland and Norman practiced although Jay Gruden noted that they both took place only in individual drills. See the full injury report here.
First look at Redskins vs Eagles
Number that pops out—LeGarrette Blount, who had a career average of 4.4 yards per carry coming into the year, is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, fourth in the NFL. Not bad for a guy who is supposed to be a lumbering power back. The key to stopping him is the same as it always has been, getting the north-south runner to go east-west. The Redskins did a solid job against him in Week 1, limiting him to a 3.3-yard average on his 14 carries.
The clutch gene? Carson Wentz is the MVP favorite right now and the thing is that his stats are very good but not very impressive. He ranks 10th in net yards per attempt, 25th in completion percentage, eighth in yards per game, and seventh in passer rating. But he gets it done when it counts. Seven of his 16 touchdown passes have come on third down. His passer rating of 130 on third down is 10 points better than the second-best in that category, a guy named Tom Brady. As a result, the Eagles get first downs on 53 percent of their third-down passes, also best in the league.
Third down passing the key—The Redskins allow conversions on 35.7 percent of third-down passes, 16th in the NFL. If this game ends up with third downs near the Redskins’ season performance they will be in good shape. If the Eagles convert half of their third downs or more, the visitors will be in trouble.
Protecting Kirk Cousins—The Eagles have 14 sacks on the year. They got four against the Redskins in the season opener so they have 10 in their five games since. Their leading sacker is Brandon Graham, who has four on the season. Two of those came in the opener so he has two in the other five games. He will again be lined up against Morgan Moses, who had one of his worst games since becoming a starter against Philly. If Moses plays as well as he has since Week 1 Cousins could have time to have one of his usual big games against the Eagles.
Yes, Ertz is a pain— This is kind of hard to believe but Zach Ertz, who has been in the league since 2013, is third all-time in tight end receptions against the Redskins with 54. He’s behind only Jason Witten and Jackie Smith and ahead of Jeremy Shockey, Mark Bavaro, and Jay Novaeck. Ertz has played nine games against Washington; Witten has played 28 and Smith played 27. So if it seems like Ertz is always a thorn in the Redskins’ side, it’s because he is.
Potpourri: Wentz is the Eagles’ second-leading rusher with 133 yards on 32 carries . . . The Eagles have the third-best special teams DVOA in the league. On punt returns, they are averaging 16 yards per and giving up an average of 5.6 yards. That’s a lot of hidden field position.
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From the locker room
Josh Norman talking about how it felt when he put some stress on his broken rib during practice on Thursday.Posted by Rich Tandler on Thursday, October 19, 2017
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- What will the Redskins do after Allen's injury?
- Redskins practice from the sideline
- Francis added to roster ahead of MNF vs. Eagles
- Four things we learned about Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins got mic'd up during the Redskins win over the 49ers last Sunday, and well, it confirmed a few things Washington fans already knew about their quarterback.
For starters, Cousins is a nice guy. A real nice guy.
On one play, Cousins completes a pass downfield while facing a bit of pressure. As soon as he throws the ball, he starts shouting to his offensive line, "Good pocket! Great pocket!"
He keeps going, "Hey that was you guys. I took forever, I took forever. Hey nice job."
NFL quarterbacks like to thank their offensive lines, but not always immediately, even while the play is going on. Kirk is a nice guy.
Some other things learned from the mic'd up session:
- Josh Doctson has a nickname. It's "Papa Doc." No idea if that's an 8 Mile reference.
- Trent Williams believes Kirk Cousins' shoulder is worth $200 million. And he might be right.
- Kirk Cousins wants to stay aggresive. He laid it out to QB coach Kevin O'Connell. Cousins explained during the Redskins early lead:
"Sometimes I get in a weird place, you get a lead like this. Where you start playing conservative, not to lose. It’s smart to do that but it also kinda hinders your ability to just go play."
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