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Redskins drop preseason finale despite effort from Ross


Redskins drop preseason finale despite effort from Ross

The Redskins and Jaguars finished off the 2015 preseason with a game that was at times ragged and at times entertaining. The final score of Jacksonville 17, Washington 16 will soon be forgotten as the Redskins begin the process of cutting the roster to 53 by Saturday afternoon and preparing for their September 13 season opener against the Dolphins. 

Key Moments: After an ugly start with neither team able to get much going offensively, the Redskins got on the board with a seven-play touchdown drive. An 18-yard pass from McCoy to Colin Lockett got things going. Rashad Ross capped the drive by taking a pass from McCoy and spinning and fighting his way through defenders to complete a 19-yard touchdown play to give the Redskins a 7-0 first-quarter lead. 

In the fourth quarter after Jacksonville had taken a 14-10 lead, the Redskins embarked on a 16-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Washington had to overcome an interception that was nullified by penalty and five third downs along the way. They got into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown plunge by Mack Brown. He was originally called down short of the goal line but Jay Gruden challenged and after review the Redskins were awarded the touchdown. A two-point conversion attempt failed and Washington led 16-14.

After the Jaguars answered with a field goal to take a 17-16 lead, McCoy led a drive that got the Redskins just past midfield. But three incomplete passes, including one on fourth down, ended the drive.

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Game Recap: After Ross’ touchdown catch, the Jaguars countered on their next possession with a 40-yard touchdown run by rookie Corey Grant to tie it up a 7-7. 

A 17-yard pass from McCoy to Ross was the big play in a 12-play, 73-yard drive that led to a 25-yard Kai Forbath field goal. That put the Redskins up 10-7.

It stayed that way until the third quarter when the Jaguars scored on a five-yard pass from Stephen Morris to Bryan Walters. Someone in the secondary blew the coverage, leaving Walters wide open for the score. 

After the Brown touchdown run, Jacksonville drove to a 47-yard Jason Myers field goal and the Jaguars regained the lead at 17-16.

Players of the Game: On offense, WR Rashad Ross made his final case to make the 53-man roster a good one. He caught 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. His spinning, battling run to finish off a 19-yard touchdown pass from McCoy.

Defensively, LB Jackson Jeffcoat, also on the roster bubble, had three tackles including a sack and two tackles for losses. 

Injury Update: RB Trey Williams left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. OL Josh LeRibeus left the game with a calf injury. 

From the Locker Room: Check back later for later for notes and quotes from the Redskins locker room.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on and

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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


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—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.


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