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Redskins grades: Trent Williams does well, but surprises galore from Pro Football Focus

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Redskins grades: Trent Williams does well, but surprises galore from Pro Football Focus

The Redskins scored a big win Sunday over Philadelphia and the folks at Pro Football Focus handed out grades from the game. Trent Williams did great, but some of the poor grades may surprise. 

The offense moved the ball welll in the first half, but was unable to get touchdowns. The early miscues cost the 'Skins the lead late, but an impressive 90-yard drive from Kirk Cousins resulted in the game winner. Notes from PFF on the offense below:

  • Trent Williams allowed three hurries, but still has not been responsible for his QB hitting the ground (sack or hit).

  • Williams was also the only lineman to not earn a ‘red’ grade.

  • Kory Lichtensteiger received the worst grade on offense (-10.7) and graded dead-least overall of all NFL centers.

  • Kirk Cousins attempted seven passes that went at least 20 yards in the air, and completed two of them for 65 yards.

  • Oddly, Cousins had a better PFF rating on the 20 plays he was under pressure than in the 27 plays he wasn’t.

  • Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed, and Ryan Grant all dropped a pass. 

  • Alfred Morris did not force any missed tackles on 17 carries, while Matthew Jones forced one on seven carries and Chris Thompson forced three on six carries.

Defensively, the Redskins only allowed 20 points to what was supposed to be an explosive Eagles attack, though Philadelphia also missed a field goal and an extra point. Washington did well in the first half of slowing the Eagles, but in the third quarter Joe Barry's defense gave up a few big plays that allowed the Eagles to take the lead. PFF watched the performance, and had the following notes:

  • Redskins missed 10 missed tackles – including a pair by Ryan Kerrigan and Trenton Robinson each and three from Dashon Goldson, who had only missed one this season coming into this game.

  • Robinson had his worst grade of the season (-5.1). 

  • Trent Murphy earned the highest pass-rushing grade on the defense (+4.2) and best overall grade (+6.1) of his career.

  • Kyshoen Jarrett was the most targeted defender and performed well, allowing three of seven passes to be complete for an average of 3.3 yards, and a pass defensed.

  • Bashaud Breeland allowed one pass to be completed for nine yards and getting a PD on his other target. 

PFF grades can form a useful tool, but should not be viewed as sacrament. It's hard to imagine a player having as much of a positive impact as Lichtensteiger is this season for Washington in any negative light, and it's also suprrising that Cousins looked better under pressure than when he had time to throw. Defensively, while Murphy had a solid game, it's hard to think a member of the defensive line played better than Chris Baker on Sunday, who racked up two sacks and was instrumental on pressuring Sam Bradford. 

Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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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