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Redskins looking at another speedster with DeSean Jackson likely gone

Redskins looking at another speedster with DeSean Jackson likely gone

With all the signs pointing to DeSean Jackson departing D.C. and signing a more expensive contract elsewhere, the Redskins will be in the market for another receiver who could moonlight as a world-class sprinter and function as a deep threat. 

And while that would be a hyperbole when talking about some free agent wideout options, it appears Washington is looking at one guy who literally could (and has, in fact) compete with the fastest people around the globe.

There is some interest on the Redskins side when it comes to Marquise Goodwin, according to the Washington Post. The 26-year-old has been in the NFL for four seasons, all with the Bills, and would come on the cheaper side considering his up-and-down career to this point.

The owner of one of the NFL's fastest 40-yard dash times in Combine history at 4.27 seconds, Goodwin is coming off his most productive year, but his numbers still pale in comparison to Jackson, whom he'd be partly responsible for replacing. In 15 games (after suiting up just 12 times in the previous two seasons), he caught 29 passes for 431 yards and three scores.


A 2012 Olympian, Goodwin made the long jump finals in London. He's also run the 60 and 100-yard dashes at a top level. 

Along with the rumors that the Redskins are evaluating Andre Holmes, it seems like the organization is ready to overhaul what was a very dangerous group of pass catchers in 2016. If signed, Goodwin could serve as Jackson-lite (or Jackson-lite-lite?), but a transition into Jay Gruden's pass-happy scheme might be all he needs to access the potential he has along with all that speed.

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Kirk Cousins is real nice - and 3 other things we learned from the 49ers game


Kirk Cousins is real nice - and 3 other things we learned from the 49ers game

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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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.


It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.


Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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.