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Redskins OTA report 06.09.15--Offense


Redskins OTA report 06.09.15--Offense

The Redskins practiced in the bubble on Tuesday, in need of a dry field after heavy rains on Monday night. Yesterday I gave you my observations on defense, here is what I saw on the offensive side of the ball.

—It doesn’t look like we’re any closer to finding out what the deal was with the domestic abuse allegations that popped up on Jamison Crowder’s Instagram account but the rookie wide receiver was present at OTAs. He did leave practice without comment and Jay Gruden said that the NFL investigation was ongoing.

—One wide receiver who was not present was DeSean Jackson. Gruden said that he had a personal matter to attend to and that he should be there for Wednesday’s OTA. Again, it should be noted that these workouts are voluntary. Minicamp, which gets underway on Tuesday, is mandatory.

—As he was last week, Tom Compton was lined up at left tackle in place of Trent Williams, who is sitting out until training camp while nursing an ankle injury. It’s hard to say what would happen if Williams missed a regular season game. It likely would be Morgan Moses in at left tackle but he also is out until training camp.

—Gruden was one of a few coaches providing “coverage” on receivers during a red-zone passing drill. Everyone should be happy to know that he had difficulty keeping up with Pierre Garçon and a few others.

—Crowder is quick. Robert Griffin III hit him with a short pass and after a quick move the receiver was gone.

—Griffin’s best pass of the day was incomplete. He got pushed out of the pocket to the left and launched one about 50 yards downfield. Pierre Garçon couldn’t quite catch up to it but it.

Colt McCoy didn’t have a good day. In seven on seven work he threw a couple of passes into a crowd. Both were incomplete but had they been playing in pads the receivers could have been smacked. A later pass during full team work was picked off by linebacker Ja’Gared Davis. And near the end of practice he threw one right at an onrushing Chris Baker and a linebacker nearly made a diving interception of the batted ball.

—I'm not counting snaps but my impression is that during the OTAs that I've seen McCoy is getting more snaps in both seven on seven and in full team work than Kirk Cousins is. I'll try to keep a closer eye on this during minicamp. I should note that there is no media presence at most of the OTAs so the snap pattern could be different on the days that we're not there. It's worth monitoring next week, when we are there for all three days of practice.

—Griffin made some good, quick decisions during a two-minute drill, although a couple of times when his first read wasn’t there he seemed a bit lost.

—At one point the second-team offensive line was, from left to right, Willie Smith, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus, Tom Compton, and Ty Nsekhe. Yes, that’s tackle Compton playing right guard. Later, center Tyler Larsen stepped in at right guard. Gruden is preparing for any game day emergency scenario he can dream up.

Ryan Grant made a nice catch, getting a foot dragged on the sideline in the end zone. Griffin had some good touch on the pass, dropping it in over the defender and in to Grant.

—Bill Callahan had a large group of offensive linemen doing some extra work after practice was over. This is becoming a regular practice to the point where the linemen don’t look at it as doing “extra”; it’s become what’s normal and expected.

—The offseason program is humming along. The next time we’ll have coverage from Redskins Park will be for minicamp starting on Tuesday. That will run for three days and then the players are off until reporting to training camp around July 30.

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 


The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.


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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 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.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

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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