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Redskins practice report—Day 9


Redskins practice report—Day 9

RICHMOND—The Redskins get back to work today after a rare Saturday off day. Tandler will be reporting live from the field. In between watching the Olympics, the Nats, or whatever else you may be doing on this Sunday drop by here and update frequently.

--A mix of sun and clouds here at the Bon Secours training center. They're about to get rolling, will have some reports soon.

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--All three of the QBs are looking sharp in the early going. Even though they are throwing to receivers against air hitting all of their targets in the hands is not always a given.

--In one-on-one coverage, DeSean Jackson tried to get away from Kendall Fuller on a short dodge route but Fuller stuck with him and knocked Kirk Cousins' pass away.

--Ryan Grant got a couple of steps past Will Blackmon on an intermediate route and Cousins lofted the ball right into his hands. Again, Cousins very sharp so far (and there were defenders that time).

--I'll say it again--if Matt  Jones isn't successful this year it won't be because he isn't giving his opportunity this season his best shot. He is in shape, hustling, and running hard. You never know how a season will turn out but what we've seen so far here bodes well.

--Nice pass on the move by Colt McCoy to Maurice Harris. McCoy rolled to his right and lofted the ball to Harris, who made the catch along the sideline about 20 yards downfield.

--Mack Brown with a couple of nice runs, one up the middle and the other around right end. I'm not sure will make the 53 but there is plenty of opportunity on this team at his position.

--Nice two minute drill led by Cousins. Finished it off with a nice pass over the middle to Grant for about a 15-yard touchdown. I didn't count but very unofficially it was six plays, 60 yards, about a minute off of the clock.

--The second team's two-minute drive ended with a field goal from about 50 yards out.Dustin Hopkins drilled it right down the middle with plenty of distance to spare.

--Watching from the sideline, Will Blackmon wanted an intentional grounding flag when a Nate Sudfeld pass sailed well out of bounds. Unfortunately I don't think that was intentional.

--Sudfeld is having a rough time. First Carlos Fields batted down his short pass in the flat and then Corey Crawford rejected his pass at the line. Mercifully, they blew the horn to end the session.

--One on one pass blocking. Lyndon Trail blew past Arie Kouandjio. They had them line up again and the same thing happened. To be sure, Kouandjio isn't going to be asked to block edge rushers very often but you'd like to see more of a battle.

--The offensive players are uttering a lot of F-bombs after defenders are blowing past them. The drill does favor the defense as they kn0w it's a pass and there is no double-team help.

--In the least shocking development of the day, Josh LeRibeus let fly an errant shotgun snap that Colt McCoy had to reach to get. He got it but it destroy the timing on the play and McCohy had to throw it out of bounds.

--Cousins rifle one to Harris one the sideline. Nice grab by the rookie.

--From bout the 10, Jackson got separation from Josh Norman in the corner of the end zone. Cousins threw a perfect pass but Jackson dropped it.

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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.

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Days until:

—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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