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Redskins practice report Day 9: Appreciating the fans

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Redskins practice report Day 9: Appreciating the fans

RICHMOND—It was Fan Appreciation Day for the Redskins and an announced crowd of 20,447 made its way in to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on an overcast but dry Saturday. The team decided to put on a good show for them and showed up in full pads. Here are my observations from practice.

—Bacarri Rambo had a tough time in open-field, one on one tackling drills. The offensive player got by him twice.

—As you can see here on the Instagram video, the drill favors the offensive player. He knows where he’s going and the defender does not and the defender is on an island. Only reserves participate in this particular drill. (I am trying Instagram for the quick videos due to the longer time available. You can follow me @RichTandler.)

—After missing Tyler Polumbus early in the week and Trent Williams later, the Redskins had their starting line intact.
Trent Williams is back at left tackle. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 2, 2014
—Here’s a look at one more drill with tight ends getting knocked around to teach them to hold on to the ball.

—Nick Williams had a little screen pass go right through his hands. A receiver on the bubble can’t have too many of those. The eye in the sky will catch all of them.

—DeAngelo Hall was back playing some safety. He was lined up as a free with Brandon Meriweather at strong. We saw this yesterday, too.

—You’re probably going to hear a lot of great things about Keenan Robinson before he makes his first NFL start. Today it looked like Roy Helu had a running lane off the left side but Robinson flew over and closed it in an instant.

—After 11 on 11, the front seven practiced some stunts. They were blocking two on two with the outside linebacker looping around the defensive end or vice versa. It was hard to tell who had the upper hand since the quarterback was stationary. Also the blockers knew a stunt was coming so it could react accordingly Front seven practicing some stunts against o-line. And OL practicing stunt pickups. Hard to tell w/o a real QB dropping back. Plus OL knows there is some kind of stunt coming.

—Richard Crawford was in off coverage and Ryan Grant ran a nice curl, prompting this tweet.
Ryan Grant run routes better than some WRs who have been in the NFL for years. That is all. #RedskinsTalk — Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 2, 2014
—A couple of nice Robert Griffin III passes as they practiced in goal to go situations. First he fired a dart to Aldrick Robinson for one TD. Then it was a nice fade pass to Pierre Garçon for another six points. Good timing and a good catch by Garçon.

—In what has been a tradition lasting a few years, the players are all give footballs to walk out and present to a lucky kid in the crowd. Here they are going out to give them out. This is definitely a case of there not being enough footballs to go around.

—The most popular guy for autographs? You guessed it.

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

The Redskins are pondering the three options they have to start up the process that will either lead to Cousins playing in Washington in 2018 or saying goodbye to their starter for the last three years. These options carry pros and cons that Schaffer, Allen, and Dan Snyder will weigh over the next 46 days until March 6, the deadline for teams to designate transition and franchise tags.

Here are the three most likely options for the Redskins and the pros and cons of each approach:

No tag, let him hit free agency—This would allow Cousins to become a free agent at 4 p.m. on March 14, when the new league years starts. The Redskins could make him an offer and they could ask the Cousins camp to give them an opportunity to match any offer they might be considering. But Cousins would be under no obligation to do so.
Pros: It would end the uncertainty once and for all. When the process is over, Cousins will either be a Redskin in the long term or be playing for another team. This also is the only way the Redskins can qualify for a compensatory draft pick if Cousins does sign elsewhere.
Cons: The most likely outcome is that the Redskins would be starting over at quarterback in 2018, something they are not ready to do. A large segment of the fan base would be angry if the Redskins just let Cousins walk out the door.

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Transition tag: This tag carries a salary of $28.8 million and it allows Cousins to talk to other teams. If he gets an offer sheet from one of them, the Redskins would have five days to match it. If they don’t match, Cousins goes to the other team for no compensation. Another possible outcome could be Cousins signing the tag and staying in Washington for the fully guaranteed $28.8 million salary.
Pros: There also would be a good chance of ending the uncertainty, with Cousins either ending up gone at the end of the process or under a long-term contract in Washington. It also would give Cousins what he wants, the ability to test the open market, while giving the Redskins a shot at keeping him at the same time.
Cons: A team with adequate cap space could front load an offer and make it very difficult for the Redskins to match. There would be no compensation if Cousins left because the Redskins declined to match an offer sheet. And there is the possibility that the QB uncertainty could linger for another year if Cousins signs the tag.

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Franchise tag: This tag carries a salary of about $34.5 million. Cousins could not negotiate with other teams as there is no non-exclusive option on a third career franchise tag. At his radio event the week after the season ended, Cousins said that he would just sign the tag and play for the Redskins. They could trade Cousins after he signs the tag, although the salary would make that difficult to do.
Pros: It would virtually assure that the Redskins would have Cousins for 2018. They would have until July 15 to try to negotiate a long-term deal with him.
Cons: You can’t make the case that Cousins, or any player not named Brady or Rodgers, could justify a $34.5 million salary for one year. And since a fourth franchise tag is not permitted, it would almost certainly set up a scenario where Cousins plays one more year and then he is done in DC. That’s not how to get the certainty at the position that Jay Gruden desires.

There is a fourth option, which would be to sign Cousins before the deadline. But earlier this month Cousins said that he would not be interested in doing that; his preference is to wait until March. Perhaps things can change but Cousins was quite definitive in what he said.

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