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Redskins' Williams doesn't see rushing success as 'do or die'


Redskins' Williams doesn't see rushing success as 'do or die'

Redskins Pro Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams would like the team to get the Redskins’ running game going but he doesn’t believe that the team’s season will succeed or fail based on their ability to do so.

“The run is not do or die,” said Williams. “Obviously it helps any time you can get over 100 yards rushing I think your percentages of winning the game go up tremendously but it’s not the end all, be all. You’ve got to look at the flow of the game, sometimes it fits right in and sometimes it doesn’t. The main thing we want to do is do whatever we’ve got to do to win. It’s not about proving a point to anybody.”

Williams may have a point there. The Redskins have rushed for 172 yards in their last four games. Never before in their history have they rushed for so few yards in a span of four consecutive games. The former low-water mark was in October of 1961 when they had a combined 192 yards on the ground.

The 1961 edition of the Redskins was probably the worst ever. They finished 1-12-1 and were outscored by 218 points. During that four game stretch in October they were 0-4, getting shut out in the middle two games.

This is a different era, of course, and the Redskins have been able to keep things more respectable during their recent rushing problems. They took the Falcons to overtime before losing and rallied to beat the Bucs. The Redskins probably weren’t going to beat the Patriots no matter what they did. The game against the Jets could have been at least more competitive had the Redskins been able to move the ball on the ground.

Williams said that the solution to getting things going on the ground is simple.

“Attempts,” he said. “It just takes attempts, it takes reps. The guys we’ve got running the ball are guys we have to get in a groove and kind of wear the defense down. If you’re not getting them any attempts, any carries, it might not work out too well.”

While what Williams said is true, it’s a classic Catch 22. It’s hard to get the running game going if you don’t stick with it. But it’s difficult to stick with it if it’s not working.

The Redskins hope to break the cycle against the Saints, who are ranked 30th in the NFL against the run.

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks. 


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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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