Kirk Cousins received a lot of praise after the Redskinspreseason game in Chicago, and deservedly so.Overlooked, though, was one of the main reasons the reservequarterback had such a strong performance Saturday: wide receiver AldrickRobinson.Robinson hauled in six of the seven passes Cousins tossed inhis direction for a game-high 104 yards (17.3 yard average), including perhapsthe offensive highlight of the game.In the fourth quarter, Robinson grabbed a tipped pass and tookit 49 yards for a touchdown. Robinson accumulated 35 yards after the catch andout-raced four Bears to the end zone.I showed that can make big plays, and I am a big play guy,Robinson said. But I have to do it game in and game out. You have to beconsistent, and thats the main thing Coach Mike Shanahan is looking for consistency.There are presumably two spots remaining at wide receiver onthe Redskins 53-man roster and Robinson is solidly in the discussion for oneof them, a year after he spent all but one game on the practice squad.Its a grind, Robinson said of the grueling competitionwith fellow hopefuls Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Brandon Banks andDezmon Briscoe. But thats whatthis business is all about: competition and working hard to get your spot.Thats what Im doing, what Im trying to do, what Im going to keep doing.During the offseason, Robinson said he rededicated himselfto his craft. He kept his head in Shanahans playbook, worked daily on hisroute running and attended Robert Griffin IIIs informal passing camp in Waco,Tex.When you know the offense, you get to the spot where youresupposed to be at, Robinson said.Shanahan has taken notice.It was very average last year and he had to learn to be a proand he has gotten better through this offseason, Shanahan said of Robinsonsknowledge of the offense. Its really helped him and you can see the rewardsin how he has handled himself in game situations. That one play that he madeSaturday was really impressive."
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.
The Redskins week that was
Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.
Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.
Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.
Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.
Tweet of the week
If you have to restructure Kerrigan to get an extension done for Preston Smith you do it. But 1st year cap hits on extensions off of rookie deal generally low. https://t.co/WIvIp5PoBw— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 18, 2018
Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.
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Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.
Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.
A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.
The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her.
The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.
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Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.
The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.
The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.
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