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Terrelle Pryor issues polite but firm request to Rams safety to avoid hitting knees

Terrelle Pryor issues polite but firm request to Rams safety to avoid hitting knees

Football players prefer to regulate their sport without fines and penalties, and in 2017, social media can be a platform for any and all declarations.

After Terrelle Pryor took a direct hit to his right knee in the Redskins win over the Rams, the receiver reached out to L.A. safety Cody Davis via Twitter with a polite, but firm, message. 

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Standing 6'6", Pryor is one of the tallest receivers in the league. It makes sense he doesn't like getting hit in the knees, as any skilly player doesn't, but particularly with the increased height that could mean more safeties are coming in low on him.

Through two games Pryor has eight catches for 97 yards. The season hasn't started particularly strong for Pryor, though the 6-foot-5, 240 lb. wideout remains confident that his production will increase. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not go as far as Pryor, but does believe his team's pass game is "very close" to firing on all cylinders. QB Kirk Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 yards last season, but through two games this year, his statistics have been subpar. 

To beat the undefeated Raiders, the Redskins will need a dominant performance from Pryor. He sounds like he's up for the job.

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Even without great production, Junior Galette may be a hot commodity this offseason

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Even without great production, Junior Galette may be a hot commodity this offseason

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in the 2017 NFL season. 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, those 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 anyone he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

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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.

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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 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 a pass rush. Also don't be surprised 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 Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

 

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Fantasy Football Week 15 rankings--Looking at the semifinals

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Fantasy Football Week 15 rankings--Looking at the semifinals

Here's some truth: Fewer people than normal will read this other fantasy football articles posted this week. The reason is obvious: We've reached the playoffs all over the land. Many/most leagues are down to the semifinals. The lack of eyeballs doesn't change the approach with the rankings. Just the opposite. 

Lineup choices are never more important than when so much is at stake. That would be right now. We're still early in the week and there is plenty uncertain in some spots. Keep an eye on some struggling NFL teams possibly changing lineups or depth charts to reflect their status, i.e. getting a look at younger players.

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Quarterback injuries with the Eagles and Jets alter forecasts for those offenses while the Packers received a massive boost with the return of Aaron Rodgers. Running backs Leonard Fournette and Tevin Coleman are must-track injury report stories along with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Don't forget about offensive line issues. Redskins fans wondering if left tackle Trent Wiliams continues gutting it out on that hurt left knee know what I mean.

Here's the first look at Week 15. If you have any specific questions, hit me up on Twitter (@benstandig). Cool? Cool -- and good luck out there.

Quarterbacks

1.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
4.  Drew Brees, NO
 
5.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
6.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
7.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
8.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
9.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
10.  Case Keenum, MIN
 
11.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
12.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
13.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
14.  Alex Smith, KC
 
15.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
16.  Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
 
17.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
18.  Nick Foles, PHI
 
19.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
20.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
21.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
22.  Blaine Gabbert, ARI
 
23.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
24.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
25.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
26.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
27.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
28.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
29.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
30.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
31.  Bryce Petty, NYJ
 
32.  T.J. Yates, HOU

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
3.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
4.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
5.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
6.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
7.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
8.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
9.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
10.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
11.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
12.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
13.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
14.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
15.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
16.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
17.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
18.  Rex Burkhead, NE
 
19.  Mike Davis, SEA
 
20.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
21.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
22.  Frank Gore, IND
 
23.  Alfred Morris, DAL
 
24.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
25.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
26.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
 
27.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
 
28.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
29.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
30.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
31.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
32.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
33.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
34.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
35.  Rod Smith, DAL
 
36.  Peyton Barber, TB
 
37.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
38.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
39.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
40.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
41.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
42.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
43.  Doug Martin, TB
 
44.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
45.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
46.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
47.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
48.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
49.  Matt Breida, SF
 
50.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
51.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
 
52.  Tion Green, DET
 
53.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
54.  J.D. McKissic, SEA
 
55.  James White, NE
 
56.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
57.  D.J. Foster, ARI
 
58.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
59.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
60.  Aaron Jones, GB

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
4.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
5.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
6.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
7.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
8.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
9.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
10.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
11.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
12.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
13.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
14.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
15.  Davante Adams, GB
 
16.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
17.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
18.  Mike Evans, TB
 
19.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
20.  Josh Gordon, CLE
 
21.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
22.  Golden Tate, DET
 
23.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
24.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
25.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
26.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
27.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
28.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
29.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
30.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
31.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
32.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
33.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
34.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
35.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
 
36.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
37.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
38.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
39.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
40.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
41.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
42.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
43.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
44.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
45.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
46.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
47.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
48.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
49.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
50.  Corey Coleman, CLE
 
51.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
52.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
53.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
54.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
55.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
56.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
57.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
58.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
 
59.  Ryan Grant, WAS
 
60.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
61.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
62.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
63.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
64.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
 
65.  Roger Lewis, NYG
 
66.  Chester Rogers, IND
 
67.  Albert Wilson, KC
 
68.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
69.  Trent Taylor, SF
 
70.  Cole Beasley, DAL

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
3.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
4.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
6.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
7.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
8.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
9.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
10.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
11.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
12.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
13.  Greg Olsen, CAR
 
14.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
15.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
16.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
17.  Stephen Anderson, HOU
 
18.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
19.  O.J. Howard, TB
 
20.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
 
21.  David Njoku, CLE
 
22.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
23.  Jesse James, PIT
 
24.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
25.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ

Defenses

1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
2.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
3.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
4.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
5.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
6.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
7.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
8.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
9.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL
 
10.  Indianapolis Colts, IND
 
11.  Washington Redskins, WAS
 
12.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
13.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
15.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
16.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
17.  San Francisco 49ers, SF
 
18.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
19.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
20.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
21.  New England Patriots, NE
 
22.  Miami Dolphins, MIA

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
3.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
4.  Matt Prater, DET
 
5.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
6.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
7.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
8.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
9.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
10.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
11.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
12.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
13.  Robbie Gould, SF
 
14.  Travis Coons, LAC
 
15.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
16.  Brandon McManus, DEN
 
17.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
18.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
19.  Patrick Murray, TB
 
20.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK