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True of False: Redskins RB Matt Jones will crack 1,000 yards in 2016

True of False: Redskins RB Matt Jones will crack 1,000 yards in 2016

There may be no Redskin who is under more pressure this year than second-year running back Matt Jones. Last year, he shared carries with Alfred Morris and averaged just 3.4 yards per carry, the lowest average of any back who had enough attempts to qualify. This year Morris is gone and the team is counting on Jones to carry the load. Morris rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons with the Redskins. Will Jones hit that mark in 2016? Tandler and Tarik make their predictions.

Tandler: The first thing we should establish here is that a thousand yards rushing isn’t a very high bar to clear. If a back averages 62.5 yards per game over 16 games he has 1,000. Jones could carry 18 times a game at last year’s paltry average per attempt and get to a thousand.

Back to the matter at hand, it looks like Jones will be the guy toting the rock for the Redskins. Morris left as a free agent and they didn’t sign a veteran back. They drafted Keith Marshall in the seventh round and at this point he appears to be a project, not a realistic second option. If they are going to run the ball it’s going to be Jones doing it.

So will he average 62.5 yards per game and get to 1,000. If he plays at least 14 games he will be able to get there if he can bump up his average per carry about half a yard or so. Unless he has some injury issues he should be able to do it. True

El-Bashir: While I totally agree that rushing for 1,000 yards isn’t “a very high bar to clear,” I think it’s important to point out that it doesn’t happen a lot. At least, not anymore.

In fact, only seven running backs last season surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau—the fewest since 1991. Of those seven, four finished with less than 1,100 yards and only one (Adrian Peterson) played on a playoff team.

These days, the NFL is passing league, a fact that cannot be disputed. Teams are implementing backfields where the workload is split, much like the Redskins did last season with Alfred Morris and Jones (202 and 144 carries, respectively). And let’s face it: if last year was any indication, it’s also becoming increasingly difficult for bell cow running backs to endure the rigors of a 16-game schedule. In addition, the Redskins’ 2016 roster, with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed and Josh Doctson, indicates to me that Jay Gruden and Co. intend to toss the ball around a bit more than they did a year ago.

So, if Jones stays healthy—and that’s a big ‘if’ given his track record—I think he’s got a diverse enough skillset to make a positive impact. But with the way the league is trending the and the 2016 Redskins are built, I suspect he’ll ultimately fall short of 1,000 yards on the ground. False

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.