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Tryon channeling his inner Ade

Tryon channeling his inner Ade

Ade Jimoh

There was a series of insurance commercials a while back that had the theme "life comes at you fast." In the space of a 30-second spot, someone would go from seeming to be on top of the world to having very serious problems.

Life came at Justin Tryon fast on Thursday night.

In training camp he looked like a player on the rise. He was making plays like this one on a regular basis.

A couple of days before the preseason opener he was receiving praise from none other than Darrell Green who touted him as a potential starter. Against the Ravens he looked like he had the potential to hit the waiver wire.

Tryon's performance against the Ravens reminded one of Ade "Uh-Oh" Jimoh, who was burned on a regular basis. To be fair, however, Jimoh had value as a special teams demon, an excellent kick coverage man. That's how he made the cut year after year. Justin Tryon has yet to distinguish himself on kicking teams.

On Friday, Zorn said that Tryon was "soft":
He got a lot of attention.  He was probably a little soft but he will learn some things from this football game.  They picked on him and I think he will rise up.  I think he is a good player.
You don't want your head coach saying that you were "soft" even if he finishes the thought by saying that you're a good player. Certainly, he does need to "rise up." In fact, he has no place to go but up.

Here's what Zorn said about Tryon on Saturday:
I think that Justin was assignment right, he didn't blow any coverages or anything like that.  In my mind he was a little hesitant in driving on plays that he knew were coming but wanted to make sure.  Just like a quarterback wanting to make sure that the read and the throw is there, but you have to anticipate. I think as he becomes more comfortable he'll start anticipating these things through reps and he'll be much more focused in closing that cushion.
So I guess that Zorn is saying that Tryon didn't make any actual mental mistakes, he just didn't execute. I would be feeling better if Tryon was in the wrong place—"assignment wrong" in Zorn-speak—rather than being on the right receiver but being out of position and unable to make a play on the ball.

Tryon needs to get it figured out in a hurry. Kevin Barnes, the team's third-round pick has struggled in practice and got burned for a touchdown against the Ravens. Byron Westbrook is trying to make the team for the third time after spending two years on the practice squad. Unfortunately for him, he can't be on the PS again because, for the third time, it looks like he may belong there.

If Tryon continues to be assignment right and execution wrong and it looks like Barnes' learning curve will extend into 2010 the team will have to take a serious look at available veterans and at the waiver wire.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

There's still time to vote on this one:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

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.