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Wednesday practice report: RG3 edition

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Wednesday practice report: RG3 edition

RICHMOND—We’re in Day 6 of training camp and after a while the regular practice reports, while they are fun to do, all start to sound alike. So I thought I’d do something different today—focus on one player. It would have to be someone who would do enough during practice to fill up a whole post. I had to come up with a player who almost everyone would want to read about, one with sufficient interest to get people to read the post. Oh, wait, the Redskins do have such a player. Here’s the Wednesday practice report, RG3 edition.

—Before the rain got started, they were doing red zone against no defense. It’s important to have good touch on the ball in the tight spaces near the goal line and Griffin displayed it. He was putting just enough air under the ball to get it over the imaginary defenders to the receiver without making the receiver slow down. He did put a little too much air under one to Santana Moss, running the receiver out of bounds before he could catch it.

—As the rain started to come down harder, Griffin went to the other end zone to throw to running backs who were being covered one on one by linebackers. His touch wasn’t quite what it was with the dry ball.

—Griffin became a spectator in 11 on 11 drills. Early on he stepped up to get a closer look at a play. It came his way and he had to take a few quick steps back to make sure he stayed out of harm’s way. He didn’t venture up any more the rest of the way.

—He went behind the group to get a drink of water. Some fans immediately starting chanting “RG3, RG3!”

—As the 11 on 11 went on, Griffin started to get a bit antsy. He spent part of the time paying strict attention to what was going on and the other part pacing like a caged tiger.

—Griffin got increased reps in seven on seven drills. Most days he has been taking about 10 reps, today that increased to 18. First they went red zone and Griffin’s performance was bumpy. He had a few good throws but he put too much mustard on one intended for Santana Moss. Another pass went right into the numbers of Josh Wilson, who made the interception.

—On one play he found nobody open so he ran it in from around the 10 yard line. A couple of defenders converged on him as he got near the goal line. Griffin wrapped the ball up to protect it but there was zero danger of either defender actually coming close to hitting him. After getting into the end zone he spun the ball on the ground and pointed at it, doing his best Pierre Garçon imitation.

—They turned around and went to the deep end of the field. It started getting sloppy as the rain got harder and the ball got wet. It was slightly reminiscent of the game in Pittsburgh last year. As Mike Shanahan pointed out in his presser after practice, a day like today might help them down the road if they play in rainy conditions like they had in Pittsburgh.

—About 45 minutes after practice, Griffin still was not done. He continued to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

The Redskins are pondering the three options they have to start up the process that will either lead to Cousins playing in Washington in 2018 or saying goodbye to their starter for the last three years. These options carry pros and cons that Schaffer, Allen, and Dan Snyder will weigh over the next 46 days until March 6, the deadline for teams to designate transition and franchise tags.

Here are the three most likely options for the Redskins and the pros and cons of each approach:

No tag, let him hit free agency—This would allow Cousins to become a free agent at 4 p.m. on March 14, when the new league years starts. The Redskins could make him an offer and they could ask the Cousins camp to give them an opportunity to match any offer they might be considering. But Cousins would be under no obligation to do so.
Pros: It would end the uncertainty once and for all. When the process is over, Cousins will either be a Redskin in the long term or be playing for another team. This also is the only way the Redskins can qualify for a compensatory draft pick if Cousins does sign elsewhere.
Cons: The most likely outcome is that the Redskins would be starting over at quarterback in 2018, something they are not ready to do. A large segment of the fan base would be angry if the Redskins just let Cousins walk out the door.

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Transition tag: This tag carries a salary of $28.8 million and it allows Cousins to talk to other teams. If he gets an offer sheet from one of them, the Redskins would have five days to match it. If they don’t match, Cousins goes to the other team for no compensation. Another possible outcome could be Cousins signing the tag and staying in Washington for the fully guaranteed $28.8 million salary.
Pros: There also would be a good chance of ending the uncertainty, with Cousins either ending up gone at the end of the process or under a long-term contract in Washington. It also would give Cousins what he wants, the ability to test the open market, while giving the Redskins a shot at keeping him at the same time.
Cons: A team with adequate cap space could front load an offer and make it very difficult for the Redskins to match. There would be no compensation if Cousins left because the Redskins declined to match an offer sheet. And there is the possibility that the QB uncertainty could linger for another year if Cousins signs the tag.

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Franchise tag: This tag carries a salary of about $34.5 million. Cousins could not negotiate with other teams as there is no non-exclusive option on a third career franchise tag. At his radio event the week after the season ended, Cousins said that he would just sign the tag and play for the Redskins. They could trade Cousins after he signs the tag, although the salary would make that difficult to do.
Pros: It would virtually assure that the Redskins would have Cousins for 2018. They would have until July 15 to try to negotiate a long-term deal with him.
Cons: You can’t make the case that Cousins, or any player not named Brady or Rodgers, could justify a $34.5 million salary for one year. And since a fourth franchise tag is not permitted, it would almost certainly set up a scenario where Cousins plays one more year and then he is done in DC. That’s not how to get the certainty at the position that Jay Gruden desires.

There is a fourth option, which would be to sign Cousins before the deadline. But earlier this month Cousins said that he would not be interested in doing that; his preference is to wait until March. Perhaps things can change but Cousins was quite definitive in what he said.

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