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Where are we? The state of the Redskins after Week 2

Where are we? The state of the Redskins after Week 2

Here is where the Redskins stand after Week 2 of the NFL season. Statistical rankings won’t be included until a few weeks into the season.

Record: 1-1
vs. NFC East: 0-0
vs. NFC: 0-0
vs. AFC: 1-1
Home: 1-0
Away: 0-1

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 2-2
Opposition cumulative—wins: 0-2
Opposition cumulative—losses: 2-0
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 13-15


Offense (yards/game): N/A
Defense (yards/game): N/A
Passer rating offense: N/A
Opp passer rating: N/A
Yards/rush attempt: N/A
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
DVOA (Football Outsiders): N/A

Year to day MVP's:

Offensive: Alfred Morris followed up a good game in the opener with another solid effort against the Jaguars. He’s now third in the NFL 176 yards rushing and he will be a key to Sunday’s game against the Eagles. A good running back is an inexperienced QB’s best friend and he and Kirk Cousins, who will be making his fifth NFL start, should be good buddies on Sunday.

Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan led the Redskins record-setting sack brigade against the Jaguars with four sacks. He forced a fumble that kept the Redskins in the game against the Texans and has generally become the all-around defensive force the Redskins envisioned he would be when they took him in the first round in 2011.

Top three storylines:

Griffin out, Cousins in—For a few brief moments on Sunday we saw the RG3 of 2012 operating at FedEx Field. Then Griffin’s left ankle gave way, and Kirk Cousins came in. He had a very good game, leading Washington’s rout of the Jaguars. Now it’s Cousins’ team for at least the next month, likely longer. We can sort out the controversy when Griffin is back but for right now the team will rely on the backup.

How good is the D—The Redskins are leading the NFL in a few key defensive stats including sacks and yards allowed. But not only is the sample size of two games small but it has been accomplished against the Texans, quarterbacked by career mediocrity Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jaguars, who are such a train wreck at the moment that they cut the player who was trying to block Kerrigan yesterday, right tackle Cam Bradfield. Washington will get a stiffer test in Philly this week.

Meriweather returns—Brandon Meriweather is back from his two-game suspension and that could mean that the defense will get even better. Both of the touchdowns the defense has allowed this season have come as a result of gaffes by Meriweather’s replacement, Bacarri Rambo. The team waived Rambo yesterday to make room for Meriweather on the roster.

Next three games

Sept. 21 @ Eagles (2-0)—We don’t know if the widely anticipated return of DeSean Jackson to face the team that unceremoniously dumped him in the spring will happen as Jackson is dealing with a sprained AC joint. But there is plenty at stake here in any case as the Redskins have their first crack at a division win after going 0-6 against the NFC East in 2013.

Sept. 25 (Thur.) vs. Giants (0-2)—Everyone thought the Giants were the beneficiaries of a big break when it was revealed that Carson Palmer would miss last Sunday’s game in the Meadowlands. However, the Cardinals won with Drew Stanton, who had not thrown a pass in a regular season game since 2010 and New York dropped to 0-2. But the Giants have a habit of getting well against the Redskins so this will be a big test on Thursday night.

Oct. 6 (Mon. vs. Seahawks (1-1)—Well, at least we know that the defending champions are not unbeatable as they fell to the Chargers last Sunday. But the Redskins certainly will have their hands full with that Seattle defense. The fact that Washington will be coming off of a mini bye week, with 11 days off between their Thursday and Monday night prime time games, will get them plenty of time to game plan.

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.