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Where are we? The state of the Redskins in Week 4

Where are we? The state of the Redskins in Week 4

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 4 of the NFL season. Statistical rankings won’t be included until several weeks into the season.

Record: 1-2
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 0-1
vs. AFC: 1-1
Home: 1-0
Away: 0-2

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 5-4
Opposition cumulative—wins: 0-3
Opposition cumulative—losses: 5-1
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 19-20

Offensive MVP: Kirk Cousins has come in and performed exceptionally well at the most important position on the field. He’s fourth in the NFL in pass rating and in the top 10 in nearly all of the other stats the league tracks officially. If he keeps it up the Redskins should have a chance in every game.

Defensive MVP: Ryan Kerrigan didn’t get a sack against the Eagles but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t effective rushing Nick Foles. He had two hits and seven pressures and that helps the pass defense. If he keeps that up he’ll post some more multi-sack games.

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Special teams—Once again, issues on special teams cost the Redskins. They worked their way down the field to get a touchdown on their opening possession but the kickoff team gave it right back on a 102-yard kickoff return. Later Kai Forbath doinked a 33-yard field goal off the right upright. That’s 10 points in a game they lost by three. They have a new special teams coach, a lot of new players, but the results are the same.

Other assorted mistakes—Washington could have survived the special teams gaffes if not for some other assorted mistakes. The got hit with 10 penalties for 131 yards and some of them were at very inopportune times. Cousins threw a 4th quarter interception that ended up costing a field goal. Those also need to be cleaned up for this team to get on track.

Walking wounded—On Monday, the Redskins put two players on injured reserve and listed another 17 on the injury report. With a short week it will be difficult for some key players, including Jason Hatcher, to be ready to go on Thursday.

Next three games

Thursday vs. Giants (1-2)—It looks like the Giants got their new offense going against the Texans. Eli Manning was sharp and efficient, Victor Cruz caught a long touchdown pass, and Rashad Jennings ran 34 times for 176 yards.

Oct. 6 (Mon. vs. Seahawks (2-1)—We saw that the Seahawks were beatable in Week 2 in San Diego so the Redskins may have a shot here. But they will have to be at their absolute best and Seattle will have to be a little bit off.

Oct. 12 @ Cardinals (3-0)—Arizona has been winning with Drew Stanton, who has ridden various NFL benches since 2010, in at quarterback for an injured Carson Palmer. They are 2nd in the NFL with just 45 points allowed, surprising after they lost key members of the defense to injury, suspension, and free agency. That defense will get tested a week before the Redskins game when they go on the road to play the Broncos.

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198