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Where are we? The state of the Redskins, Week 9

Where are we? The state of the Redskins, Week 9

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 9 of the NFL season.

Record: 3-5
vs. NFC East: 1-2
vs. NFC: 1-4
vs. AFC: 2-1
Home: 2-2
Away: 1-3

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 31-29
Opposition cumulative—wins: 9-15
Opposition cumulative—losses: 22-14
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 30-28

Statistical Rankings

Offense (yards/game): 391.9 (5th)
Defense (yards/game): 331.0 (11th)
Passer rating offense: 92.1 (17th)
Opp passer rating: 104.0 (28th)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (19th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.2 (18th)
DVOA (Football Outsiders): -6.5% (24th)

Season to date MVP’s

Offensive: Whenever the Redskins need a shot in the arm, whoever is playing quarterback can launch it up for DeSean Jackson for an instant jolt of offense. He has an average of over 20 yards per catch and he has caught every catchable deep ball thrown to him.

Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan is now the man on that front seven with Brian Orakpo out for the season. He stunted a late first-half drive by the Cowboys with a sack and he’s always in the right place at the right time for the Redskins defense. With 7.5 sacks at the midway point he is one away from his career high for a full season.

Top three storylines:

10 is back—With the usual “barring a setback” caveat, Robert Griffin III will be back behind center on Sunday against the Vikings. We will see how fast he can knock of any rust that may have accumulated during what will end up being a seven-week layoff.

Big win—The Redskins finally got a signature win by going into Dallas and beating the 6-1 Cowboys. Now they need to take advantage of an opportunity to build off of it with games against the 3-5 Vikings and 1-6 Bucs coming up next.

Defense by design—The Redskins’ defensive “ranking” fell from 7th to 11th after their Monday night win but nobody cared at bit. They gave up plenty of yards but they stopped Dallas drives with sacks and takeaways. This is the “unleashed” Jim Haslett defense we were supposed to see from the start of the season. Will Haslett keep the D in attack mode?

Next three games

Sunday @ Vikings (3-5)—The pressure will be on Griffin to get the win after Colt McCoy led a rally against the Titans and was instrumental in the win in Dallas. It’s also a battle of ex-Bengals as former Cincy offensive coordinator Jay Gruden takes on his defensive counterpart for the past couple of seasons, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

Nov. 16 vs. Bucs (1-6)—Lovie Smith’s bunch was a popular dark horse pick but their season has quickly faded to black. They have had some truly ugly moments, trailing the Falcons 56-0 in the third quarter, being behind the Ravens 35-0 a minute into the second quarter, and blowing an 11-point fourth-quarter lead before losing in overtime to the Saints.

Nov. 23 @ 49ers (4-3)—It’s hard to get a handle on the 49ers, who lost to the Bears but beat the Cowboys, Eagles, and Chiefs. Their defense should be stronger with the return of outside linebacker Aldon Smith returning from suspension and, by then, outside linebacker NaVorro Bowman possibly being back from a devastating knee injury suffered in the playoffs last January.

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 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 five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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


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. 


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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