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Who on the Redskins defense will make his first Pro Bowl?

Who on the Redskins defense will make his first Pro Bowl?

The Redskins have a few players on their defense with at least one Pro Bowl on their resumes. Ryan Kerrigan has been once, as has Josh Norman. DeAngelo Hall leads the team with three Pro Bowls appearances. Will another member of the defense break through and get to his first Pro Bowl in 2016? Tandler and Tarik make their picks.

Tandler: Preston Smith

There are a few possibilities here but what it takes to make the Pro Bowl makes it tough to predict. It’s not merely a matter of the best players at each position getting invited. The fan vote, which can be woefully uninformed, is one element in the selection. Many players and coaches who vote don’t take time to carefully consider all of the viable candidates at all 22 positions. So just having a stellar season isn’t necessarily good enough to get an invitation to Orlando (yes, they moved it from Hawaii this year).

Then there is the matter of competition. Let’s say that Bashaud Breeland picks off eight passes this year. To make the Pro Bowl, however, he would have to make it past Norman, Patrick Peterson, and Richard Sherman to get Pro Bowl honors (they are going back to making selections by conference this year). That would be difficult for him to do.

But we’re on the right track with Breeland in that it helps to play a position that has a key stat to look at. For defensive backs it’s picks; for the front seven it’s sacks. Only two of the 16 players who posted double-digit sack totals failed to make the Pro Bowl. Besides Kerrigan, the two main candidates to get 10 sacks or more are Preston Smith and Junior Galette. I’m going to put my money on Smith. I think he’s ready to blow up this year and I’m not 100 percent sold on Galette being fully recovered from his Achilles injury.

El-Bashir: Chris Baker

Very little has come easily for seventh-year defensive lineman Chris Baker, who took the circuitous route to the NFL, ascending from Hampton to undrafted free agent to the UFL to the Redskins' practice squad and, now, to a full-time starting role on Washington's up-and-coming defense. In fact, I consider Baker to be the most underrated player on the unit.

Last season represented a breakout year for Baker, who recorded career highs in tackles (53), sacks (6), forced fumbles (3) and fumble recoveries (2). According to, he also notched highs in quarterback pressures (25) and hits (11) as well as stops (34), which PFF defines as “solo defensive tackles made which constitute an offensive failure (including sacks).” Overall, the analytics website ranked Baker as the game’s 11th most effective 3-4 end last season.

It’s my belief that Baker will take the next step in ’16. Sure, he’s no longer playing beside his childhood buddy, Terrance Knighton. But Baker still has plenty of motivation. Not only is he playing on the best defense he’s been a part of in Washington, he’s got a young family and an expiring contract. Set turn to 29 in October, Baker has one more opportunity to land a big contract. And, if you follow Baker on Instagram, then you know he’s been putting in work this offseason as he seeks the next level. 

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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