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Why Santana Moss thinks the Redskins should keep Garcon over Jackson

Why Santana Moss thinks the Redskins should keep Garcon over Jackson

Almost as if they had listened to and read all of the clips and articles discussing their future with the Redskins before kickoff, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon both played phenomenally in the team's 27-22 win in Philadelphia on Sunday.

What made their performances even more interesting is that both filled their roles on offense to perfection against the Eagles, with each wideout demonstrating what would be so attractive about bringing them back to Washington's roster in 2017. 

Jackson, as he's done so often before, totally changed the game's complexion by plucking a Kirk Cousins pass out of the sky and taking it into the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown. Garçon, meanwhile, reeled in a score of his own on a delayed fade route and also kept the eventual game-winning drive alive in the fourth quarter by catching a pass on a vital fourth down.

That's why the Sports Junkies felt the need to reopen the great debate Monday and try and find an answer as to which weapon the franchise should keep when both become unrestricted free agents in the offseason. Fortunately for them, they had the services of a knowledgeable guest to quiz on the subject: Santana Moss.  

"I've always kind of been a Pierre Garçon guy," host Eric Bickel said to Moss during a morning chat with the former star on 106.7 The Fan and CSN, before complimenting Garçon's consistency and toughness. He then asked Moss what he thinks will happen, and let one of the best pass catchers in Redskins history take over the microphone and give his take.

"I like both of 'em," Moss said. "I've played with both of 'em, I've seen what both of 'em bring to the table."

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"It's hard to look at him and not appreciate what he brings to the table," he continued, talking about Garçon. "For the games we don't have DJax making those big plays and the games that he missed, at the end of the day, you look at Pierre's stats, he quietly goes out there and leads the team. And you can't overlook that — that at the end of the day he's gonna be the guy that's going to be clutch.

"He's gonna always be that guy that you can run that fourth-and-one or fourth-and-three, you can run that stop hitch, and he comes up big for you."

Moss, who stated he that feels a connection with No. 88 because he thinks Garçon, like he once did, tends to be "underappreciated," focused on Jackson next, and identified the reason why he ultimately thinks the Redskins will move on from the speedster.

"It's hard to say who you keep," he said. "[With] DeSean Jackson, speed kills. People gonna want that, so they're gonna pay big dollar for that. If the Redskins would be willing to pay that kind of money to him to keep him, knowing they have to pay Kirk Cousins, knowing they have to get guys on defense, it's hard for me to believe that.

"I say you bring a guy like Pierre back because you might not have to pay as much, and then you have a guy like [Josh] Doctson, who I think is gonna be a pretty good player," he concluded. "That's why it's hard for me to believe that DeSean Jackson will come back, because of the money part of it."

The fact that both guys are producing at such a high level is doing wonders for the team's offense — and must also be forcing the front office to wonder what they're going to do when decision time rolls around. Until that day, however, it's probably best for everyone to simply enjoy how well the unit works with both pieces at its disposal, and be grateful they're both in Burgundy and Gold.

After all, that may only be the case for a few more weeks.

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Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 22, four days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five safe picks for the Redskins

Sometimes teams try to hit home runs with their draft picks. They may hit a few but they also will strike out a lot. Teams often are better off trying to hit solid singles and doubles. Here are five picks who would are unlikely to make many Pro Bowls but the Redskins would not regret the pick if they turned in the cards with their names on it. 

RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn—I’m starting off here with a player who would be a safe pick in the third round. Of course, the Redskins don’t have a third right now but if they do swing a trade and get one, Johnson would be a good pick. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, which is one reason why he might be available in the third. He is a grinder who will be an upgrade over Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. 

DL Vita Vea, Washington—There is plenty of hand wringing over whether Vea is a three-down player or just a base defense nose tackle. But even if he can’t rush the passer very well his floor is a player who can go a long way towards helping the Redskins stop the run, a chronic weakness. This is why a lot of fans and media are urging the Redskins to not overthink this and take a player that will, at a minimum, bolster one of their weakest areas. 

OL Billy Price, Ohio State—He started 55 games for the Buckeyes, the most of any player in the storied history of the program. He did suffer the partial tear of a chest muscle in the combine but that will be fully healed by training camp. When he’s ready, he’s an explosive, smart, and powerful player. Just plug him in at left guard and the Redskins’ O-line is set with all home-grown talent. 

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State—He doesn’t have the ceiling that the more heralded Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds have. However, he may have a higher floor. Smith is undersized, and Edmunds will be highly drafted based more on potential than on production. At 6-4, 256, Vander Esch has plenty of size, and he racked up 141 tackles last year on his way to defensive player of the year honors in the Mountain West. 

 CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado—The All-Pac-12 selection has the size and athleticism that add up to a safe pick in the second round. He needs some work on technique, but he has enough natural athletic ability—he competed in the decathlon—to be a productive cornerback right out of the gate. One other plus that fans will appreciate is that his strength is press coverage, not off man. 

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

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Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 30
—Training camp starts (7/26) 95
—Redskins @ Cardinals (9/9) 140

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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