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It's June and while the Redskins continue to hold OTA sessions in Ashburn, be honest, not a whole lot is going on. June and July mark the slowest time of the NFL calendar. 

That provides a good opportunity to dig through some numbers, and see what type of new stats present themselves. Let's go:

  1. New priority - It became clear in NFL circles that the Redskins got serious about their run defense this offseason. The team drafted Daron Payne in the first round and Tim Settle in the fifth, and also re-signed tackling machine Zach Brown during free agency. One name that few considered to have any impact on the 2017 worst-ranked rush defense, however, would be Orlando Scandrick. The Redskins signed the veteran Cowboys cornerback late in free agency, and while he projects as a slot corner for Washington, something else interesting popped up. Last season, Scandrick ranked No. 8 overall among all cornerbacks for run stop percentage, as determined by Pro Football Focus. Josh Norman was the highest ranked Redskins CB at 13. 
  2. Sleep impact - It might be time to pay more attention to Paul Richardson. Locally, folks seem to be more interested in a possible breakout season for Josh Doctson, and even Richardson's introductory press conference with the Redskins got overshadowed by the Alex Smith presser. Richardson's 2017 stats would have him No. 1 on the Redskins in yards-per-completion, and by a wide margin. Among Redskins WRs with more than 20 catches on the season, Doctson landed tops among Washington wideouts at 14.3 YPC. Richardson averaged 16 YPC in Seattle. Some of that might be playing wth Russell Wilson, certainly, but Richardson has elite speed. That speed will only help Doctson, Jamison Crowder and the Redskins offense (see video above). Also, Richardson went over 700 yards receiving last season. The only other player to do that in Washington was Crowder. 
  3. Health, not effort - Let's be honest: Fans weren't very excited about the signing of Bears free agent Pernell McPhee. A productive former Raven Super Bowl winner, McPhee didn't find much success in Chicago, and worse, got injured a bunch. He missed 12 games in three seasons, and in turn, his stats suffered. Still, in the games he played, McPhee was quite productive. Pro Football Focus gave McPhee an +11.2 rating in 2017, and he ranked 13th overall among all 3-4 outside linebackers listed. Ryan Kerrigan landed at 8th on the list with a +22.9 and former Redskins sack man Junior Galette landed 10th on the list with a +16.2. Sticking with the theme of more run support across the defense, McPhee rated higher than Kerrigan or Galette in run defense per PFF. In fact, in his seven-year career, McPhee has been a plus run defender six times. 
  4. Speaking of Kerrigan - The perennially underrated Kerrigan ranked No. 2 overall by Pro Football Focus in pass rush productivity. The stat "measures pressure created on a per snap basis with weighting toward sacks." Kerrigan landed only behind Von Miller on the list, and ahead of guys like Khalil Mack, Justin Houston and Jadeveon Clowney. Preston Smith ranked 20th on the list, one spot behind Clay Matthews. Remember, too, Kerrigan has never missed a game for the Redskins in a seven-year career. In three years, Smith hasn't missed a game either. And lastly, how weird does Kerrigan look not wearing jersey number 91?

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