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Five takeaways from a near drama-free Redskins win over the Broncos

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Five takeaways from a near drama-free Redskins win over the Broncos

LANDOVER, MD — Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ impressive 27-11 win over the Broncos.

No meaningless games — Fans and media are certainly welcome to call a Week 16 game between two non-contenders meaningless but the Redskins’ players and coaches would disagree. They competed for pride, for their teammates, for themselves and because, well, they’re competitors. The defense nearly went a second straight game without allowing a touchdown but the Broncos managed a garbage time tally. It would have been something they have not done in at least 47 years.

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Have to take advantage — Some would suggest that if the Redskins had kept the Broncos out of the end zone that the two-game TD-less streak should have carried an asterisk give that it would have come against QB’s Blaine Gabbert and Brock Osweiler. But they have played a lot of bad quarterbacks in those 47 seasons and they still have not managed the back-to-back no-TD trick. So give the defense some credit for bending and not breaking against Arizona and hardly bending at all against the Broncos. From the start of the second half until it was 27-3 with about four minutes left, the Broncos gained just 36 yards.

End of the line for Kirk? — Cousins was asked a few different times in a few different ways if he thought about this possibly being his last home game at FedEx Field. He continued to say what he said before the game today, that his focus is on ending the season strong and then sorting out where he will play his home games in 2018 starting on January 1. If it was his last Redskins game at FedEx Field he finished off strong, with 299 yards passing and three touchdowns. It should be noted that he had an ugly pick after throwing into triple coverage in the end zone but he played well enough before and after that for it to be overlooked.

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Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan showed what they can be — The Redskins bookend edge rushers got two sacks each and Smith added in a forced fumble. Today’s performance shows what the two can do and what kind of effect it might have on the Redskins defense. They got a turnover, ended some drives and stopped others before they ever got started. Yes, Denver does have a suspect offensive line and Osweiler is a statue in the pocket but you have to take advantage of such situations. Kerrigan and, especially, Smith haven’t always done that in the past but they did today.

Jay Gruden’s job is safe, period — I’m not sure how much danger there ever was of the head coach losing his job, but after blowout losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers the chatter started to grow. If there had been two more games like those he may have been in serious trouble. But after getting his team to respond and play with pride these last two “meaningless” games, he is not going anywhere. 

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

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.

Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).  

—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen

—The team’s leading rusher from 2016

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

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10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.

Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver. 

The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it. 

The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago. 

Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season. 

Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks. 

Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.

No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl. 

Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd. 

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