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Impressed by Matt Ioannidis? These three numbers will make you even more impressed

Impressed by Matt Ioannidis? These three numbers will make you even more impressed

The Redskins have been full of surprises through the first eight weeks of the 2018 season. Adrian Peterson went from the unemployment line to the penthouse, and a Redskins run defense that ranked last in yards allowed in 2017 is now amongst the league's stingiest units.

Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen have been drawing plenty of attention to the Redskins' front line, perhaps overshadowing Matt Ioannidis' output.

But if you think what he's doing is a surprise, think again.

"It doesn't surprise me. I know it surprises a lot of people, but he's a good player."

That's what Jay Gruden told JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast when Finlay asked the head coach what to make of the fact that Ioannidis leads the Redskins in sacks so far in 2018. Gruden also called himself a "firm believer" in No. 98's ability and labeled Ioannidis as both "very strong" and "tenacious." 

But while Gruden has had the chance to oversee the defensive tackle's work and growth the past few years, Ioannidis' explosion onto the scene last season and this one is equal parts startling and impressive.

Let's make you even more impressed, though. Here are three numbers that should accomplish that. 


In 2018, Ioannidis has been in on 230 snaps for the Redskins defense, which is just over half of the total action. He's generated 5.5 sacks on those 230 snaps.

So, that means the third-year player drops a QB once every 41.8 snaps. That number is actually better than the one posted by these top sack-getters around the league (Donald currently leads the NFL in sacks, while the rest are tied for second):

Aaron Donald: 424 snaps/10 snaps/sack every 42.4 snaps
Von Miller: 408 snaps/8 sacks/sack every 51 snaps
Jason Pierre-Paul: 429 snaps/8 sacks/sack every 53.62 snaps
Danielle Hunter: 442 snaps/8 sacks/sack every 55.25 snaps
Dee Ford: 467 snaps/8 sacks/sack every 58.38 snaps
JJ Watt: 484 snaps/8 sacks/sack every 60.5 snaps
Myles Garrett: 566 snaps/8 sacks/sack every 70.75 snaps

Ioannidis isn't too heavily involved in Washington's nickel defense, which is why his snap count is lower than the players listed above.

But when it comes to sacks-per-snap, none of those elite guys can match him. On a per-play basis, he's been more productive than Aaron Donald, Von Miller and JJ Watt — stars who are regarded as some of the most feared defenders of this decade.


In the 2016 NFL Draft, 14 defensive ends and 20 defensive tackles went before the 'Skins selected Ioannidis.

The 152nd overall choice was the 35th defensive lineman off the board that April.

While Scot McCloughan may not have been the flawless football mind many fans were hoping he'd be, finding the Temple product in the back-half of that draft should be regarded as one of his smarter moves.


In 44 games in college, Ioannidis compiled 10 sacks.

In 31 games in the NFL, he has the same number.

This just in: It's more difficult to get to the passer in pro football than it is against East Carolina and Houston.

"He is at his best as a block-­eating two-­gap player who can anchor against the run and who can generate decent push in the pocket when called on as a pass rusher," wrote in its profile of him as he was coming out of school.

One reason why he's creating more than that "decent" push with the Redskins and is more of a factor in opposing backfields now than he was at Temple? Jim Tomsula. The guru whom Jonathan Allen called the best coach he's ever had has no doubt shaped Ioannidis into the stud he's becoming.

But don't sleep on Ioannidis' raw skill set, either. After all, we are talking about a guy who forced Aaron Rodgers to the turf using one of Rodgers' own teammates earlier this year.


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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 



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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.