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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was — Is this why Ryan Kerrigan has no sacks?

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was — Is this why Ryan Kerrigan has no sacks?

Here is what you need to know on Monday, October 1, seven days before the Washington Redskins visit the New Orleans Saints.  

Talking points

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

Fantasy Football: Week 4 rankings — Yes, we have fantasy rankings and analysis. Ben Standing, doing some moonlighting from his regular job at The Sports Capitol, brings you some quality data to help you set your lineups. 

5 observations from the Redskins' Week 3 win — The key observation here is that Adrian Peterson got back on track. I had to laugh at people saying that all of a sudden, he looked all of his 33 years against the Colts when he picked up just 20 yards rushing in 11 carries. That was lazy analysis; he had nowhere to run. Peterson had holes against Green Bay and he hit them. All of a sudden, he’s back in his prime—until the next time the O-line has trouble creating running room for him. 

Allen, Payne and Ioannidis are changing the Redskins D — The Redskins have seven sacks this year and all but one of them comes from the defensive line. The pressure from the edge will come. 

The Redskins are just as confused as Clay Matthews — The NFL didn’t change the wording of the rushing the passer rule that has caused so much controversy. But after Matthews was flagged for what nearly everyone, including “victim” Alex Smith, thought was a 15-yard flag for making a normal tackle, there has been change nonetheless. The interpretation will change including saying that the referee has to be absolutely certain that all of the defender’s body weight fell on the quarterback. In short, enforcement shifts from throwing the flag if there is any doubt to letting it go if the official isn’t sure. 

Tweet of the week

I’m not sure if a flag got thrown in this picture from USA Today Sports Media. There could well have been one as Green Bay was called for offensive holding six times against the Redskins. One was declined so the tally was five accepted for 50 yards. 

Some fans who replied to this tweet were critical of Kerrigan, saying that he just needs to deal with it and get through to the quarterback anyway. Maybe, but holding like that is illegal for a reason; it’s almost impossible to get past a lineman doing that. 

But he still somehow got 13 sacks last year. That’s good production. It’s not elite production but Kerrigan isn’t an elite edge rusher and he isn’t paid like one. Eleven other edge rushers have a higher 2018 cap number than Kerrigan does and the $11.5 million average annual value of his current deal ranks 17th among edge rushers. At those numbers, you could argue that he’s a good value at his current number. 

I get the “what have you done lately” aspect here and obviously he has to get the quarterback down a few times over the next few weeks. We will see how it all plays out. 

The agenda

Today: Practice 11:00; Jay Gruden press conference after practice, approx. 1:00

Upcoming: Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 7 days; Panthers @ Redskins 13; Cowboys @ Redskins 20

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Roger Goodell releases statement condemning racism, admits NFL was wrong not listening to players

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Roger Goodell releases statement condemning racism, admits NFL was wrong not listening to players

Over the past couple of weeks, several athletes and many others have made their voices heard on the racial injustices in America following the death of George Floyd.  A number of NFL stars released a joint video statement late Thursday evening, requesting the league to speak up more on the matter.

The NFL had previously released a statement last Saturday expressing condolences to the families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, but it didn't speak on the racism that black Americans are constantly faced with.

On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a strong response to his players, condemning racism and admitting the league was wrong in not listening to its players earlier.

"We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people," Goodell said. "We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

Below is a transcript of Goodell's entire statement:

It has been a difficult time in our country, in particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families that have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be a part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of black players, coaches, fans, and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices, and others on how we can move forward together for a better and more united NFL family.

These issues were first brought to the NFL forefront in 2016, when ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the national anthem as a way to peacefully protest and raise awareness for racial injustice in America. Kaepernick has not played a snap since he parted ways with the 49ers following that season.

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said Friday that he, along with many of his peers, plan to kneel for the anthem when the season returns this fall.

Goodell's statement, which directly addressed police brutality and racial injustices in America, is a sign the NFL is moving in the right direction regarding these issues.

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WATCH: Ron Rivera returns to Redskins Park for first time since March

WATCH: Ron Rivera returns to Redskins Park for first time since March

For the first time in over 11 weeks, head coach Ron Rivera and several members of the coaching staff returned to Redskins Park on Friday.

The Redskins' video crew documented the staff's return to the Ashburn facilities, as the team had several safety precautions in place for the coaches when they arrived.

In the video, you can see Rivera and several staff members go through a temperature check, making sure each one of them was healthy enough to report. There video also showed there are plenty of hand sanitizer stations throughout the lobby of the facility, too.

Additionally, everyone shown in the video was wearing a mask, including a pretty sweet custom one for the head coach.

Rivera's mask featured the head coach's signature 'Riverboat Ron' logo, which is also his profile picture on Twitter.

Friday marked the first time in almost three months that Rivera was allowed to report to the Redskins facilities, as the league sent out a memo to all 32 clubs on March 19 that all facilities must close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The NFL announced on May 19 that teams were allowed to reopen facilities should state and local regulations allow it, but head coaches were not permitted. Earlier this week, the league finally allowed head coaches to return as early as Friday. 

The league has yet to announce a date when players are allowed to return to team facilities. As it stands now, only those players who are injured or undergoing medical treatment are allowed in the building.

As Rivera returned to work, he explained he only has one thing in mind as he plans for the few months ahead.

"The biggest thing is starting to get everything set for training camp," Rivera said. "We have everything ready just in case we get the opportunity for some work with the players before the end of OTAs and minicamp, but the biggest thing we can do now is start to get ready for training camp."

When Redskins training camp will begin has not formally been announced yet, but the team's annual fall camp is expected to begin at some point towards the end of July. Washington will not be traveling to their typical Richmond location, as the NFL announced earlier this week that all training camp activities will be held at each team's respective facilities.

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