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NFC East Update: Even after ugly loss, are Redskins the best of a bad division?

NFC East Update: Even after ugly loss, are Redskins the best of a bad division?

NFC Beast? Might be NFC Least. 

The Redskins suffered their worst loss of the season in Week 5, and maybe one of the ugliest losses this season in the NFL. Still, Washington remained in first place of the NFC East. 

After five weeks, no team in the division has a winning record, and all four franchises lost last week. 

It's been ugly, but it's also early. How do the NFC East teams stack up?

Washington Redskins (2-2)

The Redskins have two really strong wins, but nobody remembers that right now. Washington went to New Orleans and got shellacked, losing 43-19 while watching Drew Brees break the NFL's all-time passing yardage record in the process. Despite the ugly aesthetic in the Redskins loss, expecting a win in the Superdome, on Monday night, with a Brees tribute before halftime, never sounded too realistic. The Redskins probably aren't as bad as they looked in New Orleans, but they're also wildly inconsistent. 

Up next: Oct. 14th vs Carolina

Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)

What's going on with the defending Super Bowl champs? It's hard to say right now but the offense doesn't look explosive like last season. Carson Wentz has been back for a few weeks, but the Eagles haven't won in his two starts, including last week at home to the Vikings. Philly is averaging only 20.6 points-per-game, which ranks in the bottom third of the league. The Eagles run struggles are significant, and RB Jay Ajayi just landed on the injured reserve. There is some speculation that the Eagles could make a trade for help running the football. GM Howie Roseman is one of the most aggressive personnel men in the league, and the clock is ticking. The NFL Trade Deadline comes in Week 8.

Up next: Oct. 11 vs New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

If the Eagles offense has question marks, the Cowboys offense is downright bad. Dallas is averaging less than 17 points-per-game, near the bottom of the league, and mustered only 16 points in an overtime loss to the Texans on Sunday night. Ezekiel Elliott has been able to run the ball, but the Cowboys passing game is awful. At home in AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys can win. On the road, however, Jason Garrett's team is 0-3. 

Up next: Oct. 14th vs Jacksonville

New York Giants (1-4)

It took an NFL record 63-yard field goal to beat the Giants last Sunday in Charlotte. New York staged an impressive comeback effort against the Panthers, but it fell short, and now the Gotham tabloids are picking up steam surrounding the odd Eli Manning/Odell Beckham/Lil Wayne dynamic. Lil Wayne? Yes, Lil Wayne has gotten involved in the relationship between the Giants star WR and their QB. If the Giants lose Thursday night to the Eagles, it's hard to see this team digging out from an 1-5 start. In fact, it's already hard to see this team digging out from a 1-4 start. 

Up next: Oct. 11 @ Philadelphia

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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.

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