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Numbers game, defensive performance holding back Junior Galette and Redskins reunion

Numbers game, defensive performance holding back Junior Galette and Redskins reunion

Pressuring the quarterback in the NFL does not need to come from the edge, and so far in Washington, it hasn't. 

Through three games, the Redskins starting outside linebackers Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan have yet to record a sack.

Still, the 'Skins defense has recorded seven sacks so far this season, good for middle of the pack in the league. 

Matt Ioannidis leads the way with three sacks in three games, while Jonathan Allen added two sacks in Week 3 against the Green Bay. Rookie Daron Payne also had a sack against the Packers and second-year man Ryan Anderson got a sack in the opener. 

The question remains, however: When will the exterior pressure emerge?

Kerrigan and Smith showed signs against Green Bay. Kerrigan got two holding calls against him and Smith got near Rodgers on a number of plays. 

Anderson also plays off the edge, it should be noted, and nearly grabbed Rodgers in Week 3, too. Pernell McPhee has logged good snaps for Washington but has been more helpful in the run game than getting to QBs so far. 

It's tough to worry too much about pass rush, though, as the Redskins defense ranks as the No. 2 unit in the NFL, both in yards allowed and points allowed. That's a wildly impressive turnaround from last season, even if it is quite early. 

Many fans want to know if Junior Galette could help on the edge, and the former Redskins pass rusher would love to come back to the team. 

Few athletes publicly own their mistakes, but Galette has been completely honest about the error he made this offseason when he turned down a contract from Washington. 

Check out any of his social media accounts, Twitter or Instagram, and Galette has explained repeatedly that through the bad advice of an agent, he expected a robust free agent market. He turned down a real offer from the Redskins in search of a more lucrative offer elsewhere, and it never came. 

The end result is Galette still being available as a free agent

So, does he make sense for Washington? The answer isn't exactly simple. 

Galette can play, that's clear. 

Last season, Galette graded as one of the top pass rushers in the league according to Pro Football Focus. He's got undeniable speed off the edge. 

He's had workouts with other NFL teams but is yet to sign as the NFL calendar turns to Week 4. 

In Washington, team sources have been clear that the organization intends to go forward with Kerrigan, Smith, Anderson and McPhee as their outside linebackers. 

If an injury occurs, then Galette might get a call, but that doesn't seem like it's going to happen otherwise. 

What's interesting, however, is the Redskins kept five outside linebackers on their roster for most of last season and 10 linebackers overall. This year, the Redskins are rolling with four OLBs and nine LBs overall. 

One thing that hurts Galette's roster chances is that the Redskins brass is electing to keep six wide receivers on the 53, unlike five most of last year. To create a roster spot for Galette, somebody else must come off, and right now, that doesn't seem imminent.

It's also important to note that Kerrigan has a long track record of productivity. 

Despite the slow start, it would be silly to count him out, and most coaches still expect another double-digit sack campaign from 91. 

For his part, Smith has been a streaky sack master. When he gets to the QB, he does so in bunches. 

Could Galette help? Sure.

But for the Redskins, the defense is already performing at a high level. The team certainly believes their two best pass rushers will make more of an impact going forward. And there isn't a roster spot. 

Things change quickly in the NFL, though. Stay tuned. 

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

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Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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Jets DC Gregg Williams says Jamal Adams will "get bored" after trade to Seahawks

Jets DC Gregg Williams says Jamal Adams will "get bored" after trade to Seahawks

Once the Jets agreed to send Jamal Adams to the Seahawks in exchange for three draft picks, it ended a long saga between the disgruntled superstar and the franchise. Or so we thought. 

During a conference call with reporters Thursday, former Washington and current Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams expressed his concern with Adams' new team, saying he'll be "bored there." 

"Jamal may get bored there because they don't use safety-type things and all the different complexities of maybe not showing what they're doing as much as we do," Williams said. "We'll still do the same patterns of things, we'll still do a lot of the same exact things, but we'll highlight the people we have here."

The Seahawks have a reputation for their zone defense, which reached its peak with the "Legion of Boom" with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Adams figures to add to that legacy of success in the secondary and help put a contending Seattle team over the top in the NFC. 

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Still, Williams' overall point was that their defensive scheme doesn't tend to highlight the skills of its players as much as his does in New York. 

"You saw what we did [in 2019] was, [Adams] had maybe his most productive year here because we highlighted the skill sets that he's had," he said. "I've had a lot of really good guys at that position, a lot of really good safeties to build things around."

It's hard to argue with that. I mean, Adams became an All-Pro last year at the age of 24 and solidified himself as one of the best defensive players in the game.

But you also can't argue with the track record Seattle's system has had over the years. No matter what players have played on that defense, they're routinely solid and difficult to move the ball on. If the Seahawks don't bring Adams to a new level, there's a good chance he'll be able to do it for them. 

Great players typically elevate good systems. 

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