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Recent comments made by Kirk Cousins may hint at his future in D.C.

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Recent comments made by Kirk Cousins may hint at his future in D.C.

Kirk Cousins, who, as you may have heard, is slated to become a free agent next spring, is not talking like a guy who is looking to play for another team.

Although many believe he fully intends to leave town as soon as he can, a couple of comments made by Cousins indicate that he is looking at staying in the DMV for the long haul. Both were made unprompted, with the quarterback being asked if he planned on being with the Redskins beyond 2017.

The first one came when he addressed the media following the Redskins’ 17-14 win over the Seahawks. Cousins helped put together a late drive to win that game in the last two minutes.

“The resiliency and the grit of this team is a reflection of the whole organization and it’s the kind of thing you can build on and do something with, not just in one season or one part of the season but hopefully for years to come.”

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You don’t need to parse this much to see what he’s saying. The most interesting aspect of the statement is the reference to the “whole organization.” Part of the reason that Cousins didn’t really want to sign a long-term contract earlier this year was that he wanted to see how the organization came together after key departures like general manager Scot McCloughan and offensive coordinator Sean McVay. It appears that things have come together in a satisfactory way in Cousins’ eyes.

The other statement came yesterday when Cousins had his weekly meeting with the media at Redskins Park. He was asked about his progress working with second-year wide receiver Josh Doctson, who made a diving catch to set up the Redskins’ winning touchdown.

“I told him after we scored, ‘Let’s make sure this isn’t a one-and-done thing. Let’s make sure this is a repeatable thing and something that people expect to have happen not just next week, not just this season, but hopefully for seasons to come.’ That’s where the vision needs to be and then we have got to work in a way where that can become a reality.”

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Again, you don’t need to put Cousins’ words under a microscope to see what he is saying here. If a quarterback is going to be successful he needs a go-to target. Cousins believes he might have that in Washington.

Under the terms of the franchise tag, the Redskins and Cousins can’t negotiate a new contract until after the season ends. There still is half a season to go and things can change for better or for worse. Talking about long-term plans in November doesn’t necessarily lead to a new contract in February. But if you’re looking for signals right now, those two statements are good indicators that Cousins will want to get something worked out.

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

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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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