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Redskins Bye Week review: MVP, biggest surprise and biggest disappointment

Redskins Bye Week review: MVP, biggest surprise and biggest disappointment

The NFL makes the schedule, and that includes the bye weeks. A Week 4 bye is absurdly early, but the Redskins have no choice in the matter. 

Since the bye is here, however early, let's look at Washington's MVP, biggest surprise and biggest dissapointment from the "first half" of the season.

MVP - Adrian Peterson - This notion would have seemed absurd a month ago, and downright insane two months ago, but through three games Peterson has been the Redskins best player. He dominated the Packers in Week 3 with 120 yards and two touchdowns, and controlled the tempo of the game in the Week 1 in Arizona. Even at age 33, Peterson ranks in the Top 5 in the NFL in rush yards gained and has allowed Jay Gruden to establish a physical, run-first approach for the 2-1 Redskins. The plan wasn't for Peterson in that role, it was supposed to be Derrius Guice, but winning in the NFL is all about what a team does once the first plan goes awry. 

Runner up: Jonathan Allen - The second year man has been a wrecking crew through three games and the Redskins defense looks entirely different from the 2017 version.

Biggest surprise - Matt Ioannidis - The Redskins haven't gotten much pressure from the outside of their defensive line, but through three games it hasn't hurt them too much. Why? Because the interior is getting to quarterbacks, and Ioannidis is leading the charge. He has three sacks in three games, including a wildly impressive takedown of Aaron Rodgers in Week 3 where Ioannidis picked up an offensive lineman and carried him into the QB. Ioannidis was a fifth round pick in the 2016 draft and cut out of training camp. His emergence for Washington is a real testament to his hard work, strength, and the development of young players led by defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. 

Runner up - Chase Roullier - Another late round linemen, Roullier has not missed a snap this season playing both center and guard. His ability at left guard, coupled with solid play from backup Tony Bergstrom at center, means Washington does not have to push Shawn Lauvao back from injury. In fact, it might mean Lauvao has been Wally Pipp'd.

Biggest disappointment - Josh Doctson - It's entirely premature to label somebody a dissapointment after just three games. Entirely. But the editors demanded a bye week story and here we are. Doctson only has five catches in three games and was held catchless in the Week 3 win over the Packers. He has less receiving yards than Adrian Peterson, a running back not known for his pass game prowess. Doctson did get mugged twice for pass interference calls against Green Bay, including in the end zone which led to a TD. Still, measured against his first-round draft pick status, the Redskins need more from Doctson. 

Runner up - Ryan Kerrigan - Again, it's premature to label somebody a dissapointment, but Ryan Kerrigan has not gotten off to the type of start Redskins fans are accustomed with. He's had double digit sacks in each of the last two years, and three of the last four seasons. Through three games this year, he has zero sacks. He got close twice against Green Bay, and drew some holding flags. In the first three games of 2017, Kerrigan logged 2.5 sacks and an interception. 

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Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current New York Jets and former Washington Football Team wide receiver Josh Doctson has opted out of the 2020 NFL season amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced on Thursday.

Doctson was one of 67 players around the league including Washington's Caleb Brantley and Josh Harvey-Clemons, as many have decided to sit out the season in order to lower their risk of contracting the virus. 

Doctson was placed in the " unspecified'" grouping for the opt out, while "voluntary'" and "higher risk" were the other two options. Players had until Thursday at 4 p.m. to make the decision.

The pass catcher was Washington's first round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he never quite lived up to expectations. Injuries, drops and an inability to ever get comfortable in the offense led to Doctson only compelling 1,110 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons in Washington.

Just before the start of the 2019 regular season, Doctson was released by Washington and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in just one game and had no receptions. He signed with the Jets in February.

Now, the wide receiver will wait until 2021 to see if he can change the fortune of his NFL career. 

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Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

As Washington running back Adrian Peterson enters his 14th NFL season, he sits just 4,139 yards away from Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing yards mark of 18,355.

For Peterson, who has put together one of the best careers at the position ever and currently ranks fifth on the list, surpassing Smith has been something he's chased since he first stepped foot in the league in 2007.

‘Obviously that’s one of my goals that I set for myself when I entered into the NFL was to be able to pass the GOAT," Peterson said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football.

Now just over 4,000 yards away, the goal is in Peterson's sights. But the 35-year old veteran is not only trying to catch Smith, but outlast "Father Time" as well. Though the 2012 MVP has shown no signs of slowing down over the past two seasons in Washington, the yardage total he needs equals about four more grueling seasons of football that would push him near the age of 40.

As challenging as that may be, Peterson expects to get there. He's already explained that he wants to play four more seasons, and though his body will call the shots, he's feeling healthy and fresh entering the 2020 campaign. 

“My body is feeling good. I look forward to playing a couple more years, three to four more years, who knows," Peterson said. "Depends on how my body is feeling, because it talks to me.”

He also didn't realize that he was only 4,139 yards from the record. To him, that makes the task even more plausible.

“I didn’t know it was that close. 4,000, that sounds a lot better than 6,000 or 5,000," Peterson said. "We’ll see what happens, I’ll put my best foot forward to reach it I promise you that.”

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While passing Smith is surely something Peterson will take note of as he continues to suit up each Sunday, his desire to continue playing the sport doesn't come from personal achievements.

Throughout his illustrious career, he's consistently collected personal accolades that demonstrate just how successful he's been. But, one thing that has eluded Peterson is team achievements. In 13 seasons, he's still yet to reach a Super Bowl. As he continues to show age is just a number, it's the ring that he really wants. Smith's rushing record would just be the icing on the cake.

“That’s not really my ultimate goal, it’s one of my top goals," Peterson said. "Win a championship is the one that I’m chasing the most.”

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