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The Redskins' secondary promised a lot yet has delivered little so far in 2019

The Redskins' secondary promised a lot yet has delivered little so far in 2019

The Redskins' secondary entered 2019 with a new position coach, a new high-priced safety, one of the most expensive cornerbacks in football, a third-year pro who was apparently poised to break out and a seventh-round draft darling who was a major offseason hero.

All of that was supposed to lead to a stingy unit that contributed on an improved defense.

All of that is looking like a mirage.

Through 10 games, the Redskins are 15th in passing yards allowed. That sounds decent, right?

Don't fall for it. Nothing about what they're doing is decent, and a huge share of the blame should go toward the secondary.

Quarterbacks are completing 71.4-percent of their passes on Washington. That's an atrocious number for the defense, and as of Sunday night, that meant they were the second-friendliest defense in the league.

The team has given up 19 passing touchdowns, meanwhile. That's good for seventh-most in the NFL. Speaking of seventh, they also are letting QBs post the seventh-best average passer rating against them.

After their disgusting Week 11 loss to the Jets, where the Burgundy and Gold let the very mediocre Sam Darnold throw for a career-high four scores, Quinton Dunbar sounded exasperated.

"It's just getting old," Dunbar said. "At some point, as a grown man in a professional football league, you've got to get it together."

The disaster began in Week 1, when DeSean Jackson exploded for eight catches, 154 yards and two touchdowns in Philly. Other established pass catchers, like Julian Edelman (eight catches, 110 yards and a TD) and Stefon Diggs (seven catches for 143 yards), have torched the Redskins as well.

Ray Horton's group hasn't just been getting lit up by the stars, though.

On Sunday, Ryan Griffin — a tight end who's had five showings with one or fewer grabs this year — hauled in five balls for 109 yards while also finding the end zone at FedEx Field. 

Looking further back, when the Bears came to Landover for Monday Night Football in Week 3, Taylor Gabriel notched three six-pointers in one half. Taylor Gabriel!

Then there was Devin Smith, a Cowboys wideout who got behind the team's defensive backs for a massive scoring strike and finished Week 2 with three receptions for 74 yards. In his 17 other NFL contests, Smith has 12 receptions to his name.

Aside from Dunbar, try to make a case that someone in the back end is having a passable season. Here's a hint: you can't.

Josh Norman has become so irrelevant, it's almost startling. Landon Collins hasn't been a difference maker at all. Fabian Moreau is looking more and more like a third-round whiff by the week. Jimmy Moreland's best moments came in OTAs and training camp. Montae Nicholson and Troy Apke have totally underwhelmed. 

Yes, not all of the struggles can be pinned on the safeties and corners. The pass rushers are failing to get home and the linebackers are losing their coverage battles as well.

Everyone lining up for Greg Manusky, plus Greg Manusky himself, has disappointed. Assignments are being blown everywhere and no one's really doing anything to stop it.

But the DBs are the ones primarily paid to communicate and cover, and when guys are constantly running so unbelievably free every single game, that means the DBs are failing.

Those failures have made 2019 a nightmare year for the Redskins' secondary. It's a nightmare that'll thankfully end after six more contests. Opposing pass catchers, of course, will hate when it's over. 

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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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