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This stat shows how good Terry McLaurin, and how bad the Redskins offense, has been

This stat shows how good Terry McLaurin, and how bad the Redskins offense, has been

In what's been an abysmal year for the Redskins offense, Terry McLaurin has been one of the few bright spots. 

Through nine games of his rookie campaign, the third-round pick has 32 receptions for 497 yards and five touchdowns. At times, it's looked like he's been the only option on offense.

As it turns out, that has actually pretty much been the case.

That's a pretty crazy statistic. "Scary Terry" trails only a legitimate MVP candidate in the number of points being produced by one player on offense. While incredibly impressive, the number has its positives and negatives.

On the bright side, the Redskins have found a stud receiver. The Ohio State product is tied for the rookie lead in receptions and touchdowns, and trails only D.K. Metcalf in yards. That type of production from a rookie pass-catcher, who hasn't had a consistent option at quarterback, means the sky is the limit for McLaurin.

Well, that's all great, but the stat also shows just how poor the Redskins offense has been in 2019, especially as of late. McLaurin accounts for 45.5 percent of the Redskins' scores, but he hasn't found the endzone since Week 6 and has a modest five scores. McCaffery is ahead of him in percentage, but he has 13 touchdowns on the year. If 45 percent of the offensive scoring through nine games is just five touchdowns, things aren't exactly going right.

So while it's great that the rookie is showing his worth, the number also demonstrates Washington's inability to put points on the scoreboard. That's become evident in recent contests, as the Redskins haven't scored a touchdown in three games.

McLaurin being a major part of the offense is great for Washington, a team that has desperately craved a dependable option at receiver. But for that stat to look a little better, the Redskins will need to be more consistent on offense. 

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    Dwayne Haskins has room to grow in a few areas, but this one might be the most crucial

    Dwayne Haskins has room to grow in a few areas, but this one might be the most crucial

    Dwayne Haskins is completing just 55-percent of his attempts as a pro quarterback so far, has thrown three touchdowns against seven interceptions and is averaging only 166 yards per start.

    All of those numbers hint at how Haskins must grow as a passer in the NFL. However, those aspects are secondary to the area he needs to improve the most as he continues to see action for the Redskins.

    The facet of his game that requires the most work is avoiding sacks. Yes, his accuracy and decision-making and choices in the red zone are all important, but none of those things will get better or reveal themselves if No. 7 is lying on his back and looking at the sky as much as he's doing so far.

    The rookie has been dropped 22 times in his five appearances as starter, and 26 times overall. According to The Athletic, if you take the rate which Haskins is being sacked at as the team's primary signal caller and extrapolate it over a full schedule, it'd add up to the third-worst total in league history.  

    So, yeah, that's extremely troublesome. 

    On Wednesday, Haskins explained how his desire to be aggressive is partly causing this issue to be such an issue.

    "Sometimes when I'm back there, I'm trying to find things deep or down the field instead of just finding the checkdown in the flat," he said.

    As for how to remedy that, the 22-year-old told the media it's about being more aware of his immediate options.

    "Just knowing where all my quick elements are when things happen fast and when things get on me," Haskins said.

    Of course, each sack is its own entity, and not all of them fall on the guy with the ball. There have been instances this year where Haskins will go down and a replay will show an offensive lineman immediately getting beaten, the kind of sequence that will make any QB vulnerable. Not all of the negative plays are happening because of where Haskins is in his development.

    However, to compare, Case Keenum was sacked just 12 times in his eight starts behind the same O-line. That's a significantly lower number.

    Just like every other part of Haskins' skill set, this is something that should get sharper with experience. Every Sunday, assuming he gets a lot more, will lead to him becoming more adept at reading defenses, more proficient at adjusting protection calls and more prepared to find his outlet options.  

    Keenum has seen all that there is to see in the NFL, while Haskins is just beginning that arduous process.

    And, while Bill Callahan admitted he hates seeing the offense plagued by the sacks, the interim coach also detailed something beyond experience that could help Haskins limit them in the future.

    "He's not a repetitive guy, a repetitive-mistake player, where you see continually the small mistakes over and over again," Callahan said. "He makes a mistake, he recognizes it, he moves on and you don't see a repetitive error come back into his game. There's been a lot of growth in that respect."

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    Clinton Portis among group of NFL players charged by Justice Department with defrauding NFL health care program

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    Clinton Portis among group of NFL players charged by Justice Department with defrauding NFL health care program

    The Justice Department charged Clinton Portis and nine other former NFL players with defrauding a health care program for retired players.

    The news broke Thursday morning when the Eastern District of Kentucky alleged that the retired players submitted fraudulent claims for medical equipment costing between $40,000-50,000 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. 

    Former Redskins cornerback and first-round pick Carlos Rogers is also charged along with Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett, Correll Buckhalter and Etric Pruitt. Joe Horn and Reche Caldwell are also expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

    Portis' attorney Mark Dycio said of the charges (via The Washington Post): "Clinton Portis had no knowledge that his participation in what he believed to be an NFL sanctioned medical reimbursement program was illegal. He is completely taken aback by this indictment and will move forward with the process of clearing his good name and those of his fellow NFL alumni."

    According to the indictment, the claims filed between June 2017 and December 2018 totaled $3.9 million and the health care plan paid out more than $3.4 million.

    Portis played seven years for the Redskins from 2004 to 2010, rushing for nearly 7,000 yards and 46 touchdowns. He remains a fan favorite and currently works for the Redskins Broadcast Network. 

    A Redskins spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. 

    Stay tuned as this is a developing story. 

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