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There's a reason Terrelle Pryor apologized to Redskins fans and teammates

There's a reason Terrelle Pryor apologized to Redskins fans and teammates

Terrelle Pryor Sr. got benched last Monday against the Eagles, and on Friday night, he issued an apology to his Redskins teammates and fans for his inconsistent play.

Posting via his Instagram Story, Pryor wrote:

I owe to the fans and teammates a sorry for being inconsistent with a lot of stress I brought onto myself for the loss of focus... not personal life but at work reasons. Ready to be the beast I know I am. Looking forward to Sunday. 

In another post, Pryor explained a bit more:

I'm use to the rock in my hand early and often. I have great teammates and understand it's not realistic with the great talent we have. That's something that's tough and a ongoing battle in my own mind. And I'm ready to control that focus and get back to pinning my ears back and playing ferocious how I know how! I'm ready. 

Through six games, Pryor has18 catches for 223 yards with one touchdown. Coming into the season, many fans and media thought Pryor was poised for a true breakout season. He caught 77 balls for 1,007 yards playing with bad quarterbacks on a terrible Browns team. 

The consensus was Pryor playing with Kirk Cousins and a sound Redskins offense would mean even more productivity. The problem, however, is that Pryor is still learning to play wideout after a career spent at quarterback. It's just his second full-year at WR, and in Cleveland last season, Pryor was targeted 140 times. In the construct of the Washington offense, there were never going to be 140 targets for any one player. 

With fewer targets, Pryor needed to be precise, and that hasn't happened either. Drops have been an issue, and working with an exacting QB like Cousins, route running and timing become imperative. Those things have compounded from a slow start to an eventual seat on the bench in the first half against the Eagles. 

Pryor deserves credit for a mature attitude after his benching. In the locker room following the game, he voiced his support for coach Jay Gruden's decision and talked up his replacement Josh Doctson (see full video above). Even with his Instagram apology, Pryor is taking ownership of the situation and not trying to deflect blame. 

It would be premature to think Pryor's opportunities with the Redskins are already over. Though he's playing on a one-year deal and will again be a free agent after this season, Gruden believes the Redskins can still get more from Pryor. 

"It’s not like we’re losing faith in anybody," the coach said. "We have faith in all our receivers to win one-on-one matchups and run the right coverage, run the right routes and all that stuff and make plays when the ball is distributed to them. It’s just a matter of trying to get everybody happy here. It’s hard. They’re all worthy of playing, but they all have to wait their turn and be patient and when their number is called, produce."

The NFL is a bottom line business. Produce and you're loved. It hasn't happened yet for Pryor, but with 10 games left, maybe it will. 

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

Redskins Training camp opens next week, and we have a break here, giving us time to put the depth chart under the microscope.

Between now and the start of camp, we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Inside linebackers

Additions: Shaun Dion Hamilton (drafted in the fifth round)

Departures: Will Compton (free agent)

Starters: Zach Brown, Mason Foster

Other roster locks: Josh Harvey-Clemons

On the bubble: Hamilton, Zach Vigil, Martrell Spaight

How the inside linebackers compare

To the rest of the NFL: This is a difficult comparison to make since only about half of the teams use the 3-4 with two inside linebackers and there are many variations when they go out of their base defense. Brown certainly is in the upper tier of players at his position. Foster’s skill set may not be coveted by many teams around the league, but he is a perfect fit in the Redskins’ defense in many ways. The player who could differentiate this group from others around the league is Harvey-Clemons. If he turns into a top-notch nickel LB the inside linebackers will be a great asset. 

To the 2017 Redskins:  This is about health. In 2017, Foster missed 11 games, Brown was hampered by a variety of injuries before sitting out the last three games. Compton was the top backup to both players and he went to injured reserve after just three starts. They did re-sign Vigil, who had spent training camp with the team, and he played pretty well near the end of the season. If the front-line players can stay on the field for most of the season this should be a much better group than the one that was partially responsible for the league’s 32nd-ranked rushing defense. 

2018 Inside linebacker outlook

Biggest upside: The 2017 season was supposed to be a redshirt year for Harvey-Clemons as he transitions from college safety to NFL linebacker. He played a lot in the base defense during the offseason practices and that indicates that they are considering him for a bigger role beyond just playing nickel. You have to wonder how his size (6-4, 230) will affect his ability to get off of blocks. 

Most to prove: Spaight was a fifth-round pick in 2015 and he has yet to establish a regular role in the defense. It was telling that when they needed someone to start in the latter part of last year they brought back and started Vigil and mostly kept Spaight is going into the last year of his contract, but it would not be surprising to see Vigil beat him out for the last roster spot.  

Rookie watch: The Redskins traded up in the sixth round to get Hamilton. It wasn’t a blockbuster deal but the fact that they thought enough of him to move up says something. Gruden has said that he thinks Hamilton could be a starter at some point. He was one of the leaders on a strong Alabama defense before injuries struck. Hamilton is not going to start this year barring multiple injuries, but he should develop a role as the season goes on and be ready to compete in 2019.

Bottom line: The Redskins have not invested much in terms of free agent dollars or draft capital in the inside linebacker position in recent seasons. That changed somewhat this offseason as they made sure to spend to retain Brown and Foster. Neither commanded a huge contract but they did make a commitment and that is important. Last year Brown gave the defense a sideline-to-sideline dimension it hasn’t had in quite some time and retaining him was critical. Inside linebacker may not be a major strength for the defense this year but it should be able to get the job done. 

2018 Redskins position outlook series