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Best of the Best: The case for Art Monk


Best of the Best: The case for Art Monk

If you look up “diva wide receiver” in the football dictionary, you won’t find any reference to the Redskins’ all-time leading receiver until the very end. There it says, “antonyms: see Monk, Art." 

He let his play on the field do the talking. That meant no flamboyant dances after scoring a touchdown, no trash talk to the cornerbacks attempting to cover him, no demonstrative complaining when he thought the ball should have been thrown in his direction. It also meant that he didn’t talk to reporters much. Many believe that is why the writers who select the players to get enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame by passed Monk the first seven times he was eligible for induction before finally doing the right thing in 2008.

The continued snubs were ridiculous. When Monk retired he was the all-time leader in receptions with 940. That distinction has always been an automatic ticket to Canton. His more impressive statistical accomplishment came in 1984 when he became the first NFL player (discounting the pass-happy AFL here) to catch over 100 passes in a season.

He set the record for pass receptions in a season in the most dramatic way possible. In the final game of the season the Redskins were hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. A win would give them the division title. The Redskins seemed to be cruising after Monk set the record with a 36-yard catch in the third quarter that set up a Mark Moseley field goal. But the Cardinals roared back and took a 27-26 lead late in the fourth quarter. Let’s let my book pick it up from here:

The Washington offense responded, but the drive was in trouble after end Elois Grooms sacked Joe Theismann to create a third and 19 at the St. Louis 47. With 2:40 remaining, everyone in the stadium knew the ball was going to Monk.

Therefore, Joe Gibbs had to try to find a way to hide Monk, inasmuch as that was possible. He sent in a play and formation that he had just installed that week called Two Divide. It called for Monk to line up at tight end on the right side. He fought his way off the line, found a hole on the right sideline and, Monk said, “The ball was perfect.” It worked for a 20 yards and the first down at the 27. On the day, Monk caught 11 passes for 138 yards.

Three plays later, Moseley came in. “I felt comfortable and positive,” Moseley said after the game. His feelings were justified as his 37-yard kick was perfect with room to spare and Washington was ahead 29-27 with 1:42 left to play.

-- From The Redskins Chronicle by Rich Tandler

The Redskins had to survive a late field goal attempt and they were finally able to celebrate their division title after Neil O’Donoghue was short on a 50-yard field goal attempt as time ran out.

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Saints sign intriguing receiver off Redskins' practice squad

Saints sign intriguing receiver off Redskins' practice squad

The Redskins were overloaded with interesting wide receiver prospects back in training camp. Not all could make the 53-man roster initially. Simmie Cobbs landed on the practice squad and remained there.

Buzz this week centered on whether Cobbs might finally land a promotion. He did, just not with Washington.

The New Orleans Saints signed Cobbs off the Redskins practice squad Friday, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Washington.

Receiver injuries spiked for the NFC South leading-Saints in recent weeks, the result of which led the Drew Brees-led squad to poach Cobbs. The Indiana product had 72 receptions for 841 yards during his final season with the Hoosiers. He surprisingly went undrafted but joined a Redskins squad with uncertainty at receiver.  

Josh Doctson’s status remains unclear after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He remains “questionable” for this Sunday’s road game at Jacksonville, head coach Jay Gruden announced Friday.

Washington is already down three receivers from the Week 1 roster. Paul Richardson, Cam Sims and Trey Quinn landed on injured reserve. Quinn went down twice after an in-season return. The Redskins added Brian Quick for a few weeks and signed Jehu Chesson to help fill in rather than promote Cobbs or Darvin Kidsy from the practice squad.

Doctson’s status put forth the potential of Cobbs finally joining the 53 this week. It’s possible injuries elsewhere, namely to tight end Jordan Reed (toe) and long snapper Nick Sundberg (back) hampered the Redskins’ chances of adding another receiver.

"Simmie has been great. He's been great,” Gruden said Wednesday. “Kidsy has been great also, so if need be if one of those guys needs to be called up, I won't hesitate for a second. Like I said though, it’s a matter of roster spots. We don’t have a whole lot available so, we'll figure it out.”

Though the 6-foot-3 target made his shares of impressive catches during the summer, Washington kept another pair of rookies instead. Quinn was the Redskins’ final selection in the 2018 draft. Sims, also an undrafted free agent, wowed throughout training camp and the preseason before his season ended with a Week 1 foot injury.  

It’s unclear how Cobbs fit into Washington’s plans seeing as it never promoted him, though 106.7 The Fan radio reported the Redskins attempted to keep the rookie at the final minute and he chose the playoff-bound Saints. The Redskins have questions going forward at receiver, concerns beyond this season. Whatever the solution, the interesting prospect won’t be part of them.

The New Orleans Advocate first reported the Saints signing Cobbs. 


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Mason Foster apologizes to Redskins fans in wake of private message controversy

Mason Foster apologizes to Redskins fans in wake of private message controversy

After private comments on Instagram made significant waves among Redskins fans, Mason Foster addressed the media to explain how much he regretted his actions. 

"People know I love the fans," Foster said Friday. 

In a wide-ranging interview where Foster explained his missteps on social media, the linebacker said he deeply apologized for the comments attributed to his account. 

Foster owned the first conversation that emerged this week on Twitter, where he wrote, "F*** this team and this fanbase" but said that subsequent conversations that leaked out were written by his cousin. Allowing his cousin control over his account was another major mistake, Foster said. 

For Foster, all he can do now is try to do right and prove to his teammates and fans that he's committed to the franchise and doing good in the community. 

On the season, Foster has 108 tackles and two interceptions. He's the Redskins defensive captain and tied for 7th across the NFL in tackles.