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Breeland says Redskins will miss Jarrett, but it's next man up vs Rodgers


Breeland says Redskins will miss Jarrett, but it's next man up vs Rodgers

The Redskins took a blow last week in a big win over Dallas as rookie defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett injured his shoulder and landed on the injured reserve. This week, the Washington defense will take on arguably the NFL's best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers without Jarrett, a player that was emerging as an important player for the 'Skins defense, especially in the nickel package.

Bashaud Breeland, the team's No. 1 cornerback, talked Wednesday about what it means for the team to lose Jarrett.

"It's tough," Breeland said. "He’s going to be missed, but like every injury we’ve had this year, it's next man up."


That next man up looks like a combination of Quinton Dunbar, another rookie who came to Redskins camp as a receiver, and veteran Cary Williams, who was signed on Tuesday. Williams is a veteran with playoff experience - he started at corner during the Ravens 2012 Super Bowl run - and Jay Gruden hinted that Williams could see significant snaps on Sunday vs Green Bay.

"He's a very confident corner, played a lot of ball," Gruden said of Williams. "We have confidence that he can pick this system up and contribute."

To a man, the guys in the Redskins locker room refused to act like losing Jarrett was a blow they could not handle.

"Whoever is on the field, we're gonna rally together," Breeland said. 

As for the opponent, Rodgers presents a unique set of problems. The Packers QB can move out of the pocket without losing his vision downfield, creating problems for defenses as plays start to break down and receivers improvise to get open.

"When [Rodgers] gets out of the pocket they’re turning up field," Breeland said of the Packers. "We’ve got to do a better job of latching on to our guys when he’s outside the pocket."

Rodgers is also a master at drawing the defense offside, only he doesn't just take the penalty, the two-time MVP winner tries to go deep and take advantage of the free play.

"He’s got the best voice inflection of anybody we’ve faced. He’s perfect at it," Breeland said of Rodgers drawing defenders offside. "You gotta watch the ball. You can preach it all week in practice, but you just gotta watch the ball."

Because of his ability to move in and out of the pocket, Rodgers extends plays. But this season more than others, that hasn't always been a good thing. Rodgers has taken 14 sacks in the Packers last two games as Green Bay lost their grip on the NFC North.

"Once he gets out of the pocket he’s very athletic. He can stretch plays. He holds that ball, he really doesn’t get too rattled," Breeland said. "That makes him freaky."

While the Redskins respect Rodgers, the team also knows some opportunities might present themselves.

"Make him either throw it away or make an errant throw. When you get him rattled he tends to make a bad throw."

Rattling Rodgers is not easy, but if the Redskins can do it, a win Sunday might be in the cards. 

"I'm excited," Breeland said. Sunday will mark the second year corner's first playoff game. 

"Everything is on the table."

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Need to Know: The best pass rushers the Redskins will face in 2018

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Need to Know: The best pass rushers the Redskins will face in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 19, seven days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The five best pass rushers the Redskins will face in 2018

This week we’ll be looking at the best of what the Redskins will face during the 2018 season. Today the pass rushers are up. They are roughly ranked by Pro Football Focus’ pass rush productivity metric, although I did some juggling based on offseason moves and other factors. Prior to this we looked at the best teamsreceivers,running backs, and quarterbacks

1. Calais Campbell, Jaguars—If he gets a sack against the Redskins in Week 15, many fans will once again rue draft day in 2008 when the Redskins took both WR Devin Thomas and TE Fred Davis in the second round while Campbell was still on the board. He has been a consistent pass rusher since coming into the league, averaging eight sacks a season. Campbell is coming off of a career-high 14.5. 

2. Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys—He had nine career sacks going into last year and then he broke out in a big way with 14.5. He got three sacks against the Redskins last year and has five in six career games. He actually ranked ahead of Campbell in the PFF pass rush metric, but I put Campbell ahead of him because we’re not sure if Lawrence is a great pass rusher or if he just peaked in his contract year. 

3. Chandler Jones, Cardinals—He posted double-digit sacks in four of the last five years including a league-leading 17 last season. His 2017 performance earned him first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career. Jones does more than get sacks. He has 16 career forced fumbles; only five players have forced more since he came into the league in 2012.

4. J.J. Watt, Texans—Injuries have limited him to eight games over the past two seasons. Even if the missed time has him beneath his peak years of 2012-2015, when he was first-team All-Pro every year and defensive player of the year three times, he will be difficult to deal with. 

5. Brian Orakpo, Titans—His career with the Redskins was a mixed bag, with two Pro Bowls and two seasons with double-digit sacks. After Orakpo missed 23 games from 2012-2015, the Redskins didn’t make him a competitive contract offer and he left to sign with the Titans. He hasn’t missed a game in three seasons in Tennessee and has averaged eight sacks per season. 

Best of the rest: Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars; Clay Matthews, Packers; Vic Beasley, Falcons; Jason Pierre-Paul, Buccaneers; Cam Jordan, Saints

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Redskins six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams was born on this date in 1988.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 7
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 21
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 44

The Redskins last played a game 200 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 52 days. 

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Redskins ranked as the fourth most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes


Redskins ranked as the fourth most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes

Annually, Forbes releases the worth of all professional sports franchises in the world. Once again, the Washington Redskins are sitting near the top. 

This year the Redskins are ranked the fourth most valuable NFL franchise at $3.1 billion. 

That marks a five percent worth increase from a year ago. They leapfrogged the San Francisco 49ers for a spot in the top four after placing fifth in 2017. They still trail the Dallas Cowboys ($4.8 billion), the New England Patriots ($3.7 billion), and the New York Giants ($3.3 billion).

Compared to other leagues and franchises, the Redskins jumped into the top-10. They are tied for the tenth overall value with the Golden State Warriors who are coming off of their third NBA title in four years.

From year-to-year there is never much movement from the top of the ranking. Once again, the Cowboys are the top team in the world by over $600 million. They were followed by three European soccer teams. In total four NFL teams made up the top-10, the most of any sport. 

2018 Top-10 World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams according to Forbes:

1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.8 billion (NFL)

2. Manchester United, $4.123 billion ( Soccer)

3. Real Madrid, $4.09 billion (Soccer)

4. Barcelona, $4.064 billion (Soccer)

5. New York Yankees, $4 billion (MLB)

6. New England Patriots, $3.7 billion (NFL)

7. New York Knicks, $3.6 billion (NBA)

8. Los Angeles Lakers, $3.3 billion (NBA)

8. New York Giants, $3.3 billion (NFL)

T-10. Golden State Warriors, $3.1 billion (NBA)

T-10. Washington Redskins, $3.1 billion (NFL)

Next five NFL franchises:

13. San Francisco 49ers, $3.05 billion

T-14. Los Angeles Rams, $3 billion 

17. Chicago Bears, $2.85 billion 

T-19. Houston Texans, $2.8 billion

21. New York Jets, $2.75 billion