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'DeSean Jackson: Home Team' Episode 3 recap: A night of tension


'DeSean Jackson: Home Team' Episode 3 recap: A night of tension


For a recap of Episode 1, click here, and for a recap of Episode 2, click here.

The third episode of "DeSean Jackson: Home Team" was a tense one. No, it wasn't as tense as the fourth quarter of a tied playoff game, but it did come pretty close to that level of tension.

A common theme in the third episode was the development of rivalries. We saw a rivalry start between DeSean's pregnant girlfriend Kayla and DeSean's mom Gayle. We learned more about DeSean's rivalry with the media. And we even got a glimpse of DeSean's rivalry with leasing expensive foreign cars.

All in all, it felt like every scene throughout the 30-minute show presented some sort of issue that divided two sides against one another. Therefore, instead of rolling with the Q&A format we've used in the first two episode recaps, we're going to delve a little deeper into each of the rivalries we learned about on Tuesday.

So if you missed the newest edition of "Home Team" entirely, opted to watch the MLB All-Star game over "Home Team" (poor decision making on your part, as nothing should take priority over "Home Team"), or just are hungry to talk more about the show, you've come to the right place. Let's get started.


Rivalry No. 1: Kayla vs. Gayle

This is the Cowboys vs. Redskins of DeSean Jackson reality show rivalries. 

On one side, you have Jackson's Instagram model of a girlfriend, who's been with the Redskins receiver for approximately six months and is pregnant with his child. On the other side, you have Jackson's mom, a woman who is very traditional in her beliefs and very wary of what Kayla's intentions are. And at the end of the show, the two collided, with less than positive results.

In a meeting that wasn't open to the program's cameras, Kayla and Gayle met. When the cameras are turned back on, the audience sits in a car with DeSean and Kayla as they react to what just went down behind closed doors. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like things went too smoothly, with Kayla saying, "I just felt like I was being cornered and I was getting all the blame."

This could be a season defining showdown, as the two rivals are both women Jackson obviously cares a lot about. Next Tuesday should (hopefully) bring more details about Kayla and Gayle's relationship to light.

Rivalry No. 2: DeSean vs. Renting his expensive foreign automobiles

Earlier in the summer, DeSean made a cameo appearance in HBO's new series "Ballers." In his lone scene, Jackson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have a conversation, in which Johnson tells Jackson that, no matter what, NFL athletes should lease their vehicles.

It became clear on Tuesday that real-world Jackson does not care much for fictional TV show-world Johnson's advice.

During a trip to everyone's favorite auto warehouse "Exotic Euro Cars," Jackson's sister A'Dreea tries to prevent her brother from spending too much money on an expensive car, saying he doesn't need one.

Jackson won't let her get in the way of his desires, however, and responds with, "It ain't about needing it if I want it." A few seconds later, he jokingly asks, "What? You want me to buy a hybrid or Prius?"


Seeing that she won't convince her brother to not pick up a new car, she then suggest that he at least leases it.

"Nah, we don't rent," Jackson says. 

Fictional TV show-world Johnson would be so disappointed.

Rivalry No. 3: DeSean vs. The media

After Jackson's messy exit from Philadelphia, one would expect that he doesn't really enjoy interacting with the media too much. Those suspicions were proven to be correct Tuesday.

"My relationship with the media is tense," Jackson says at one point in the episode. "Everything I say is scrutinized."

Jackson didn't say these comments in a particularly venomous tone, but it's safe to say he probably won't be sending many reporters Christmas cards when the time comes.

Rivalry No. 4: Gayle vs. Respectfully reacting to the news of her son's girlfriend being pregnant

In arguably the funniest scene of the night (and the episode's first), the audience got to see the continuation of DeSean's conversation with his mom that began at the end of last week's show, where Jackson told Gayle that Kayla was pregnant. Gayle had trouble respectfully reacting to the news to say the least, though it's understandable considering the shocking nature of Jackson's reveal.

"Okay DeSean, there goes your money out the door," she first says, worried that Kayla is only in the relationship for her son's money.

"A lot of women make that their mission. 'I have to go find a man to take care of me and my baby,'" she says later, elaborating on her original thought.

And finally, after digesting the idea that she's going to be a grandmother in the near future a bit longer: "Oh Lord Jesus, help me God."

Maybe next week, after having even more time to think things over, Gayle will be a bit happier about Kayla's pregnancy. On Tuesday, however, it was like someone had told her that DeSean was being moved to left tackle.

What will happen with these rivalries next week? And will DeSean have a sweet new ride to drive around in? Join us in the same place next week as we review the second episode of "Home Team." Until then, we'll be eagerly awaiting next Tuesday.

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Trades, misses and mistakes explain Redskins dead cap situation


Trades, misses and mistakes explain Redskins dead cap situation

Cut bait. Sunk cost. Under water. 

Whatever the term might be, all industries deploy a certain phrase for wasted money. In the NFL, that term is dead cap, or the salary cap space a team must allocate for a particular player that has been cut or traded. 

In the specific case of the Redskins, the team carries more than $5.2 millon in dead cap space. Where did it come from? Who's to blame? Let's take a look.

Terrell McClain ($3.75M) - The Redskins signed McClain away from the Cowboys early in the 2017 free agency period. The move wasn't quite a disaster, but it wasn't very good. Washington gave McClain a four-year deal worth $21 million, and paid out nearly $7.5 million for the 2017 season. McClain never played well for the Redskins, started just two games and this offseason he agreed to give up a significant chunk of guaranteed money. Without that move from McClain, this cap hit would have been much worse. 

Su'a Cravens ($711k) - The money isn't as big of a loss as the talent. The Redskins selected Cravens in the second round of the 2016 Draft and he showed promise as a rookie while also dealing with injuries. In 2017, however, things fell apart as Cravens dealt with a training camp injury, discussed retiring from football and eventually found himself on the reserved/left squad list for the season. Prior to the 2018 Draft, the Redskins worked a deal to send Cravens to Denver for an additional fifth round pick as well as swapping picks. 

Kendall Fuller ($360k) - A promising young cornerback, the Redskins traded Fuller to Kansas City this offseason as part of a package to acquire QB Alex Smith. Losing Fullers stings — even head coach Jay Gruden admitted that — but Washington had to find a quarterback after the long-discussed Kirk Cousins saga veered toward, and eventually ended in, separation. 

Matt Jones ($150k) - One of the worst Redskins draft picks in the last five years, Washington reached for Jones in the third-round in 2015. As a rookie, Jones looked like a solid contributor, but in the 2016 season he developed a bad fumbling habit and found his way to the bench. From there, things got worse, as Jones ended the season on the inactive list after a squabble about playing special teams. In 2017, Jones was cut. He signed with the Colts, where he played in just five games and was cut earlier this year. This offseason, Jones signed with the Eagles.

Arie Kouandjio ($130K) - This is a weird one. Kouandjio was selected by the Redskins in 2015, and cut by the team in 2017. The dead money comes from that rookie deal. When Washington brought Kouandjio back late in the 2017 season off the Ravens' practice squad, the dead money from the rookie deal remained. Now, Kouandjio is injured and a candidate to start the 2018 season on the PUP list or maybe even the IR. 

Robert Davis ($103k) - Drafted as a sixth-rounder in 2017, Davis did not make the team leaving training camp. Even though he got signed to the practice squad, the dead money tolls from the rookie deal. 

Nate Sudfeld ($69k) - A late-round developmental prospect from the 2016 draft, Sudfeld made the team as a rookie but couldn't survive cuts in 2017. Quickly signed by the Eagles, Sudfeld ended up as the backup quarterback in Philadelphia's improbable Super Bowl run earlier this year. Dead money on the Redskins cap, but a Super Bowl ring in Philly. Strange. 

Tyler Catalina and Kevin Bowen account for about $12,000 in dead cap space as well. 



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Redskins schedule preview: Weeks 8 and 14 vs. Giants

Redskins schedule preview: Weeks 8 and 14 vs. Giants

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the two games against the Giants. 

Week 8 October 28, MetLife Stadium

Week 14 December 9, FedEx Field

2017 Giants: 3-13, fourth in NFC East 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 6.5

Early line: Week 8 Redskins +3.5, Week 14 Redskins -1.5

Key additions: RB Saquon Barkley, LT Nate Solder, RB Jonathan Stewart, LB Alec Ogletree

Key losses: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, G Justin Pugh, C Weston Richburg

Notable: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returns after missing 12 games with a fractured ankle last year.

Biggest questions: 

  • Will Eli Manning reward the organization for bypassing the quarterback position with the No. 2 pick in the draft? Or will he continue his downhill slide?
  • Will Barkley have sufficient impact to justify his status as the No. 2 overall pick?
  • The last three years, the Giants defense has gone from being ranked 31stto 10thand back to 31st. Where is their true level?

Series history

Giants lead all-time series 92-65-3; after the Giants won five in a row from 2013-2015 the Redskins have taken three of the last five. 

Series notables

The first time: September 16, 1937, Griffith Stadium—This was the beginning of two eras: The Redskins first game in Washington and the start of Sammy Baugh’s NFL career. The game, however, belonged to Riley Smith as the Washington back scored all of his team’s points with a pair of field goals, his dazzling, 60-yard interception return in the fourth quarter and the extra point following that game-clinching touchdown in the home team’s 13-3 win. 

The last time: December 31, 2017, Met Life Stadium—It was 16 degrees at kickoff, the Redskins had only four offensive players from their Week 1 starters in the lineup and all the Redskins had to play for was a non-losing season. These were just some of the reasons for Washington to be disinterested and it seems like they dragged down the Redskins. The apathy increased when a guy named Orleans Darkwa bolted 75 yards for a touchdown just 1:17 into the game. The Redskins never competed in the 18-10 loss.

The best time: November 27, 1966, D.C. Stadium—The Redskins scored on offense, on defense, on special teams, on the ground, and through the air in racking up the highest single-game scoring total ever in a regular season NFL game with 72 points. In a losing effort, the Giants scored 41, making the combined total of 113 points, another league record. 

Backup running back A. D. Whitfield had a career day, scoring three touchdowns, one on a five-yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen, the other two on runs of one and 63 yards. All of those points came in the first half as the Redskins went into intermission with a 34-14 lead.

Charley Taylor jumped into the scoring extravaganza with a pair of third-quarter TD receptions from Jurgensen, one of 34 yards, the other covering 72. Brig Owens was the point scorer on the defensive side things, getting touchdowns on returns of a fumble and an interception.

In all, they scored a touchdown almost every way you can: four running, three passing and one each on a punt, fumble, and interception return. They also got nine extra points and a field goal. 

More than 12,000 NFL games have been played since this one and, despite rule changes designed to favor the offense and increase scoring, both the Redskins’ 72 points and the combined 113 still stand as NFL records. Only once has a team put up as many as 70 points and the combined score has the next-highest total beaten by a touchdown.

The worst time: January 1, 2017, FedEx Field—The Redskins have had many costly losses to the Giants over the years but the sting from this one is still fresh. The home team would get a wild-card playoff spot with a win while New York, with its playoff seeding clinched, had nothing to play for. But it was the Redskins who had nothing. They were able to fight back from a 10-0 halftime deficit to tie it up in the fourth quarter. But after a Giants field goal, Kirk Cousins threw an unforgivable interception that sealed New York’s 19-10 win and the Redskins went home. 

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- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.