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Need to Know: By the numbers—Redskins dial up DJax from long distance

Need to Know: By the numbers—Redskins dial up DJax from long distance

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 12, seven days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Jay Gruden press conference, 3 p.m.

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 7; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 12; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 20

Injuries of note:
LB Compton (knee), LB Cravens (bicep), RB Brown (concussion)
Postgame injury report

Redskins vs Eagles by the numbers

—The Redskins have now beaten the Eagles five straight times, their longest winning streak against them since a six-game streak that stretched from 1981-1984. They also got to two straight road wins over Philly for the first time since 2007-2008

—Cousins passed for 234 yards, moving his total for the season to 4,045 yards. He passed Brad Johnson for the third-most passing yards in a single season in team history.

—Cousins is now the first Redskins quarterback with multiple 4,000-yard seasons.

—DeSean Jackson caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Cousins in the third quarter. It was Jackson’s 22nd touchdown play of 60 yards or more. He is now in second place all time in that category, one behind Jerry Rice.

—DeSean Jackson has the most 50+-yard catches for the Eagles in the last 40 years with 22. He also has the most 50+ yard receptions in the last 40 years against the Eagles with four.

—Rob Kelley had a 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Chris Thompson ran 25 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter. It was the first time that the Redskins have had multiple players with touchdown runs of 20 yards or longer in the same game since Week 7 of the 1991 season.

—Ryan Kerrigan got a sack and forced a fumble on the Eagles’ last offensive play. He now has 19 career forced fumbles, tied with Peanut Tillman for the second-most in the NFL since Kerrigan entered the league in 2011.

—The Redskins got a total of four sacks against the Eagles. They have at least one sack in 21 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFC and the fourth-longest in the NFL.

Tandler on Twitter

Sent while Jamison Crowder’s catch on the last drive was being reviewed:

 https://twitter.com/rich_tandlercsn/status/808051741220552704

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Two examples of why Dan Orlovsky believes Dwayne Haskins will excite Redskins fans

Two examples of why Dan Orlovsky believes Dwayne Haskins will excite Redskins fans

Scott Turner was asked about quarterback Dwayne Haskins' growth this offseason during a Zoom call with local media earlier this week, and the new Redskins offensive coordinator explained he was pleased with both Haskins' physical and mental progress.

Besides raving about the second-year quarterbacks imposing size and natural arm strength, Turner also dove into specific detail about one other thing that really stood out to him about Haskins: his ability to stand tall in the pocket and deliver a throw without much space.

Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky took to Twitter on Friday, tweeting out two video examples from Haskins' rookie season where the quarterback demonstrated the qualities Turner raved about.

The first example was a clip from the Redskins Week 11 contest against the Jets. The play went down in the scorebook as a 24-yard completion to Kelvin Harmon, but what the quarterback had to do in order to make this play successful was quite impressive.

For this play, Orlovsky explained how Haskins identified where the pressure was coming from pre-snap, causing him to shift the entire protection to the left. After the running back missed his block, Haskins didn't panic. The then-rookie QB stepped up in the pocket and fired a dart to Harmon on the in-route as the receiver broke open in the middle of the field.

"This is one of my favorite plays by him last year," Orlovsky explained. "It really is an example of the intellectual aspect of quarterback play with the feel aspect of quarterback play."

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The second clip was from Washington's clash in Green Bay last season. On this particular snap, Haskins showed his mastery of the Packers' defense.

Haskins' initial read was to the right side, where Harmon was running an inside post route. But once the quarterback saw his first read was covered, he continued to look right, forcing Packers' safety Darnell Savage to slide in that direction. The passer then immediately turned to his backside, which created an open throwing lane to find Terry McLaurin in the middle of the field.

"It really shows a complete understanding of what the defense is, what the coverage is, and then a complete understanding of who on the defense he needs to move with his eyes to open up a window," Orlovsky said.

It's fair to mention that the Redskins would not win either of these games and that the rookie passer had his struggles in each of these contests. It's no secret that Haskins had his growing pains as a rookie, and there were examples of such in each of these matchups, too.

But Haskins did finish the season playing the best football of his young career, giving some hope for the future. Count Orlovsky in on those who are optimistic about the quarterback as he enters his second season with the team and his first as the team's true starter.

"There are so many examples on his tape that show how smart he actually is," Orlovsky said. 

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Kirk Cousins ranked ninth on Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2020

Kirk Cousins ranked ninth on Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2020

Former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is among the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world in 2020, according to Forbes.

Cousins, who came in as the ninth highest-paid athlete overall, is the top-ranked NFL athlete on the list, coming in one spot above Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Forbes estimated the Vikings QB's earnings at $60.5 million, with $58 million coming from his salary and $2.5 million from his endorsements.

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In March, Cousins signed a two-year, $66 million extension with the Vikings, one that included a $30 million signing bonus. The signal-caller originally signed with the Vikings in 2018 on a three-year, fully-guaranteed $84 million deal that at the time made him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

The Vikings signal-caller has earned over $130 million in his career thus far, according to OverTheCap.

Cousins spent the first six seasons of his career with the Redskins, with three of those years as the team's starter. The quarterback set the franchise's single-season passing yards record in 2016 when he threw for 4,917 yards for Washington. His 29 touchdown passes in 2017 were the second-most by any Redskins quarterback in a single-season.

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