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Need to Know: Redskins end-of-season player one-liners, offensive edition

Need to Know: Redskins end-of-season player one-liners, offensive edition

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 3, 114 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until: NFL free agency starts 65; NFL draft 114; First Sunday of 2017 season 250

End-of-season one-liners for each player, offense

QB Kirk Cousins—The chances he will be back on either the franchise tag or with a long-term deal are at least 80 percent, maybe higher.

QB Colt McCoy—He is under contract for 2017 and in the unlikely event that Cousins is not back he could be the starter, at least to start the season.

QB Nate Sudfeld—He was a “gamer” in preseason but he will have to learn to perform better in practice if he is ever going to see the field in the regular season.

RB Rob Kelley—Jay Gruden said he had a “great, great year” but I’m not so sure that applies to a back who averaged 4.2 yards per carry and had one 100-yard game.

RB Chris Thompson—The pending restricted free agent played all 16 games for the first time in his career.

RB Matt Jones—He averaged almost half a yard per carry more than Kelley, who replaced him as the starter in midseason, and had two 100-yard games to Kelley’s one; the ball security issues sunk his season.

RB Mack Brown—No idea how his career will unfold but he’ll always have that 61-yard TD run in Chicago to show his grandkids even if he doesn’t do anything else.

TE Jordan Reed—He would easily be the team’s best offensive player if he could play 16 games a year.

TE Vernon Davis—The veteran says that he would like to return and play six more years; the money will talk on the former and his nutritionist, chiropractor, and others will have to enable him to play to the age of 38.

TE Derrick Carrier—After a lost season spent trying to fully recover from his December 2015 knee injury, Carrier is under contract for one more year and likely will be back to compete for a roster spot in 2017.

WR DeSean Jackson—The conventional wisdom is that he will be gone as a free agent but the conventional wisdom doesn’t always apply to the way Scot McCloughan operates.

WR Pierre Garçon—Most think he will end up re-signing but see the above about the conventional wisdom.

WR Jamison Crowder—A slow finish (12 receptions for 122 yards in the last five games) turned what could have been an excellent season into a very good one.

WR Maurice Harris—He didn’t have a big rookie year but with a full offseason to work out and prepare he could have somemore impact in 2017.

WR Ryan Grant—In the last three games of the season, Harris played more snaps than Grant (53-37) an indication that Harris could move ahead of him on the 2017 depth chart.

OT Trent Williams—It will be interesting to see if his four-game suspension will cost him the All-Pro honors he deserves.

G Shawn Lauvao—We will see if the organization tries to replace arguably the weakest link on the offensive line.

C Spencer Long—After he made a good transition from guard the Redskins might look to lock him up with a contract extension this offseason.

G Brandon Scherff—He allowed just one sack this year and was rewarded with a Pro Bowl spot.

OT Morgan Moses—Williams’ suspension forced Moses to play through a pretty severe ankle sprain; Ty Nsekhe, the only reliable substitute tackle had to fill in for Williams.

OT Ty Nsekhe—He’s a restricted free agent and it will be interesting to see what kind of deal he ends up with.

C John Sullivan—He did a reasonably good job filling in for Long when he was out injured but may look for a starting job somewhere in 2017.

C/G Kory Lichtensteiger—After getting activated in Week 14 Lichtensteiger, who began the season as the starting center, didn’t play a snap.

OT Vinston Painter—He could be back next year to compete for a backup role.

G Arie Kouandjio—After struggling in one start and some spot work he did an acceptable job later in the year in his start against the Eagles.

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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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