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Need to Know: Redskins offensive records fall but they come up empty

Need to Know: Redskins offensive records fall but they come up empty

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 2, 251 days before the first Sunday of the 2017 NFL season.

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Today's schedule: Open locker room 9 a.m.; Jay Gruden press conference 3 p.m.

Days until: First Sunday of 2017 season 251


Redskins vs Giants by the numbers

—By finishing at 8-7-1 after last year's 9-7 finish the Redskins posted their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1996-1997. But they were unable to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1991-1992.

—The Redskins had 284 total offensive yards, pushing their season total to 6,454 yards, breaking the franchise record set in 1989.

—Eight Redskins finished with 500 or more yards from scrimmage (Jackson, Garçon, Crowder, Kelley, Thompson, Reed, Davis, and Jones). That ties for the most 500-yard performers on one team in NFL history (2011 Saints).

—For the season, the Redskins averaged 6.4 yards per play, the highest in team history. That average is the 11th highest of any NFL team since the 1970 merger.

—Kirk Cousins broke his own team record in pass attempts (606), completions (406), and passing yards (4,917).

—Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson both went over 1,000 yards receiving on the season. It’s the first time since 1999 that the team has had two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season (Michael Westbrook, Albert Connell).

—Dustin Hopkins kicked his 34th field goal of the season in the third quarter, breaking the team record of 33 set by Mark Moseley in 1983.

—Ryan Kerrigan started all 16 games this season as he has in all six seasons he has been in the league. He is the first Redskin to start all 16 games in the first six seasons of his career since the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978.

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Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskins' wideout Josh Doctson has found another home, again. 

Doctson, 27, signed with the New York Jets the team announced Saturday morning via twitter. 

Washington selected Doctson with their 22nd pick in the 2016 NFL draft after he put up monster numbers at Texas Christian University. However, his collegiate success never quite translated to the professional level. During his three seasons in D.C. he played 33 games, recorded 81 receptions for a total of 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns.

After Washinton released Doctson last September he joined the Minnesota Vikings, but injuries held him to only one appearance and no catches. 

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Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

New Orleans Pelican Josh Hart tried to recruit Stefon Diggs in a twitter exchange Thursday surrounding Jordan Reed’s release from the Redskins.

Reed was released on Thursday after six seasons and seven years on the team.

In a tweet commemorating Reed’s accomplishments, the Redskins called him “one of the best in franchise history” and thanked him for his years on the team.

Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed his disappointment in Reed’s release by quoting the tweet with a crying emoji. Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs shared similar feelings by responding to the quote saying “not my dog j reed…”.

Diggs is a Maryland native but has been with the Vikings since he was drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft in the fifth round.

In response to this exchange, Hart chimed in and pleaded with him to “Come on home bro #HTTR”.  Hart, a D.C. native and long-time Redskins fan, is not the only one who has been looking to help the Redskins with their player recruitment.

Haskins has also made recruiting for the Redskins a habit this season, engaging with players like Ron Rivera and Antonio Brown through social media regarding coming to play in DC.

Hart's interaction with Diggs is particularly notable considering that his recent social media has left Vikings fans wondering what his next moves are. In addition to cryptic tweets potentially linked to his dissatisfaction with his team, Diggs also took down all of his Instagram pictures which feature him in a Vikings uniform.

Could Diggs be heading to the Redskins? If Hart has any say in the matter, maybe.

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