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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.


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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Derrius Guice shares workout video amid reports swirling about his health

Derrius Guice shares workout video amid reports swirling about his health

Many Redskins' fans became increasingly worried over the weekend about the health of running back Derrius Guice after a report came out that he suffered a hamstring injury during his rehab process from an ACL injury he suffered last August.

The report questioned Guice's availability for the start of Redskins' training camp, which begins on July 25.

In response to the report, Guice tweeted: "I don’t listen to the noise. I know what’s going on with me." He has since deleted his Twitter account.

But Guice is still an active user on Snapchat, and took to the platform on Monday to share footage of himself working out. The second-year running back shared video taken of him performing a number of drills, many of which required him to change direction quickly and test his hamstring, as well as his knee.

Guice even captioned one of the videos "Hamstring who," with several eyes emojis attached to the caption. Based on his caption, Guice does not appear to seem concerned that this latest report will affect his status for the upcoming season.

Prior to his ACL injury last August, Guice showed plenty of promise during training camp and the preseason. 

At this point, Redskins fans just want Guice to be healthy and ready for Week 1 and showcase the talent that earned him an All-SEC honor at LSU.


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Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott has said privately he will hold out from training camp, per report

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Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott has said privately he will hold out from training camp, per report

Since entering the NFL in 2016, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has established himself as one of the elite rushers in the NFL.

Now, he wants to be paid like it.

Elliott, who has two years remaining on his rookie deal, has privately said he plans on holding out from training camp until he receives a new deal, per ProFootballTalk.

Slated to make just $3.5 million in 2019, Elliott is one of the most underpaid players in all of football. He's set to make $9.09 million in 2020, the final year of his rookie deal.

Dallas has put off extension talks with Elliott simply because he's still under contract for two more seasons, per the report.

Quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are both free agents after the season, and the Cowboys would like to keep both at all costs, ProFootballTalk said. Additionally, Dallas just signed defensive end Demarcus Lawrence to a five-year, $105 million contract extension this offseason.

Should he not receive a contract extension, Elliott could face a situation similar to what Demarco Murray had with the Cowboys in 2014. Murray set a franchise record for most rushing yards in a season, yet Dallas still chose to let him walk in free agency.

Elliott's not the only star running back threatening to holdout this offseason. Los Angeles Chargers' Melvin Gordon has publicly stated he will skip training camp until he gets a new deal and is not afraid to miss regular-season games, similar to what Le'Veon Bell did last year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Since entering the NFL in 2016, Elliott has led the NFL in rushing twice. His 4,048 total rushing yards over the past three seasons are the most in the NFL, and he has over 600 more rushing yards than Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley, the next most rushing yards over that span.

Whether he actually holds out or whether the Cowboys turn their attention to extending their star running back will be seen in the coming weeks.