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Need to Know: The top five offenses the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five offenses the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 5, 22 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 185 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 67 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 12
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 36
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 59

The top five offenses the Redskins will face in 2017

I’ve looked at the top individual skill players on offense (top five wide receivers, running backs, quarterbacks). Now let’s look at the sum of the parts, the top five offenses the Redskins will play this year as ranked by their 2016 DVOA.

Cowboys, 20.4% DVOA in 2016, ranked 3rd–I know that we all got tired of hearing about Zeke and Dak but they got the job done week in and week out. They did lose a couple of starting offensive lineman this offseason so perhaps they will take a step back this year but the running back, quarterback, and wide receiver Dez Bryant will be able to move the ball.

Saints, 15.9%, 6th–They are trying to be more than just the Drew Brees show as they added Adrian Peterson to 1,000-yard rusher Mark Ingram. We will see how much Peterson has left in the tank at age 32 after a season lost to injury in Minnesota.

Raiders, 12.2%, 7th–QB Derek Carr already has been handsomely paid for his part in this productivity as was G Gabe Jackson. WR Amari Cooper is eligible for an extension in 2018 and you have to think he’ll be looking for it. 

Chiefs, 3.8%, 13th–This is just slightly better than an average offense and they have subtracted Jeremy Maclin. Andy Reid will be looking to get the ball into the hands of Tyreek Hill, who was sensational as a returner as a rookie last year but he had just a limited role on offense.

Seahawks, -2.7%, 17th– QB Russell Wilson had a rough year thanks in large part to perhaps the worst offensive line in the NFC. They ranked 25th in rushing yards; leading rusher Christine Michael didn’t even crack 500. They were so impressed that they cut him in November.

Best of the rest: Since the Seahawks are a below-average offense it follows that nobody else the Redskins play was very effective moving the ball last year. Looking at the rest of the division, the Eagles were 20th (-4.2%) and the Giants were 22nd (-6.4%). The team to watch out for in terms of significant improvement may be the Cardinals, who have too much talent with RB David Johnson and ageless WR Larry Fitzgerald to be underwater in DVOA.

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

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If you never got to see Sonny Jurgensen throw the football, you must watch this video

If you never got to see Sonny Jurgensen throw the football, you must watch this video

Many younger Washington fans know Sonny Jurgensen for his wit and wisdom, shared every Sunday in the fall for decades via the Redskins radio broadcast.

For plenty of other fans, however, Jurgensen is arguably the best passer to ever wear Burgundy and Gold. Even though he played more than 40 years ago in a very different version of the NFL, Sonny still holds a number of team passing records, including most touchdowns in a season (31).

Saturday marks Jurgensen’s 85th birthday, and to celebrate, this highlight video popped up on Twitter. For the fans that never saw Sonny, this will be a lot of fun.

Jurgensen was known for incredible arm strength and touch, and that’s on display in the video. Another Redskins Hall of Famer looked pretty great too - No. 42 wide receiver Charley Taylor.

The most ridiculous throw? At the 1:30 mark when deep in the back of his own end zone, Jurgensen uncorks a throw between the goal posts (then located on the goal line) and deep down field for a TD.

It’s important for Washington fans that never got to see Jurgensen play to watch the video, as this fall, he stepped down from his role as the lead analyst during Redskins games. It’s a sad moment for the fan base, but understandable for an 85-year-old man.

Happy Birthday Sonny.


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'Just plain dirty': Trevor Matich blasts Keanu Neal after hit on Jordan Reed

'Just plain dirty': Trevor Matich blasts Keanu Neal after hit on Jordan Reed

On Thursday, the Redskins earned their first preseason victory of the season, defeating the Falcons 19-7 on the road in Atlanta.

But after the game, celebrating an exhibition win was not in the cards. Attention was turned directly to the health of Washington's star tight end.

After absorbing a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from Falcons safety Keanu Neal in the second quarter, resulting in his helmet flying off, tight end Jordan Reed was forced to exit the contest. No. 86 started feeling concussion-like symptoms at halftime, and head coach Jay Gruden confirmed after the game that Reed had entered the concussion protocol.

The tight end has a history of concussions. If diagnosed with a concussion again, this would be the seventh documented instance for Reed since he started playing college football.

On Redskins Postgame Live, saying that NBC Sports Washington's Trevor Matich was furious about Neal's hit would be an understatement.

“Just looking at that hit, I thought it was a dirty hit. It was dirty," Matich said. "The safety coming up had plenty of time to see what was going on. Reed was in the grass. Reed didn’t duck his head down, and ended up taking a helmet to his head because of a defender coming in low and didn’t expect Reed to duck."

Matich completely put the blame on Neal and emphasized that there's no place for a hit like that, especially during exhibition football when the games don't count in the standings.

"Reed didn’t duck his head. That defender came in high," he said. "That was a dirty hit. It would have been dirty in the regular season, and especially dirty in the preseason.”

The play resulted in a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. But it's fair to question whether Neal deserved a harsher punishment.

Santana Moss was asked whether he thought Neal should have been ejected for the hit, and he had no doubt in his answer.

“It should have been," Moss said. "I saw last week in a preseason game a guy had one shot to the head and he was out of there."

Inconsistent officiating has been an issue in the NFL for several years. 

As the league continues each year to alter the rules in order to make the game safer, Moss wants to see the officiating improve its consistency as well.

"That’s one thing I wanted to see, that our officials do better," Moss said. "We talk about all the rules they are changing and the way they’re going to ref these games. When you see something like that, instantly get the guy out of there. This is something that we’re not trying to tolerate. If you allow guys to do this, you’ll find guys in situations like Jordan Reed.”

The NFL continues to try and make the game safer. Many rules have been put into effect recently to eliminate hits like Neal's. Of course, defenders largely dislike these guidelines, claiming it takes away from their ability to defend receivers. Some fans may dislike the lack of contact as well. 

“It takes away some spectacular hits that fans want to see," Matich said.

But at the end of the day, the NFL is a business. 

"Ultimately, this is family entertainment in the NFL. Head trauma is not good for business," Matich said. "It’s just not. You have an expense of losing some of those fantastic hits, but you also have fewer concussions and problems."

While Neal's hit may have been deemed acceptable and regarded as a great hit a decade ago, there's no place for a hit like that in today's NFL.

"I thought that hit right there was just plain dirty," Matich said.