Quick Links

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

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

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 21, 36 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 171 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 81 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 26
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 50
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 73

The five best quarterbacks the Redskins will face in 2017

The Redskins took steps to bolster their pass defense, getting a new pair of safeties and making moves to improve the pass rush. Here are the five best quarterbacks they will have to stop in 2017 (ranked by 2016 passer rating).

Dak Prescott, Cowboys, passer rating 104.9—Yes, Prescott had a lot of advantages, including a top offensive line and the league’s leading rusher. But as a rookie fourth-round pick he still had to learn an NFL offense and remain calm enough to execute it. Per the eyeball test I’m not sure he belongs at the top of this list but he has a place on it.

Drew Brees, Saints, 101.7—This is more like it. He’s 38 but there is no suggestion that he is close to slowing down. Nine times a quarterback has passed for more than 5,000 yards in a season. Brees has five of those seasons. The 16-year veteran got his most recent 5K last year while completing 79 percent of his passes.

Sam Bradford, Vikings, 99.3—Bradford is the definitive dink-and-dunk passer in the game today. He completed 71.9 percent of his passes, setting an NFL single-season record. But he averaged just 9.8 yards per completion, 29th in the NFL. Bradford isn’t going to put up huge numbers on you but he can get you with death by a thousand paper cuts.

Derek Carr, Raiders, 96.7—When the Redskins and Raiders last played in 2013 Matt McGloin was the Oakland quarterback. The next year they drafted Carr in the second round and he has been the starter from Day One. Virtually all his major stats have improved from year to year. He will come to Washington for a Sunday night game with either a big new contract extension or a desire to earn one as he enters the final year of his rookie deal.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks, 92.6—Wilson is coming off of a career-worst passer rating but he played with one of the worst offensive lines in the game and, in a related matter, he was banged up a lot. He posted a career-best rating of 110.1 in 2015 and I anticipate seeing that Wilson when the Redskins visit Seattle in Week 9.

The rest: In all, the Redskins play six games against five quarterbacks who finished in the top half of the league in passer rating. They will play 10 games against eight QBs who finished in the bottom half in passer rating. It would be a mistake to underestimate quarterbacks like Eli Manning (twice), an improving Carson Wentz (twice), and the perennially productive Philip Rivers.  

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.

Tandler on Twitter

In case you missed it

Quick Links

Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

USA Today Sports Images

Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



Quick Links

There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

After pulling off a tremendous half-spin move when DJ Swearinger got in his face at Richmond, Terrelle Pryor released a statement on Twitter about the confrontation.

The fact that he felt the need to release the statement in the first place was a strange decision. That strangeness is absolutely overshadowed by how weird the statement itself is, though.

First, let's read it. Then, when you're done reading it — and trying to figure out who thought this was the right thing to do (which may take you a few minutes, so don't rush) — let's go over what makes it so bizarre.

Here's the message, which came out Wednesday night:

Now, here's what stands out...

The hashtags

They get worse and worse as you read them.

#headturn? #FlinchNRunGang? #SillyGuy?

SILLY GUY?!?!?!?

It's one thing to try and laugh at yourself when something embarrassing happens to you. It's another thing to start the #FlinchNRunGang, which is a one-member gang and will forever remain a one-member gang.

The message

Getting into a scrap with DJ Swearinger seems like it'd be a putrid life decision, so while the way he did it will never be forgotten, it was in all likelihood a smart choice not to square up.

With that being said, claiming he didn't do so because he wanted to be a "positive role model for the kids who came to training camp to watch us" is as outlandish as it gets. After all, he said earlier in August that cheapshots by the 'Skins would be handled "accordingly," which isn't very role model-ish!

Pryor's three paragraphs make you cringe after the first reading. After the fourth, they'll make you want to deactivate your Twitter account so you don't have to read them again.

The irony

The overall message is odd, but the last part of it is so ironic it deserves its own subheading in this blog.

"I will continue to work hard and lead by example by not making it about me and keeping the focus on the Jets organization," Pryor writes.

Well, as everyone knows, the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise is release a statement that literally no one asked for. (That was sarcastic.) (That's actually not the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise.)

The battery level

You can see in the upper right corner of the wideout's Notes app that his phone nearly died before he plugged it into his charger.

That's a shame, really, because if it did hit zero-percent, maybe he would've had more time to ponder his situation and come to the conclusion that keeping this all in his drafts folder was the correct play. 

On the other hand, though, he wouldn't have become the first person in the history of the Internet to publicly use #FlinchNRunGang in hashtag-form, so at least he has that going for him.