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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are unlikely to be back in 2017

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are unlikely to be back in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 3, 10 days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.

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Today's schedule: Bye week

Days until: Vikings @ Redskins 10; Packers @ Redskins 17; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 21

Five Redskins who are unlikely to return in 2017

During the bye week I’ll spend some time looking ahead at the 2017 offseason and what might happen then. Today, I look at some players who are unlikely to be back in 2017.

S Duke Ihenacho—He can play some but the coaches seem determined to give him only minimal playing time. The word is that he freelances too much. He will be an unrestricted free agent and he seems likely to head someplace that that will give him more of an opportunity to play. It would be surprising if the organization made much of an effort to bring him back.

S DeAngelo Hall—The veteran will have a year left on his contract at a salary of $4.25 million. But this makes three years in a row that he has lost a substantial chunk of the season to an injury. It’s hard to see the team bringing him back at age 33 under those circumstances. Even if he is willing to take a pay cut, it would be hard for the team to count on him at any price.

OL Kory Lichtensteiger—This is another player who has missed a lot of time with injuries in the past couple of years. It looks like the team is happy to have Spencer Long at center and the guard spots look set. There just doesn’t appear to be any need to have him back at a $3.25 million salary.

WR DeSean Jackson—You don’t have to dig too deep here. All you have to do is see Jackson’s reaction on the many occasions when he is open deep and doesn't get the ball. Unless the Redskins make him a financial offer he can’t refuse he’s probably going to look elsewhere. And Scot McCloughan is unlikely to be inclined to make a pre-emptive offer to a 30-year-old who has priorities other than OTAs in the spring.

WR Pierre Garçon—The popular theory is that McCloughan will make a run to keep at least one of his veteran wide receivers. But I think that Garçon will want to move along; like Jackson he sees to be frequently frustrated.

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Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the FedEx Field end zones ditched their usual gold trim for some pink instead. As it turns out, burgundy and pink go quite well together.

The reason for the change was to celebrate the Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness game as well as the 20th anniversary of Tanya Snyder's THINK-PINK! campaign.

Mrs. Snyder started the movement two decades ago by passing out 8,000 handmade pink ribbons at the team's stadium meant to remind people that early detection of breast cancer can make a major difference.

Now, her campaign has gone league-wide and is the reason you see so many players wearing pink in October, fans waving pink towels in the stands and other awareness-raising initiatives throughout the NFL.

"Very, very, very proud," Snyder said while handing out ribbons before the Washington-Carolina game. "We're not finished, but we are making a difference with early detection. So I'm beaming." 

For more information on Snyder and the NFL's breast cancer efforts, head to redskins.com/thinkpink. And for more details about the events held at FedEx Field during Week 6, check out the video above.

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Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

If you want to, you can find plenty of things wrong with the Redskins’ 23-17 win over the Panthers. The home team was up 17-0 in the second quarter and yet had to hang on as the Panthers reached the red zone with a chance to win in the last minute. The game got tight because the Redskins continued their second-half scoring problems, putting up just six points. Alex Smith passed for just 153 yards. 

But you can’t poke holes in the fact that the Redskins are 3-2 and in first place in the NFC East. Sure, there is a long way to go. But consider this—a Redskins schedule that looked rough at the beginning of the season doesn’t look quite as tough. In fact, right now the Redskins have a better winning percentage than any team they will play in their remaining 11 games. 

Yes, that’s right. They have six games to play in the division, two each against the Cowboys and Eagles, both now 3-3, and the 1-5 Giants. Their two remaining games against the NFC South are against the 2-3 Bucs and the 2-4 Falcons. The schedule is rounded out with games against three AFC South teams, the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. All three of those teams are tied atop the division at 3-3. 

Of course, you can’t expect all of these teams to still be wallowing around .500 when they face the Redskins. It looks like the Eagles and Falcons are on the upswing and in today’s NFL any team can get hot at any time. 

And, as the Redskins demonstrated in their Week 2 loss to the Colts, they are capable of losing to a weak team. They still have plenty of issues they have to correct if they plan on maintaining their winning record and staying in contention for the division title. They won’t survive if they continue to have difficulty scoring in the second half (their only second-half TD this season came in garbage time against the Saints). They need to get more sacks from Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, who have one combined. Plenty of details need to be ironed out. 

But the fact that they are a flawed team doesn’t take away from the fact that they got a quality win over the Panthers. Carolina was 3-1, coming off of an 11-5 playoff season. On top of that, the Redskins had not beaten the Panthers since 2006, a stretch that included an 0-4 record against Cam Newton. They didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this year and they got a season-high three takeaways. Christian McCaffrey came into the game averaging 83 yards per game and left it averaging 70 after picking up 20 yards on eight carries. 

With all of that said, the Redskins still have to overcome their inconsistency. They have won two games in a row just twice since the beginning of the 2017 season. Nobody is going to believe that anything is different about the Redskins until they can string together three or four wins in a row. Until then, skepticism will abound. 

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