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Redskins grades: Trent Williams does well, but surprises galore from Pro Football Focus


Redskins grades: Trent Williams does well, but surprises galore from Pro Football Focus

The Redskins scored a big win Sunday over Philadelphia and the folks at Pro Football Focus handed out grades from the game. Trent Williams did great, but some of the poor grades may surprise. 

The offense moved the ball welll in the first half, but was unable to get touchdowns. The early miscues cost the 'Skins the lead late, but an impressive 90-yard drive from Kirk Cousins resulted in the game winner. Notes from PFF on the offense below:

  • Trent Williams allowed three hurries, but still has not been responsible for his QB hitting the ground (sack or hit).

  • Williams was also the only lineman to not earn a ‘red’ grade.

  • Kory Lichtensteiger received the worst grade on offense (-10.7) and graded dead-least overall of all NFL centers.

  • Kirk Cousins attempted seven passes that went at least 20 yards in the air, and completed two of them for 65 yards.

  • Oddly, Cousins had a better PFF rating on the 20 plays he was under pressure than in the 27 plays he wasn’t.

  • Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed, and Ryan Grant all dropped a pass. 

  • Alfred Morris did not force any missed tackles on 17 carries, while Matthew Jones forced one on seven carries and Chris Thompson forced three on six carries.

Defensively, the Redskins only allowed 20 points to what was supposed to be an explosive Eagles attack, though Philadelphia also missed a field goal and an extra point. Washington did well in the first half of slowing the Eagles, but in the third quarter Joe Barry's defense gave up a few big plays that allowed the Eagles to take the lead. PFF watched the performance, and had the following notes:

  • Redskins missed 10 missed tackles – including a pair by Ryan Kerrigan and Trenton Robinson each and three from Dashon Goldson, who had only missed one this season coming into this game.

  • Robinson had his worst grade of the season (-5.1). 

  • Trent Murphy earned the highest pass-rushing grade on the defense (+4.2) and best overall grade (+6.1) of his career.

  • Kyshoen Jarrett was the most targeted defender and performed well, allowing three of seven passes to be complete for an average of 3.3 yards, and a pass defensed.

  • Bashaud Breeland allowed one pass to be completed for nine yards and getting a PD on his other target. 

PFF grades can form a useful tool, but should not be viewed as sacrament. It's hard to imagine a player having as much of a positive impact as Lichtensteiger is this season for Washington in any negative light, and it's also suprrising that Cousins looked better under pressure than when he had time to throw. Defensively, while Murphy had a solid game, it's hard to think a member of the defensive line played better than Chris Baker on Sunday, who racked up two sacks and was instrumental on pressuring Sam Bradford. 

Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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As injuries linger at WR, Jay Gruden believes a trade might help Redskins

As injuries linger at WR, Jay Gruden believes a trade might help Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper on Monday, and with that, alarms go off around the NFL that it's wheeling and dealing season. The trade deadline hits in one week, and for teams looking to bolster their squad before the second half of the year, it's time to see what areas could improve. 

For Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, the injury situation at wide receiver means that his team could use help at the position. 

"We could probably use one more there if we could," Gruden said Monday on the Redskins Talk podcast. 

Asked if there was one area the team could bolster via trade, the coach explained that if wideouts Jamison Crowder or Paul Richardson could come back from injury right away, the Redskins would have no need to trade for another receiver. Unfortunately for the Redskins, neither injury situation is very clear, and some reports show that Crowder could miss a few more weeks working back from an ankle injury. 

"I think if you look at our team right now with the injuries to Crowder and obviously the uncertainty with Richardson you might want to add another receiver, but I like what [Michael] Floyd’s done coming in here," Gruden said. 

Floyd had one catch for 20 yards in the Redskins win on Sunday over the Cowboys, but he's a physical veteran that has the coach excited. Gruden also complimented what Maurice Harris and Brian Quick have done in the absence of Richardson and Crowder.

While the Cowboys struck first in the receiver trade market, more players remain reportedly available, including Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas and Dolphins WR DeVante Parker. 

Thomas is a five-time Pro Bowler in Denver, but at 30 years old and with some trade value, it makes sense for John Elway to consider his market. The Broncos are 3-4 and have an underperforming offense. 

Parker was a first-round pick in 2015 but has not had a 1,000-yard season in Miami. Making matters more complicated, Parker's agent Jimmy Gould called Dolphins head coach Adam Gase "incompetent" to a host of different media outlets. Parker has only been active twice this season though he contends health is not an issue. 

Gruden remains confident that 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson will get going, and he is a similar big target as Thomas and Parker. Should Richardson miss significant time, the Redskins would lack a true speed threat.

There's certainly no clear indication that Washington will make a move before the NFL trade deadline, but as things stand now with injuries, there is a need. Remember, too, the Redskins are long on 2019 draft picks with 10 selections in seven rounds.



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A day after loss to Redskins, Cowboys trade for Raiders WR Amari Cooper

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A day after loss to Redskins, Cowboys trade for Raiders WR Amari Cooper

The Dallas Cowboys are in desperate need of a playmaking wide receiver. The lack of talent at wide receiver has been evident throughout the first seven weeks of the 2018 NFL season, with wide receivers accounting for just five of the Cowboys' eight passing touchdowns.

Following the 20-17 loss to the Redskins on Sunday, the Cowboys decided to make a quick fix, trading a 2019 first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for star wide receiver Amari Cooper, according to multiple reports.

Cooper, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has just 22 catches for 280 yards and one touchdown in the first six games. The former Alabama star had an equally disappointing 2017 campaign and has grown frustrated with his role in John Gruden's new regime.

Cooper will instantly become the Cowboys best deep threat and will allow Cole Beasley to shine both in the slot and spread out wide. Beasley leads the Cowboys with 33 receptions for 350 yards and two touchdowns.

Rookie Michael Gallup, who scored the Cowboys' only passing touchdown against the Redskins, has the second most targets among Dallas receivers, hauling in 10 of his 22 targets for 190 yards. Tight end Geoff Swaim has 19 catches for 205 yards and running back Ezekiel Elliott has 25 catches for 175 yards.

Prescott is averaging just 202.2 passing yards per game, and while Cooper may not be a true top-tier wide receiver, he is the next best thing and will allow the offense to be more dynamic in its play-calling.

Cooper will make an estimated $13.9 million in base salary in 2019, meaning the Cowboys will have to pay a pretty penny to keep him.

The move makes it clear that the Raiders are shifting toward a full rebuild. It also shows that Dallas understands it didn't have enough firepower to compete for a divisional title.