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Redskins report card: A solid game for Rob Kelley vs. Eagles

Redskins report card: A solid game for Rob Kelley vs. Eagles

Here are my grades on some of the players, coaches, and other aspects of the Redskins’ 27-22 win over the Eagles.

A

Everyone is talking about the deep pass that DeSean Jackson tracked down and caught for an 80-yard touchdown. But his tiptoe catch of the sideline pass after that set up Kirk Cousins’ TD pass to Pierre Garçon, the play that gave the Redskins some working margin, also was money. He didn’t do much other than those two catches but 102 yards and a TD is a solid day.

B

Running back Rob Kelley didn’t rack up big numbers but he was effective. As usual, he got a few more yards than the plays were blocked for. His 22-yard touchdown pop was also typical Kelley as he got to the second level and showed a knack for following his blocking to turn the big play. At the end, he had to use some power to get into the end zone. And he showed some pass-catching chops, with two receptions for 25 yards.

It also wasn’t a big statistical day for Kirk Cousins but he made some huge plays including the two passes to Jackson, the pass to Crowder on the final drive that was initially called incomplete but overturned on replay, and the fourth-down dart to Pierre Garçon. I’m not sure if Cousins makes that fourth-down play last year.

It appeared that Jay Gruden has his team ready to play even though they didn’t burst out of the gate. His decision to go for that fourth-down play on their last drive shouldn’t be underrated. Many coaches would have trotted out their kickers for an attempt of just over 50 yards.

Mason Foster has been inconsistent this year but he had one of his better games yesterday 12 tackles including a sack and two other tackles for a loss.

With the Eagles fielding their fourth-string right tackle for a good chunk of the game you would have liked to have seen Ryan Kerrigan get to the quarterback sooner. But he did come through when it mattered the most.

C

Although he did get a sack, Bashaud Breeland had some rough moments in coverage, his primary job. I’m not sure how Darren Sproles got behind him into the corner of the end zone on the Eagles TD.

D

It’s hard to tell who was responsible since he rarely had a defender near him so this is a collective grade for the coverage of Eagles TE Zach Ertz. He’s a pretty good player but 10 catches for 102 yards is a bit much.

F

The glaring problem in the stat line was the performance on third down on both sides of the ball. The Redskins defense kept up their futility on the money down by allowing a 50 percent conversion rate (9-18) and the offense struggled on third down, going 2-7 (29%).

Did I miss something? Want to disagree? Hit the comments here or on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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