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Stats don't support Dez Bryant's claims of domination of Josh Norman

Stats don't support Dez Bryant's claims of domination of Josh Norman

In a wild postgame scene Thursday night, one of Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant's many controversial claims was that he has dominated Josh Norman. Numbers from three career contests between the pair prove Bryant quite wrong.

Bryant saw some success on Thanksgiving against the Redskins - he caught five passes for 72 yards - but only three of those catches came with Norman in coverage. In fact, repeatedly it looked like the Cowboys schemed to intentionally get Bryant away from Norman. The strategy was smart and effective, often Bryant worked from the inside or slot of the Cowboys' formation, but it's tough for the Dallas wideout to brag about that.

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It would be naive to dismiss the dustup between Norman and Bryant as a one-game thing. The duo have a history dating back to last Thanksgiving, when Norman suggested the Cowboys should 'get their money back' after signing Bryant to a $70 million contract in 2015. In that game, while Norman was still with the Panthers, Bryant had just two catches for 26 yards as Carolina steamrolled the Cowboys.

While Norman is certainly a lightning rod for controversy, assailing his play misses the mark. 

Only a playoff game could get the 'Skins and 'Boys back on the same field this season. Should that happen, expect the talk between Norman and Bryant to fly into the stratosphere. If not, it will not be until next season until the two can clash again. 

On the season, Bryant has 33 catches for 550 yards and five TDs in eight games. With rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott now the stars of the Cowboys run-first offense, Bryant's role has been somewhat reduced, though he remains the top wideout in Dallas. 

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Saints sign intriguing receiver off Redskins' practice squad

Saints sign intriguing receiver off Redskins' practice squad

The Redskins were overloaded with interesting wide receiver prospects back in training camp. Not all could make the 53-man roster initially. Simmie Cobbs landed on the practice squad and remained there.

Buzz this week centered on whether Cobbs might finally land a promotion. He did, just not with Washington.

The New Orleans Saints signed Cobbs off the Redskins practice squad Friday, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Washington.

Receiver injuries spiked for the NFC South leading-Saints in recent weeks, the result of which led the Drew Brees-led squad to poach Cobbs. The Indiana product had 72 receptions for 841 yards during his final season with the Hoosiers. He surprisingly went undrafted but joined a Redskins squad with uncertainty at receiver.  

Josh Doctson’s status remains unclear after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He remains “questionable” for this Sunday’s road game at Jacksonville, head coach Jay Gruden announced Friday.

Washington is already down three receivers from the Week 1 roster. Paul Richardson, Cam Sims and Trey Quinn landed on injured reserve. Quinn went down twice after an in-season return. The Redskins added Brian Quick for a few weeks and signed Jehu Chesson to help fill in rather than promote Cobbs or Darvin Kidsy from the practice squad.

Doctson’s status put forth the potential of Cobbs finally joining the 53 this week. It’s possible injuries elsewhere, namely to tight end Jordan Reed (toe) and long snapper Nick Sundberg (back) hampered the Redskins’ chances of adding another receiver.

"Simmie has been great. He's been great,” Gruden said Wednesday. “Kidsy has been great also, so if need be if one of those guys needs to be called up, I won't hesitate for a second. Like I said though, it’s a matter of roster spots. We don’t have a whole lot available so, we'll figure it out.”

Though the 6-foot-3 target made his shares of impressive catches during the summer, Washington kept another pair of rookies instead. Quinn was the Redskins’ final selection in the 2018 draft. Sims, also an undrafted free agent, wowed throughout training camp and the preseason before his season ended with a Week 1 foot injury.  

It’s unclear how Cobbs fit into Washington’s plans seeing as it never promoted him, though 106.7 The Fan radio reported the Redskins attempted to keep the rookie at the final minute and he chose the playoff-bound Saints. The Redskins have questions going forward at receiver, concerns beyond this season. Whatever the solution, the interesting prospect won’t be part of them.

The New Orleans Advocate first reported the Saints signing Cobbs. 

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Mason Foster apologizes to Redskins fans in wake of private message controversy

Mason Foster apologizes to Redskins fans in wake of private message controversy

After private comments on Instagram made significant waves among Redskins fans, Mason Foster addressed the media to explain how much he regretted his actions. 

"People know I love the fans," Foster said Friday. 

In a wide-ranging interview where Foster explained his missteps on social media, the linebacker said he deeply apologized for the comments attributed to his account. 

Foster owned the first conversation that emerged this week on Twitter, where he wrote, "F*** this team and this fanbase" but said that subsequent conversations that leaked out were written by his cousin. Allowing his cousin control over his account was another major mistake, Foster said. 

For Foster, all he can do now is try to do right and prove to his teammates and fans that he's committed to the franchise and doing good in the community. 

On the season, Foster has 108 tackles and two interceptions. He's the Redskins defensive captain and tied for 7th across the NFL in tackles. 

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