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Wonder why Morgan Moses got $40 million? Here's a big reason

Wonder why Morgan Moses got $40 million? Here's a big reason

A third-round pick in 2014, Morgan Moses emerged in 2016 as one of the best right tackles in the NFL. Knowing that, the Redskins scured a five-year contract extension with Moses that will pay $40 million.

A lot of cash. In fact, he's now among the highest-paid right tackles in football. He landed behind only two other tackles, Philadelphia's Lane Johnson and Detroit's Ricky Wagner, in total value of their deal.

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Quantifying tackle play is not always easy, especially for the guys that aren't protecting a quarterback's blind side. Pro Football Focus dug into the numbers, and actually determined that Moses was the Redskins "secret superstar."

From PFF:

Moses has steadily improved each season in the league, and last year ended the season with a PFF grade of 85.1 overall, good enough to rank eighth among right tackles. Moses graded well as both a run-blocker and pass protector last season and had nine games in which he didn’t allow a sack or hit on the QB.​

What those numbers don't display is that Moses suffered a significant foot injury in London playing against the Bengals. With Trent Williams suspended for four contests following that game, Moses played through the pain to give his team their best chance at winning. 

Only 26, Moses' new contract might look like a bargain two seasons from now. With Williams and Moses, the Redskins have arguably the best tackle tandem in the NFL. 

Don't forget, too, that Moses' play in 2015 saved the organization from a pretty big draft flop. Brandon Scherff was selected fifth overall in the 2015 Draft and expected to take over the right tackle spot, despite many scouts projecting him as a guard. Ends up, Scherff was a great guard, and subpar as a tackle.

Without Moses to play right tackle, however, Scherff would have been forced to stay on the outside. Now, Scherff and Moses form a strong right side of the Redskins offensive line.

Given one gigantic exception in Kirk Cousins, the Redskins have successfully taken care of home-grown players before they get to free agency. Williams, Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed all got deals before they hit the open market. Add Moses to that list, and understand why too. 

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

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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.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

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

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

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

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

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. 

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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.

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