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    Wallpaper: 2016 Redskins Calendar

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 15th 2016

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    Kirk Cousins said there has been “no progress to speak of” in contract negotiations.

    Franchise tagged in March, Cousins and the Redskins have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. While the two sides might not have made much headway to this point, these deals usually go down the deadline, and Cousins appeared to acknowledge that reality. “July 15th will be a determining day,” he said. “So stay tuned.” We will Mr. Cousins.
    Jun 11 – 11:10 AM

    Coach Jay Gruden said third-year WR Ryan Grant has had a “great camp” at OTAs.

    Gruden noted Grant’s crazy work ethic and precise route-running chops. With Josh Doctson (foot) and DeSean Jackson (voluntary) sitting out practices, Grant has been getting increased reps with the first- and second-team offenses. He’s expected to open the season as Washington’s No. 5 receiver.
    Jun 10 – 12:52 PM

    Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) has shed his walking boot.

    Riley’s foot has been giving him trouble since undergoing surgery in December. He’s not yet practicing, but Riley should be ready well in time for training camp. Riley is due a $4 million salary in the final year of his deal.
    Jun 8 – 11:46 AM
    Notable Quotable:

    ”We know we’re going to make each other better,” Norman said. ”Just got to keep challenging them, and they’ll keep challenging us.”

    Jackson was absent from the final OTA session Wednesday after practicing Monday and Tuesday. Coach Jay Gruden expects Jackson to be on the field for mandatory minicamp next week.

    ”I was like, ‘Dang, this guy,”’ Norman said of Jackson. ”I called him up and he didn’t answer my phone call. It’s cool though. To each his own. If doesn’t want to be here he (doesn’t have) to be here. It’s voluntary. That competition’s only going to make you better.”

    SOURCE: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/cb-josh-norman-working-validate-redskins-belief-him-205917256–nfl.html

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    Wallpaper: Redskins Logo On Canvas

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    Opposing Views: The Pittsburgh Steelers Press

         Each week during the 2016 NFL season theHogs.net will bring you the pregame press from the opponent’s perspective.  As there is already discussion of the opening game, here is what is being said thus far:

    The Redskins finished the 2015 season with a 9-7 record, which was good enough to capture the NFC East Division title and a home playoff game. They were promptly booted from the playoffs by the Green Bay Packers, yet hopes are high in the nation’s capital that the team will return to the playoffs for a second consecutive season. The last time the Redskins made the playoffs in consecutive seasons was way back in 1990, ’91, and ’92.

    The organization certainly isn’t resting on last year’s accomplishments, as they made several moves during the off-season to help them improve.

    The biggest move was franchising quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins enters his fifth season, and his second as the team’s full-time starting signal caller. Many criticized the Redskins’ brass for selecting him with their fourth pick in the 2012 draft, right after taking RGIII second overall in the same draft.

    However, RGIII’s career has fizzled quickly and the organization appears all the wiser for picking Cousins.

    What’s more, Cousins is rapidly developing into one of the better quarterbacks in the league. His career passer rating is 91.3, and last season he threw for 4166 yards and 29 touchdowns.

    Cousins’ efficiency could pose some problems for the re-tooled Steelers secondary. Given that this matchup takes place on the NFL’s opening weekend, chances are the Steelers defense won’t have worked out all the kinks.

    Possibly compounding the issue is the Redskins formidable wide receiver corps. Leading the way is DeSean Jackson, who’s got plenty of speed and big play ability. Last season, he averaged 17.6 yards/catch. His achilles heel, however, has been his durability. He missed several games last season, but should be in top health for the opener.

    In addition to Jackson, the offense also features Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder. Both are highly productive receivers. Garcon has averaged nearly 70 catches and 750 yards over the last two years, while Crowder caught 59 passes for 604 yards in 2015, his first in the NFL.

    The team also drafted Josh Doctson from TCU with their first pick in this year’s draft.

    The Redskins’ running game doesn’t pose as big a threat, but they do have some capable backs in Matt Jones and Chris Thompson. According to The Washington Post, Jones is “a big, physical runner who coaches hope continues to learn how to use his size (6 feet 1, 231 pounds) to his advantage. Chris Thompson is a smaller (5-8, 193), shiftier back who provides both a good change of pace as a runner, and a receiving threat out of the backfield.”

    There’s a good chance the Steelers will need to simply outscore the ‘Skins in order to beat them. Can they do it? It would appear so, based on numbers from last season. The Redskins’ defense, while average in total points allowed per game (17th in the league, 23.7 points/game), ranked near the bottom of the league in passing yards allowed per game (258 yards, ranked 25th), rushing yards allowed per game (122.6 yards, ranked 26th), and total yards allowed per game (380.6 yards, ranked 28th).

    Like the Steelers, the Redskins have taken steps to try and improve their defense, particularly the secondary, through free agency and the draft. The team signed strong safety David Bruton Jr. from the Super Bowl champion Broncos, and added safety Su’a Cravens from USC with their 2nd pick in the draft and cornerback Kendall Fuller from Virginia Tech in the third round. They’ll join 13-year veteran, DeAngelo Hall, who’s making a switch from corner to safety.

    They’ve also added depth along the defensive line and linebacking unit.

    The Bottom Line:

    As with the Steelers, Washington’s defense may also be experiencing some glitches that the pre-season will not have fixed. Even with Martavis Bryant sidelined for the season, Ben Roethlisberger and company should be able to exploit the weaknesses. The same could happen for Kirk Cousins against the Steelers defense, however. Before it’s over, there’s a good chance that this opening Monday night matchup will be a high-scoring affair.

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         And don’t forget, our own Deadskins will bring you “The Loser Papers” following each Redskins victory.

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    Wallpaper: The Hogs – A Painting On Canvas

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    Flashback Wallpaper: Sean Taylor

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 8th 2016

    Ten Day Edition, in case you missed anything.

     

    The Washington Post reports Redskins LG Shawn Lauvao (foot, ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp.

    Lauvao underwent five foot surgeries after landing on injured reserve last season, but he said last month he will be ready for camp. If he can get healthy, Lauvao will compete with Spencer Long for the starting spot at left guard. Long has also seen some snaps at center this offseason.
    Jun 7 – 9:57 AM

    Matt Jones is practicing with a football which emits a warning signal if he does not apply pressure to every key point.

    After Jones fumbled five times in just 163 touches last year, the Redskins are pulling out all the stops to improve his ball security. “We’ve got all kinds of things that help him out,” coach Jay Gruden said, “mainly focus on the ball not just when he’s in contact or in the line of scrimmage, but outside of contact where he had a lot of trouble last year.” Jones is expected to carry the load for Washington, but he will have to protect the ball better to retain the workhorse role. Jones is shaping up as a risk/reward RB2.
    Jun 7 – 9:20 AM

    DeSean Jackson was on the field for practice Monday.

    Jackson had been skipping OTAs to this point, forfeiting a $500,000 workout bonus along the way. He is still owed $7.5 million in salary and bonuses in the final year of his deal. He will turn 30 in December.
    Jun 6 – 12:24 PM

    Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic says the Redskins are being “ultra-cautious” with first-round WR Josh Doctson (foot).

    Doctson hasn’t participated in OTAs since Tuesday, but Tandler described the injury as “something that we might not even hear about if it happened in October.” There’s little doubt Doctson will be ready for training camp.
    Jun 5 – 12:18 PM

    Redskins signed third-round CB Kendall Fuller to a four-year contract.

    Coming off microfracture surgery his final year at Virginia Tech, Fuller has been cleared fully for team drills at OTAs. He’s expected to compete for the Redskins’ nickel back job behind starters Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.
    Jun 2 – 4:29 PM

    Matt Jones wants to show he is “capable of being a No. 1 back all the time.”

    Jones had some impressive flashes last season, but ball security and inconsistency plagued him as a rookie. Some of those inconsistencies could have resulted from the “hot-hand” approach the Redskins utilized last year. “I felt like if I had a bad game, the next game I wouldn’t get so many carries,” Jones said. “If I had a good game, I felt like I had to put so much pressure on myself to have a good game again. It was a lot of highs and lows.” Now healthy and comfortable as the clear No. 1, Jones should be in line for a more consistent and successful season. He is a solid RB2 with some upside.
    Jun 2 – 8:49 AM

    Redskins undrafted WR Reggie Diggs underwent a knee scope and will be sidelined until training camp.

    Diggs (6’4/200) is an UDFA out of Richmond. He’s an extreme roster long shot.
    Jun 1 – 2:20 PM

    First-round WR Josh Doctson “hurt his foot” Tuesday and will be sidelined at least one week.

    The words “foot injury” associated with a skill player are never something a team wants to hear. But X-rays came back negative on Doctson’s foot, and the rookie will sit for at least the next 7-10 days. He’ll miss the remainder of OTAs and doesn’t sound optimistic for this month’s mandatory minicamp. Doctson should be fine well ahead of training camp, but this is something to watch.
    Jun 1 – 2:17 PM

    Redskins TE Niles Paul has bulked up to 250 pounds.

    A college wide receiver and punt returner, Paul measured 6-foot-1, 224 coming out of Nebraska, so this is a considerable size increase. In order to earn snaps behind $50 million starter Jordan Reed, Paul will need to hold up in the running game. He could become a fantasy factor with an injury to Reed.
    Source: ESPN.com
    May 31 – 9:50 PM

    DeSean Jackson forfeited a $500,000 workout bonus by skipping OTAs.

    Must be nice. In order to collect the bonus, Jackson needed to participate in at least 90 percent of Washington’s offseason activities, which began on April 18. “He has been here, he has popped in and had a cup of coffee,” coach Jay Gruden said. “Last time I looked up the word ‘voluntary,’ that is his choice, and he has been in the league nine years.” Jackson is still owed a $3.75 million base salary in addition to a $3.75 million roster bonus.
    Source: ESPN.com
    May 31 – 8:56 PM

    ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim said “there’s little incentive” for Kirk Cousins to sign a long-term deal unless Washington meets his asking price.

    Keim reports both sides want a long-term deal, but he predicts Cousins will play 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag. That decision could end up working for both sides. The Redskins are understandably hesitant to shell out long-term guarantees after one season, and Cousins probably thinks he will be in a better position to negotiate if he puts together another solid season. It would still be slightly surprising if the two sides did not work something out, but it is not out of the question.
    Source: ESPN
    May 31 – 1:20 PM

    Redskins third-round CB Kendall Fuller (microfracture surgery) has been cleared for team drills.

    Fuller said he was “90 percent healthy” earlier this month. He remains on track for the start of training camp. Fuller should open the season in a nickel role behind Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.
    May 28 – 4:17 PM

    Kirk Cousins thinks first-round WR Josh Doctson can be “a great weapon in the red zone.”

    Doctson might not beat out Pierre Garcon for a starting job by Week 1, but he has the size and ball skills to be an immediate threat in the red zone. “Looks like he can make the contested catch. It’s very natural for him to go up and catch that type of pass,” Cousins said. “He can run well. He has got great size. I almost thought he was a tight end when he showed up because of his size.” If DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed can stay healthy, Cousins should have no shortage of weapons to target this season.
    May 28 – 11:55 AM

    Kirk Cousins said he expects 2015 fourth-round WR Jamison Crowder to make a sophomore jump.

    “When it’s your second year and you caught [that] many passes in your first year, you come in a little more confident and sure of yourself,” Cousins said. “All of that lends itself to taking another step forward.” Crowder saw plenty of targets with DeSean Jackson sidelined for a good chunk of last season, but he was limited to 604 yards and two scores on 59 catches. A limited slot receiver, Crowder will struggle to carve out a big role if Jackson, Pierre Garcon and rookie Josh Doctson stay healthy.
    May 28 – 11:47 AM

    Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) is still in a walking boot.

    Riley injured his foot late last season and was initially slapped with a 3-6 week timetable after requiring surgery to put a pin in his fifth metatarsal. Six months later, the foot is still giving him pain and discomfort. Riley expects to be ready for camp, but is due for a second opinion on his foot soon.
    May 27 – 10:37 AM

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    Projecting Proficiency: What Can We Expect From The 2016 Washington Redskins Offense?

    So, you’re a Skins fan with visions of touchdowns dancing in your head.  All you’ve been thinking about since the draft is how many extra towels you’ll need to wipe up the drool over the potential of this 2016 Washington offense.  After all, unless Kirk Cousins completely regresses it seems unfathomable the passing offense could not be highly successful.  Desean Jackson is healthy.  The virtually non-productive Andre Roberts has been replaced by the perhaps not-so-surprisingly productive Jamison Crowder.  Teams can no longer double Garcon, whose production suffered as a result of a lack of a depleted receiving corps.  Ryan Grant, who had 23 receptions last season is ostensibly 5th on the depth chart.  Speedster Rashad Ross is 6th.  The tight end situation has been taken from dire to delicious with not only the return of a healthy Niles Paul but also the signing of Vernon Davis.  The position is solidified to such extent Logan Paulsen may be fighting for a roster spot.  To be perfectly frank, we have a split decision on newly anointed starter Matt Jones at running back.  There really isn’t much history upon which to base a substantive opinion.  For the purposes of projecting numbers reason dictates Jones will see at least the same number of carries primary back Alfred Morris saw last season, possibly more.  Certainly the backs in combination will see many opportunities and with a healthy and revamped offensive line it is reasonable to expect at least marginal improvement to meet the league rushing average per carry.

    Considerable deliberate thought and careful consternation were given to the following projections based upon not only last season but also taking into account the roster changes for the 2016 NFL season.  The figures are intended to be reasonable and attainable based only upon each individual remaining healthy for the full season.  If your first inclination is to balk at the numbers for Cousins my first inclination is to remind you he’s playing on the franchise tag for a contract at the time of this writing and nothing should lead anyone to believe he will not perform under those circumstances.  Quod erat demonstrandum

     

    Projections

    Kirk Cousins
    600 attempts
    400 completions (67%)
    5,000 yards
    35 Touchdowns
    6.0% TD Percentage
    2.0% Interception Percentage
    312.5 YPG
    20 Sacks

    Matt Jones
    250 Carries
    1,000 yards
    30 receptions
    300 yards

    Other Backs
    150 carries
    600 yards
    85 receptions
    500 yards

    Desean Jackson
    60 receptions
    1,100 yards
    8 Touchdowns

    Pierre Garcon
    75 receptions
    800 yards
    6 Touchdowns

    Jamison Crowder
    50 receptions
    500 yards
    5 Touchdowns

    Josh Doctson
    40 receptions
    500 yards
    5 Touchdowns

    Other Receivers
    60 receptions
    600 yards
    5 Touchdowns

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web In Bite-Sized Pieces

    The Redskins’ wide receivers group is receiving national attention:

    http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2016/06/02/washington-redskins-wide-receivers-offense-nfl

    Jamison Crowder is likely to be a big part of the Redskins’ offense:

    Spencer Long is working at both center and left guard:

    Shaun Lauvao is healthy and has not been ruled out as the starter at left guard:

    David Bruton is ahead of Duke Ihenacho at strong safety:

    Will Blackmon is playing behind Deangelo Hall at free safety:

    Su’a Cravens continued to work exclusively at second-team inside linebacker for a second straight week. Eventually, he will expand his duties to play some safety and some nickelback:

    UDFA Robert Kelley just might’ve looked like the best running back out there today (Wednesday) according to Matt Jones and Randy Jordan:

    Kelley is a player we at THN have been touting since his signing.  Watch the highlight video he made and posted on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrndMLIop3s

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2016/06/01/observations-from-wednesdays-practice-at-redskins-park/

    Steven Bowen Retires As A Redskin:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2016/06/01/stephen-bowen-retires-as-a-member-of-the-redskins/?tid=a_inl

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