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.
Matt Jones is practicing with a football which emits a warning signal if he does not apply pressure to every key point.
DeSean Jackson was on the field for practice Monday.
Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic says the Redskins are being “ultra-cautious” with first-round WR Josh Doctson (foot).
Redskins signed third-round CB Kendall Fuller to a four-year contract.
Matt Jones wants to show he is “capable of being a No. 1 back all the time.”
Redskins undrafted WR Reggie Diggs underwent a knee scope and will be sidelined until training camp.
First-round WR Josh Doctson “hurt his foot” Tuesday and will be sidelined at least one week.
Redskins TE Niles Paul has bulked up to 250 pounds.
DeSean Jackson forfeited a $500,000 workout bonus by skipping OTAs.
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.
Redskins third-round CB Kendall Fuller (microfracture surgery) has been cleared for team drills.
Kirk Cousins thinks first-round WR Josh Doctson can be “a great weapon in the red zone.”
Kirk Cousins said he expects 2015 fourth-round WR Jamison Crowder to make a sophomore jump.
Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) is still in a walking boot.
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 The virtually non-productive Andre Roberts has been replaced by the perhaps not-so-surprisingly productive Jamison Crowder.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
400 completions (67%)
6.0% TD Percentage
2.0% Interception Percentage
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It’s possibly the worst kept secret in the organization that the Washington Redskins need insurance at the running back position. Dismissing all of the questions surrounding the abilities of Matt Jones to be the primary back and operating under the assumption he will, in fact, be the primary back due to both verbal confirmation from the powers that be and lack of evidence to the contrary, the team needs a proven veteran backup who has shown an ability to carry the workload should Jones become either injured or ineffective.
The free agency options are plentiful and while none necessarily make one think any player currently on the waiver wire is a better starting option than Jones there are several who have started far more games in their respective careers. Keeping in mind the backup is not part of a youth movement but rather part of a, “Dear Lord, get us to the next draft so we can address this need.” movement, the following players seem viable options in that role. Obviously each comes with caveats otherwise they’d not be in the free agency market. The salary figures are from the 2015 NFL season. Those costing over $1.0MM appear on chart #1 while those costing under $1.0MM appear on chart #2.
Statistics alone say the Redskins should be looking at Arian Foster or Steven Jackson, both of whom have been workhorse primary backs in the past. Foster is coming off a major injury but ran for 1,246 yards in just 13 games in 2014. If he can pass a physical he has to be considered a serious option. Jackson’s last productive season was 2012. He is not a viable option. Bell had a poor 2015 season but carried the ball 390 times for 1,510 yards in 2013-2014. Gerhart has never carried the ball more than 109 times in a season and has totaled 160 carries in the last three seasons. He is not a viable option. Bush has carried the ball just 84 times for 325 yards the past two seasons. He is not a viable option. Of the ‘expensive’ backups only Foster and Bell potentially fill the necessary role.
Of the lower priced backs, Bradshaw has played just 19 games the past three seasons. Durability issues eliminate him from the equation. Jackson has carried the ball just 165 times for 625 yards the past two seasons. Age has caught up with him. He is not a viable option. Pierce has carried the ball just 99 times for 370 yards the past two seasons however he did carry the ball 150 one season and is only 25 years of age. Thomas played four games with the Skins last season but has only carried the ball 75 times for 350 yards the past three seasons combined. He is not a viable option as a primary back.
The long and short of the situation is that, at present, there are limited viable options for a backup who can double as a primary back if necessary and the Redskins need to jump on one of the few options before there are none. Arian Foster at even 75% of what he once was would be a tremendous asset as a backup. Joique Bell could possibly regain his former form with better run blocking than he had in Detroit. Pierce could potentially be a low cost, low risk, high reward backup. There also may be a player unexpectedly released at some point who fits the bill. What doesn’t fit the bill is having Chris Thompson and Keith Marshall as the backup plan. Journalists are supposed to tell the story, not write the story, but if someone like a Robert Kelley wants to step up into the role of primary backup that would be a story I’d enjoy writing. Why not? If the team is willing to trust Jones as the primary back then why not Kelley as the backup?
P.S.> I know Steven Jackson is in both charts. Kindly overlook that egregious error. You may flog me later when the team goes in an entirely different direction.
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Has the Eagle Landed Yet?
What a roller coaster ride for Redskins fans yesterday, but in the end… when you beat a division rival… you take the crunchy with the smooth, and you rejoice.
Happy Victory Monday Redskins Nation.
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After a spectacular 2 Touchdown, 123 yard performance by the rookie running back, Matt Jones is the subject of this week’s #wallpaperWednesday. There are 3 graphics here… a 1440×900 wallpaper, a 900×900 square version for social network use (avatars, twitcons, FB profiles), and another square version with last week’s stats on it.
Enjoy and happy #Redskins #wallpaperWednesday
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