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Can RG3's stock go any higher?

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Can RG3's stock go any higher?

Here is a look at who is up and who is down after the Redskins’ 27-23 loss to the Giants:

Up: I’m not sure if the stock of Robert Griffin III can go much higher but I wouldn’t even think about selling it. Yes, he had the two turnovers but the clutch drive that gave the Redskins the lead in the game’s final minutes, featuring the jaw-dropping fourth-down conversion, more than negated his miscues.

Down: The one job that free safety Madieu Williams has in the last two minutes of a game when his team has the lead is to serve as the last line of defense on a long pass. That is especially true pertaining to the receiver he is assigned to cover. Victor Cruz should never have gotten past him.

Up: Although Fred Davis’ injury led to the Redskins bringing back Chris Cooley the immediate beneficiary was Logan Paulsen. He had career highs of four receptions for 76 yards including the catch on RG3’s fourth-down scramble.

Down: London Fletcher had six tackles, one for a loss, but he did miss a tackle and was not in at the end of the game due to a hamstring injury.

Up: Like RG3, Alfred Morris’ stock just continues to rise. Yesterday he had 22 carries for 120 yards. He now has an NFC-best 658 rushing yards on the season, putting him on pace to rush for just over 1500 yards.

DownNiles Paul’s day got off to a bad start when he couldn’t hang on to a short pass in the end zone on the Redskins’ first possession. Yes, the defender got a hand in there but it looks like Paul could have shielded him from the ball. Later, he couldn’t get between Jason Pierre-Paul and Griffin, causing a sack. After Davis went out of the game, Paul did not get targeted at all.

UpSantana Moss showed that he still has it with two touchdown catches, including one on a nifty run after taking a bubble screen.

Down: At first it appeared that Brian Orakpo’s absence would not hurt Ryan Kerrigan’s production all that much. But he has struggled in the past two games and yesterday he didn’t post a sack and had only one tackle.

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Need to Know: Is there a surprise coming for the Redskins defensive coordinator job?

Need to Know: Is there a surprise coming for the Redskins defensive coordinator job?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 22, 95 days before the NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 38
NFL free agency starts 46
First Sunday of 2017 season 231

Sunday morning quick hitters

Talk that Greg Manusky is the favorite to get the promotion to Redskins defensive coordinator seems to be based more on deductive reasoning than from any reports from Ashburn. I think he is likely to be the guy but I’m not sure that there won’t be a surprise selection for the job.

The four-year, $42 million contract extension the Rams gave WR Tavon Austin will set the market for DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Both of their expiring contracts averaged about $8 million per year so they could be in line for healthy raises the year after turning 30. As in other sports, the market is often set by what your dumbest competitior is willing to pay. 

I didn’t give a second thought to leaving DeAngelo Hall off my projection of the defensive roster for the coming season. He said that he would be willing to redo his contract, which calls for him to make $4.25 million this year. That’s fine but I think that the organization will look at the 32 games he missed in the last three seasons combined and decide that they can’t keep a player that they can’t rely on at any price.

How hot is Jay Gruden’s seat in 2017? Assuming he keeps his quarterback, I think that he will be fine with a 10-win season and he will be toast with double-digit losses. The tough call will be if they finish 8-8 or even 9-7 with a playoff miss.

There was a lot of talk about how the Redskins’ salary cap spending on defense last year ($36 million) was dwarfed by what was spent on offense ($78 million). As of right now, the Redskins’ spending is about even, with $57.3 million going to offense and $59.2 million to defense. We’ll see how even the expenditures wind up being when the season starts in September.

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The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 7 worst play of 2016

Giants at Redskins, Week 17

4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10

Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).

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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.

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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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