Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher is contemplating retirement but the team may be trying to convince him to return in 2016.
He had a quick talk with general manager Scot McCloughan as he left the field after the Redskins’ loss to the Packers in the wild card round of the playoffs. McCloughan said that he would welcome Hatcher back next season.
“I've been thinking lately about this being my last year, you know, retiring” said Hatcher when asked about his talk with McCloughan. “One thing I've got to pray about. [McCloughan] said he wanted me around.”
Hatcher played in 15 games this year and although he only recorded two sacks he was one of the leaders on the line when it came to pressuring the opposing quarterback.
But he will turn 34 before next season starts and he may want to call it quits after 10 NFL seasons, eight in Dallas and two here.
“I still love the game, I've just got to pray about it and see what my family said about it,” said Hatcher. He's [McCloughan] a great guy, I'm glad I met him. He believed in me as a leader and as a player. It's hard to not come back. But at the same time I've got to do what's best for me and the family.’
Hatcher expects to make his decision sooner rather than later.
“I'm not going to hold them up on my decision,” he said. “I'm going to make it pretty quick . . . We'll see how everything plays out.”
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Vernon Davis played well in 2016, quite well in fact. Signed to a one-year deal after a poor 2015 season, expectations were low for Davis and he over-delivered.
He ended the season with 44 catches and 583 yards to go with two touchdowns, but a stat from Pro Football Focus truly stands out.
There were 15 tight ends with more yards than Davis, including one on his own team in Jordan Reed. Still, at age 32, Davis had the moves to make defenders miss.
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Even early in 2016, as early as training camp, a number of Redskins players mentioned that Davis still had speed and quickness. That didn't change throughout the 16 game season. Pro Football Focus just quantified it.
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Having a workout buddy is good. Having a workout buddy who's a three-time All-Pro and who churns out 100-catch seasons like Michael Bay churns out dreadful Transformers sequels, however, is better.
It's that second kind that Terrelle Pryor has chosen to spend time with recently. On Thursday, the Redskins wideout tweeted footage of him working out alongside Antonio Brown, and even though he is much taller and 40+ pounds heavier than the Steelers star, Pryor didn't have that much trouble keeping up with the NFL's top outside threat.
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Take a look at this race between the two, for instance, in which the pair of pass-catchers blow by the camera man so quickly, he fails to film the contest's conclusion:
You can also watch Pryor and Brown go through a ladder drill while wearing a band around their ankles at the end of this video from the Redskins. Now, that band would likely cause some problems for common folk trying to complete the drill, but as these two show, they aren't common:
They even found time for yoga (please be sure to note how Pryor's groutfit is so thorough that it includes his mat):
For a guy like Pryor — who's still relatively new to his position — spending offseason time with Antonio Brown could really pay off for both him and the Redskins in 2017.
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