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Ian Rapoport: Terrelle Pryor can be a 'star' and Zach Brown could be a 'steal'

Ian Rapoport: Terrelle Pryor can be a 'star' and Zach Brown could be a 'steal'

While everyone in the area continues to obsess over Kirk Cousins' value and potential deal — have you heard he's negotiating with the Redskins over one yet? — there are two contracts that have already been official for a few months that NFL Insider Ian Rapoport loves for Washington.

The first one belongs to Terrelle Pryor. During an appearance on CSN's #RedskinsTalk podcast, Rapoport told JP Finlay that the wideout should provide a huge return on the cheap one-year agreement he signed in March.

"I think he can be a real star," he said. "He has incredible incentive, because he still does not have a long-term deal. That carrot can really make guys perform and sort of keep them performing and keep them focused. I think that will help immensely. It could turn out to be one of the best deals of free agency."

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Rapoport even thinks Pryor's arrival can offset a key departure.

"I really liked it for the Redskins," he continued. "This offense lost DeSean Jackson — that'll hurt some. But Pryor being there kind of minimizes that hurt if you ask me."

That carrot the reporter referred to, along with the fact that Pryor is an athletic freak who's going to be paired with by far the best QB he's ever been paired with this coming year, backs up Rapoport's suggestion that the receiver will shine for the Burgundy and Gold. Yes, he'll have to share targets with Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed and he's still raw, but it's hard to envision a scenario outside of an injury where Pryor doesn't make his $6 million price tag look like a major bargain for the 'Skins.

The other player with a contract that Rapoport is high on belongs to a defensive player. Zach Brown, who joined Washington in April after the free agency market had really settled, could also turn out to be a tremendous find, Rapoport believes.

"I think, based on what it looked like last year, that he has the potential to be one of the best linebackers in football," Rapoport said. "[His speed is] crazy. That was another really good, smart, kind of value signing. For the Redskins, they got a really, really good player at a rate where you wouldn't think it'd be possible to get someone like that."

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"He is not perfect, he's not for everyone, certainly not for everyone, and I know there's some teams that say, 'You know what? Have him. We'll make do without him,'" he acknowledged. "But talent-wise, he is ridiculous. So, if the Redskins get out of him the kind of player he can be, that's gonna be a big-time steal."

To review: In Rapoport's mind, Pryor has star potential, while Brown might very well end up as a steal. If both of those predictions turn out to be true, well, the Redskins won't need to angst over whether the one-year deals they landed those players with were worth the time and money.

Instead, they'll just need to worry about how they can sign both of them to something longer in 2018.  

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 24, eight days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 7:30 CSN; Redskins vs. Raiders 8:30 NBC

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 29
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 35

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

—With Rob Kelley out and Jordan Reed unlikely to play, per Adam Schefter, Samaje Perine will get his first NFL start and Jeremy Sprinkle will be active for the first time. Perine got rolling as the game went on vs. the Rams. In quarters 1-3 he had 11 carries with an average of 2.2 yards per. In the fourth quarter, the rookie carried 10 times for a respectable 4.3 average. If he can get that 4.3 average all game and carry between 15 and 20 times, the Redskins will be fine on the rushing front.

—It was in Week 3 last year that Kirk Cousins got rolling. After throwing one touchdown and three interceptions in his first two games he threw two TD’s and no picks against the Giants. His pattern as the starter has been to start slowly and then pick up steam as the season gets going. Looking at the injury situation and at a Monday night game at Arrowhead Stadium looming next week, today would be a great day for him to get going. The talk in Oakland is that the Raiders will load up to stop the run and challenge Cousins to beat them through the air. Cousins will need to take them up on that challenge.

—The Redskins have four sacks in two games. It will be difficult for them to add to that total today because Raiders QB Derek Carr gets rid of the ball so quickly. The best way to get pressure on a quarterback like that is to take the shortest route. It will be important for Jonathan Allen to get some push up the middle and perhaps Greg Manusky will send Zach Brown or Mason Foster blitzing into the A-gap occasionally. The pressure is also on the secondary to make sure tackles after Carr gets those short completions to make sure they don’t turn into big plays.

—I was skeptical of the impact that Oakland RB Marshawn Lynch would have in his return at age 31 after a poor (417 yards) 2015 season followed by a season in retirement. And although there may be reasons to wonder about his durability over the course of a 16-game season, right now he’s healthy. The Redskins’ worst nightmare would be for Lynch to get 15 carries and grind out four to five yards per pop. That would set up Carr to do whatever he wants to do.

—This looked like a tough one even when it appeared that the Redskins would be at full strength on offense. If Kelley and, especially, Reed are out, the game looks to be an even more daunting task. The Washington defense is going to have to step up and force Carr to make decisions sooner than he wants to. Offensively, the Redskins are going to need to keep Carr and company off the field by controlling the clock. They did it last week against the Rams. If they can take time of possession 35 minutes to 25 again they have a chance to pull off the upset. It’s possible but I’m going to go against it happening.

Raiders 28, Redskins 21

2017 predictions record: 1-1

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

The Redskins could be without two key offensive players against the Raiders tonight, according to a report.

According to ESPN, Redskins starting running back Rob Kelley (rib) is unlikely to play and that Jordan Reed (chest) is a game-time decision but it also is probable that he will sit out. Bot players were listed as questionable on the final injury report on Friday.

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Kelley was having a career day against the Rams last Sunday before he left the game in the second quarter with a rib cartilage injury. He practiced on a limited basis all week.

Reed, a key target for quarterback Kirk Cousins, missed some snaps after sustaining the injury to his sternum during the game against the Rams. He was out of practice on Wednesday and limited on Thursday and Friday.

Rookie Samaje Perine saw his first NFL action last week and he likely will get his first NFL start in Kelley’s spot tonight. If Reed can’t play, Vernon Davis will start and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle, who was inactive the first two games, will be in uniform.

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