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It’s Kelly’s turn

It’s Kelly’s turn

Malcolm Kelly is on the spot

Last week it was second-year cornerback Justin Tryon in the spotlight. All week long he received praise and there were indications that he would at least justify his fourth-round selection if not start to look like an outright steal.

Then, on Thursday, they had to call the Baltimore City Fire Department to put out the flames after Tryon repeatedly was torched.

This week while Tryon licks his wounds, Malcolm Kelly is the second-year player who is receiving all of the attention. He got feature articles in Fredericksburg and in the Times.

He's getting praise from the head coach:
I've seen him continue to come on.  He's catching the ball very well.  He's getting better at his route running, which is one of the things he's been behind because of all of the rehabbing.  And virtually, he's been rehabbing all summer.  So, that part is improving and that's where he's getting up to speed and becoming more and more confident in what he's going to do on the field.
He's getting praise from the quarterback:
He is doing a really good job of reaching out and catching the ball.  He is staying after practice catching balls from the JUGS machine.  That is something you expect because he has extremely strong hands.  The way he can reach out and catch a ball gives a quarterback a lot of comfort.
A lot of the accolades came as a result of one play. It was a 13-yard second-quarter reception of a Todd Collins pass. Pathetically, it was the Redskins' offensive highlight of the game. It's also somewhat disturbing that, according to Ryan O'Halloran's article he ran the wrong route on the play.
Malcolm Kelly's instructions were clear when he lined up on third down Thursday in Baltimore.

Press man coverage: Run 11 yards and break inside.

Soft man coverage: Run 11 yards, stop and turn toward quarterback Todd Collins.

At the snap, Kelly misread the coverage, thinking it was press. He saw the middle of the field open, knifed through and jumped to snare Collins' pass for a slick 13-yard gain, one of the few offensive bright spots for the Washington Redskins.
So the choices were A or B and he chose C. It's good that he made the play but for him to reach his potential the quarterback has to be able to have sufficient to throw to a spot before he makes his break. He's not there yet.

Although I like the fact that Kelly is making plays and it's encouraging that he appears to have recovered from the microfracture surgery he had in the offseason, he still has much improvement to do. Just like Tryon needs to defend the inside routes as well as out patterns, Kelly needs to make the proper reads and run the proper routes.

Without getting down the fine points of his crafts, Kelly might be an OK NFL receiver. If he wants to be something truly special, he needs to get to work.

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Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

When you’re fighting for a playoff spot, it’s not only about what happens to you. It’s also about what happens to the teams you’re competing against for that playoff spot. And one of the Redskins’ main competitors got some very bad news this morning.

The Giants, who are in the No. 5 spot in the NFC, the first wild card spot, got word today that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has had sports hernia surgery. The recovery time is at least four weeks, probably more like six. The Giants’ season is likely to be over by the time six weeks elapse, barring a playoff run without one of their best defensive players.

Pierre-Paul has helped solidify what was a shaky Giants defense last year. He has seven sacks and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. He has been heating up down the stretch with 5.5 sacks in his last three games.

His loss is a big blow for the Giants. They are a game ahead of the Buccaneers, who hold the No. 6 spot, and a game and a half ahead of the Redskins, who are currently seventh.

The Redskins play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins have to pick up just one game on the Giants over the next three to have a shot at passing them in the season finale.

The chances of that happening looked pretty good with Washington playing playing three teams with losing records in the Eagles, Panthers, and Bears and the Giants going against division leaders Dallas and Detroit in addition to the Eagles. With the Giants now without Pierre-Paul, the Redskins’ probabilities got tilted in their direction a little bit more.

Just finishing ahead of the Giants wouldn’t guarantee a playoff spot but it would come close. It would mean that the Redskins would have at least nine wins and the Redskins’ tie means that two teams would have to get to 10 wins to knock them out of the playoffs. The Bucs have to win three more games to get to nine wins and the Packers and Vikings would have to run the table.

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Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins run game against Arizona - a game coach Jay Gruden admitted did not feature enough carries for Robert Kelley. 

The Redskins had a lot of success with their GAP runs early in the game.

In the first half they were successful on 75 percent of their GAP runs. 

As the game wore on the Redskins moved away from what had been successful and only ran two GAP runs in the second half.

As the Redskins power run game vanished, so did their prospects for winning the game.

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