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Jenkins could be key to improved pass rush

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Jenkins could be key to improved pass rush

The Redskins put up 41 sacks in 2011 and sacked the quarterback on 7.5 percent of pass attempts. Those arent bad numbers; they were tied for 10th in the league in total sacks and they were eighth in sack percentage. Pro Football Focus rated them eighth in overall pass pressure, a number that includes QB hits and hurries as well as sacks.But anyone who watched the team week in and week out knows that the Redskins pass rush was lacking. They rarely were able to get to the quarterback in key situations and they forced very few fumbles with pass pressure.In response to this, the Redskins didnothing. The only draft pick who plays in the front seven was linebacker Keenan Robinson, who is a year or two away from contributing on a regular basis. No defensive linemen or linebackers were signed as free agents; the only transactions there were to bring back London Fletcher, Kedric Golston, and Darrion Scott.Thats all well and good, but how will they generate more pass rush? The key could be someone they already had on their roster, Jarvis Jenkins.As Jenkins comes back from a knee injury that wiped out his rookie season, it is as though the Redskins recouped the second-round pick they gave up in the deal to move up in the draft to get Robert Griffin III. And he could be the key to turning the Redskins pass rush from good to great.Jenkins is not a classic edge rusher but that is not the role he is expected to play. At 6-4, 310 he will be more of a disrupter, using his size, strength, and quickness to do what 3-4 linemen are supposed to do, which is create opportunities for others to make plays.But that doesnt mean that Jenkins wont get a few sacks of his own. Look for him to get some pressure up the middle when lined up in the nose position in passing situations. It wouldnt be surprising to see him rack up a half a dozen sacks or so, especially if Griffin and the offense can give them a good lead to work with every once in a while.Unless and until Robert Griffin III comes into his own as a quarterback, the defensive front seven will be the strength of the 2012 Redskins. The addition of Jenkins to that group could make the unit strong enough to carry the team to some additional wins.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 24, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 23
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 70

The Redskins week that was

Pressure Points: Focus is on Jay Gruden like never before—So you lost two coordinators and your top two wide receivers? Well, the Redskins gave him a two-year contract extension because they think he can deal with problems like those. Gruden will be cut zero slack.

Post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, offense—Sure, there will be plenty of lip service about everyone having a chance of making the 53-man roster. But this cake is very nearly baked. But the real competition in training camp will be for the 10 practice squad spots. I picked 25 offensive players to make it and I’m confident that 23, maybe 22 of the picks will be right. There seems to be more questions on defense (roster projection here) but even on that side of the ball, few jobs are truly up for grabs.

Redskins in a no-lose situation with confident Galette—We haven’t seen Junior Galette practicing in the spring before. Two years ago, he wasn’t with the team yet and last year he was held out so he could rehab his torn Achilles. That means we don’t have much comparison to make but he did look good. Next step is to do it with the pads on.

Snyder 'THRILLED' with ruling that should protect Redskins name—The legal part of the fight to get the Redskins to change their name is over after the recent Supreme Court ruling. They will not lose their trademark protection, which would effectively force them to change the team. However, it seems likely that the political and social battle will go on.

Is a Redskins-Cousins deal not only possible but probable?—One analyst thinks that the Redskins have too much to lose to not get a deal done by July 17. I think he’s right but I’m not sure if I’ll go along with his odds. 

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One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

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. 

ROSTER BATTLES: Left guard | Tight end Nickel cornerback  | Inside linebacker | Running back

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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