Whos up and whos down after the Redskins 38-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday?UpAlfred Morriscontinues to impress. The rookie running back rushed 17 times for 78 yards on Sunday, giving him 263 yards for the year. Thats good for eighth in the NFL pending tonights game.DownSantana Mosshad just one catch yesterday for three yards. On the season he has eight receptions for 67 yards, an average of 8.4 yardscatch.UpMaking his first NFL start,Rob Jacksonmade a diving interception in the end zone for a touchdown. For the game he had three tackles, all of them behind the line of scrimmage.DownThe other new starter on defense, end JarvisJenkins, was largely invisible with no tackles and one assist.UpThere were many who questioned whyBrandon Banksis on the roster but he made a pretty good case for himself on Sunday. His 55-yard kickoff return late in the first half jump-started a struggling offense. They scored a field goal that got the Redskins on the road to tying the game after being down by 17 points. In the second half took some pressure off of Robert Griffin III on the option play by presenting an outside speed threat.DownRookie Richard Crawford, playing nickel corner in place of the injured Cedric Griffin, was burned on Andrew Hawkins 59-yard touchdown catch and run that ultimately turned out to be the margin of victory.UpTight end Fred Davis came into the game with just four receptions for 52 yards in the first two games. Against the Bengals he caught seven for 90 yards.DownThe defense. Adding any more would just be piling on.
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.
The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.
—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.
Tandler on Twitter
Derek Carr confirms he wanted to make sure his deal was structured so the Raiders had flexibility to lock up other core players.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 23, 2017
Sounds nice but $25 million/year is still $25 million/year. Raiders cap will get squeezed on front end or back end. https://t.co/anIvRCU17E— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) June 23, 2017
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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.
No tight end in the NFL forced more missed tackles on receptions than Vernon Davis in 2016. pic.twitter.com/zl1bCARLUa— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 22, 2017
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.
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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