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Morris isn't sweating Eagles' wide-9

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Morris isn't sweating Eagles' wide-9

The Eagles 4-3 defense; specifically the 'wide-9,' is designed to smother outside runs. Keeping in mind the Redskins love to run the option, seemingly playing right into the teeth of Philadelphia's defensive scheme, rookie running back Alfred Morris is treating Sunday like any other game.

"I prepare for all games the same way. I mean the game plan changes, the plays you run change but the way I prepare doesn't change. I'm always going to go out there and leave it all on the field, give it my all."

Morris admits, however, getting past the Eagles won't be easy.

"They do pose a threat with the four D linemen, a lot of penetration, a good front four...so with that mindset, I gotta go out there on the fly and adjust, adapt as I always do. You know all the defenses are pretty much different, even if it's the same scheme, you know the players in that scheme are going to be different so it's going to be a challenge and I look forward to it."

So should we expect to see the Redskins attack the middle of that wide-9?

"I guess we'll have to see...that would be awesome though."

Morris then took a page from Coach Mike Shanahan's press conference playbook in emphasizing the importance of walking away with a 'W' Sunday.

"It's a must win for us, it's a playoff game for us. We have to win it if we want to keep our hopes up for the post season, so right now our focus is the eagles."

Morris was uncharacteristically solemn Thursday, perhaps the weight of a 3-6 season was taking it's toll, but the rookie perked up a bit when discussing seeing his little brother play ball for the first time during the bye.

Instead of giving his younger brother advice, Alfred said the two actually, 'feed off one another.' With his brother in attendance, Shawn Morris put on a show Saturday in a performance that caused Al Mo to joke that he needs to "get his numbers up."

The senior running back at Birmingham Southern scored three touchdowns and rushed for 255 yards on 38 carries, leading the Panthers to a 35-21 victory over Milsaps. One of those TDs was a reception.

Shawn would earn Southern Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.

Alfred admitted in a story that included multiple, 'awe mans' that it shocked him a bit when his brother gushed about his NFL accomplishments. Apparently, Shawn can only catch Redskins games on the radio and when he finally saw highlight videos fans' had posted...he was beyond 'proud' of his big bro.

No. 46 has averaged 88.1 rushing yards per game placing him 6th in the league with multiple 100 yard performances and don't forget about those five touchdowns. A solid performance versus the Eagles would be yet another proud moment in an already stellar rookie season.    

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Ricky Jean-Francois signs with the Packers, per report

Ricky Jean-Francois signs with the Packers, per report

Before last season with the Redskins, Ricky Jean-Francois had made the playoffs five consecutive times, doing so twice with San Francisco, twice with Indianapolis and then once with Washington.

Now, the veteran — who was released by the 'Skins on March 15 — has given himself a strong chance of getting back to the postseason again in 2017 by reportedly signing with the Packers on Thursday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Jean-Francois and Green Bay agreed to a one-year, $3-million contract.

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The 30-year-old lineman visited with the Bears and Seahawks before choosing to sign with Green Bay. Former Redskin Chris Baker, now in Tampa Bay, had also attempted to recruit Jean-Francois on Twitter to join him with the Bucs.

By cutting Jean-Francois last week, Washington will save $3 million toward their 2017 salary cap. Some have also speculated whether his criticism of the franchise was a factor in the transaction.

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DeSean Jackson chose Tampa because he wanted a young QB with 'a lot of upside'

DeSean Jackson chose Tampa because he wanted a young QB with 'a lot of upside'

Kirk Cousins is a 28-year-old quarterback, which is pretty youthful by NFL standards, and he's thrown for 4,100+ and 4,900+ yards in the past two seasons, suggesting that his career is on the rise.

But when DeSean Jackson was evaluating where to ink his next contract during his time on the open market, he saw another passer who is younger than Cousins and, in his mind, has more potential than Cousins, too.

And that is one of the main reasons why Jackson left the Redskins and signed with the Buccaneers.

"I think it was a great fit, a great opportunity, a great up-and-coming, young team," the receiver said during an interview on ESPN's First Take. "Jameis [Winston], obviously, in my decision making, I really wanted to go with a young quarterback, someone who had a lot of upside to him and I think he was the one to fit that position."

Like Cousins, Winston has been a full-time starter for two seasons in the league, and like Cousins, he's posted some gaudy numbers.

Most of the numbers, however, don't stack up to Washington's QB. Cousins edges out Winston in touchdowns, completion percentage and yards, and has also taken fewer sacks and thrown fewer picks than the former Heisman Trophy winner, in the last two years.

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With those stats in mind, it's safe to say the Michigan State product is superior to the Florida State product today. But after hearing Jackson say he valued Winston's "upside," it's not hard to take that a step further and conclude that Jackson believes Winston's ceiling is higher than Cousins' ceiling. On top of that, the latter's contract situation probably was a factor to some extent.

Speaking of Cousins, the pass catcher was asked to talk about his old signal caller. His response was complimentary — but also quite short.

"I think he has what it takes," Jackson said. "At times, we probably needed more out of him and everybody else on the team as well, too. Kirk Cousins, obviously his numbers are off the charts. He had crazy numbers. But moving forward man, we're in Tampa now." 

It was a speedy answer from a speedy player. And while that speedy player did speak highly of Cousins, he's opting to wind down his career with Winston instead, which basically declares that he decided Winston must have "what it takes" more than Cousins.

Jackson is certainly moving forward in Tampa, but whether his production will move upward with Winston isn't as certain.

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