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Need to Know: 5 thoughts on the state of the Redskins after Week 2 of OTAs

Need to Know: 5 thoughts on the state of the Redskins after Week 2 of OTAs

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 8, nine days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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With Week 2 of OTAs is in the books and here are five thoughts on the state of the Redskins.

—The Redskins carried eight offensive linemen last season—the five starters, swing tackle Tom Compton, and interior backups Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis. I think they’ll carry at least nine this year. “Depth is very important at every position, but probably none more important than the offensive line because offensive line people get dinged up quite a bit,” Jay Gruden said on Wednesday. Where will the additional roster spot come from? That remains to be seen.

—After two years of rarely seeing Robert Griffin III speaking to the media anyone other then behind a podium or in some other controlled press conference environment it was odd to see him holding court with the media out near the practice field like most players do (as in the picture with this post). I’m not sure which Griffin prefers but he seemed very relaxed in the less formal setting. This probably doesn’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things but it’s a sign that things are more normal around Redskins Park.

—I talked to DeSean Jackson for the first time last week. Not that it matters, but I don’t think he’ll become a media favorite. He was very polite but very vanilla. But the important thing is for him to get it done on the field. By the way, if I was forced to guess I think he’ll be very limited in his participation in OTAs this week and will be full go for minicamp the following week. And, no, it’s nothing to worry about for the long run.

—In Richmond yesterday, Jay Gruden talked about the Patriots coming to town in August for three days of joint practices there prior to their preseason game at FedEx Field. He said that he’s not sure how much Griffin would be able to learn from Tom Brady since they wouldn’t be facing each other. However, Griffin should be able to get quite an education going up against Darrelle Revis, who is (sorry Richard Sherman) the best cornerback in the business. It will be a rare opportunity for a quarterback to dissect how Revis Island operates over an extended period of time. It will be interesting to see who gets the better of whom.

—The two punters on the team, Robert Malone and Blake Clingan, have kicked some during the OTAs that have been open to the media but neither has made much an impression. Between the two I’d have to say that Malone, who has some NFL punting experience, is the favorite. But there is a good chance that a player named “none of the above” ends up punting against the Texans in Week 1. If neither is getting the job done in the preseason, a veteran punter could be pulled off of the street.

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—It’s been 161 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 91 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 9; Training camp 46; Redskins @ Eagles 105

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Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports declared Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL. Prisco repeatedly points out that while Cousins is a good quarterback, the notion that he should be paid like one of the best passers in the league is what makes him overrated.

From Prisco:

After having six 300-yard-plus passing games in his first 11 games, including two over 400, Cousins had one in the final five games last season as the Redskins pushed for a playoff spot. He had five touchdown passes and five interceptions in those games, going 2-3 as Washington folded. It wasn't all on him, but that's the point. I don't think he's a quarterback who rises above situations when the team isn't going right. I am not going to sit here and pan him as a starter. He has proven to be that, and a pretty good one. It's just that the perception is he's much better than that, which is why he's my most overrated player in the NFL in 2017.

Here's the problem with Prisco's login: Simple market economics. 

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An argument can be made Cousins is a Top 10 passer. He's certainly in the top half of the league at the position. Few, if any, would argue Cousins is a Top 5 quarterback, but his contract situation forces him to be paid like he is. Those are the exact terms of the franchise tag, even before the 20 percent increase Washington paid this season to use a second-straight tag.  

Since the Redskins lost their window to sign their single-season passing yards record holder to a team-friendly deal last year, Cousins has leverage and the advantage of inflated QB salaries on his side.

That doesn't mean Cousins is overrated. 

If the threshold for being overrated is money, then Brock Osweiler wins this thing in a landslide. After the 2016 season in Houston, Osweiler seems unlikely to ever again be considered a starting QB in the NFL. He's due to be paid $18 million this fall and his offseason trade to the Browns will go down as the first-ever salary dump in NFL history. 

Is Cousins overpaid? Probably. That's the way contracts work in pro football. 

Is Cousins overrated? Probably not. He's thrown for more than 9,000 yards and completed about 68 percent of his passes over the last two seasons. 

There just aren't enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and guys that can play the position get paid handsomely. That doesn't make Cousins overrated. 

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

It's been a confusing stretch for Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead. 

The charges against the Bealeton, Virginia native have now been dropped, after it was determined by Prince William County Police that Whitehead is not the man accused of shoplifting at a convenience store in Woodbridge, Virginia on June 22.

Here's the full statement released Tuesday:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys.

The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.

The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided. At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation.

The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident. Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation. The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys hadn't officially released Whitehead on Monday, despite reports to the contrary. 

 

Although it's looking like he still may be looking for a new home.