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Need to Know: Not yet mission accomplished for RG3

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Need to Know: Not yet mission accomplished for RG3

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 30, 10 days before the Redskins open up their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.

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Five things from Redskins Park:

1. The next day and a half will be nerve racking for a few dozen players who are on the bubble. Some of the players who will be cut already know that they are likely to be released. Some have a pretty good idea that they will be but are holding out hope that they somehow will stay around. And some will be floored by being told to go see the coach and bring their iPads even though they were fourth string on the depth chart all during training camp. In any case, it’s a process that any coach will tell you is the worst part of his job.

2. In some cases tomorrow, no news will be good news. I remember Logan Paulsen talking about his experience on cutdown day when he was an undrafted rookie in 2010. He said that nobody came up and told him that he had made the team but when the deadline came and went and he still had not received a visit from The Turk he figured he was safe. He was and now he’s entering his fourth season.

3. Despite Chris Thompson’s scintillating 69-yard punt return against the Bucs last night I’m not 100 percent convinced that he will be the punt returner against the Eagles. I think Mike Shanahan would like to be able to trust Thompson with the job but his fumbles and general awkwardness in fielding some punts have to spook the coach to some extent. Perhaps he will put Santana Moss back there against the Eagles and for the first few weeks of the season while Thompson fields a thousand or so punts off of the JUGS machine and carry’s a football with him everywhere he goes to remind him not to fumble. Then Thompson goes out there in Week 4 or maybe after the bye and starts returning the punts.

4. I don’t want to wade too deeply into the settlement of the NFL concussion lawsuit but I do have a couple of points here. While the $765 million the league will pay out over the next 17 years represents just a small portion of its profits the purpose of the suit and settlement were not to sock it to the owners, it was to provide medical care and financial compensation to players who saw the quality of their post-retirement lives adversely affected by concussions. If it’s enough to do that then it was enough. Also important is the element of time. The plaintiffs could have gone to trial and maybe the could have received a huge settlement. But that could take years in court meaning more years without treatment and a number of the players might no longer be around to see any benefits.

5. Operation Patience has not quite become Mission Accomplished. Not yet anyway. We will have to wait until Monday to find out that Shanahan has named Robert Griffin III the starting quarterback against the Eagles on Sept. 9. There is a little bit more process to go through, some “concerns” that coach and quarterback need to discuss. It’s part Shanahan showing who’s boss and forcing Griffin to extend his patience a little farther and part taking some time to make sure he has one last chance to talk to his quarterback about the problems he will face if he doesn’t better protect himself when danger is near. Remember in training camp when it took an extra day for Shanahan to OK Griffin to do 11 on 11 drills? Didn’t think so. There are no serious game preparations going on until Wednesday anyway so a few more days to nail down the starting quarterback won’t matter.

Stat of the day

The Redskins allowed opponents to convert just 10 of 50 third down situations during the preseason. That’s 20 percent compared to a whopping (and league worst) 44.2 percent last year. It should be noted that of the 16 quarters they played only two were against quarterbacks who are likely to see NFL action this year in Jake Locker of the Titans and the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger.

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Timeline

—Days until: Final cuts 1; Eagles @ Redskins 10; Redskins @ Packers 16

—Today’s schedule: No availability

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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 who 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.

 

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