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Need to Know: Potter gets tepid endorsement

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Need to Know: Potter gets tepid endorsement

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 18, four days before the Redskins play the Lions at FedEx Field.

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1. Penalties and tackling will be other issues covered in the locker room. What we heard on Monday from DeAngelo Hall and London Fletcher and from Mike Shanahan on those subjects was interesting but not particularly enlightening. What we got was interesting but not particularly enlightening. I expect more of the same today.

2. Robert Griffin III addresses the media today and he certainly will be asked about this comment from teammate Pierre Garçon (on ESPN 980 via Dan Steinberg):

“Well, when you’re walking around with a knee brace or playing with a knee brace, obviously it’s slowing you down a little bit,” Garcon said. “It’s just natural. It’s common….I don’t know how much it weighs, exactly, but you always think about it when you have it on there, and it’s a constant reminder. It’s not gonna let you be the guy you are without the knee brace.

3. Don’t be stunned if the Redskins sign a new replacement kicker to replace replacement kicker John Potter if it looks like Kai Forbath won’t be able to go. Mike Shanahan gave a downright frigid endorsement of Potter when asked if he would stick around until they knew what Forbath’s status was. ““It all depends. I’m not really sure at this time,” he said. “I can’t tell you one way or the other exactly what we’re going to do.” Potter missed badly on his only field goal attempt, which was from 50 yards.

4. The last team to make the playoffs after starting 0-2 was the 2008 San Diego Chargers. They won the AFC West at 8-8. The Chargers had to win their last four games to get in and they got the help they needed as Shanahan’s Broncos lost the last three when a win in any one game would have clinched the division. Shanahan was fired after the season. Had Denver won the division, Shanahan would have held onto his job there for a bit longer and who knows who would be coaching the Redskins now.

5. Brandon Meriweather could face a pretty steep fine for his helmet-to-helmet hits on Sunday. With the Patriots in 2010, the last time he started full season, he was hit with a $50,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet on Ravens tight end Todd Heap. There is no formally designated period of time after which a player gets a clean slate so it’s possible his fine could be escalated. It is not yet known if he will play on Sunday; we should hear more on the status of his concussion from Shanahan this afternoon.

Stat of the day

—Santana Moss’ touchdown on Sunday was his 47th as a Redskin. He has caught 46 TD passes and has one more via a punt return. One more touchdown will tie him with Stephen Davis for the 10th-most career touchdowns in team history.

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Timeline

—Days until: Lions @ Redskins 4; Redskins @ Raiders 11; Redskins @ Cowboys 25

—Today’s schedule: Player availability in locker room 11:15; Practice 1:00 (closed to media after first 30 minutes); Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan news conferences after practice (approx. 3:00; streamed on CSNwashington.com)

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The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 7 worst play of 2016

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4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10

Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).

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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.

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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season. 

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Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Mike Shanahan likes Kirk Cousins, both as a person and as a quarterback. The former Redskins coach has made no secret about that. Luckilly for the 'Skins, especially with Cousins staring at free agency, Mike Shanahan is no longer coaching in the NFL.

His son Kyle, however, seems highly likely to take over as San Francisco 49ers head coach. And soon.

Kyle Shanahan currently serves as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, and once their playoff run ends, most expect Shanahan to be named Niners head coach. 

Why should Washington fans care? Allow ESPN's Adam Schefter to explain:

Kyle Shanahan is set to become the San Francisco 49ers' head coach after Atlanta's season ends. San Francisco needs a quarterback as much as any other team in the league. If Cousins is available, the 49ers would pursue him as hard as they've pursued Shanahan.

Even if Washington tags Cousins, San Francisco could attempt to pry him loose in a trade with a package that could include this year's No. 2 overall draft pick. And if Washington doesn't want to deal now, it could have issues later.

This news should not be a shock to Skins fans, but it should be taken seriously. Remember, Kyle Shanahan was part of the Washington organization when Cousins was drafted and the duo worked together in 2012 and 2013. Most quarterbacks would love to run Shanahan's No. 1 ranked offense from Atlanta, and the guess here says Cousins would probably jump at the opportunity. 

Still, much must be worked out.

While some in the Washington front office might have questions about what the long-term value should be in a Cousins contract, the team still has some control. They can place the franchise tag on Cousins this season, like they did last season, and work until mid-summer on a multi-year deal. Or Cousins can again play on a franchise tag in 2017, like he did in 2016 and passed for nearly 5,000 yards.

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What makes Schefter's report the most interesting is the mention of the No. 2 overall pick. Observing the Redskins in 2016, it became obvious the team needs more impact players on defense, and with the second overall pick combined with their own 17th pick and eight more after that, that could deliver an immediate boost. 

Whatever boost a package of draft picks might bring in will be hard pressed to match the production of Cousins. Finding a starting quarterback in the NFL is exceptionally hard, and while Cousins has shown flashes of a special player, he has certainly confirmed he is a capable player in two seasons at the helm of Jay Gruden's offense.

Scot McCloughan and the Redskins brain trust have a few more weeks before free agency, and with it, the deadline to again place the franchise tag on Cousins. It's nearly impossible to see a scenario where Cousins hits the open market this season, but if the No. 2 overall pick comes into play, other scenarios start to seem more possible. 

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