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Need to Know: Redskins finally score a TD after a takeaway

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Need to Know: Redskins finally score a TD after a takeaway

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 19, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

News, notes, and numbers on Jets 34, Redskins 20

—Bashaud Breeland recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass against the Jets. He became the second player to do that this season, along the Darrelle Revis of the Jets. Breeland is the first Redskins player do to so since at least the 2000 season.

—The Redskins turned Breeland’s first takeaway, a fumble recovery at the Jets’37-yard line. It was the first time the Redskins had scored a touchdown in the series immediately following a turnover in 29 opportunities to do so. That came on December 22, 2013 against the Cowboys when they drove 33 yards for a touchdown after Josh Wilson recovered a fumble.

—In the fourth quarter Jeron Johnson blocked a punt in the end zone and Rashad Ross fell on it in the end zone for a touchdown. It was Ross’ second special teams TD of the year, the first coming in the same end zone of the same stadium in Week 3 against the Giants when he returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown.

—It was the Redskins’ first blocked punt since Vernon Fox got one on December 24, 2006.

—Ross scored the Redskins’ first touchdown on a blocked punt since Walt Harris scored one against the Lions in 2004. That’s a span of 174 games.

—Dustin Hopkins’ 54-yard field goal in the second quarter was a career long (sample size alert, his career is only five games old). It was his second one of over 50 yards in two weeks. Hopkins hit one from 52 yards last week in Atlanta to tie the game at the end of regulation.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden news conference 3:00 p.m.

Days until: Bucs @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Patriots 20

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 27, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

It’s been 146 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 106 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 17
—Training camp starts (7/27) 61
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 75

The Redskins week that was

Here are some of the most popular post from the last week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com

How well will the Redskins' defense adjust to six new starters? The Redskins unquestionably got an infusion of defensive talent but as we have seen in the past that does not guarantee better results. Throw a new defensive coordinator into the mix and it could take some time for this unit to reach its full potential. I think that there will be struggles early in the season and a better (but not dominant) unit by the time November rolls around.

Which Redskins will surprise in 2017? Every player carries expectations into the season. Some will be better than we believe right now (think of what many thought Vernon Davis would do last year) and some will play worse (Josh Doctson). I take out the crystal ball to figure out who will exceed expectations and who will fall below them.

Don't count out 3rd straight franchise tag for Cousins—Yes, Bruce Allen said that he is willing to franchise tag Kirk Cousins for a third time next year, a move that would cost $34 million for one season. But I think that’s a total bluff; the Redskins’ salary cap situation for 2018 would make such a move very difficult for them to pull off. The best hope for Cousins being a Redskin in 2018 is getting him signed to a long-term contract by July 15 of this year. The tone of the conversation regarding a new deal has been positive lately but the team must come up with a serious offer for a deal to happen.

For Redskins, finding a nose tackle needs to be a priority—Well, it’s up to Jim Tomsula to “make” a nose tackle. Phil Taylor is a true NT and he will get a shot. But he hasn’t played a snap since 2014. Undrafted free agent Ondre Pipkins also has nose tackle size at 6-3, 325. But he is a long shot, as are the Redskins’ chances of being significantly better against the run if they don’t find someone, anyone to be an adequate solution as the nose tackle.

Did Vernon Davis make the NFL change celebration rules? Although I prefer the John Riggins way of celebrating a touchdown—hand the ball to the referee because you’ve been in the end zone before and you expect to be back again soon—elaborate celebrations don’t bother me. After a TD in a game I’m covering I’m focused on writing about the scoring drive. When I’m watching at home, my attention goes to Twitter or to the refrigerator. I do think that it was dumb for the Redskins to lose 15 yards of field position because Vernon Davis put a jump shot over the crossbar so that’s why I’m glad that the NFL changed the celebration rules.

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85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is always open to some coaching no matter who it comes from. On Friday that coaching came from Veronica, an 85-year old woman who works at Congressional Country Club and is a die-hard Redskins fan.

Cousins posted a picture of the pair together on his Instagram account Friday afternoon. 

Veronica made some solid suggestions, especially the one about him getting the ball out of his hands quicker. 

Despite the rocky contract situation with the team, there's no question that Cousins loves the passionate Redskins fan base. 

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