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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes--Gruden will make first cuts quickly

Need to Know: Redskins Park notes--Gruden will make first cuts quickly

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 22, one day before the Redskins play their third preseason game against the Ravens.

Redskins Park quick hits

The buzz around Redskins Park on Thursday.

—The cut from 90 to 75 has to be done by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Mike Shanahan generally waited until the deadline to make his cuts, bringing back players to practice after the third preseason game. Redskins coach Jay Gruden will not make players wait and wonder. He will take care of business on Sunday. "Right now the plan is they'll be off Sunday and then for practice we'll hopefully get all the cuts done Sunday on the day off,” he said.

—Sorry I didn’t get this up earlier, here is my spot on PFT Live with Mike Florio from Tuesday, talking about the Redskins, RG3, Alfred Morris and more. I come in at about the 8:00 mark.

—This via Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com: To teams went undefeated in the preseason last year. The Redskins went on to a 3-13 nightmare of a season. The Seahawks went 13-3 and won it all. Maybe someday someone will believe me when I saw that the results of preseason games are meaningless.

—Even if Robert Malone makes the Redskins as the punter, which seems likely, he should rent, maybe week to week. Here’s what Gruden said after bringing in punter Tress Way. “We’ve got the extra spot so why not bring another guy in? And that could be the case quite often throughout the year, depending on how we're doing at the position,” he said. Not exactly a ringing vote of confidence for Mr. Malone.

—Gruden was asked if they have decided how many players they would keep at each position and if deciding on the 53 was a matter of filling in the slots. “There's a varying number that could be at a lot of positions, whether it's three or four running backs or five running backs, could be six, seven wideouts, nine linemen, 10 lineman, six D-linemen, 7 D-linemen,” he said.

—The Ravens’ top three cornerbacks are all out for Saturday’s game. We will see if Robert Griffin III and company can take advantage.

—You may have seen some tweets saying that Lache Seastrunk was not at practice along with some speculation that a strained arch he was suffering from in Richmond had come back. As it turned out, he was not there due to a personal matter. Over the weekend he tweeted that his grandmother had passed away.

If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I'll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.
Per Gruden, Moses and Long will work on right side of line, could get 1st team snaps vs Ravens. Hmmm. http://t.co/3CS8kVtIEU #RedskinsTalk

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Timeline

Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Andrews Air Force Base (closed to public and media) 10 a.m.; Welcome home luncheon at National Harbor noon; Jay Gruden remarks following

—It’s been 236 days since the Redskins played a game; in 16 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 8; Home opener vs. Jaguars 23; Redskins @ Eagles 30

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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.