Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 14, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field.
—Today's schedule: Jay Gruden news conference
—Days until: Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 10; Redskins @ Cardinals 20; Redskins @ Eagles 27
Injuries of note: Moses (ankle), returned to game Davis (abdomen), returned to game
Redskins vs Vikings by the numbers Stat comparison Total yards: WAS 388, MIN 331
Rushing yards: WAS 128, MIN 47
Passing yards: WAS 260, MIN 284
Takeaways: WAS 1, MIN 1
Stats of note —The Vikings came into the game giving up an average of 15.8 points per game, the lowest average in the NFL. The Redskins scored a season-high 26 points against them. —Linebacker Preston Smith had two sacks and an interception. Since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 only three Redskins—Marcus Washington (2005), Shawn Springs (2004), and Monte Coleman (1993)—have had multiple sacks and at least one interception in a game. —Smith becomes the third player with multiple sacks and an interception in a game since he entered the league in 2015, joining Calais Campbell of the Cardinals and Jerrell Freeman of the Colts. —Smith now has six career sacks of Sam Bradford. Before the two on Sunday he recorded four against him last year. —Trent Murphy got his seventh sack of the season in the fourth quarter. He had six career sacks coming into the season. He has at least a half sack in seven of the team’s nine games. —RB Rob Kelley set career highs in both rushing attempts with 22 and rushing yards with 97. —With Jamison Crowder’s first reception today went for a four-yard touchdown. It was his 100th career reception in his 25th game. He got to 100 catches in fewer games than anyone but Gary Clark (22 games) and Charlie Brown (23).
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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 28, 30 days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 20
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 45
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 57
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 109
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 157
Tuesday three and out
1. Maybe Bruce Allen and the Redskins have a master plan for saving the whole Kirk Cousins situation but right now it just looks like they’re stuck without a solution to paying $24 million to a quarterback who likely will be gone in a year. That’s money that could either be rolled over into future seasons if Cousins gets traded or used as a down payment on a long-term Cousins deal. Maybe there’s a master plan there somewhere but right now it looks an awful lot like the organization is just stumbling around in the dark, stubbing its toe while trying to find the light switch.
2. WR Brian Quick will cost the Redskins less against the salary cap than they are paying him. That’s because his contract takes advantage of the minimum salary benefit. He gets the sixth-year minimum salary of $775,000 plus an $85,000 signing bonus, a total of $860,000. Because of the minimum salary and low signing bonus the CBA rules allow the team to essentially discount the cap hit for the contract down to $695,000. The rule is designed so that younger players are necessarily cheaper, at least when it comes to the salary cap.
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3. Allen hinted that the Redskins won’t necessarily hire a general manager after the draft. While talking to colleague JP Finlay he said, “We’ll talk about what we need after the draft from a staffing standpoint.” Not “we’ll search high and low for the best GM in the business” but that needs will be examined. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
And out—Allen didn’t have much to say when JP asked about the stadium project that was a hot topic a year or so ago, only confirming that talks are ongoing. The fact that he had so little to say, not even some platitudes about the desire to build a great environment for the fans. Reading between the lines, this makes me think that a deal is getting close and the less that is said about it at this point the better. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will be term limited out of office next January and the feeling is that he will want to leave a Redskins stadium deal as his legacy.
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When it comes to incorrectly identifying the names of social media platforms, Bill Belichick is the standard-bearer and industry leader. Examples of terms recently uttered by the head coach include gems like "MyFace" and "Yearbook," as the football icon has demonstrated he's somewhat aware of the sites and apps yet doesn't really care about them.
Bruce Allen, though, may have just laid claim to Belichick's crown. In a 1-on-1 interview with CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay, Allen discussed how he's not involved at all on social media and then proceeded to give Snapchat a glorious new name.
"I don't get to pay attention to everything," Allen told Finlay when asked if the team president keeps up with the constant rumors surrounding Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.
"You're not on Twitter all the time?" Finlay interjected.
"No, I don't have Twitter," Allen answered, laughing, "and I'm not on Snapper-chapper or whatever it's called."
Allen was in the neighborhood by starting off with "Snap," but the rest of his attempt showed he's not exactly on the right street. Fortunately, unlike Belichick, Jay Gruden has gotten Snapchat's name right in the past, and could likely help Allen get used to the app if Allen ever decides to start using it.
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