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Need to Know: Reed's "catch radius" pays off

Need to Know: Reed's "catch radius" pays off

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 26, the day before the Washington Redskins play the Broncos in Denver.

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Five items from the media notes sent out by the teams:

1. The Redskins are 6-6 all time against the Broncos. Washington has won two out of the last three meetings including the last one by Jim Zorn’s Redskins team at FedEx Field. There has been one meeting on a neutral field, the Redskins 42-10 win in Super Bowl XXII at jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.

2. Peyton Manning has played in 231 regular season games. He has played in 91 of those (38.4 percent) without taking a sack and in 103 (43.5 percent) without an interception. And Manning has failed to pass for at least one touchdown in 26 games (11.3 percent).

3. Robert Griffin III said after the Bears game that Jordan Reed has “a good catch radius”. He wasn’t kidding. Against the Bears Reed was targeted nine times and caught all nine passes. In records available starting in 1991, Reed is the first Redskin to be targeted at least nine times and catch every pass.

4. The Redskins had three players with 11 or more rushing attempts against the Bears (Griffin with 11, Alfred Morris with 19 and Roy Helu Jr. with 11). The last time they had at least three players with 11 carries each was against the Giants on Dec. 7, 2003 when Trung Candidate had 19, Chad Morton had 13 and Rock Cartwright had 12.

5. Griffin passed for 298 yards against the Bears and rushed for 84 yards. It was the fifth time in his career, which started roughly a season and a half ago, that Griffin has had at least 200 yards passing and 75 running in a game. That’s third in NFL history. Tied for the lead with six are Randall Cunningham, who played in the NFL for 16 season, and Michael Vick, who is in his 11th NFL season.

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Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Broncos 1; Chargers @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Vikings 12

—Today’s schedule: No availability, traveling to Denver

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Need to Know: Final look at Redskins-Cardinals—Bottling up David Johnson

Need to Know: Final look at Redskins-Cardinals—Bottling up David Johnson

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 4, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Cardinals 4:25 pm

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 7; Panthers @ Redskins 15; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 20

Injuries of note:
Out:
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (leg)
Questionable: G Brandon Scherff (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), LS Nick Sundberg (back)
Final injury report

Redskins vs. Cardinals
FOX, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman
Line: Cardinals -2.5

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Cardinals

—It needs to be a Ryan Kerrigan day if the Redskins are going to win. Or a Preston Smith day, something rarely seen this year. Or perhaps Arizonan Trent Murphy will get a couple of sacks for his friends and family. Carson Palmer has been ineffective this year because he has been under constant pressure. Washington needs to keep that up.

—It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Josh Norman and Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals don’t just put Fitz into the slot as a wrinkle; they do it all the time. Norman isn’t comfortable covering in the slot but Joe Barry and Jay Gruden will be very uncomfortable if Fitzpatrick dominates Kendall Fuller. Maybe they will try to start off with Norman on the outside but they will adjust quickly. I know I’ve been back and forth on this all week but the Redskins will not use their base defense very often since the Cardinals like to spread the field so much. There will be no “standard” set for this game.

—The Redskins gain 6.4 yards per play, second in the NFL. The Cardinals allow 4.7 yards per game, first in the NFL. As usual, Washington may have to get their score into the upper 20’s to win. That might require a takeaway or a big special teams play.

—A lot of running backs would like to be in a “slump” like the one David Johnson is in now. After gaining at least 83 yards in five straight games, including going over 100  yards in three straight, Johnson has a combined 240 rushing yards in his last four games. Sixty yards per game is respectable but not dominant. The Redskins will gladly sign up for that going in but the Cards will want to get him going against Washington’s leaky rushing defense.

—I think the Redskins will be able to pressure Palmer but Johnson probably has a big day on tap. Unlike some other teams who have played the Redskins this year, if the Cardinals get a good running game going they won’t abandon it. On the other side of the ball, the Redskins’ offense will be slowed down but not shut down. My prediction, which I make with no hesitation but without much confidence:

Redskins 27, Cardinals 21

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Eagles reportedly will make 'strong push' to bring back DeSean Jackson

Eagles reportedly will make 'strong push' to bring back DeSean Jackson

After parting ways with him in a messy release that left the receiver angry with his former franchise back in 2014, the Eagles intend to make a "stong push" to bring back DeSean Jackson this offseason, according to Adam Schefter.

The 30-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent when the season wraps up, and there's been a yearlong debate over whether the Redskins should offer him another contract when that happens. Now, on top of weighing how much he's worth to their offense, Washington will also have to worry about how much he could potentially help a division rival. 

In his report, Schefter cites sources who've told him that "Jackson and Eagles coach Doug Pederson are big admirers of each other." One reason why that admiration from Pederson makes sense: Philadelphia has one of, if not the, worst receiving groups in the NFL, and it's imperative that they do a better job of surrounding Carson Wentz with more talent in 2017.

Sure, this is just a single report in early December, but it is an intriguing one. While it's faded the longer he's been in Burgundy and Gold, Jackson hasn't hidden his resentment for the Eagles since coming to the Redskins. The 2008 second-round pick played in Philly for six campaigns, but was eventually let go in a controversial move that left him upset.

After their game in Arizona Sunday, the 'Skins will travel to Philadelphia next week for a crucial late-season matchup. With this speculation now being passed around the league, keep an eye on if the Lincoln Financial Field crowd gives Jackson a warmer reception than they have since his departure. 

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