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Need to Know: Secondary of the future on display?

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Need to Know: Secondary of the future on display?

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 7, one day before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans.

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It’s been 213 days since the last one so we know that you can’t wait for our game chat tomorrow. We’ll get going at about 7:30 to get ready for the 8:00 kickoff against the Titans. We’ll have yours truly from Ashburn, J. P. from the Bethesda studios and an occasional visit from Tarik, who with be at LP Field in Nashville.

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Secondary of the future

On Monday morning, the Redskins released the team’s official depth chart. That afternoon, the entire defense listed as the first team on that depth chart made it on to the field together at the same time for the first time since training camp began on July 25.

The front seven has been solid. The issue has been getting the secondary together. Josh Wilson started camp on the PUP list, DeAngelo Hall suffered a sprained ankle in the early going and Brandon Meriweather has been in and out of practice as he is recovering from a torn ACL. On Monday the three of them were in the backfield with rookie free safety Bacarri Rambo and the starting 11 was on the field.

Indications at training camp yesterday were that the group would not be intact tomorrow in Tennessee. In fact, the starting defensive backfield could have a decidedly 2014 or 2015 look to it.

Rambo, the Redskins’ sixth-round pick, is likely to start along with cornerback David Amerson and strong safety Phillip Thomas, the team’s second- and fourth-round choices respectively. The Redskins hope that those three will be fixtures in the backfield in the future. On Thursday night, they will be the team of the present.

It remains to be seen how long they will play. Mike Shanahan indicated earlier this week that he was thinking about playing his starters for 10-15 plays. But Amerson and Phillips aren’t “starters”, they are rookie reserves who need the work. And even though Rambo is the starter for right now he certainly could use more than about a dozen snaps if he is to remain the starter until the Redskins take on the Eagles in the season opener.

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Today’s schedule

No availability today, team travels to Nashville for tomorrow’s preseason game.

A look at depth at running back

In case you missed it

Days until: Redskins @ Titans preseason opener 1; Final cuts 24; Redskins @ Cowboys 67

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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 who 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.

 

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