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Need to Know: The top five wide receivers the Redskins will face in 2015

Need to Know: The top five wide receivers the Redskins will face in 2015

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 12, 18 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.

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Earlier this week I looked at the top five quarterbacks the Redskins will face this season and yesterday it was the top five running backs. Today, let’s look at the top five wide receivers on the schedule according to receiving yards gained in 2014:

1. Julio Jones, Falcons (1,593 yards, 3rd in NFL)—There was plenty of chatter that the Redskins were going to draft Jones in 2011 but the Falcons traded up and grabbed him with the sixth overall pick. At 6-4 he’s a handful and is coming of his best seasons.

2. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (1,320 yards, 8th)—The Redskins kept him under control in their first meeting, limitng Bryant to three catches for 30 yards. But in their second meeting he had four for 99 yards and two touchdowns. He posted a total of 16 touchdowns on the year.

3. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants (1,305 yards, 10th)—As I’m sure you know, Beckham put up his numbers after missing the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury. That limited him to one game against the Redskins but he put up a few games’ worth of production, with 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

4. Alshon Jeffery, Bears (1,133 yards, 14th)—Chicago doesn’t have Brandon Marshall any more but the 6-4 Jeffery will be a handful for the Redskins’ defensive backs.

5. Mike Evans, Bucs (1,051 yards, 19th)—Here’s another rookie receiver who put up some serious numbers against the Redskins last year. Evans caught seven pass for 209 yards and two touchdowns in FedEx Field.

Note: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had 1,124 receiving yards last year and he is on the Redskins’ schedule. But this list only includes wide receivers.

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Timeline

—It’s been 196 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 63 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 18; Preseason opener @ Browns 32; final cuts 55

 

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 20, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 1:45; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins press conferences, open locker room after practice, approx. 3:30

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 12
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (11/23) 23
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 39

First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

—This tweet seems a bit audacious. It’s from Vic Tafur, who writes about the Raiders for the pay site The Athletic.

They are second in the NFL in offensive yards and first in points scored. Oakland is fourth in rushing yards and 13th in passing yards. QB Derek Carr is third in the NFL with a stellar 126.5 passer rating and Marshawn Lynch has a bruising 121 yards rushing. They’re good but I would reserve phrases like “doing whatever they want” for teams like the Greatest Show on Turf or the ’07 Patriots. The Raiders aren’t there yet.

—Defensively, the Raiders are just OK, especially considering they have played a Titans team that is solid but not an offensive juggernaut and the putrid Jets. They are 17th in yards given up and tied for 11th in points allowed. They haven’t intercepted a pass although they have two fumble recoveries. They have five sacks, one more than a Redskins team that talks a lot about a need to get to the quarterback.

—Carr and Kirk Cousins have very similar numbers in the two seasons plus two games that they both have been starters. One area where Carr has an edge is in the touchdown passes column. Carr has 65 while Cousins has just 46. The Raiders have some quality receivers in Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. But Cousins could throw to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon up until this season and Washington also has tight end Jordan Reed. It’s at least a wash in terms of quality of targets if not an advantage to the Redskins. It is something that Carr has solved that Cousins has not. Carr’s ability to get the ball into the end zone helped him become the NFL’s highest-paid player, albeit temporarily.

—Although the Raiders’ offense is not going to make history, the Redskins still need to be prepared to be in a shootout on Sunday night. To be sure, the Redskins defense has improved but it’s hard to see the Raiders scoring less than somewhere in the mid to upper twenties. That means that the Redskins will have to score at least as many points as they did against the Rams, maybe more. They started and ended well in LA; to win next Sunday they probably won’t be able to get away with zero second-half points until after the two-minute warning.

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Giants TE grabs crotch, immediately introduced to NFL's celebration rules

It took the New York Giants a full game and another quarter before they scored their first touchdown of the 2017-18 NFL season.

Giants rookie Evan Engram was the recipient of their first touchdown of the season, scoring the first of his career on Monday Night Football.

Naturally he began to celebrate his accomplishment, but perhaps his celebration was too natural. 

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In the clip, right in front of the cameraman, the 23-year-old proceeds to dance with a finishing move crotch grab in the midst of his teammates.

Apparently the loosened NFL celebration rules from this off-season did not take out any sexually suggestive actions. 

It resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kick-off for the Giants.

With the ball then kicked out of bounds the Lions had the ball at their own 45-yard line.

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Likely the grab will give Engram a fine from the NFL.

Last season Antonio Brown was fined for a similar celebration, by twerking following a score.

The touchdown remains the only time New York has found the end-zone through two games.

With only 13 points it is the lowest scoring two game start in 70 years for the franchise.