Lost in the news of the losses of Jonathan Goff for the season and Kory Lichtensteiger until the start of the regular season was the news that they signed an offensive tackle.Jordan Black has been out of football for a year. The seven-year NFL veteran with 80 NFL games under his belt, including 40 starts at tackle, was about to give up his life as a full-time dad and go back to work in the real world. He had an appointment Monday with a commercial real estate broker to discuss opening up some units of a fitness business franchise.I was all but retired, he said.A phone call Sunday afternoon changed that. The Redskins had gotten the news about Goff and they had a roster spot available. Did he want to come play in Washington?Black needs to pack on some poundsBlack had a career decision to make. It took him about 30 seconds to make it. He arrived in Ashburn on Monday and was on the field for the walkthrough practice on Tuesday morning.Since he was not in camp with another team, CBA rules will keep him out of practicing fully until Friday.The Redskins are Blacks fifth NFL team since the Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round in 2004. He started 29 games in Kansas City in three seasons before moving on to stops with the Texans and Jaguars. The Saints had him in during training camp last year but released him during the final cuts.During his stint in Houston, the quarterbacks coach was Kyle Shanahan. It seems like that is the link that got Black that surprise phone call on Sunday.The question is, can he help on an offensive line that now has two starters on the sideline? Black said that he can play either right or left tackle but he is likely going to be put to work on the right side, where starter Jammal Brown is on the sideline with a hip injury.For right now, Tyler Polumbus has taken virtually all of the first-team snaps at right tackle. Mike Shanahan mentioned Maurice Hurt, who is now filling in at left guard with Lichtensteiger out, and Willie Smith as possible replacements for Brown, if needed.But it appears that Black will get a look. It is hard to imagine him starting but if Browns injury is serious they might want to hold on to him for veteran depth.Or, Black could end up meeting with that commercial real estate agent after all.
Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 26, 11 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.
—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 3
—NFL Combine (3/2) 4
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 50
—NFL Draft (4/27) 60
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 196
Sunday six pack
1. JP and I looked at the question of whether Kirk Cousins would “take the next step”. We interpreted the question differently.
Here’s some of what JP had to say:
In 2016, Cousins ranked 3rd in the NFL in passing yards, yet outside of the Top 10 in TDs with 25. To really enter the next phase of his career, Cousins needs to lead an offense that scores more, and that means 30+ touchdowns. He can do it.
And part of my answer:
I want to see him go into Seattle next year and rally the Redskins from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. I want to see him go into a playoff game and, unlike what happened against the Packers after the 2015 season, will the team to a win when the Redskins aren’t playing their best and when a QB like Aaron Rodgers is on the other side. I want to see him glare at a lineman who missed an assignment and correct a receiver who went the wrong way on a route.
2. Apprently, Josh Doctson is running and cutting. That’s great but it’s a long way from being productive on the field in the fall. We’ll see how this turns out.
Doctson looks ready pic.twitter.com/opUrNtdInQ— ceroy (@ceroy16) February 23, 2017
3. The combine is five days away and as of now no Redskins officials are scheduled to speak to the media in Indianapolis. They are one of three teams, along with the Patriots and Saints, no having a coach or GM-type take the podium. Those fans who have wanted the Redskins to be more like the Patriots are getting their wish. Well, except for all those Super Bowl trophies, anyway.
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4. I’m not sure what the chances of Cousins getting traded to the 49ers are but they are monitoring the possibility in San Francisco.
Looking at the list of trades in my friend Matt Maiocco’s post, I think if Cousins is dealt most Redskins fans would like to see something like the Palmer or Cutler trades. Reality is probably closer to the Alex Smith trade.
5. San Francisco signed career mediocrity DT Earl Mitchell, who had been released by the Dolphins.
Niners do 4-year, $16M deal with DT Mitchell https://t.co/CSaZnJCC65— Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) February 25, 2017
The deal will pay him $5.5 million in the first year. Mitchell played in nine games last year, starting five. He hasn’t had a sack since 2014 and he has only 5.5 in his seven-year career. This is of interest here because it isn’t good news for a team that will be looking for defensive linemen in free agency. If players without sacks over the last two seasons can get that kind of money, imagine what productive D-linemen will get paid.
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6. Speaking of linemen who are going to get paid by somebody, Chris Baker retweeted this video of his Week 3 sack of Eli Manning.
The tweeter here was correct; Eli was off the rest of the game as I noted a few days later. Baker’s sack was a huge factor in the Redskins’ win.
Did Baker’s hard sack of Eli affect the QB for the rest of the game? Before sack passer rating 132.9. After the sack 63.9 rating.— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) September 27, 2016
In case you missed it
- Junior Galette signs one-year deal with Redskins
- The Redskins week that was—Trade winds, Cousins vs. McCoy
- Redskins free agency needs—Offense
The Redskins and outside linebacker Junior Galette have come to a contract agreement. But they can’t really count on him to be on the field.
According to Adam Caplan of ESPN Galette has signed a one-year with Washington with a base salary of $775,000 and a workout bonus of $25,000.
Galette has been under contract to the Redskins for the last two seasons but he has yet to see the field due to suffering a torn Achilles tendon prior to the start of each season.
Galette was not a pending free agent despite having signed a one-year deal last spring because he spent the season on the non-football (NFI) list. He suffered his second torn Achilles a few days before training camp while working out on his own. As unfair as it may seem, an injury suffered while working out off of team property is considered a non-football injury. A player on NFI does not get paid and if he misses the whole year as Galette did his contract rolls over to the next season.
Galette originally signed with the team early in training camp in 2015. Even though he racked up a combined 22 sacks in 2013-2014 the Saints released him due to some off-field issues, including a domestic abuse case.
Galette needed to rehab an injury and get into football shape so he didn’t play early in the preseason. Days before he was to make his preseason debut he suffered a torn left Achilles in practice. He spent the year on injured reserve.
He rehabbed the injury, signed another one-year deal with the Redskins, and then just a few days before it was time to report to training camp he tore his right Achilles, the other one, while working out, putting him out for the season again.
Galette’s addition is a real-life instance the adage that you can’t have too much pass rush. If he gets on the field and can stay there, great, that’s one more pass rusher. Figuring out where to play him, Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and Trent Murphy will be a problem that new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will be happy to handle. And if the injury bug bites again they still have some potent rushers and it would behoove them to add even more.
There are reasons to believe that Galette can be effective when he returns. The following is from former NFL team physician Dr. David Chao:
Good shot at returning 100%. https://t.co/lr7z4TkVBC— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) February 3, 2017