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Redskins beat Bucs

Redskins beat Bucs

Here is a look at whose stock is rising and which players have falling stock after the Redskins’ 24-17 loss to the Falcons.

UP Alfred Morrisgained 115 yards on 18 carries, making textbook cuts through the hole time after time. Morris joined Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (Rams, 1983) as the only rookies to gain 75 yards or more in each of his team’s first five games of the season.

DOWN Before the game it was announced that Josh Morgan would start in Leonard Hankerson’s place. Hankerson played just nine snaps with one reception for three yards and one rushing attempt for two yards.

UP Ryan Kerrigan—His pick of a Matt Ryan screen pass would have been the headline had Griffin not been injured. The play put both Kerrigan’s smarts and athletic ability on display. The return touchdown was the Redskins’ third of the year, the most they have had in a season since 1999.

DOWN It is apparent from what Josh Wilson said that Reed Doughty should have been providing help on Julio Jones’ fourth-quarter touchdown pass that gave the Falcons their first lead of the game.

UP Sure the Falcons blew the coverage on Santana Moss’ 77-yard touchdown reception but he still had to catch the pass and finish the play. That was his first catch of the day. He caught another one for three yards later in the game, giving him 500 for his Redskins career. Moss joins Charley Taylor, Art Monk, and Gary Clark as the only four Redskins in the 500 club.

DOWN Pierre Garçon was either showing rust from missing almost all of three games with a foot injury or he just had a bad day. The big-money free agent receiver was targeted seven times but he caught just three for 24 yards. He was saved from an embarrassing fumble by a close replay review but he still should have caught the ball, one of a couple of drops on the day.

UP London Fletcher was in on 20 tackles and played a solid overall game.

DOWN Billy Cundiff missing a 31-yard field goal was bad enough. But then saying it didn’t really matter

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Vernon Davis 'just can't fathom' the NFL's very strict celebration rules

Vernon Davis 'just can't fathom' the NFL's very strict celebration rules

As he proudly demonstrated in a 27-20 win against the Eagles last October, Vernon Davis has a silky jumpshot. Unfortunately, in today's NFL, celebrating by shooting a football like Davis did in the end zone that fall Sunday is prohibited.

The tight end, who was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and eventually fined more than $12,000 for the move, didn't really get the point of the rule then, and he still doesn't understand it now. And as he told Kalyn Kahler of MMQB, he think it's time for the league to back off their strict stance on celebrations.

"I would just tell guys that when it comes to celebrations, anything is allowed, as long as it isn’t inappropriate," Davis said when asked how he'd change the celebration rules. "Anything that we know is wrong, we shouldn’t do. I think that is the key."

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In Davis' case, he was penalized because of an odd technicality. The NFL doesn't want players using the ball as a prop — which No. 85 did on his jumper — but yet, they allow guys to spike and spin the ball without retribution. That gray area doesn't sit well with him.

"It doesn’t make sense to me at all," he said. "It should be really simple, we should know that we can’t use the ball as a prop for anything. So for them to allow spiking and not allow shooting, I just can’t fathom that."

The 33-year-old hopes that change is near, and he may get it, too, as the competition committee will reevaluate what is and isn't allowed at the upcoming league meetings. But if he and everyone else clamoring for less restrictions are rebuffed, Davis does have a workaround so that when he scores next, he won't get in trouble. 

"I shoot the shot, but without the ball," Davis said. "That’s my go-to now. As long as I don’t have the ball, I’m safe."

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This Redskins rule proposal would make kickoffs more entertaining

This Redskins rule proposal would make kickoffs more entertaining

With his ability to limit opposing team's kickoff returners by consistently producing touchbacks, Dustin Hopkins is a solid weapon for the Redskins in the field position game. 

A rule that Washington is proposing to NFL owners at their upcoming meetings, however, suggests that the Redskins want Hopkins and other strong-legged kickers to become even more of an asset than they already are.

In addition, the rule would also breathe some much needed intrigue into kickoffs, which have been reduced to the second-best time to grab another beer behind a commercial break.

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The proposal is this: If a kicker splits the uprights with his kickoff, then the other team's offense will take the field at the 20-yard line. As things stand now, any touchback — whether it's downed in the end zone, flies out of the back or sails through the middle of the goalposts — is brought out to the 25-yard marker.

A rule this funky isn't likely to pass on its first time through voting. In fact, who knows if it'll ever pass. 

But maybe, just maybe, one day it will, and guys such as Hopkins and Justin Tucker will become a bit more valuable than they are currently. So, if you're ever watching an NFL game and hear the words, "THE KICK IS GOOD!" on a kickoff, you'll know which team to thank.