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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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Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

After NFL minicamps end in mid-June, and before the grind of training camps start in late July, players are free to have a little bit of fun and try to relax. For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that evidently means a game of Jenga.

Fun at Kirk's 10 year high school reunion!!!

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The video comes from Cousins' wife Julie, and the caption explains that the couple were attending the quarterback's 10-year high school reunion. Looks like a fun scene, and the Michigan waterfront looks even better.

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For anybody that has watched Cousins on the practice field or listened to him mic'd up during a Redskins game, the competitive outburst is no surprise. Cousins likes to win, period. Even at life-size Jenga during his 10-year high school reunion. 

Obviously, contract talks between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins continue, and likely will until the July 17th franchise tag deadline. Last season, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs and 12 INTs. He's allowed to have a little fun here and there.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 24, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 23
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 70

The Redskins week that was

Pressure Points: Focus is on Jay Gruden like never before—So you lost two coordinators and your top two wide receivers? Well, the Redskins gave him a two-year contract extension because they think he can deal with problems like those. Gruden will be cut zero slack.

Post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, offense—Sure, there will be plenty of lip service about everyone having a chance of making the 53-man roster. But this cake is very nearly baked. But the real competition in training camp will be for the 10 practice squad spots. I picked 25 offensive players to make it and I’m confident that 23, maybe 22 of the picks will be right. There seems to be more questions on defense (roster projection here) but even on that side of the ball, few jobs are truly up for grabs.

Redskins in a no-lose situation with confident Galette—We haven’t seen Junior Galette practicing in the spring before. Two years ago, he wasn’t with the team yet and last year he was held out so he could rehab his torn Achilles. That means we don’t have much comparison to make but he did look good. Next step is to do it with the pads on.

Snyder 'THRILLED' with ruling that should protect Redskins name—The legal part of the fight to get the Redskins to change their name is over after the recent Supreme Court ruling. They will not lose their trademark protection, which would effectively force them to change the team. However, it seems likely that the political and social battle will go on.

Is a Redskins-Cousins deal not only possible but probable?—One analyst thinks that the Redskins have too much to lose to not get a deal done by July 17. I think he’s right but I’m not sure if I’ll go along with his odds. 

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