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Redskins-Patriots joint practice report, Day 1: RG3 watches the master

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Redskins-Patriots joint practice report, Day 1: RG3 watches the master

RICHMOND—Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company showed up here today for their joint practice with the Redskins and they all put on a good show for a packed house at Washington’s training facility. There was a lot going on, with eight or 10 activities going on spread across the two main fields plus the drill field. Here is what I observed during practice:

—They went semi live on kickoff coverage with some pretty hard blocking but no tackling.

—I did not have a camera rolling for this but one of Zach Hocker’s kickoffs cleared the crossbar on the fly. That’s a 75-yard field goal.

—They did a lot of the position drills separately, with the Redskins in five groups on one field plus some of the drill field and the Patriots on the other field with some activity on the drill field.

—Here the Patriots’ running back are putting some pop into a sled.

—And here the Redskins linebackers are doing the same.

—Jason Hatcher is still working on rehab. This doesn’t look too strenuous but you can’t always judge how a player is really doing based on a snapshot of one rehab drill.

—In 11 on 11 work, Kirk Cousins hit Aldrick Robinson in stride with a deep pass down the right side. Robinson did not get off to a good start in camp but he has been coming on the last few practices. Consistency has been Robinson’s biggest problem

—In one on one pass bocking drills, Kory Lichtensteiger did a good job with massive nose tackle Vince Wilfork. The Redskins center used leverage and good placement to steer Wilfork off to the side.

—That was pretty good on the part of the Redskins. The worst all day was Adam Gettis doing the old “ole” act with Patriots lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna. The D-lineman blew right by him.

—Back to 11 on 11 action, Cousins continues his sharp performance on the morning with darts to Ryan Grant and Santana Moss.

—Wow, Tom Brady is good (if that was a tweet, the #analysis hashtag would be necessary). He did the hot knife through butter thing on the Redskins’ starting defense. He looks like he’s playing in Week 6, directing traffic ad barking out audibles. I’m not sure if he changed any plays but he wasn’t acting like it was a scrimmage less than two weeks into training camp.

—Ryan Mallett, Brady’s backup, is petty good, too. He was firing accurate passes short and long. My two-minute scouting report is that he will be an NFL starter somewhere in the next couple of years. His contract with the Patriots is up after this season.

—All eyes were on Brady, including those of a 24-year-old who would like to be like him.
RG3 on the field behind NE offense watching Brady work. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 4, 2014

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Who else could be trade partners with the Redskins in a Cousins deal?

Who else could be trade partners with the Redskins in a Cousins deal?

With the offensive and defensive coordinators now in place, the Redskins now turn their attention to two other matters.

One is the NFL combine, which gets underway on February 28. The other is the NFL franchise tag deadline, which happens to come the very next day, on March 1.

There has been plenty of talk lately about the possibility of the Redskins giving Kirk Cousins the franchise tag designation and then trading him if they don’t think that they will be able to sign him to a long-term deal.

While one team, the 49ers, has been talked about as a potential landing spot for Cousins they would not be the only interested team if there is going to be a deal.

Let’s take a look at what teams might be moderately interested or highly interested.

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49ers (2-14)
Head coach:
Vacant, but will be Kyle Shanahan after the Super Bowl
First-round pick: No. 2
2016 leading passer: Colin Kaepernick

Connecting the dots here is easy as Shanahan was the offensive coordinator when Cousins was drafted by the Redskins in 2012. There would be no need for the two to get familiar with each other; they had two years to do that. Cousins seems like a natural fit in Shanahan’s offense. The 49ers are likely to move on from Kaepernick rather than taking his $19.4 million cap hit. They may try to move that No. 2 pick, or a package of other picks, to try to get Cousins. Anticipated interest: High

Bears (3-13)
Head coach:
John Fox
First-round pick: No. 3
2016 leading passer: Matt Barkley

This is the year that the Bears can finally move on from Jay Cutler without taking a crippling cap hit. Releasing Cutler, who played in just five games last year due to injury, would cost them just $2 million in dead cap. But do they really want to move on from Cutler, who wasn’t bad the last two years he was able to play? If they do, it seems unlikely that they would part with the No. 3 pick. Anticipated interest: Moderate

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Jets (5-11)
Head coach:
Todd Bowles
First-round pick: No. 6
2016 leading passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick

In the last four drafts, the Jets have spent a second-round pick on Geno Smith, a fourth on Bryce Petty and a second on Christian Hackeberg. Smith is on his way out, Petty was shaky in four starts last year and Hackenberg didn’t see the field as a rookie. It would not be surprising to see them shop for an established, young-ish starter like Cousins. The No. 6 pick might be too much for Cousins. Another factor to consider is if Cousins would agree to a long-term deal to play in New York. They would have to carve out some cap space to get a deal done; they currently are $7.7 million over the anticipated cap. Anticipated interest: Moderate

Browns (1-15)
Head coach:
Hue Jackson
First-round pick: No. 1 and No. 12
2016 leading passer: Cody Kessler

Robert Griffin III is under contract for 2017 with a $6 million salary plus a $1.5 million roster bonus that the Browns can move on from for a relatively modest $1.75 million cap hit. It would not be outrageous for them to deal the No. 12 pick for Cousins. The question is if Cousins would want to be the latest QB to join the Browns’ Trail of Tears. Anticipated interest: Moderate

Other possibilities: The Cardinals might wonder if Carson Palmer’s slide from MVP candidate to mediocrity will continue and look to bring in an alternative . . . The Broncos can’t be happy with Trevor Simeon as their long-term starter and if they didn’t like what they saw from Paxton Lynch they might want to deal. But John Elway isn’t going to overpay . . . It will be another year before the Texans can move on from Brock Osweiler without a killer cap hit but they could just bench him and bring in their long-term answer a year early . . . Blake Bortles has just one more year left on his rookie deal and the Jaguars may move to get his replacement this year.

Note: The Rams are not mentioned here despite the presence of Sean McVay. They gave up a lot of draft picks to move up to No. 1 overall to take Jarred Goff last year and while he struggled they are not going to move on from him after one season. 

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The Final Countdown - Ryan Kerrigan saves the day in 5th best Redskins play

The Final Countdown - Ryan Kerrigan saves the day in 5th best Redskins play

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and at the 10 worst.

No. 5 best play of 2016

Redskins at Eagles Week 14

0:21 left in Q4, Eagles ball at their Redskins 14, 2nd and 10, Redskins leading 27-22

Carson Wentz sacked at WAS 22 for -8 yards (Ryan Kerrigan). FUMBLES (Kerrigan) [Kerrigan], RECOVERED by WAS-Trent Murphy at WAS 27. Murphy to WAS 34 for 7 yards (Ryan Mathews).

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Tandler: The Redskins were trying desperately to end a two-game losing streak but the Eagles just wouldn’t go away. Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown on a Chris Thompson run but then had to keep the Eagles out of the end zone to secure the win. The Redskins did but just barely. The rookie Wentz drove his team into the red zone. The drama finally ended when Kerrigan blew past Philly’s third-string tackle and knocked the ball away from Wentz. Murphy scooped it up and a key win that was much more tense than it should have been was in the books.

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Finlay: This game started bad for the Redskins, as the Eagles took the opening kick and scored, a troubling trend for Washington in the back half of the season. Eventually, the Redskins offense looked like it was poised to take control, only to have Kirk Cousins throw a bad out route that got turned around for a Pick 6. Late in the game, needing a score desperately to break a losing streak and climb back into playoff contention, the 'Skins delivered. Then, more drama as the rookie drove the length of the field before Kerrigan's sack ended the Philly comeback hopes. When folks incorrectly say that Kerrigan's 11 sack total didn't amount to much game impact, remind them of this play. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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