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Redskins practice report, Day 7: Focus on details

Redskins practice report, Day 7: Focus on details

RICHMOND—All of the pre-camp talk about being here this year was about the heat, how the law of averages would catch up with last year’s relatively mild conditions and we would run into scorching temperatures this year.

But the law of averages isn’t in play so far this year. Between some rain, the 8:35 start to the practices, and a run of just plain nice days like today, we haven’t had many heat issues. Here is some of what I saw:

— Special teams have been starting off by breaking players into groups and working on techniques. Today they started with full team kickoffs. Apparently it’s time to start pulling things together for preseason game.

—Kirk Olivadotti was giving some very detailed coverage instructions to his inside linebackers, going over responsibilities depending on what direction the receiver takes. Earlier the ILBs were working on some pursuit and closing angles.

—The D-line was practicing audibles and adjustments in various situations. Jacob Burney would call out the audible and the line would have to adjust its alignment. There’s no time to think, the reaction to the audible has to be instantaneous. —The status along the offensive line is the same as it was yesterday.
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—Darryl Sharpton and Niles Paul got into a brief scuffle after a running play. It was quickly broken up before anything major started.

—Sometimes it’s hard to judge what’s good and what’s bad on a play. In 11 on 11 play Ted Bolser made a nice catch of a Colt McCoy pass for a gain of about 12 yards. But safety Trenton Robinson was near Bolser but he turned around wrong and just got off a swipe at the football. Good offense or bad defense? The coaches will have to sort that out on film.

—A few times, Robert Griffin III set to pass, was forced to move, reset his feet, and threw an accurate pass. This skill isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds and it may be more important than actually running the ball.

—But he still does run. He galloped for about 20 yards late in the last 11 on 11 session. But as with his long run yesterday you have to wonder if he would have been as successful had he not been wearing the yellow no contact jersey. It looked like some defenders had an angle on him but may have pulled up to avoid hitting the franchise QB

—Here’s rookie nose tackle Robert Thomas doing rookie duty by carrying a bunch of helmets off of the field.

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Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports declared Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL. Prisco repeatedly points out that while Cousins is a good quarterback, the notion that he should be paid like one of the best passers in the league is what makes him overrated.

From Prisco:

After having six 300-yard-plus passing games in his first 11 games, including two over 400, Cousins had one in the final five games last season as the Redskins pushed for a playoff spot. He had five touchdown passes and five interceptions in those games, going 2-3 as Washington folded. It wasn't all on him, but that's the point. I don't think he's a quarterback who rises above situations when the team isn't going right. I am not going to sit here and pan him as a starter. He has proven to be that, and a pretty good one. It's just that the perception is he's much better than that, which is why he's my most overrated player in the NFL in 2017.

Here's the problem with Prisco's login: Simple market economics. 

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An argument can be made Cousins is a Top 10 passer. He's certainly in the top half of the league at the position. Few, if any, would argue Cousins is a Top 5 quarterback, but his contract situation forces him to be paid like he is. Those are the exact terms of the franchise tag, even before the 20 percent increase Washington paid this season to use a second-straight tag.  

Since the Redskins lost their window to sign their single-season passing yards record holder to a team-friendly deal last year, Cousins has leverage and the advantage of inflated QB salaries on his side.

That doesn't mean Cousins is overrated. 

If the threshold for being overrated is money, then Brock Osweiler wins this thing in a landslide. After the 2016 season in Houston, Osweiler seems unlikely to ever again be considered a starting QB in the NFL. He's due to be paid $18 million this fall and his offseason trade to the Browns will go down as the first-ever salary dump in NFL history. 

Is Cousins overpaid? Probably. That's the way contracts work in pro football. 

Is Cousins overrated? Probably not. He's thrown for more than 9,000 yards and completed about 68 percent of his passes over the last two seasons. 

There just aren't enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and guys who can play the position get paid handsomely. That doesn't make Cousins overrated. 


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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police


Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

It's been a confusing stretch for Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead. 

The charges against the Bealeton, Virginia native have now been dropped, after it was determined by Prince William County Police that Whitehead is not the man accused of shoplifting at a convenience store in Woodbridge, Virginia on June 22.

Here's the full statement released Tuesday:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys. The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.

Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided. At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation.The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident. Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation.

The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family.


According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys hadn't officially released Whitehead on Monday, despite reports to the contrary. 


Although it's looking like he still may be looking for a new home.