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Redskins Rewind: More disciplined in Dallas

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Redskins Rewind: More disciplined in Dallas

On Wednesday, we broke down a few key storylines ahead of the Redskins’ Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Cowboys. Today, we’re glancing back at how they unfolded at Cowboys Stadium: 

1—London Fletcher’s availability and impact. The 37-year-old linebacker extended his consecutive games streak to 235 games, despite a sprained left ankle he suffered only five days earlier. 

Fletcher played in 57 of the Redskins’ 76 snaps on defense before leaving the game in the fourth quarter after aggravating the same ankle. He missed the final two Cowboys' series. But before leaving the game, Fletcher made four tackles and milestone interception in the third quarter. His pick off halted a Cowboys’ drive, preserved the Redskins’ 28-6 edge and made Fletcher only the third active player to post 20 interception and 30 sacks. (Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are the others.)

“I wanted to be able to finish the game,” said Fletcher, who left sporting an immobilizing boot. “It will definitely be good for me to have 11 days before we have to play again.”

He added: “I gave it all I could until it finally gave out on me. I just couldn’t go anymore. I didn’t feel like I could be effective. It would have been selfish to go out there and keep playing.”

Coach Mike Shanahan is expected to provide an update on Fletcher’s condition Monday afternoon.

2—The Redskins entered the game as the NFL’s most penalized team at 8.8 infractions per game. But they were flagged only five times for a total of 41 yards – a week after being assessed 13 penalties for 80 yards against the Eagles.

Against the Cowboys, they were penalized twice in the opening 1:03 (intentional grounding by Robert Griffin III and pass interference on Josh Wilson). The final three infractions were false starts on Aldrick Robinson, Niles Paul and Trent Williams. (An offside call on Barry Cofield was declined in the fourth quarter.)

The Redskins’ penalties per game (8.5) still ranks last, but their total Thursday marked the second fewest number of infractions they incurred this season.

3—In the span of five days, the Redskins ended some streaks no team wants to be associated with. Against the Eagles, they beat a rookie quarterback for the first time in nine games and won after the bye week for the first time in three tries under Mike Shanahan and first time in five games overall.

On Thursday, they beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving for the first time in seven attempts and won a game on turkey day for only the second time in franchise history.

Some folks believe stats such as these are media-driven drivel. If you’re one of them, you’ve got something else to be thankful for today: You’ll no longer have to read about them.

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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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One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

Vernon Davis played well in 2016, quite well in fact. Signed to a one-year deal after a poor 2015 season, expectations were low for Davis and he over-delivered.

He ended the season with 44 catches and 583 yards to go with two touchdowns, but a stat from Pro Football Focus truly stands out. 

There were 15 tight ends with more yards than Davis, including one on his own team in Jordan Reed. Still, at age 32, Davis had the moves to make defenders miss. 

ROSTER BATTLES: Left guard | Tight end Nickel cornerback  | Inside linebacker | Running back

Even early in 2016, as early as training camp, a number of Redskins players mentioned that Davis still had speed and quickness. That didn't change throughout the 16 game season. Pro Football Focus just quantified it. 

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