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Redskins snap count analysis vs. Giants

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Redskins snap count analysis vs. Giants

Here is a look at the Redskins’ snap counts against the Giants:

Offense: 70 snaps

Quarterback: Robert Griffin III, 70

Offensive line: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus all played 70 snaps.

Of this group, only one has missed any of the 471 offensive snaps this year. Williams has played 407 snaps.

Wide receiver: Leonard Hankerson 68, Josh Morgan 54, Santana Moss 17, Aldrick Robinson 3, Dezmon Briscoe 1

Average WR per snap: 2.0 The Redskins split out a lot of players who were not wide receivers, including fullback Darryl Young. That limited the playing time for everyone but starters Morgan and Hankerson. Moss did make the most out of his 17 snaps, however, with three receptions, two of them for touchdowns.

Tight end: Logan Paulsen 60, Niles Paul 38, Fred Davis 16

Paulsen played virtually every snap after Davis went out with his injury. It looks like Paulsen stepped into the role of Davis, who had missed just four snaps all year, as the “starter” and Paul took snaps that would have gone to him and Paulsen had Davis been playing.

Running back: Alfred Morris 52, Darrel Young 40, Evan Royster 17

As noted above, Young frequently lined up split out wide and that meant one of his heaviest workloads of the year (he typically plays fewer than 20 snaps and his previous high was 27 against the Bucs).

Defense: 63 snaps

Defensive line: Stephen Bowen 49, Barry Cofield 48, Jarvis Jenkins 34, Kedric Golston 15, Chris Baker 15

Nothing unusual here except that Cofield had a slightly heavier workload than usual.

Linebackers: Perry Riley 63, Ryan Kerrigan 63, London Fletcher 46, Lorenzo Alexander 41, Rob Jackson 33, Keenan Robinson 12, Mario Addison 1, Chris Wilson 1

Fletcher, of course, went out after straining his hamstring, resulting in Alexander getting more snaps than he would have otherwise. If Fletcher can’t go in Pittsburgh it looks like Alexander will start in the middle. It will be interesting to see if that leads to increased snaps for Wilson or for Robinson.

Defensive back: DeAngelo Hall 60, Madieu Williams 60, Josh Wilson 60, Reed Doughty 32, Jordan Pugh 30, Cedric Griffin 30

It’s obvious that Pugh has moved ahead of DeJon Gomes on the depth chart with Pugh essentially splitting the strong safety snaps with Doughty and Gomes playing only on special teams.

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If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

It still seems like a long-shot the Redskins trade Kirk Cousins, but if there is one persistent rumor, it's that the San Francisco 49ers want the Washington passer. The story is too familiar at this point: New Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was in D.C. when Cousins was drafted and wants the quarterback to come run his offense in San Francisco. With the second overall pick, the 49ers have a tremendous asset they can dangle in trade talks.

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Whether or not any of this rumor is true, it sure makes for engrossing speculation. With the NFL Draft Combine next week in Indianapolis, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he wouldn't be shocked to see the trade go down.

That's the backdrop. Beyond the debate of the merits of trading an established QB like Cousins, which is a very serious debate, there's also the notion of what player the 'Skins would select with the second overall pick.  

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It's worth examining the impact players available to Washington with the second selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the options are varied, including perhaps a new QB. Check it out. 

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Washington Redskins' 2017 cap is top heavy—is that a problem?

Washington Redskins' 2017 cap is top heavy—is that a problem?

It seems almost inevitable that the Redskins will put the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins between now and the March 1 deadline. This will set the Redskins up to have a very top heavy salary cap structure.

As the website Spotrac noted yesterday, if the Redskins do tag Cousins, giving him a cap hit of $24.9 million, he, Josh Norman ($20 million cap number) and Trent Williams ($15.1 million) will account for a total of $59 million against the cap or 35 percent of the estimated $168 million cap for the 2017 season.

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That’s a lot of money to go to 5.6 percent of the players on the roster. To compare, the top three players on the Cowboys’ cap account for 34.2 percent of the cap. The top three with the Giants take up 29.7 percent and in Philadelphia it’s 17.8 percent. In fact, a check around the league shows that none of the 2016 AFC or NFC playoff teams has a higher percentage of their cap expended on its top three than the Redskins have on theirs.

This caused some consternation among Redskins fans and while it’s something to keep an eye on it does not present a big issue for the team at this time.

For one thing, the Redskins still have a good amount of cap room. If you assume the Cousins tag, they still will have about $40 million in cap space with the ability to create perhaps $10 million more by releasing some veterans and/or redoing some contracts.

Also, it’s a temporary situation. Let’s say that the Redskins hang on to Cousins with a long-term deal and he has a $22 million cap number in 2018. If that the case then Cousins, Norman ($17 million), and Williams ($13.9 million) would still be the top three players on the cap number list and they would total $52 million.  On a cap that is projected to be $178 million that would be 29.2 percent of the total. That’s still on the high side but certainly manageable.

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And if you are going to have three players taking up a high percentage of the cap they should be your quarterback, left tackle, and No. 1 cornerback. Those, along with an edge rusher, are the most important players on the team and it’s appropriate to have them among you highest-paid players.

Still, the Redskins must be careful. Signing another free agent with a cap hit like Norman’s is out of the question. And as key contributors like Morgan Moses, Trent Murphy, Jamison Crowder, and Brandon Scherff become eligible for contract extensions or for free agency over the next couple of years, the organization needs to be sure that there is room to retain their own players when the time comes.

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