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Redskins stock up-stock down at Dallas

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Redskins stock up-stock down at Dallas

There were a lot more ups than downs for the Redskins following their 38-31 win over the Cowboys on Thursday:

Up—OK, he didn’t post a perfect QB rating and he did throw a key interception but the Redskins don’t even come close to winning that game in the days before the arrival of Robert Griffin III.

Up—Pierre Garçon was almost silent in his return to the lineup last Sunday, leading many to wonder if the team’s top free agent find would be productive before 2013, if ever. He answered the questions with five receptions for 93 yards including a nifty 59-yard catch and run in the third quarter. He now 16 catches, two of them TD’s of 59 yards or longer. The Redskins had zero such plays all of last year.

DownTrent Williams allowed four QB hurries and was bailed out a few times by RG3’s mobility. He wasn’t all that good in run blocking, either.

Up—For a while, Aldrick Robinson was buried on the bench, getting very limited action despite the absence of Garçon. In the past two games he has emerged as a deep pass specialist with two targets, two receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Very efficient, to say the least.

Up—Tony Romo didn’t throw in DeAngelo Hall’s direction much. Of his 62 passes only either were targeted at Hall’s receiver. Hall allowed five receptions for just 36 yards and had an interception that set up the Redskins’ fourth second-quarter touchdown.

Down—Josh Wilson spent most of the day covering Dez Bryant, who is getting hot. Wilson was thrown at 10 times and he allowed seven receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Up—Perry Riley didn’t make as many big plays as he did against the Eagles but the was rock solid with eight tackles, one of them for a loss.

Up—Alfred Morris keeps on chugging. He rushed for 113 yesterday and should go over 1000 yards for the year sometime in the first half against the Giants (18 to go).

Down—What were you thinking, Brandon Banks, when you ran that punt out of the end zone? Yeah, you’re desperate to make a big play but you have to use your head out there. 

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.

But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?

Fire up the podcast below. 

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DeSean Jackson wants to play with a great QB, and says Kirk Cousins fits that

DeSean Jackson wants to play with a great QB, and says Kirk Cousins fits that

Like a point guard and a shooter or a pitcher and a catcher, a quarterback and a wide receiver rely on each other. Free-agent-to-be DeSean Jackson understands that, and it's clear that the skill level of the signal caller will factor in to his decision when it's time to sign his next contract this March.

"I would love to play with a great quarterback," he told Adam Schefter in a podcast interview with the reporter. "I think Kirk Cousins is a great quarterback, he's done some great things these past couple of years as far as statistics. If it is another team out there that I'd have to go to or however it goes, we definitely know the business of the NFL. I would love to play with a great quarterback."

As is the case with any other passer and pass catcher, Cousins and Jackson miss on throws, or Cousins will look elsewhere on a certain play and Jackson will throw his hands up, exasperated that he wasn't the QB's target on that down. In the past three seasons, though, and especially the last two, the pair has connected on plenty of deep balls to add an electric element to what used to be a slogging Redskins offense.

But Cousins isn't the only NFC East quarterback the 30-year-old receiver respects.

"Carson Wentz, he came in and had a heck of a year," Jackson said of the Eagles promising young prospect. "He killed it. He showed he can do it, and he has all the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback in this league."

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That statement, of course, acted as a perfect transition to Schefter wondering how the ex-Eagle felt about possibly returning to Philadelphia.

"It definitely is a great story and ending, I guess you could say," Jackson said about the idea. "You just kind of think about all that, you started somewhere and maybe you want to finish it. There's a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It all sounds good, but you never really know until the final decision is made."

Going off of those quotes, two conclusions can be made. The first: If the Burgundy and Gold don't re-sign or franchise tag Cousins, Jackson's interest in staying in D.C. would likely take a huge hit. With respect to the other options on the roster, Cousins is the only reputable quarterback on the Redskins, which Jackson said matters to him.

The second, meanwhile, would've been hard to fathom a few years ago: A reunion with the Eagles isn't a stretch at all. Wentz is an up-and-comer under center, and Jackson respects head coach Doug Pederson. 

Later in the interview, Jackson said he can thrive for another four or five years in the league. Whether he can accomplish that isn't the only question; what uniform he'll be wearing as he looks to play into his mid-30s is still up in the air as well.

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