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Redskins stock up/down vs. Steelers

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Redskins stock up/down vs. Steelers

Here is a look at the players who improved their stock against the Steelers and which ones saw their stock fall:

Up: Alfred Morris gained a season-low 59 yards but he got only 13 carries for a respectable 4.5 yards a pop. When he had an opening, Morris hit it hard He also did a good job in blitz pickups.

Down: Leonard Hankerson was not the only guilty party when it came to dropping the ball but he just can’t drop that touchdown pass that was in his hands. His day added up to being targeted four times and catching just one pass. With Pierre Garçon out, he should be taking advantage of the opportunity to establish himself. He isn’t.

Up: It was not a great defensive effort but Perry Riley played a good game. He was all over the field with eight tackles.

Down: London Fletcher had six tackles but he also missed three. It may have been the hamstring and balance issues but he has not been himself all year.

Up: The whole O-line had a stock-up kind of game, allowing just one sack and opening some holes for Morris. We’ll pick Tyler Polumbus as their representative on this list. Both of the players who liked up against him, left end Ziggy Hood and left outside LB Lamarr Woodley had subpar games. Polumbus wasn’t overpowering but he got the job done.

Down: We’ll lump Aldrick Robinson and Dez Briscoe here together because both of the rarely used receivers blew chances to make a good play. Briscoe flat dropped a touchdown pass that was right in his hands. And while Robinson had a more difficult chance later in the game, he could have added a bright spot to a dismal game by pulling in that pass in the end zone that was at first erroneously ruled an interception. Briscoe did catch one pass for 14 yards while that chance was the only one that Robinson had. If you can’t hold on to passes you’re not going to get many thrown your way.

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Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

The Redskins had a tough, physical game against the Rams last Sunday and it shows on the team’s injury report. Five players are listed as questionable for the coming game against the Raiders at FedEx Field.

TE Jordan Reed (chest), RB Rob Kelley (ribs), ILB Mason Foster (shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), and CB Josh Norman (shoulder) are the players who are questionable.

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Of those players, Reed was the only one to miss a practice this week. He was out on Wednesday and was back on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. The Pro Bowl tight end told reporters in the locker room that he will be in the lineup on Sunday.

There is particular concern about Kelley’s injury. He is likely to start as he usually does. But CSN is reporting that the team will have four running backs on the game day active list instead of the three they went with in Weeks 1 and 2. Mack Brown will dress for the Redskins after being inactive in both previous games.

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

Thursday night's Rams-49ers game was surprisingly fun. It was also unofficially the Check Out All These Ex-Redskins Now Playing or Working in California Bowl.

Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, two former Washington offensive coordinators, are now in charge of the two teams. Old 'Skins like Aldrick Robinson, Derek Carrier and John Sullivan, meanwhile, were a part of the on-field action.

It was Pierre Garçon, though, who pushed Burgundy and Gold fans to take their phones out of their pocket and pen sad tweets. That's because the 31-year-old wideout caught seven Brian Hoyer passes (that's impressive on its own, by the way) for 142 yards vs. Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football.

And while his team lost 41-39, Garçon didn't deserve to with plays like this:

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Even with that standout performance, however, Redskins fans shouldn't be cursing the franchise for letting Garçon go. Not yet, anyway.

This past march, the veteran left D.C. after five seasons to sign with San Fran. His deal was a rich one: five years for $47.5 million ($17 million guaranteed at signing). The Niners can get out of it after two years, but it still is a sizable contract even with that potential exit.

That kind of money is the first thing those who miss Garçon should think about. Now, the Redskins didn't exactly handle their negotiations with him that smoothly, but in the end, unless he gave Washington a nice discount, he just would've cost a lot to keep.

Secondly, it's easy to slam the 'Skins for losing Garçon while Kirk Cousins and Co. have stalled through two games in 2017. But the reason that's happening thus far has more to do with Cousins' inaccuracy in Weeks 1 and 2 and an offensive line that's not at the level it should be than with that familiar No. 88 not lining up outside anymore.

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Would Garçon have made a difference for the Redskins against the Eagles and Rams if he were still here? Yeah, probably. But when Jay Gruden's unit starts operating at its normal speed and precision — and it will — the upset voices lamenting Garçon's departure will get quieter.

This is nothing against the guy who was the NFL's 2013 receptions leader and who's well on his way to another productive campaign. It's just that it feels premature to make the connection that allowing him to move on is what's ailing the Washington offense, or that it was a disastrous decision. 

Give Garçon's far cheaper replacements (Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson) more time. Wait for the quarterback and his linemen to sync up again. In a league with just 16 games, that's very hard to do, but let's see if those in the area long for Garçon in December as much as they are currently longing for him in September.