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Six pack of Redskins-Lions observations

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Six pack of Redskins-Lions observations

Six observations from the Redskins’ 27-20 loss to the Lions:

1. Robert Griffin III started to look like the RG3 of 2012 early on. At the 10:16 mark of the first quarter he pulled the ball out of Alfred Morris’ belly and scampered around right end for seven yards before going out of bounds. But then the 2013 issues returned and two incompletions later the Redskins were punting. The sequence set the tone for the day with the Redskins making some nice plays but failing to take advantage of them.

2. The Redskins had only six penalties for 41 yards but it seemed like more than that. That’s because of penalties like the defensive holding flag against London Fletcher on the Lions’ second drive. It was called while Matthew Stafford was throwing an incomplete pass on third and six at the Washington 29. Instead of having David Akers trying a 45-yard field goal—he missed two from that range last week—the Lions got a fresh set of downs. Three plays later Joique Bell scored on a 12-yard run.

3. You have to wonder about the Redskins’ play selection. The didn’t face a two-score deficit until less than four minutes remained in the game but Alfred Morris had just 15 carries and Griffin threw the ball 50 times. It seemed like the Lions were not going to let Morris beat them and they were willing to give Griffin a few relatively short runs if he pulled the ball out and took off.

4. Giving up seven receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown is not a horrible performance. Letting Nate Burleson light you up for 116 yards on six catches is embarrassing. Burleson’s last 100-yard receiving game came in November of 2010. The big play was the 41-yard catch and run late in the first half that set up a Detroit field goal. David Amerson tried to make a play on the ball but he really had no chance and should have just tried to tackle Burleson.

5. Perhaps the next time Griffin has a defender pulling him down from behind he’ll just take the sack or throw the ball into the stands, especially on a first-down play in the red zone. But even after throwing that second-quarter interception I’m not 100 percent sure that he will. “Another play where if you make the play, it’s a great play, but if you don't, it’s a bad play,” he said. “And it was a bad play.” Well, not really. If you make the play it’s a miracle and if you don’t it’s a disaster.

6. The Redskins sacked Stafford on the first play from scrimmage and did not get to him again on the subsequent 65 snaps. They did harass him in the pocket from time to time but not when they needed to. On the clinching touchdown pass to Johnson the Redskins elected to rush three and drop eight back in coverage. Stafford was able to set, survey the field and find Johnson near the goal line. There were four defenders within a couple of yards of the receiver but it still wasn’t enough.

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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 that 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

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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.