Here are some Redskins who helped and some who hurt themselves on Saturday night in Chicago.Stock upQB Kirk CousinsHes not going to challenge RG3 for the starting job and he hasnt yet pushed Rex Grossman off of the roster. But he could well be Griffins top backup sooner rather than later.CB Richard CrawfordIt will be tough to keep him off of the roster after he broke up a pass (possibly should have had in interceptions) and hit the quarterback a couple of times on blitzes.WR Aldrick RobinsonIts unusual for a receiver to get 100 receiving yards in a game because they usually dont play long enough. But Robinson made his case for a roster spot with 6 receptions for 104 yards including a 49-yard TD catch. On the TD catch he made a nice adjustment on a tipped Cousins pass and then outran the Bears reserves to the end zone.Stock downRB Antwan BaileyThe D. C. native had three carries and lost a fumble on one of them. His long shot chances of making it became even longer with that.CB Richard JonesHe was beated short and long. The only times Jones was really close to his man, he committed pass interference on what probably was an uncatchable ball.Adam GettisHe played pretty well last week but not so much against the Bears. He gave up a sack, the defense got push through him on a few occasions and he committed a hold right out in the open on the Redskins third offensive play.
The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2017 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.
Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 1-10. Here are some of the players in our latest update:
—A 2016 free agent who needs to make more big plays.
—A rookie expected to bolster one of the weakest units on the team.
—Each of the five highest-paid players on the team.
—What you won’t find: Any players who will be over the age of 29 in Week 1.
Things were not dull in Washington this offseason. The team fired general manager Scot McCloughan and failed to reach a long-term contract with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Again.
Of all the things that happened this offseason, what will make the biggest impact on the field? The results might not correspond to what created the biggest buzz. Going in reverse order, here's what will matter most to the Redskins this season.
- No. 4 - The Redskins again could not reach a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, but like in 2016, the quarterback won't allow that to impact his performance on the field. Bruce Allen's public statement about contract talks didn't help matters, but Cousins has possibly one hundred million reasons to stay focused on the field.
- No. 3 - Losing Sean McVay was a blow for this team that isn't being properly talked about. McVay's absence will absolutely have more impact on the 2017 season than Cousins' contract situation. An accelerated offensive mind adept at engaging players and running meetings, McVay will be missed.
- No. 2 - The Redskins handled the firing of Scot McCloughan about as well as a toddler handles applesauce. It was a mess. The team deserves to be admonished for how things shook out. That said, on the field in 2017, the Redskins won't really feel the affects. The team is in place, including many players of McCloughan's choosing. Some organizational, cultural loss could occur, but that is likely to be felt in the years to come.
- No. 1 - The biggest thing that will impact the Redskins on the field in 2017? Losing two of their best players from on the field in 2016. For all of the controversy that surrounded McCloughan's ouster and not getting a deal done with Cousins, not having Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson will by far cause the most shockwaves for Jay Gruden's team. Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson might, even should, offset much of the loss, but until the proof is on the field this will remain the biggest offseason question in Washington. Jackson and Garçon accounted for more than 40 percent of Cousins' 2016 passing yards. That's a giant hole.
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