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Training Camp Rapid Fire

Training Camp Rapid Fire

I've gotten behind a bit, but since I'm not a slave to the 24-hour news cycle, here are some rapid-fire comments about some events over the past few days:

Fan Appreciation Day a clusterbomb

Go look up "debacle" in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of traffic in a virtual standstill on the Loudon County Parkway and on Waxpool Road in Ashburn on Saturday. Some genius—or, more likely, a committee of geniuses—decided it would be a good idea to put on a free event on a Saturday afternoon featuring the area's most popular sports team and to hold that event at a venue that is served by one road that narrows from four to two lanes.

The result was several thousand fans being "appreciated" by being turned away at the gate, while those who make it inside the gates, many of them well after the event started, saw the scrimmage cut short.

This same organization, as you know, owns at stadium that could have swallowed up Saturday's event no problem. But FedEx Field just sat there on Saturday. So did numerous high school stadiums in the vicinity.

This PR staff is the gang that can't shoot straight. If the Redskins keep treating their fans like this, they'll be lucky if they get 280 of them at such events in the future.

Kerry Brown Cut

I was among a group of people who thought that this 6-5, 305 undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State could be among the surprises of camp with a legit chance of sticking around on the practice squad. The Redskins cut him on Saturday after he strained his left shoulder earlier in the week. They simply had to get some healthy bodies in and evidently Brown was at the bottom of the depth chart, behind fellow UDFA Andrew Crummey of Maryland.

Montgomery to miss 2-4 weeks

Anthony Montgomery will miss 2-4 weeks after surgery to repair his broken hand, not the 10 days initially estimated. He'll still get in a preseason game or two but practice time is important for a third-year player who still is learning on the job.

Blades on the shelf

This is a bit more significant than the one to Montgomery as linebacker is a very thin position on this team. There are nine of them counting Blades and Rian Wallace, who also broke his hand on Saturday and who also will miss 2-4 weeks. Rocky McIntosh still isn't participating 100% in practices. The Redskins were going watching the waiver wire to try to find a veteran LB anyway, this might make that search a more urgent one.

Collins' learning curve

Jason Campbell has had to learn eight new offenses in his past nine football seasons. Todd Collins will be learning his second after 10 seasons in Al Saunders' scheme. So far, Campbell is adapting while Collins is struggling. Collins was the world's foremost authority on the Saunders' offense and that knowledge helped him out immeasurably when he came in for an injured Campbell late last year and spearheaded the playoff drive. Without that edge, will he become just another hack journeyman backup?

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Final Countdown: Punch to the gut floors Redskins in Arizona on 6th worst play of 2016

Final Countdown: Punch to the gut floors Redskins in Arizona on 6th worst play of 2016

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 6 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Cardinals Week 13

3:47 left in Q4, Cardinals ball at their own 34, 4th and 1, Cardinals leading 24-23

David Johnson up the middle to ARZ 48 for 14 yards (Josh Norman).

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Tandler: What's worse than a punch in the gut? A gut punch you don't see coming. The Redskins had pulled to within a point with plenty of time left to get a winning score—if the defense could get a stop. When Bruce Arians sent out his offense on fourth and one, the Redskins had to watch for Carson Palmer to try to draw them offside. In fact, Joe Barry told the Redskins not to expect a snap and to be sure not the jump. But they did snap the ball and Johnson ran for the easiest 14 yards up the gut you’ll ever see. The air was out of the Redskins’ comeback balloon and Palmer all but put it away a few plays later with a 42-yard TD pass to J.J. Nelson.

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Finlay: This is not the first 4th Down conversion on our list of bad plays, but perhaps the most important one. Washington desperately needed this stop, and the defense thought they had it on the 3rd down play prior. Only Arians did not flinch about going for it, much to Barry's surprise, and the 'Skins D had no shot at Johnson. This play illustrated the weakness of Washington's defensive front perhaps better than any other run all season.

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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With Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, Kirk Cousins will make Pro Bowl, per report

With Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, Kirk Cousins will make Pro Bowl, per report

Kirk Cousins' price tag just moved even higher with the news that he will replace Matt Ryan in the Pro Bowl. ESPN's John Keim reported the roster move first.

Ryan's Atlanta Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 44-21 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers. That victory means Ryan will not be available for the Pro Bowl, held this Sunday in Orlando. Cousins got his spot as an alternate.

Cousins gets the spot deservedly. This season he passed for 4,917 yards, completing 67 percent of his passes and throwing 25 TDs to 12 INTs. In two seasons since being named starter for the Redskins, Cousins has thrown for more than 9,000 yards. 

The Pro Bowl nod for Cousins will only make the Redskins pending contract talks that much tougher. The quarterback played in 2016 under the franchise tag, which netted him nearly $20 million. This season Washington could again place Cousins on the franchise tag, with a price tag around $24 million. Both sides can still work for a long-term deal, though the value of that contract would likely soar past $100 million and closer to $120 million.

Some questions exist within the Redskins organization if that is too much money devoted to one player, even if it is a Pro Bowl quarterback.

It's fitting that Cousins is subbing in for Ryan, who has found much success playing under Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. All signs points to Shanahan taking over as the 49ers head coach after the Super Bowl, and a report emerged that San Francisco would make a strong push to obtain Cousins, either in free agency or via trade. 

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