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Tryon channeling his inner Ade

Tryon channeling his inner Ade

Ade Jimoh

There was a series of insurance commercials a while back that had the theme "life comes at you fast." In the space of a 30-second spot, someone would go from seeming to be on top of the world to having very serious problems.

Life came at Justin Tryon fast on Thursday night.

In training camp he looked like a player on the rise. He was making plays like this one on a regular basis.

A couple of days before the preseason opener he was receiving praise from none other than Darrell Green who touted him as a potential starter. Against the Ravens he looked like he had the potential to hit the waiver wire.

Tryon's performance against the Ravens reminded one of Ade "Uh-Oh" Jimoh, who was burned on a regular basis. To be fair, however, Jimoh had value as a special teams demon, an excellent kick coverage man. That's how he made the cut year after year. Justin Tryon has yet to distinguish himself on kicking teams.

On Friday, Zorn said that Tryon was "soft":
He got a lot of attention.  He was probably a little soft but he will learn some things from this football game.  They picked on him and I think he will rise up.  I think he is a good player.
You don't want your head coach saying that you were "soft" even if he finishes the thought by saying that you're a good player. Certainly, he does need to "rise up." In fact, he has no place to go but up.

Here's what Zorn said about Tryon on Saturday:
I think that Justin was assignment right, he didn't blow any coverages or anything like that.  In my mind he was a little hesitant in driving on plays that he knew were coming but wanted to make sure.  Just like a quarterback wanting to make sure that the read and the throw is there, but you have to anticipate. I think as he becomes more comfortable he'll start anticipating these things through reps and he'll be much more focused in closing that cushion.
So I guess that Zorn is saying that Tryon didn't make any actual mental mistakes, he just didn't execute. I would be feeling better if Tryon was in the wrong place—"assignment wrong" in Zorn-speak—rather than being on the right receiver but being out of position and unable to make a play on the ball.

Tryon needs to get it figured out in a hurry. Kevin Barnes, the team's third-round pick has struggled in practice and got burned for a touchdown against the Ravens. Byron Westbrook is trying to make the team for the third time after spending two years on the practice squad. Unfortunately for him, he can't be on the PS again because, for the third time, it looks like he may belong there.

If Tryon continues to be assignment right and execution wrong and it looks like Barnes' learning curve will extend into 2010 the team will have to take a serious look at available veterans and at the waiver wire.

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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.