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Wednesday practice report: RG3 edition

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Wednesday practice report: RG3 edition

RICHMOND—We’re in Day 6 of training camp and after a while the regular practice reports, while they are fun to do, all start to sound alike. So I thought I’d do something different today—focus on one player. It would have to be someone who would do enough during practice to fill up a whole post. I had to come up with a player who almost everyone would want to read about, one with sufficient interest to get people to read the post. Oh, wait, the Redskins do have such a player. Here’s the Wednesday practice report, RG3 edition.

—Before the rain got started, they were doing red zone against no defense. It’s important to have good touch on the ball in the tight spaces near the goal line and Griffin displayed it. He was putting just enough air under the ball to get it over the imaginary defenders to the receiver without making the receiver slow down. He did put a little too much air under one to Santana Moss, running the receiver out of bounds before he could catch it.

—As the rain started to come down harder, Griffin went to the other end zone to throw to running backs who were being covered one on one by linebackers. His touch wasn’t quite what it was with the dry ball.

—Griffin became a spectator in 11 on 11 drills. Early on he stepped up to get a closer look at a play. It came his way and he had to take a few quick steps back to make sure he stayed out of harm’s way. He didn’t venture up any more the rest of the way.

—He went behind the group to get a drink of water. Some fans immediately starting chanting “RG3, RG3!”

—As the 11 on 11 went on, Griffin started to get a bit antsy. He spent part of the time paying strict attention to what was going on and the other part pacing like a caged tiger.

—Griffin got increased reps in seven on seven drills. Most days he has been taking about 10 reps, today that increased to 18. First they went red zone and Griffin’s performance was bumpy. He had a few good throws but he put too much mustard on one intended for Santana Moss. Another pass went right into the numbers of Josh Wilson, who made the interception.

—On one play he found nobody open so he ran it in from around the 10 yard line. A couple of defenders converged on him as he got near the goal line. Griffin wrapped the ball up to protect it but there was zero danger of either defender actually coming close to hitting him. After getting into the end zone he spun the ball on the ground and pointed at it, doing his best Pierre Garçon imitation.

—They turned around and went to the deep end of the field. It started getting sloppy as the rain got harder and the ball got wet. It was slightly reminiscent of the game in Pittsburgh last year. As Mike Shanahan pointed out in his presser after practice, a day like today might help them down the road if they play in rainy conditions like they had in Pittsburgh.

—About 45 minutes after practice, Griffin still was not done. He continued to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.

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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 who 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.

 

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