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Will the Redskins make a trade deadline deal?

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Will the Redskins make a trade deadline deal?

The NFL trade deadline comes today at 4:00 Eastern time but Redskins fans should not make any special plans for this afternoon. It seems very unlikely that the team will make a deal.

The trade that is most likely is Fred Davis getting shipped anywhere for just about anything. Once viewed as a rising star, Davis has played just 91 of the team’s 511 offensive snaps this year and he has been inactive in three of the Redskins’ seven games. He could provide a boost to a team in need of an athletic pass catcher.

But there are obstacles. The Redskins themselves are a team that could use more quality targets for their quarterback so teams have to wonder why they are so willing to deal him. He only has the rest of this season remaining on his contract. Although it probably won’t matter with just half a season left, Davis faces a one-year suspension from the league under the substance abuse policy.

Despite the drawbacks, Davis does have talent and there is always a market for that. There’s a chance that a team comes in with an offer of a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick. The Redskins will then have to weigh if the draft pick is worth foregoing the insurance that Davis could provide behind rookie Jordan Reed, who has been bitten by the injury bug from time to time this year.

The salary cap greatly limits who the Redskins might be able to bring in via a trade. Many fans have been clamoring for them to deal for unhappy Bills safety Jairus Byrd. But the Redskins have barely enough cap room to get through the rest of the season. Byrd’s franchise tender carries a $6.9 million salary for this season. The Redskins would be on the hook for just over half of that for the remainder of this season, about $3.6 million. On top of that, they would have to try to make a deal to keep Byrd beyond this season as he will be a free agent looking for top money.

The other player fans have been yearning for is Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon. He’s the type of dynamic receiving threat that the Redskins need to give Robert Griffin III, Gordon’s former Baylor teammate, as a compliment Pierre Garçon.

The asking price for Gordon is a second-round pick and the Redskins would be very reluctant to part with that high pick given the fact that they already are without their first rounder, their final installment in the Griffin deal. But Gordon is just 22, possibly younger than whoever they might draft in the second round. His contract could easily be absorbed; he is owed about $335,000 for the remainder of the season and since the Redskins would release a player to make room for Gordon, the money is virtually a wash.

Gordon is under contract for the next two years at very reasonable salaries, much less than the Redskins would pay for a receiver on the free agent market.

One “buyer beware” note the Redskins need to take into account is the fact that Gordon was suspended for two games this year under the NFL’s drug policy. He may face a one-year ban if he tests positive again at any point in the future.

You never say never but Mike Shanahan is not the sort of coach who likes to make major changes in season. It would be very surprising if the Redskins pulled the trigger on a trade today.

You can catch the up-to-the-minute buzz on anything that’s happening with the Redskins at the trade deadline and around the league over on CSN Washington at Redskins Pulse. Drop on by and see what’s happening

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Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins run game against Arizona - a game coach Jay Gruden admitted did not feature enough carries for Robert Kelley. 

The Redskins had a lot of success with their GAP runs early in the game.

In the first half they were successful on 75 percent of their GAP runs. 

As the game wore on the Redskins moved away from what had been successful and only ran two GAP runs in the second half.

As their power running game vanishing, mirrored their prospects for winning the game.

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State of the Redskins: Playoff chances trending in the wrong direction

State of the Redskins: Playoff chances trending in the wrong direction

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 14 of the NFL season.

Record: 6-5-1, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-2
vs. NFC: 4-4
vs. AFC: 2-1-1
Home: 4-2
Away: 2-3-1

Rankings and changes from Week 13

Offense (yards/game): 418.6 (2nd, no change from Week 13)
Defense (yards/game): 369.6 (23rd, +2)
Points for: 303 (10th, -1)
Points against: 295 (20th, -2)

Passer rating offense:  99.8 (8th, -2)
Opp passer rating: 95.0 (22nd, -3)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.5 (5th, no change)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.6 (29th, +2)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 9.8% (10th, no change)
Playoff chances per FO: 41.5%, -14.1% from last week

Trending the right way: Not much, really. Their ranking in rushing defense improved a couple of notches but mostly because other teams got worse, not because the Redskins put the clamps down on the rushing game.

Trending the wrong way: For the first time in a few weeks the Redskins’ playoff chances are below 50 percent. Two straight losses will do that.  

Top three storylines:

Letting them have it—Jay Gruden is usually supportive of his team after a loss but that was not the case following the Cardinals game. He could be heard speaking to the team in angry tones in the locker room following the loss. We will see if this rare tirade jump-starts the Redskins’ stretch run.

Dealing with injury issues—Not only do the Redskins have to be concerned about the condition of Jordan Reed, whose status is unclear as he rehabs from a shoulder injury he suffered on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas, their starting center is in the concussion protocol. If Spencer Long can’t go the Redskins may have to add a center to back up John Sullivan.

Help wanted—The Redskins need other teams to lose if they want to make the playoffs. They need a little help if they win out to finish 10-5-1; they need more help if they finish at 9-6-1. Scoreboard watching starts at 4:25 on Sunday when the Bucs, a half-game ahead of Washington, host the Saints and continues on Sunday night football with the Cowboys at the Giants.

Next three games

Sunday @ Eagles (5-7)—The Redskins handled them well in October; the final score did not indicate how Washington dominated the game. The Eagles look more like a rebuilding team than a playoff contender and the Redskins could elimate them for all practical purposes

December 19 vs. Panthers (4-8)—The season of the defending NFC champs officially came off the rails on Sunday night when Cam Newton started the game on the bench because he didn’t wear a tie and he ended it looking at the wrong end of a 40-7 beatdown by the Seahawks. Still, the Redskins have never beaten Newton so this is not one that will come easily.

Christmas Eve vs. Bears (3-9)—There is no such thing as an easy game in the NFL but if the Redskins can’t manage to win this one they don’t deserve to make the playoffs.