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Need to Know: Eagles player on Redskins’ Jackson–‘He should be on our team’

Dec 23, 2014, 5:41 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 23, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

Three and out—Redskins shuffling schedule for holiday

1. The Redskins will be altering their schedule this week to be able to give the players off on Christmas Day. Tuesday is usually the off day but they will be practicing today and doing the work they would typically do on a Wednesday. They’ll do Thursday’s work on Wednesday, take Christmas off and then have a normal Friday and Saturday before playing the game on Sunday. I’m not sure how many other teams around the league are doing something like this but it’s a nice thing for the players.

2. After watching DeSean Jackson’s long catches set up two of the Redskins’ three touchdowns, some anonymous Eagles were not happy about getting burned by their former teammate. Jackson was unceremoniously dumped in late March by Eagles coach Chip Kelly. This is from Jeff McLane of Philly.com: “The way the Eagles lost on Saturday, with Jackson delivering daggers to the defense, prompted two players to lament his absence to me. “And then [Jackson] burns us,” one starter said. “That hurt because you think, ‘Damn, he should be on our team. Why he isn’t he on our team?’” Another player: “I miss him. We miss him. … It was a mistake.” There are others, but they’re unwilling to go on the record for obvious reasons.” Remember that Jackson also caught an 80-yard TD bomb the first time the teams met in Week 3.

3. Barring any ties on Sunday Cowboys will need to have both Seattle and Arizona lose in order to get one of the top two seeds in the playoffs and a first-round bye. You have to wonder how much Jason Garrett will risk the health of players like DeMarco Murray, who played Sunday with a broken hand, and Tony Romo, who probably isn’t wild about the prospect of facing a bunch of zero blitzes by the Redskins. The thing is both the Seahawks and Cardinals will play at 4:25 and unless they change the time of the game Dallas-Washington will be done by then. I’m sure Garrett will talk about this being an important game and that he intends to play all of his regulars the whole way. But then we’ll see what he actually does.

Out: There is some buzz going around that Pierre Garçon could playing his last game with the Redskins on Sunday. His salary cap number for 2015 is $9.7 million, the second highest on the team. That’s a lot to pay for a receiver who clearly is the No. 2 option behind DeSean Jackson (who has the third highest 2015 cap number at $9.25 million). If Andre Roberts was having a solid season it might be an easy decision to make. But the way it looks now, jettisoning Garçon, although it would save a net of $5.3 million against the cap, would leave a major hole that would need to be filled. I think the odds are he stays to give Robert Griffin III a better chance to get his feet under himself but I wouldn’t rule out the team opting to save the money.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 10 a.m.; Player availability, Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III news conferences after practice approx. 11:30

Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 5; 2015 NFL Draft 128; 2015 NFL season opening Sunday 264

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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  1. renhoekk2 - Dec 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Rich,
    What’s your sense on whether Hazlett returns? If he doesn’t would they promote Morris? If they go outside the organization I would presume that means Morris would be gone as well. The new DC would want to have some say over his assistants wouldn’t he? Who would be the top non Redskins coaches they might look at?

  2. jscx3 - Dec 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    I think it’s funny how the Djax deal backfired on chip Kelly. He torched the eagles. Players miss him, the skins saw a major difference when he did not play. Pierre needs to stay at least for one more year. Roberts was very disappointing, dropped a lot of balls. I will keep saying it, the offense with better o line play and pass pro from the rbs will be fine. Playmakers at all positions. We need a dc that can coach them up better. You can say lack of talent, but look across the league. Every team does not have 11 first rounders on d. Also they need younger faster d line. Our guys look fat and out of shape.

    • goback2rfk - Dec 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      We might be in trouble as far as WR goes. I do not think they can afford Garcon so they might let him go and promote Roberts to the number 2 guy.. yikes!

    • Bryan - Dec 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      I think there is talent on Redskins d, could they use more on the back end that’s goes with out saying. I like the lbs, starters and back ups I think have been pretty good. The d line has been good against the run but could use some young guys, but I’d get some safety and another corner to help. The thing with has is some games the scheme seems kick a** then the next it’s like what are we doing. I think there will be a change and don’t think it will be to Morris. What you wanna go to Tampa 2 that’s what he was brought up on. I like Rex if they could get him, but doubt he would come.

      • eric - Dec 24, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Great posting. I like Rex Ryan as well.but he will look at head coaching jobs 1st. FLETCHER said the play calls on defense was terrible. Fire Haslett. He had his chance. In 4 years we r ranked 30th in points allowed.no offense can overcome that.

  3. Bryan - Dec 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    It would be huge mistake to get rid of garçon. I don’t know how many players play with the passion and physical nature that he does. He still has been productive , not up to last year but can’t blame him when qb’s either keep being switched or they laying on their back and not to mention we brought in desean. If they wanna save some money rich couldn’t they restructure or how old is garçon could they add a year or so? We need to keep play makers we have. I red rich you said they would have as much as 20 million with some roster moves, let’s take that with draft picks and fill holes not cause another big hole when we are not sure Roberts could fill that. Another observation , we have had hard time getting to outside running and I don’t blame just oline but again what sense would it make to get rid of best blocking wr cuz Jackson isn’t going to. That’s just my two cents

    • Skulb - Dec 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      He`s 28 and yes, he`s the wrong guy to get rid of. One of a few players who always seems to leave everything on the field-

      • kenlinkins - Dec 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        But can the Redskins spend $23 million on 3 WR’s in 2015? That’s ties up a ton of dollars. In 2014 it was about $18 million for Jackson, Garcon and Roberts. Do you really think the Redskins should pony up another $5 million for the same three guys?

        • Skulb - Dec 24, 2014 at 12:01 AM

          I might be wrong, but the WRs look to me like the strongest part of the team. Obviously they probably have good trade value as a result, but at the same time you`d hate to have this team weakened so you`d need a decent replacement at least.

  4. alextwrs - Dec 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    I love Garcon and the energy he brings to the team. The simple fact that there are not enough looks for everybody is true though. He is also one of the few prospects we have to trade away while expecting a decent reward for it. I love Ryan Grant as well. I think he is underlooked and will only get better. He has very good hands, runs fluid routes and looks bigger than 6’1. I would think another mid round WR will be taken again in this draft esp if Garcon lands somewhere else. Think Mohamed Sanu.

  5. colmac69 - Dec 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    B a big mistake getting rid garcon…..who gonna b no 2 receiver then….if we were 10-5 and in hunt for playoffs nobody b bothering how many catches/yrds/tds he has got compared to last yr……….one guy who has disappeared over last few wks (indy apart) is redd….he needs to step up nxt season(hopefully he stays fit)…..

    Can rework garcon contract plus he only 28……as for o-line I would look to free agency for help….we have proved over last 20 yrs we can’t draft linemen who can b gd for number yrs apart from an odd guy here and there…..b interesting to c what linemen are free agents…..

    If we can get couple decent line guys plus whatever qb can(hopefully) b the guy the offense b fine……

    Priority has to b defense in close season….d-line…secondary….plus new def co-ordinator…..

    • goback2rfk - Dec 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      You know who is up for number 2 WR, his name is Andre Roberts

  6. kenlinkins - Dec 23, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    I used the draft simulator today: 1. Shane Ray DE (Redskins require a replacement for Orakpo and a pass rusher) 2. L. Collins SS (he fell to the 2nd round, best SS in draft) 3. Malcome Brown DT (any other year he would be a late 1st/2nd round pick, 6’4″ 320) 4. Daryl Williams OT 6’6″ 329 (he and Moses can battle for RT, can move to OG) 5. Eric Rowe CB 6’1″ 202 (Speical teams DB back up) 6. B.J. Finny C 6’4″ 303 (can add 15lbs easy and push Kory L to bench by the Bye) 7. Adrain Amos FS 6’0″ 209 (can run and tackle, Special teams star year one). I know many want to use early picks at O-Line but someone like Shane Ray should not be passed up, add the best Safety in draft and a very good DT with a RT who can move inside if require and you get 4 starters day one and two Special teams guys. I really liked this draft, just hope it would come true. Feel free to take your shots at it, but I still like it a lot. Happy Holidays to one and all!

  7. eric - Dec 23, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Haslett needs to b fired.4 years is enough time to prove his D doesn’t work. Ask FLETCHER. B4 him Greg Williams and Greg Blache were a lot better.Joe Gibbs always said I don’t know D I just went out and got the best coordinator and said stop the other team

  8. eric - Dec 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    If shanahon would have had a better D coordinator 20 points scored a game would b enough.but he had 2 b fired because he kept haslett. Gruden might face the same fate if he keeps haslett. Look at the points we gave up this year. NO D=NO WINS. maybe get the bills coordinator or Arizona or jets head coach.

  9. murphsman - Dec 24, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Rich, what do you think the chances are they restructure his contract? Also, any read on Moss’ future?

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