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Need to Know: Will DeSean Jackson be 100-percent for the Redskins?

Nov 15, 2015, 6:04 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, November 15, the day the Washington Redskins host the New Orleans Saints.

PSA: If you’re attending the game today be sure that you take a look at the NFL’s statement on stadium security issued yesterday.

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Saints

—Despite pronouncements by Jay Gruden and Sean McVay that DeSean Jackson is 100 percent, or very close to it, I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m not a fantasy football player but I think that if you have a reasonable alternative and can’t afford to gamble you might want to consider leaving Jackson on the bench. There is the possibility you could miss out on 110 yards and a touchdown from Jackson but you could also see another five-point performance from him as well.

—The defense is going to be shaken up in an effort to be able to stop the decline that has seen the unit go from being ranked in the top 10 earlier this season into the 21st ranked in terms of yards per game. Will Compton will start at inside linebacker. If Keenan Robinson is healthy, Compton will start in place of Perry Riley. If Robinson is inactive it will be Compton in his place. And Trenton Robinson, who has been playing almost 100 percent of the plays at strong safety, will yield many of his snaps to some combination of Jeron Johnson and Kyshoen Jarrett. Those aren’t huge upgrades but they re improvements.

—Here’s a not-so-bold prediction—the Redskins’ status as one of three NFL teams that has not allowed an opposing quarterback to throw for over 300 yards this year will come to an end. Drew Brees will throw for something around 325. The key to slowing him down will be getting him on the ground (he has taken 22 sacks, a rate of 5.5 percent, 19th in the NFL) and making tackles to limit yards after the catch.

—For yet another game the No. 1 question going in from the standpoint of the Redskins offense is can they get their running game going. They are in the worst four-game rushing stretch in team history, with just 172 yards. Can they break out of it in a big way? Just about any way you want to measure it, the Saints have one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL. Look for Matt Jones to possibly start at running back and for the Redskins to get things rolling, at least to a respectable extent.

—The Redskins are 3-1 at home and the Saints are 1-3 on the road. New Orleans’ only road win came in the retractable dome in Indianapolis. As I noted in a post earlier this week, Brees does not play as well outdoors as he does in a dome. If Kirk Cousins can protect the ball—in the last nine quarters he has one interception and that pass that bounced out of Pierre Garçon’s hands—the Redskins should put up enough points to win this one and go into the last seven games of the season with four wins under their belts for the first time since 2010.


Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Saints 1 p.m., FOX

Days until: Redskins @ Panthers 7; Giants @ Redskins 14; Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 22

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  1. abanig - Nov 15, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Indont believe DJax is 100% and I don’t think he will be today. I do believe we can win this game, I hadn’t realized the pass D has played that well. That is a good nugget, thanks Rich and GO skins!

  2. bangkokben - Nov 15, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    I think this will be the first game the Redskins win when Cousins throws multiple interceptions. I see a 28 of 40 passing with 320 yards, 3 TD, 2INT performance in which the Redskins win by five points 33-28. The debate next week will whether this game needed to be that close had Cousins not turned the ball over.

  3. cmehustle - Nov 15, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    The rushing game has been anemic. The average yards per reception by recievers and TEs are horrifying. DJax not being in is of course responsible for some of that. I believe if we can start completing some big plays in the passing game, that will open up more lanes in the run game. Im coming around on Kirk, but we need the deep ball and some 5 and 7 step drops in our passing attack. I know he despises taking sacks, but last season it seemed like Kirk at least attempted to go down the field a whole lot more than this season. I want to see Kirk do more of that.

  4. Mr.moneylover - Nov 15, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Can’t believe ppl want us to cut him all because he got injured and haven’t help much this year …the wide receiver we need to cut is Andre Roberts and p.garcon…p.garcon production have fallen off since 2012 I guess he’s been more focus on opening up more pizza joints across the world…if we replace those two with big targets then we don’t have to worry about desean Jackson Begin a number 1 wide receiver…. If I’m not mistaken desean Jackson wasnt a #1 wide receiver when he was with the eagles he was a #2 jermey maclin was they #1 not desean Jackson…we have rashad ross inactive and very low production from Andre Roberts witch put more pressure on guys like p.garcon and Jackson…the offense will be more unstoppable if we had four good wide receivers plus a tight end who can catch but we don’t got that we just have 3 good targets plus the running backs who can catch… But no excuses for jay gruden he knew what he needed in the off-season

    • abanig - Nov 15, 2015 at 10:50 AM

      I agree with this. Djax got injuried. That doesn’t mean he should be gone. Droperts should be gone, he shouldn’t even be active over Ross.

      Also, if an expensive wr is to be cut and replaced next year it should be Garcon. We can sign a FA WR who can do what he does or more because they can get more YAC. We also could draft one of the top wrs who are big, strong, fast, can “high point balls,” and would be an upgrade over Garcon as our #2 and cost 1/2 of what Garcon costs.

      Treadwell & Boyd come to mind as receivers we may be able to take in the draft.

      • Mr.moneylover - Nov 15, 2015 at 11:03 AM

        I completely agree…scot m. Looking for wide receivers and linebackers hard as you might have seen he adding WR off the streets to the practice squad plus we have this we from duke but he got put on the practice squad IR he played next to Jamison crowder and made big plays so next year there’s no doubt our WR group will have two or three new faces…scot m. Looking for them wide receivers that plays with a attitude that’s Jamison Crowder

      • goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 12:02 PM

        Jackson has done absolutely nothing for the Redskins this year. Garcon has caught game winning balls and consistently produces on the field staying off the Injury List. However, you want to keep Jackson that also costs big but stays on the sideline with a hammy all year. You could be right about Jackson and he needs to prove why the team needs him throughout the remaining games of the season. I dont think we can make a decision on Jackson until the season wraps up. Hopefully he plays big but that is yet to be seen.

      • bangkokben - Nov 15, 2015 at 12:32 PM

        The speculation is because Garcon plays the game the way the GM and coach wants and #11 has an Allen Iverson approach to practice which is fine if you’re not injured when it matters. I don’t think they need to cut either because releasing Griffin is a $16.155M savings while cutting both WRs only saves the team $14.75M in cap savings. Then again there are plenty of other contracts that can and will be voided that may open up the cap to about $50 in spending money. All of this is premature as the next eight games have the potential to entirely alter perceptions.

        Here’s a list of guys that could be cut for cap purposes and their cap savings:
        Griffin $16.155M
        Garcon $8M
        Goldson $8M
        Jackson $6.75M
        Hatcher $4.25M
        Rilery $4M
        Hall $3.437M
        Roberts $3M
        Lauvao $3M
        Lichtensteiger $2.95M

        If all are cut that’s a $59,542,000 in net savings added on to the cap carry over and the cap increase. Then again, you’ll need in addition to whoever becomes a free agent a:
        3rd QB – not on team (could call this a #1 QB due to salary and Cousins may be a solution but is an FA)
        #1 WR – not on team
        #2 WR – not on team
        #4 WR – Ryan Grant
        #1 FS – not on team/Kyshoen Jarrett
        #1 RDE – not on team/Ricky Jean Francois
        #2 ILB – Will Compton will be an FA
        #2 CM – Bashaud Breeland
        #1 LG – Spencer Long
        #1 C – not on the team unless De La Puente becomes that answer but he too will be an FA

        So in conclusion releasing these ten players will save the team more than $59M but you’ll have to use some of that savings to replace the seven who there are no clear in house solutions for. I’m not sure how we’re looking with draft picks – I know we gave one away for Derrick “I eat buttered popcorn” Carrier – but only then again there will be other holes that need to be filled with guys whose contracts are expiring.

        • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 12:01 AM

          I believe we could find better use of Garcon’s 8 million. Garcon is basically like a TE or that’s how we use him only he doesn’t have great height.

          Look at the younger WRs who will be free agents that I’m sure you’d agree you’d rather pay $10 million a year to and probably less for the next 5 years:

          1. Michael Crabtree
          2. Marvin Jones
          3. Malcolm Floyd
          4. Mohamed Sanu

          (All 6’1 + and they can high point balls)

        • bangkokben - Nov 16, 2015 at 9:35 AM

          You can get a tall receiver that high points balls in the draft. Garcon will be a free agent in 2017. Take advantage of Garcon’s contract year. Unless Alshon Jeffery is an option stick with Garcon. Your suggestions offer no guarantee for better production or value for minimal improvements in height and age.

        • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 9:38 AM

          Yeah…. Ok… Garçon gives the skins very little except a possession WR with sometimes questionable hands.

          Everyone I listed is cheaper or equivalent on a contract. They’re all younger and they attack balls and high point them. Garcon doesn’t do that. If we have a WR like Crabtree, Jones, Sanu or Floyd; Cousins gets more TD passes in the redzone.

        • bangkokben - Nov 16, 2015 at 10:18 AM

          Most of his 14 TD passes ARE in the Redzone, ALL of Garcon’s. Garcon is more than a possession receiver. He’s a YAC receiver who is dangerous over the middle. Two drops in a game and now he has suspect hands?! Crabtree was nothing for years until he was opposite Amari Cooper. Floyd is opposite Keenan Allen and then the two Bengals have A.J. Green. Garcon proved it in 2012 and more so in 2013 that he could be the guy with no opposite help. Let’s see how he does with both a healthy D. Jax and Jordan Reed on the field at the same time and revisit this at the end of the year.

        • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 10:48 AM

          Michael Floyd if the Cardinalz, not Malcolm Floyd.

          And Garcon catches passed in the redzone on slants & outs.

          All the guys I mentioned can do that and catch a fade pass and attack the ball beat the DB over the top for a TD on a fade pattern.

        • bangkokben - Nov 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

          Sure they can when they have Fitz, AJ Green, and Amari Cooper dictating coverage – all BIG receivers. Elite, too. Cooper may not be there yet but the expectations are there and the kid is living up to those expectations. You can keep going if you like but I’m going to revisit this at the END of the year.

    • hail74 - Nov 15, 2015 at 12:08 PM

      What a surprise, in one post mrmoney says no excuses for jay, scot gave him everything and in another he says no excuse for jay, he knew what he needed in the offseason.

    • wvredskins - Nov 15, 2015 at 12:19 PM

      Our first pick into the 2016 Draft should be a Big, game changing WR PERIOD. Josh doctson from TCU would be perfect.

      • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 12:09 AM

        Doctson is a second round prospect.

        Treadwell is a top 10 prospect from Ole Miss.

        Tyler Boyd is s top 20 prospect from Pitt.

        They’re better players/prospect and will go higher.

        Taking a defensive player like a DL (There’s 3 worth the selection in the top 15 Bosa – OSU, Nedemike – Ole Miss, Robinson – Bama) or ILB (Jaylon Smith – ND or Reggie Ragland – Bama) makes more sense to me if Jalen Ramsey is off the board when we pick which is very likely if we win 7 games this season.

  5. Mr.moneylover - Nov 15, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Our season will be over by 4 I don’t think we can beat the saints and I think kirk gonna throw the game away today and it will be the start of a losing streak

    • colmac69 - Nov 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM

      What a surprise with that prediction Mr money..

      R you and hk2000 related by any chance?

    • Mr.moneylover - Nov 15, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      If we lose….redskins season over but hey it will be still fun to watch the college games to see who we might draft…I’m kinda mad Notre Dame WR will fuller not declaring for the draft he’s a beast….I really like Corey Coleman from Baylor he’s one of those freak of nature guys that’s hard to stop …last year it was a amari cooper if Corey Coleman declare to the draft redskins should do whatever it takes to get him because he’s something redskins haven’t had in years

    • squawonthewarpath - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      LOL. What do you think now Mr. Negative?

    • gasngo14 - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:12 PM

      Captain FRANCHISE Kirk ??? You like that…..?

    • JOHNNY B - Nov 15, 2015 at 8:35 PM

      Wow I guess Captain Kirk just made you eat your words and did it with no picks. Lol got to love it.

  6. 226thebeatdontstop - Nov 15, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Trent Murphy should be benched he’s done nothing all year ,he’s slow an doesn’t generate any pressure on the quarterback at all,basically he’s just a guy… A lot of you ridiculed Orakpo he isca far better option then Murphy .. Kerrigan got paid an has done nothing either, everyone jumps on Riiley but the linebacker group has failed miserably

  7. bohurley421 - Nov 15, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Man I can’t wait for the draft. The only exciting part of being a redskins fan. Haha Sad. Be prepared for drew Brees to light up our secondary get out to a big lead and Mr kirk and Jay play catch up. Interceptions if the word of the day fellas. I’ll be watching with my hand over my eyes barely peeking through. Then again I could be wrong

    • squawonthewarpath - Nov 15, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      Guess your crystal ball was wrong this time Mr. Hurley.

  8. bangkokben - Nov 15, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    No Keenan Robinson; no peace…
    …of mind for ‘skin fans.

    No Kouandjio. Crossing my fingers the guards stay healthy.

  9. brucefan1 - Nov 15, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    I feel pretty confident about the Redskins chances today — oddly enough because a this of bit of gamblers’ conventional wisdom; it says that choosing a team that is an underdog at home is usually a good chance to cover the spread. last I saw the Skins were 1 point dogs at home. That makes them a great bet, no?! LOL (Worst they could do in covering is to TIE — and that probably ain’t gonna happen.)

    I also feel that the Skins have more on the line than the Saints, what with a division title in their sights (The Saints can see a title and can barely glimpse a wild card birth!). Bettors say that factor often gives one team an edge in a close match-up.

    Key to the game? Finding a way to put consistent pressure on Brees — with a better pass rush scheme abnd improved run defense. I hope Barry and his guys come up with SOMETHING along that order.

    Oops … game time! Hail to the Redskins!!

  10. hail74 - Nov 15, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Excellent job all around! Blocking downfield and jones with the vision!

  11. squawonthewarpath - Nov 15, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Awesome first half!!! Ok defense..DO NOT allow Brees to get in rhythm

    • goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      Great Win. Absolutely dominated Drew Brees and the Saints. What a awesome game! FuK Yeh!!!!!!!
      I am really pumped. Now we are off to the undefeated Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. How about a big road win next week to follow up this offensive explosion?!

  12. goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    HOLY SH|T!! What an Offensive Explosion! Way 2 Go Guys!@#

  13. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Nov 15, 2015 at 3:56 PM


    • goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 3:57 PM


  14. hail74 - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Girls lost and Sanchez just threw pick in the endzone!

  15. squawonthewarpath - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Cheers and celebration!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTGO Skins….Total Domination!!!!

  16. kenlinkins - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Just when you think you have these Redskins figured out they go and do something way outside the box. No one had the Redskins scoring 47 and no one had the Redskins holding the Saints to 14. It will take a while to understand just what happened today but while you are doing that made sure to cash your winning tickets if you took the Redskins and the over. Great job today Redskins, HTTR.

  17. hail74 - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Now we just need the pats to do there part and we’ll be half game out. Love it!

    • JOHNNY B - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      What a great game even Riley stepped up nothing bad to say . Kirk looked great ,the run game was good and the defense played well. These are the games that make you proud to be a Redskins fan. #HTTR

  18. goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Next week is the big test. Away Game, Undefeated Opponent, Mobile QB, Tough Defense. Hopefully they come out swinging with a nothing to lose mentality. I would absolutely love an Away win this year epecially to get back to .500. httr!

    • brucefan1 - Nov 15, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      A beatbale unbeaten team (you know what I mean?) to boot!

      It’s doable.

  19. squawonthewarpath - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    I have one thing to comment….”YOU LIKE THAT?”

    • squawonthewarpath - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      And before some unsavory character decides to accuse me of being a Cousin’s lover for saying that…I am not, but I AM totally impressed with his performance today and the progress he has made at the helm so far this season. HTTR!!!!!

  20. gasngo14 - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Well this is a little more proof these players are playing hard and inspired football for this staff, YOU LIKE THAT!


    • squawonthewarpath - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM

      Agreed Gas…That is the one thing that has given me positive vibes about the team this season. They have been playing their hearts out. Even when the chips have been down they have presented a “Never Say Die” attitude all season.

  21. colmac69 - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I still blame gruden and cousins for only winning by 33

    • gasngo14 - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:09 PM

      I LOVE IT :)

      • colmac69 - Nov 15, 2015 at 6:12 PM

        Joking aside not a lot u can say but “how bout them redskins”

        Great day….not often we get to celebrate a blow out…cousins on money (although Mr and redskin will point out he was sacked three times and had an int overturned by pen)….perfect game from offense….perfect from defense after first qtr….

        However nd to keep level head (ok after tonight)….big game nxt wk but confidance should b sky high..patriots win would cap off great day

        Nice touch by nfl with moment silence for Paris victims

        Vive la France! !!!!!

  22. wvredskins - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    You know its a good day when Perry Riley is making one handed interceptions! What a all around game! Defense showed up, and the Offense showed up with BIG TIME plays. Its a big win but cant be satisfied cause the Panthers are next. HTTR!

    • squawonthewarpath - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:03 PM

      All we can hope is that the team takes today’s momentum and success a little further south down to Carolina next weekend and can finally get a road win on the books.

    • YOU LIKE THAT - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:24 PM

      No its a good day, when all the so called fans who do nothing but dog this team no matter what they do are quiet. You stat spewing, Redskin team hating lil boys, need to crawl in a hole and stay there. Hate on Cousins all you want. He ain’t going nowhere, but you need to. Stats don’t make you smarter, just says you have no life. Probably no wife, no children, in short you are all losers. Uneducated, stat spewing, hateful losers.

      • gasngo14 - Nov 15, 2015 at 6:08 PM

        They have plenty of “stats” to chew on to go with all the crow on their plates :)

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Nov 15, 2015 at 6:29 PM

      Cousins went 20 for 25 for 324 yards, with zero interceptions and a perfect passer rating of 158.3, connecting for scores of 78 yards to running back Matt Jones, 16 and 8 yards to tight end Jordan Reed, and 11 yards to receiver Jamison Crowder.

      – ESPN

      I LIKE THAT!

  23. warpath1 - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    its seems like a long time since ive heard skins win in a blowout. Love it, HTTR!!!

  24. goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    My favorite play of the game was not from the offense but it happened to be the sandwich sack of Drew Brees when Drew’s helmet went flying off!!! Yeah!! YOU LIKE THAT

    • gasngo14 - Nov 15, 2015 at 6:48 PM

      LIKE THAT! still not hearing those chants you keeping talking about? maybe it should be…………………………………

      Na na na hey hey hey good bye…..

  25. gasngo14 - Nov 15, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kirk Cousins became the first Redskins quarterback to complete 80 percent of his passes and throw for 300 yards with four passing touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s only the 13th quarterback in NFL history to post these numbers


    • goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 7:07 PM

      Please Welcome Captain FRANCHISE Kirk Cousins!!!

    • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 5:21 AM

      He also is the first qb this season to have a perfect passer rating which threw at least 20 passes in a game.

  26. goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    GOSTKOWSKI FOR THE WIN?!?!?! !? GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@#12312333412532135 3ertw

  27. JOHNNY B - Nov 15, 2015 at 8:38 PM


  28. skinsgame - Nov 15, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    I can’t remember the last time I sa the Redskins boring in back up players because they were blowing the doors off of an opponent. Fox even switched the game in my region, it was so lopsided. Outstanding win.

  29. bangkokben - Nov 15, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Defensive pass rush looks much better when the offense gets a lead. And Cousins looks much better (already looked pretty good) with a run game. Trending up ward.

    4-5! Way to end that 3-6 rubbish.

    • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 5:23 AM

      Anyone else still worries about Kerrigan’s lack of explosion since his knee surgery? It still looks like he’s limping around out there and he doesn’t have good lateral movement. This was never more evident as when he couldn’t get close to Brees yesterday besides being unblocked on one play.

  30. kenlinkins - Nov 15, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    While I am not ready to invest in Redskins play off tickets just yet, I have moved them to the “bares watching” section. At 4-5 and only a 1/2 game out of first in the NFC East where anything could happen this year, the Redskins have equaled their win total of 2014. Every win from here on in is a bench mark of improvement and a sign that the new GM has the Redskins on the right path. Credit should also be given to the coaching staff as I saw very few concerns with the game plan and the command & control. Now, the next step is stringing a few wins together and getting over 500% before the Bears game. Many happy Redskins fans tonight, and it is about time. HTTR

    • goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 10:08 PM

      Big win, happy fans everywhere. Another solid performance from Captain Kirk “franchise” Cousins who is gunning for that big contract extension. He even said himself that great play could lead to a “life changing” career and pay day. Can not help but think Kirk wants out of that mini van and into the Lamborghini. Getting a lot out of a bargain basement QB at the moment. httr!

      • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 5:19 AM

        Kirk isn’t buying any Lambo, he’s a humble guy like Alf. I could see him getting a nice SUV or a luxury/sports car like a Beamer/Benz/Audi but I don’t see a Lambo

  31. Shannysahero - Nov 16, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    You like that? You like that shanny? If that game doesn’t win you a head coaching job you may as well give up on your Kirk cousins campaign

    • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 10:04 AM

      So one game means Gruden keeps his job? One game against the NFLs worst D and possibly the worst D in NFL history.

      I think he should retain his job, but the skins have to continue to play well the last 7 games and Cousins has to do the same.

  32. Skulb - Nov 16, 2015 at 1:18 AM

    Just in case anyone is wondering I am feeling very validated in my unflinching support for Kirk Cousins since he was named the starter in August. The Skins had better sign a contract with the guy before the rest of the league notices just how good he can be. Three years at $25 million right now would be my suggestion. C’mon Snyder! A million ad decisions since you bought the team. Will just just please make one good decision before we all die of old age!?!

    • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 5:17 AM

      Well happy vindication! I also agree about the contract extension. That’d be a good #, I’m not sure we can get him for that price, but it’s worth a shot.

      • Skulb - Nov 16, 2015 at 8:22 AM

        I just think that the longer they wait now, and the more of these ridiculous games Kirk has a chance to put on tape, the more expensive he will be.

        • abanig - Nov 16, 2015 at 8:24 AM

          100% agree Archives

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