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Need to Know: The week that was at Redskins Park–It’s still win and in

Dec 19, 2015, 5:07 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 19, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Buffalo Bills.

The week that was at Redskins Park

A look back on the headlines of the week:

Redskins playoff scenarios—Resting the starters in Dallas?—All of the teams in the NFC East won last Sunday so the playoff scenarios keep playing out based on a three-way tie for first place. The Redskins’ simplest scenario is to win all three of their remaining games to get in but they could get away with a loss or maybe even two. The ideal scenario would have them clinch the NFC East with a win over the Eagles and being able to do what the want in the season finale in Dallas.

Carrier out for the season with knee injury—It didn’t look good the moment he went down after catching a pass early in the Bears game. Carrier was obtained via a trade with the 49ers on August 21 after the team lost Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen to injuries earlier in the month. It took him a while to pick up the offense and he caught 17 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Carrier is still under contract for 2016 but his rehab could extend into next season.

Redskins sign veteran tight end Alex Smith—He was available and he knows the offense thanks to having spent time with Jay Gruden in Cincinnati. His role will be mostly as a blocker but he will occasionally sneak out on a pass pattern to keep the defense honest. At age 33 and coming off of a couple of injuries Smith isn’t a long-term solution. But the Redskins just need someone who can get them through three more regular season games and possibly a playoff game or two and Smith seems to be capable of doing that.

DeAngelo Hall is looking forward to facing “little brother” Tyrod Taylor—Hall and Taylor both grew up in the Tidewater region and both went to Virginia Tech. Those connections led to a friendship that will be set aside on Sunday as they will be on opposite sides of the ball at FedEx Field. Although there is a lot of mutual respect there, make no mistake that Taylor would love to burn Hall for a long gain and that Hall would be delighted to pick off one of his younger friend’s passes.

Redskins WR Andre Roberts could need surgery—A disappointing season could come to an early end if the medical staff decides he should have surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Even if he can play in these last few games his season has not been good. For a cap hit of $3.75 million the Redskins got nine games and 11 receptions for 135 yards. He did provide one highlight with a 99-yard kickoff return against the Panthers but that’s still not enough bang for the buck.

Cousins’ 2016 price tag likely in $13-$17 million range—As the Redskins remain in playoff contention their quarterback’s value in a 2016 free agent contract continues to climb and it becomes a topic of discussion. He has a chance to push his earnings to the higher end of the range if he can help the Redskins get to the playoffs and maybe win a game or two. But first things first—they need to beat the Bills.


Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park; no media availability

Days until: Bills @ Redskins 1; Redskins @ Eagles 7; Redskins @Cowboys 15

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  1. colmac69 - Dec 19, 2015 at 5:28 AM

    Rich….What chances jackson/garcon both back nxt yr?and do u see both back? And if only one back what bout Alshon Jeffrey as potential replacement?

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 19, 2015 at 8:22 AM

      I’d like to see us pick up a WR (tall would be a plus) in the draft.

    • troylok - Dec 19, 2015 at 8:46 AM

      Jackson is talented and a very dangerous deep threat when healthy. Having said that, I don’t think he was committed to taking care of his body in the offseason and it has shown this year. I don’t think he’s a locker room cancer, but I am not sure the example he sets is what the Redskins want. Perhaps if they could lock him down with an incentive laden contract, it would re-dedicate him to his craft.

      I totally support getting a big body receiver. The Redskins have lacked a player like that for a long time. Unfortunately, a lot of other teams lack a big body receiver and the bidding will be high for any free agent, so if they go for that guy, it will come at the expense of Garcon or Jackson’s contracts. There don’t seem to be a lot of big body prospects available in the 2016 draft, so free agency or trade will be their routes to getting a big body receiver.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM

        There are some big WRs available in this draft.

        For example, Mike Williams from Clemson. He hurt his neck on a TD catch (ran into the goal post) and so hasn’t played since the 2015 season opener. Otherwise, he’d probably be a 1st round pick for sure.

        That’s a guy we might be able to get with our 2nd round pick. Height: 6-3, Weight: 205, possibly sub 4.50 in the 40 at the Combine (we’ll see).

      • goback2rfk - Dec 19, 2015 at 12:14 PM

        Jackson may be a deep threat but the Redskins run a dip and dunk offense that barely ever goes deep. Very rarely does Cousins throw a ball over 20 yards. Jackson may keep the defense honest but he is certainly not the explosive threat he used to be in his Eagles days. They have not been getting him involved enough with the short game or the bubble screens. You can tell, he likes to go deep and that is about it. He also complains every-time he thinks he is open and does not get the ball.
        If he renegotiates his contract I would like to keep him. However, he is not worth the salary cap hit for next year at sticker price. He also gets hurt quite a bit. Seems like he tries to stay out of practice as much as possible cause we all know Desean dont like to practice. Practice? Practice? We are talking about Practice here! Not the Game!! Practice.. Reminds me of Allen Iverson a bit.
        Unless Jackson is a major part of winning the remaining games this year I can’y see him coming back at sticker price. And I hope his bruised knee gets better, poor guy.

        • bangkokben - Dec 19, 2015 at 12:24 PM

          The Redskins led the league in pass plays over 40 yards last year. Jackson was a huge part of that, injured this year for half the season, and teams don’t want to be beat by him running go routes. All of that has factored into diminished production in the big play. So instead Jordan Reed gets wide open underneath for 30 yard gains now that #11 is back in the line up. He wasn’t that much space before Jackson’s return because the safety was following Reed instead of Jackson and it is not just because of his speed. The Redskins didn’t/don’t have the same impact with Ross or Aldrick Robinson running those type of routes because teams will take their chances with some guy with speed. Ross was open for shallow post because Jackson took the top off last week. If Ross doesn’t tackle himself by tripping, that kind of play will open up things for Jackson.

    • bangkokben - Dec 19, 2015 at 11:22 AM

      My guess is that both are back. They like Garcon’s effort and Jackson’s impact is undeniable. See here:

      1st 8 206 308 66.9% 1954 10 9 82.9
      Last 5 108 146 74.0% 1352 8 2 114.9

      Jackson played 12 snaps in the first 8 games. If they replace Jackson, they have to have a viable alternative. I don’t see the Bears letting Jeffery go. Any rookie will likely take a season to make an impact. Signing Cousins and then replacing both top receivers seems counter intuitive. As good as Cousins has been, if you change key personnel, you risk an offensive set back. They may try to extend one or the other with a contract that lowers the cap hit but that seems to be a Redskin solution of the past. Both currently fit under the cap next year and there are other likely cap cuts to create room if needed.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 19, 2015 at 11:44 AM

        Any rookie will likely take a season to make an impact.

        This is more true of some positions than others (e.g. offensive line and DB, save for the most elite players in the draft).

        But it isn’t true of wide receiver. Heck, we have 4th round pick Crowder making an impact. And you see the same all over the league.

        • bangkokben - Dec 19, 2015 at 12:15 PM

          Perhaps I wasn’t specific enough. The likelihood of a rookie WR replacing Desean Jackson and having the same impact he does is super slim. Philly tried it without success and the Redskins went half a year and felt the impact. Considering where the Redskins are likely to draft, it is highly unlikely to replace #11’s impact. For every ODB Jr. there are 100 WRs without his impact. Look at the last two WRs Philly took. Then look at Dez Bryant. His impact wasn’t felt until year two. I’d love for the ‘skins to draft a big target with good hands and speed too; but he would be a solution for 2017 not 2016.

  2. skinsgame - Dec 19, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    I recall during Gibbs second run, the Redskins were facing the Bills and should’ve mopped them up. But the game turned into an embarrassment as Gibbs called two consecutive timeouts to “ice the kicker” at the end of the game and ended up getting a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty that turned a 51 yard attempt into 36. Situation was terribly similar to this year. Records are about the same. Playoff scenarios are similar. It’s all very queer.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 19, 2015 at 10:46 AM

      I’ve always thought the “icing the kicker” timeout is lame and more likely to backfire than not.

  3. Skulb - Dec 19, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Win the games and everything else will take care of itself. Archives

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