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Need to Know: The Redskins’ five longest plays of 2015

Jun 4, 2016, 3:45 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 4, 54 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


—The Redskins last played a game 146 days ago. It will be 100 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 54; Preseason opener @ Falcons 68; Final roster cut to 53, 91

I’m enjoying a vacation week in the Outer Banks. While I’m gone I’m presenting a few of the most popular posts from earlier this offseason (Note: A few details may not be updated) as well as some posts looking back at some of the team’s best performances. Thanks for reading, see you again on Monday, June 6.

The Redskins’ five longest plays from scrimmage of 2015 (all touchdowns):

78 yards—Kirk Cousins screen pass to Matt Jones vs. Saints One of the up-and-down rookie’s better moments as he took a short pass and showed a great knack for following his blockers all the way to the end zone.

77 yards—Cousins deep pass to DeSean Jackson vs. Bills Midway through the third quarter Cousins spied Jackson running all alone down the left sideline. Jackson dodged a couple of defenders on his way in for the score.

71 yards—Colt McCoy deep pass to Rashad Ross @ Cowboys This was almost too easy. In the fourth quarter of the Redskins’ meaningless season finale at Dallas McCoy launched a deep pass to Ross, who was a good 15 yards past any defenders.

63 yards—Cousins deep pass to Jackson vs. Giants The Redskins were struggling offensively until they lined up in a run formation and Cousins launched one deep to Jackson to give the home team a 10-0 lead. They held on for a 20-14 win.

56 yards—Cousins deep pass to Jackson @ Panthers The Redskins were able to hang in with the eventual NFC champs for a while as the teams twice exchanged touchdowns in the first quarter. Washington’s first score came on Cousins long pass to Jackson. It is interesting to note now that current Redskins corner Josh Norman was called for holding on the play, a penalty that was declined.

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  1. Trey Gregory - Jun 4, 2016 at 5:15 AM

    So, you’re saying DJax is a deep threat specialists?

    • sidepull - Jun 4, 2016 at 6:48 AM

      Seems to be a common denominator.

      • babyteal1 - Jun 4, 2016 at 7:45 AM

        He’s the guy we keep.

        • Trey Gregory - Jun 4, 2016 at 2:27 PM


  2. redskins12thman - Jun 4, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    When was the last time the Redskins had 3 TD passing plays of 55 yards or more in a regular season? Had DeSean Jackson accomplished this a prior year? Before that, how far back do you have to go to have seen this?

    • John - Jun 4, 2016 at 8:25 AM

      In 2014 he had big TD catches against Philly (2nd half) in Philly and Seattle. There may have been another one. Anyone want to crucify him for not being at OTAs?

      • John - Jun 4, 2016 at 8:26 AM

        Add the Garcon TD vs the Titans in 2014 and that makes 3 of 55+.

      • Trey Gregory - Jun 4, 2016 at 2:31 PM

        Uh, yeah. I will. That’s kind of a gross over reaction to 3 plays. I could just as easily point out his many blunders like his return fumble vs Dallas or not crossing the goal line IN A PLAYOFF GAME. This guy does one thing really well. But it’s just one thing. He’s not dynamic, he’s not a leader, he’s injury prone, he’s getting old, and he has a bad attitude. It will be fine to have one final season with him, but then it’s good riddance.

  3. babyteal1 - Jun 4, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    So we just made the case to keep DJax……….of course.

    • sidepull - Jun 4, 2016 at 8:35 AM

      A unique talent. Some folks want to rail on him but there is no denying the talent. You cant just add that to your offense whenever you like. But take that talent away, like Chip Kelly did, and it hurts.

      • Trey Gregory - Jun 4, 2016 at 2:37 PM

        Chip Kelly did just fine without Desean. He went 10-6 without Desean (better than we’ve ever done with Desean btw.) Peoole have a really convenient way of remembering things so that they support their narrative. Kelly made many mistakes. But getting rid of Desean wasn’t one of them. He had Maclin for 2014 and their offense was very productive. The wheels didn’t fall off until he got rid of Maclin/McCoy and he took on the GM role.

        Philly went 10-6 without Desean and Washington went 4-12 with him. Try again.

        • bangkokben - Jun 5, 2016 at 9:55 AM

          To look at only the record and say Kelly did fine is grossly inaccurate. Not making the playoffs even with a winning record isn’t fine. Surely a team’s record is a result of more than just one player’s impact.

          Where we can see a quantitative impact is in the passing game and specifically how Jackson’s ability to stretch the field was missing. Philly’s offense wasn’t nearly as explosive having 80 completions of 20+ yards and 18 of 40+ yards with Jackson in 2013. In 2014 those figures dropped to 63 completions of 20+ and 13 of 40+. Conversely, the Redskins were 39 of 20+ and 6 of 40+ in 2013 and grew to 57 in 20+ and 20 in 40+. Then with Jackson injured for half the year, the Redskins were 52 and 9 in 2015.

          Jackson’s ability to stretch the field is undeniable and the Redskins will have to figure a way without him in 2017.

        • Trey Gregory - Jun 5, 2016 at 2:38 PM

          Well yeah. I agree with most of what you said. So, by your own logic: saying Chip Kelly went wrong by releasing Desean Jackson would be grossly innacurate. The fate of the team was bigger than one player. Chip Kelly made a ton of mistakes. Especially in the way he ran the team. But I don’t think dropping Desean was even close to one of his biggest mistakes, or that consequential.

          10-4 is still 10-4 regardless of how many deep plays they had. Deep plays arent indicative of a good offense. Good offense don’t just have a bunch of bombs and bad offenses aren’t deplete of bombs. How many completions of 20 + yards does New Englad have every year? I gues my main point when I talk about Desean is that there’s other ways to win than just throwing deep bombs. People seem to get really stuck on that one point but it’s not the end all be all of offense.

          Are you arguing that Washington’s offense was actually better than Philly’s in 2014 because they had more explosive plays? Because, you know I respect you, but that’s absurd. So what if they didn’t make the playoffs? That’s circumstantial. Dallas just happened to be one of the best teams in the league that year. Teams with the same record, or better, than Washington didn’t make the playoffs last year. That doesn’t mean Washington was a better team. It just means that 9 or 10 wins didn’t lock up their division.

          It’s grossly innacurate to say Kelly blew it by cutting Desean. That’s my main point. There were so many other things that went into it and they didn’t really start to decline until Maclin and McCoy were gone. 10-6 to 7-9 is also quantifiable. And they were also 10-6 with Desean in 2013. So his absence didn’t really seems to affect them much at all.

        • bangkokben - Jun 5, 2016 at 8:27 PM

          I just picked one aspect of the effect of parting from Jackson. Nick Foles also took a huge hit going from 27 TDs and 2 INTs with a 119.2 rating in 317 pass attempts to 13 & 10 with a 81.4 QBR in 311 attempts. So the field was tighter without Jackson, Foles suffered, yet the Eagles won the same amount of games* and the overall offense was still in the top ten.

          So, MAYBE, Kelly could do without Jackson but the sense was that it was an unnecessary subtraction that DID NOT result in “addition by subtraction” but instead was a willful decision to play with a handicap — as Jackson was under contract and the Eagles would take a cap hit to simply get rid of him but could’ve retained him. Moreover, the team’s “success” seemed to cloud Kelly from the reality that talented players are essential to good coaching. Are Maclin and McCoy jettisoned if the Eagles would’ve gone 7-9 in 2014? I don’t think so. Kelly, mistakenly believed what you believed, that losing Jackson was inconsequential.

          *[The Eagles were 9-3 after beating Dallas 33-10 in big D. Then preceded to lose the next three games getting eliminated from playoff contention (Home vs. SEA, Home vs. DAL, and @ WAS)]

          “The fate of the team was bigger than one player.” Exactly. Better defense, better run game, may have taken care of most of burden to a less explosive passing game. I was simply pointing out where the affect was. Say what you will about big plays, but in the NFL it is hard to have sustained drives.

          “Are you arguing that Washington’s offense was actually better than Philly’s in 2014 because they had more explosive plays?” No.NOT AT ALL. Look at the decline of Philly’s due to the change and the rise of Washington’s due to the change (albeit not the only change). In 2014, both teams were rather even in big play passes. That is simply one aspect of offense — one that was huge in Kelly’s first year in the league.

          “How many completions of 20 + yards does New Englad have every year?” Last year they had 59 which was 7th in the league.

  4. colorofmyskinz - Jun 4, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    DJax has the best ability I have ever seen to run underneath deep balls. It is so hard to position yourself just right to be in the right spot to catch those deep balls. He has the best ability to adjust and change speed to place himself in the perfect spot always.

    Great talent. Imagine what he would be like if he actually worked at developing himself. reminds me of Yan Ulrich Tour de France racer. Most talented racer of all time with no work ethic. Won second place like 5 times because he never trained. All he had to do is train 25% of what everyone else trained.

    Would like to see DJax on the field with his teammates.

  5. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 4, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Yes. DJax has a special gift for tracking and hauling in the deep ball.

    But he’ll be on the wrong side of 30 next year, and probably expensive to resign. We’ll see…

    P.S. Here’s a look at the compensatory pick situation for all the teams this year. We won’t be getting one.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 4, 2016 at 11:11 AM

      Also, here’s a their best guess about what picks will be awarded to whom.

      And you can see the salary levels projected to go with 3rd to 7th round compensatory picks.

      • bangkokben - Jun 4, 2016 at 2:31 PM

        My best ability at reading the tea leaves says that the Redskins plan to use the $40M+ in 2017cap space on Cousins, Galette, Baker, Will Compton, extending Moses, and extending Breeland; then letting the two receivers walk and get compensatory picks in 2018. This, of course, is my PERCEPTION of the team’s current plan but plenty can alter that plan between now and February.

        • Trey Gregory - Jun 4, 2016 at 2:41 PM

          I completely agree Bang. 100%. Garcon and Jackson were gone the second we signed Norman. Crowder, Reed, Doctson are maybe Paul are the future. I’m sure another rookie or inexpensive vet will be acquired too.

          If anyone stays I think it’s Garcon. He should cost less, he provides more leadership, and there’s always use for a tough possession receiver. I’m not saying Garcon is better than Jackson. I just think that’s the reality of the situation. But I also fully expect them to both go.

  6. oswizard - Jun 5, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    This is the problem with sports talk radio. They feel a need to generate crap when there is nothing to talk about.
    Sometimes the right thing to do is ask a simple question, does this move benefit the team?
    Scotty Mac sort of told everyone why they won’t get rid of either. Jackson and Garcon make the Redskins better. We are not a better team if you remove either of those guys. He only makes moves the thinks that make the Redskins better.
    I personally think we only can become a better team by removing one of those guys is if we get an offer that is very, very attractive for one of them. Otherwise, we just have possibly the best receiving crew in the NFL. And why can’t that just be left alone? It is not like we have a cap issue.
    Hopefully, gone are the days where the Redskins decision makers listen to sports talk crap.

    • Trey Gregory - Jun 5, 2016 at 1:38 PM

      Well everything you said is only relevant to 2016. They’re not getting rid of either guy this year. It’s 2017 that we’re talking about. Neither Gruden nor McCloughan said they’re keeping either receiver for 2017.

      And there’s plenty of reasons to get rid of them. Mostly their age and their salary. Age is only going to get worse. Each of these guys only have a couple good years left, if that. That’s reality. They’re not the future. We need to sign guys who are. Like Baker, Galette, Cousins, Compton, Moses, Breeland, and probably a couple younger free agents. Or who knows what other young players break out that we want to extend?

      Their salaries, however, could get better for us. They could decide to take less and that would change the situation. But it would still only be worth signing a 1-2 year deal. So I’m not sure why a guy like Desean Jackson would sign a team friendly deal with no long-term security when some other team would probably be willing to take a chance and sign him for more. Garcon, maybe would do it.

      We’re not in cap trouble but there’s still only so much room to sign all the guys coming up in 2017. We have young receivers to take over. Doctson, Crowder, and Reed are the future. We still have Paul and guys like Grant/Ross for reserves. But we need stronger players at other positions so much more than 5 receivers who could start on any team. Assuming Doctson is ready to start in 2017, it would be a logjam to keep them all.

      And the Norman deal left way less wiggle room. I like what McCloughan did. But don’t kid yourself. Signing the largest defensive back contract in history is going to affect the cap and future signings. We have to cut back somewhere and 2 over the hill WRs seem like a good place to start. Especially when their replacements are already on the team.

  7. Bo - Jun 5, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Jackson Jackson Jackson. Thank you good sir. Archives

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