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  1. Need to Know: The 5 top single seasons by a Redskin in last 20 years

    Feb 21, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 21, 18 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Last week we used the Approximate Value metric to look at which Redskins were the most valuable in 2013. There is a link to more details on AV in that post if…

  2. Some details of DeAngelo Hall’s contract emerge

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    We have some details on DeAngelo Hall’s new contract and although we can’t figure out all of the important aspects of it we can see that it’s a reasonable deal for both sides. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Hall’s deal is for four years and $17 million dollars. He got a $3.25…

  3. Need to Know: The five top rated QB’s the Redskins will face in 2014

    Feb 20, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 20, 19 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Last year the Redskins played seven games against quarterbacks who were in the top 10 in passer rating. Here are the top five QB’s they will face in 2014, based on 2013…

  4. Hall’s return has ripple effects

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    With the signing of DeAngelo Hall to a four-year contract, the Bruce Allen-Jay Gruden Redskins made their first major move in a game of three-dimensional chess that stretches out several years in the future. I wrote about the short-term implications yesterday. They are likely to start Hall and second-year player David Amerson at cornerback. An…

  5. Need to Know: Five who are more valuable to the Redskins than to another team

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:22 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 19, 20 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five pending Redskins free agents (update: four plus one who just signed) who are more valuable to Washington than to any other team. ILB Perry Riley— Riley is worth a…

  6. Could Orakpo be an Eagles free agent target?

    Feb 18, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    There are many Redskins fans who are willing to let Brian Orakpo walk in free agency. I wonder how they would like to see him in Eagles green. The Birds 24/7 Eagles blog asked Brian Baldinger of NFL Network and of various outlets around Philadelphia to name three free agents who would be a good…

  7. Need to Know: The five top performing Redskins of 2013

    Feb 18, 2014, 5:01 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 18, one day before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage The five top performing Redskins of 2013 per Pro Football Focus (offense, defense; I believe this is premium content): 1. LT Trent Williams 38.3 overall rating—He was pretty consistent throughout the year,…

  8. Is tagging Orakpo a better move than a long-term deal?

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Some notable websites are weighing in who teams might/should tag as their franchise players and two of them agree that the Redskins are likely to designate Brian Orakpo in that category. Our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk don’t think that the situation requires much thought. If anyone gets tagged, it’ll be linebacker Brian Orakpo,…

  9. Need to Know: The Redskins top five in sacks in the last 20 years

    Feb 17, 2014, 5:11 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 17, two days before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Our stroll through recent Redskins history takes us to the pass rushers today. Here are the team’s top five in sacks in the last 20 years (1994-2013). 1. Ken Harvey (1994-1998) 41.5…

  10. Cousins trade window may extend past draft

    Feb 16, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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    The window for the Redskins to trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will open at 4 p.m. on March 11. It may not close for quite some time. First, let’s give the obligatory update on the Cousins trade situation. He has said that he is “open” to being traded to a team where he can start.…

  11. Need to Know: The five longest tenured Redskins

    Feb 16, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 16, three days before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the five longest tenured Redskins currently under contract (including time spend on practice squad): 1. DE Kedric Golston 2006, drafted in sixth round—He could be challenged for a reserve spot…

  12. Haslett says he’ll turn Orkapo and Kerrigan loose

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Redskins’ defensive coordinator Jim Haslett hit the radio this week and he promised to get more pass rush pressure out of outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Speaking on Inside the Locker Room on ESPN 980, (via John Keim of ESPN) he talked about the need for the Redskins to improve the pass rush.…

  13. Need to Know: Are yardage stats for losers like Haslett says?

    Feb 15, 2014, 4:56 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 15, four days before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Earlier this week, Jim Haslett told ESPN 980 that he didn’t pay much attention to the number of yards his defense gave up. “That’s kind of for losers,” he said. Let’s put…

  14. Gruden really does prefer taller pass targets

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    We have heard that when he was the offensive coordinator of the Bengals, Jay Gruden liked to employ tall receivers. Almost any discussion of a potential Redskins free agent or draft target starts with “how tall is he”? Sometimes these “preference” are exaggerated by the presence of one tall player. Someone might look at the…

  15. Need to Know: The Redskins’ five longest plays of 2013

    Feb 14, 2014, 5:15 AM EDT

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    Darrel-Young-vs.-Eagles

    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 14, five days before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins five longest gains of 2013: 1t. Robert Griffin pass complete deep left to Darrel Young for 62 yards, touchdown @ Eagles 11/17—If you had Griffin to Young for…

  16. Redskins fan questions: Rak, O-line, the draft and more

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Haven’t done this in a while, answering your questions from Twitter and Facebook. Let’s jump right into it. @Rich_TandlerCSN Will the Redskins address the secondary or WR corps with their first pick? #RedskinsTalk — Eli Nachmany (@PFF_EliNachmany) February 12, 2014 It’s too early to even make an intelligent guess. Those certainly are positions of need.…

  17. Need to Know: The Redskins top five in interceptions in the last 20 years

    Feb 13, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    Hall-TD-vs.-Lions

    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 13, six days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins five (plus three) interception leaders of the last 20 years (1994-2013). 1. DeAngelo Hall (2008-2013) 23—The Redskins picked him up midway through the 2008 season and he has lived up to…

  18. Should Orakpo be paid like an ‘elite’ pass rusher?

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    If the Redskins want to keep pending free agent linebacker Brian Orakpo around they are going to have to either negotiate a contract with him or hit him with the franchise tag. We know that the franchise tag will cost right around $10.9 million for the 2014 season. It’s harder to figure out what a…

  19. Need to Know: The five most valuable Redskins in 2013

    Feb 12, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 12, seven days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the top five (plus three) Redskins in terms of the Approximate Value metric used by, among other sites, http://www.Pro-Football-Reference.com. The site sums up AV as follows: “The Approximate Value (AV) method is an…

  20. Like all NFL teams, Redskins play a zero-sum game in free agency

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Saints coach Sean Payton recently talked about the challenges the team faces in trying to keep pending free agent tight end Jimmy Graham on their team. “The first thing that comes to my mind with free agency is your own roster,” Payton told Fox Sports 1 (via the Times-Picayune). “I think often times that gets…

  21. Need to Know: The Redskins’ five top running backs of the last 20 years

    Feb 11, 2014, 4:57 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 11, eight days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins’ five leading rushers in the last 20 years (1994-2013): 1. Clinton Portis (2004-2010) 6,842—Although he probably wasn’t worth Champ Bailey and a second-round pick he still gave Redskins fans some thrills.…

  22. Need to Know: The Redskins’ five biggest salary cap hits

    Feb 10, 2014, 5:05 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 10, nine days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage The players who have the Redskins’ top five salary cap numbers: 1. LT Trent Williams, $10.98 million—He was among the last high draft picks under the old system where early draft picks got six-year contracts…

  23. More cap space for the Redskins? NFL cap could reach $130 million

    Feb 9, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

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    The Redskins could be getting some more salary cap room by the time free agency starts on March 11. The official cap estimate for 2014 is $126.3 million. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, that is a low estimate so that teams can begin to draw up their budgets for the season. The…

  24. Need to Know: The Redskins’ top five receivers since 2010

    Feb 9, 2014, 5:54 AM EDT

    Moss-TD-vs.-Eagles

    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 9, 10 days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins’ five leading receivers since the 2010 season (in terms of yards receiving): 1. Santana Moss 2,724—You likely could grab any four-year span since Moss came to the Redskins in 2005 and…

  25. Need to Know: The Redskins’ five most effective offensive players

    Feb 8, 2014, 5:55 AM EDT

    Jordan-Reed-vs.-Packers

    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 8, 11 days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage The NFL keeps a stat called “net yards over average”. It works along the lines of the plus/minus numbers they keep in basketball and hockey. The NFL has figured out how many yards the average…

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