June 26, 2017

Washington Redskins: A look back at how Scot McCloughan’s rookie class performed

Washington Redskins rookie General Manager Scot McCloughan has a great talent of recognizing potential in players, especially rookies. With ten picks in his first draft as a part of the Burgundy and Gold, lets look back on the immediate payout D.C. got.

Starting from the bottom to the top, the Redskins never saw CB Tevin Mitchel, WR Evan Spencer, or C Austin Reiter take part as a member of the active roster once the regular season began.

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Washington Redskins: List of records and achievements during the 2015 regular season

When Robert Griffin III was benched just weeks before the start of the regular season, I was with the rest of the power rankings not expecting much from the Washington Redskins. Now four months removed from dysfunction, Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden are rewriting franchise history and it has been a pleasure to watch. Once Gruden decided that keeping momentum going outweighed the risk of injury, the Cowboys game turned into a trip down memory lane.

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Washington Redskins pound Cowboys with multiple record-breaking performances

The Washington Redskins arrived at Jerry World with nothing to gain in the standings with a victory. That being said, Jay Gruden had the “intent” of winning a football game with the healthy bodies he had available. Facing off against the Dallas Cowboys and their fourth quarterback of the year, the Redskins got everything they wanted out of the game as a great tuneup before the playoffs. Washington continued momentum and Kirk Cousins broke some records on the way to a 9-7 record via a 34-23 win against the archrival Cowboys.

Dallas started the game off with a three-and-out thanks to a drop on third down even though Will Blackmon fell down in coverage against Cole Beasley. Washington punted after a single first down picked up but saw Jordan Reed break Chris Cooley’s franchise record (83) for most receptions in a single season by a tight end. Kirk Cousins also joined Jay Schroeder and Brad Johnson as the only people to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single-season. The Redskins offense got the ball back after Kellen Moore went three-and-out again because of hurried throws from a strong pass rush.

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Washington Redskins: Week 16 Injury Report

With the biggest game of the season approaching, a Saturday night matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles for the chance to represent the NFC East in the playoffs, the Washington Redskins are hoping for positive news on the injury front as the week progresses. Washington has shown that they are capable of playing competitive football, but Scot McCloughan has not had enough time to put together a team that can withstand so many injuries. With 14 players already on the season ending injured reserve list, the Redskins can ill afford losing any more bodies following the Bills game.

With the shortened week, Washington will hold walkthroughs on Tuesday and Friday that sandwich “two good days of practice” on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Washington Redskins: Gruden talks Cousins, leadership, and more following Bills win

Coming off of the Washington Redskins first back-to-back victories in over a year on top of their first win against an AFC East opponent since 2007, head coach Jay Gruden was very complimentary of his team. After discussing the possibly worrisome injury situation, the second year head man discussed what he thought of Kirk Cousins‘ performance and how players like Trent Williams provide valuable leadership.

Jay Gruden had a conversation with Kirk Cousins after the Skins fell to 2-4 on the year because of a frustrating loss to the New York Jets. In the eight games since then, Cousins has thrown for 16 touchdowns, just three interceptions, and 2,205 yards. If extrapolated out over a 16-game season, anybody in the league could argue that a quarterback that throws for over four thousands yards and thirty touchdowns to just six turnovers through the air is of upper-echelon talent.

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Washington Redskins: Week 14 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

In the shortened work week following a Monday night game, the Washington Redskins held a walkthrough on Wednesday. Following the latter, head coach Jay Gruden  and quarterback Kirk Cousins addressed the media as they look ahead to the Chicago Bears.

Throughout much of the Cowboys game, Washington was unable to make Matt Cassel feel uncomfortable and allowed him to deliver the ball in a clean pocket. Gruden says that Joe Barry, who does not like to blitz often, is not dialing up many blitzes because of the instability in the secondary. The Redskins do not want to leave their corners on an island, but thinks that as the defensive backs start to become consistent more safety blitzes could be dialed up. Such is a role that both DeAngelo Hall and DaShon Goldson could thrive in.

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Washington Redskins: Week 12 Injury Report

With first place in the weakened NFC East on the line, the Washington Redskins are hoping to be completely healthy when they take on the New York Giants at FedEx Field.

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Washington Redskins: Week 11 Injury Report

Despite the considerable amount of starting caliber talent out for the season on injured reserve, the Washington Redskins are a relatively healthy team. Last week against the Saints, only middle linebacker Keenan Robinson missed the game due to injury. This week against the undefeated Carolina Panthers on the road, Washington hopes to have their full roster available.

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Washington Redskins: Week 10 Monday Wrap-Up after Impressive Beatdown of Saints

In a “must-win” situation for the Washington Redskins to stay relevant in the NFC playoff picture, Kirk Cousins and company came up large. The New Orleans Saints might not be as dominant as they once were when winning the Super Bowl in 2009, but Drew Brees is still an elite opponent. After getting to 4-5 and having a day to reflect, head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media to recap the victory.

As all involved have preached from Week 1, “it is a process”. Gruden stands by that “you definitely see progress every week” of Cousins and enjoyed that he “answered the challenge”. The injury bug that Cousins seemingly could not shake earlier in his career seems to be gone *knocks on wood*. Gruden believes Cousins is “making good decisions and letting those around him make plays for him”. It certainly helps when the running game is effective and your receivers combine for a season-high 260 yards after the catch. Gruden knows that going forward if the offense “can get the ball out in space, good things will happen”.

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Washington Redskins: Cousins takes advantage of bad Saints defense and score most points since 2005

In a “must-win” game for both the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints, both sides faced off on a beautiful fall day at FedEx Field. Although Drew Brees still can orchestrate one of the most elite offenses in the league, Washington knew they would have their chances to put up points as well against a bad Saints defense. After an early shootout that resulted in a tie game, 14-14, the Washington Redskins scored 33 unanswered points

Things got off to a rocky start to say the least for Washington. Kick returner Rashad Ross made the cardinal sin of reversing his field, multiple times, and ended up running about 60 yards to get out to the eight yard line before a penalty moved the ball back to the four. Then after a big run by Alfred Morris was called back for a hold on Morgan Moses, Washington might have been looking to simply give Tress Way room to punt.

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