Redskins Fantasy News
Redskins TE Jordan Reed has recovered from the concussion symptoms that ended his rookie season prematurely, and he is back to training in preparation for his second NFL season. He very well could take over as the starting tight end, although Logan Paulsen also is no slouch. While Reed is a versatile pass catcher, Paulsen is more complete as a blocker, and also has the ability to line up at fullback. We can probably expect to see a number of formations that feature both of them on the field at the same time, just as we did last season. Remember, former tight ends coach Sean McVay is now the offensive coordinator, so if anyone knows how to maximize Reed and Paulsen’s talents, it’s him. Jay Gruden obviously will be heavily involved in the running of the offense, but his schemes in the passing game had a lot of similarities to Washington’s under Kyle Shanahan. Gruden’s playbook did play well to the strengths of tight end Jermaine Gresham, who last season recorded 46 catches for 461 yards (fourth on the Bengals’ roster) and four touchdowns.
Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's no sure thing.
Are the Redskins better off giving some more of Alfred Morris’ workload to Roy Helu? Maybe a few carries per game to keep Morris fresher in the fourth quarter. But in the big picture it doesn’t make much sense to move a lot of carries from a back who averages 4.7 yards per carry to one who averages almost half a yard less.
New HC Jay Gruden ran a two-back system in Cincinnati, but Morris is quite a bit better than BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Helu does not have the talent of Giovani Bernard. We're expecting Morris to be the lead back, though his inactivity on third down puts a dent in his value in PPR formats.
Friday, February 7, 2014, 10:57am
Browns OC Kyle Shanahan said he was “a big fan” of Brian Hoyer’s coming out of Michigan State in 2009 and reviewed him again when New England let Hoyer go in 2012. By then, Shanahan had his hands full with RG3 and Kirk Cousins as rookies. “I think Brian’s a very capable guy,” Shanahan said. “Everyone’s looking for one of those top five guys. If you’re not one of those top five guys, then odds are you’re trying to get replaced. Obviously, no one here has proven they are one of those top five guys. “But he has shown he can play in this league. You’ve got to see what his ceiling is and how high a level he can reach. Everyone wants a franchise quarterback. I truly believe that’s the only way to have sustained success in this league. I’m not saying he is. But he hasn’t shown that he can’t be. So I’m looking forward to studying him more. It’s nice to be in this building so I can look at a lot of practice tape, also.”
Hoyer is atop the Cleveland depth chart at this point, but the Browns are expected to draft a QB early.
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:44am
In order to hit the ground running, Pierre Garcon told Redskins.comTV that he had already scheduled trips to work out with Robert Griffin III during the offseason. "We've already got that date set up. We've already got a place," he said with a grin. "We’re going to go to Arizona, work out there. We’ll probably do some more in Ashburn. Probably go to Baylor a little bit. "We’re definitely going to be around. Probably go to Miami. I’m trying to talk him into going to Miami. South Florida is home."
This is not at all uncommon, but it's still good to hear that RG3 and Garcon will be working out this summer.
Source tells Fox Sports that Kyle Shanahan is Browns' new offensive coordinator.
Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Redskins for the last four years. The unit was 22nd in yards gained in the year before his arrival and he led the offense to two straight top 10 finishes in that category in 2012 and 2013.
Redskins beat writer John Keim discussed TE Jordan Reed at length. Here is his projection for 2014: "He’ll be a force at this position if he stays healthy. Reed had just started to become more of a downfield threat before he was hurt. The bulk of his passes before the Bears game in Week 7 were underneath routes, but he hurt Chicago on a couple downfield throws, burning the Bears secondary on some post-corners. That will increase in 2014. The Redskins averaged 37 fewer yards through the air with Reed absent the final six games. I don’t know what Jay Gruden’s plans are for him, but I do know that new offensive coordinator Sean McVay loves Reed and it’s not hard for anyone to see the talent he has just by flipping on the film."
Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's a pretty big 'if' at this point. (As for McVay, he should love Reed as he was the TE coach for the Redskins prior to becoming OC.)
Redskins TE Fred Davis, a pending free agent with a history of failed drug tests, now faces a 6-game suspension according to a league source.
Davis is entering free agency so, if true, this suspension couldn't come at a worse time.
New Redskins HC Jay Gruden will be judged by wins and losses, to be sure, but also by whether he can coach and teach Robert Griffin III into becoming the franchise quarterback he was drafted to be. “I worked with Andy Dalton for three years in Cincinnati, and built a foundation of concepts and protections that I think worked well with him,” Gruden said. “With Robert, we’ll obviously use his skill set differently. When it comes to the quarterback position, my job is to make him comfortable and productive. I’m not going to try to turn RG3 into Andy Dalton or Drew Brees. He isn’t them. They’re not him. I would be foolish to try to turn RG3 into a pocket passer. It would be foolish. The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I’m going to let him be himself.”
Griffin's fantasy value will be a hotly debated topic heading into 2014 drafts. On a per game basis he was the #3 QB in his rookie season, but finished #17 in the same category in 2013. If he's healthy, he should be a fantasy QB1.
The Redskins obviously haven’t had enough time to put together their playbook -- they'll start going heavy on it after the coaching staff is finalized (the goal, HC Jay Gruden said, is to have that happen by early next week). But as they continue to discuss how the scheme will look, and the terminology that will be involved, it won’t just be a duplicate of what Gruden did as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. “I don’t think it will change a lot,” new Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. “The foundation and base principles will remain the same. Jay does a great job of adjusting to his players. He doesn’t make the player adjust to his scheme.” That means bootlegs, or keepers, and the outside-zone run game that benefited running back Alfred Morris. He rushed for 2,888 yards in his first two seasons under Shanahan – the Redskins ranked third in yards per carry this season and second in 2012. He’ll continue to be a big part of the offense. “He’ll be the same guy,” McVay said. “The run game will be very similar.”
This bodes well for Alfred Morris, who needs a big workload in the running game to be a strong fantasy play since he doesn't do a lot in the passing game.
Bengals OC Jay Gruden has agreed to become the next head coach of the Washington Redskins, per league source. Hue Jackson is expected to be promoted to OC of the Bengals.
It hasn't ended well for Gruden's predecessors in D.C., but he's going to jump on the opportunity for a head coaching job after three seasons as the Bengals' offensive coordinator. Despite an ugly flameout against the Chargers on Sunday, the Bengals offense has improved under Gruden's guidance. However, some fantasy owners were frustrated by his (lack of) usage of rookie RB Giovanni Bernard and second-year WR Marvin Jones. As for Jackson, he has run productive offenses before, including the Raiders in 2010 and 2011. Oakland was top 10 in yards gained in those two seasons under Jackson's guidance.
The Washington Redskins fired head coach Mike Shanahan on Monday, a widely anticipated move that leaves the franchise on yet another coaching search — its seventh since owner Daniel Snyder bought the team in 1999.
Speculation about Shanahan’s successor has focused on Baylor University’s Art Briles, who coached quarterback Robert Griffin III in college; Super Bowl-winning coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher; former Redskins assistant coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame guard Russ Grimm; former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith; and current NFL offensive coordinators Ken Whisenhunt of San Diego, Greg Roman of San Francisco, Jay Gruden of Cincinnati and Darrell Bevell of Seattle.
Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm
Giants RB Andre Brown (concussion, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17. Brown is on track to play in a nice matchup against the Redskins on Sunday.
Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm
Redskins RB Darrel Young (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17.
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 6:22pm
Giants RB Andre Brown (concussion) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Brown is on track to play against the Redskins on Sunday.
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 6:22pm
Redskins RB Darrel Young (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday.