He added: “I’d love to have a crystal ball that tells me what I’m going to do next year and 50 years after that, but that’s not life. And that’s not life in this league. I’ll just take it a year at a time and trust in the Lord’s plan.”
Cousins played this last season under the franchise tag. The Redskins have the opportunity to use the tag on him again this season at a heightened cost. Washington could end up spending upwards of $24 million on a one-year deal. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said to also keep an eye on the 49ers should Washington opt not to use the franchise tag on Cousins. Kyle Shanahan, who was instrumental in Washington drafting Cousins, will almost certainly be in charge of the 49ers in a matter of weeks.
Through the first two years of their existence, the Next Gen Stats have quickly progressed, not only in their depth and insight but also in their utility. Now that we’ve spent the last two NFL seasons exploring and tracking the data provided by the microchips in the players’ shoulder pads, we’re ready to take the information and its practical value to the next level.
In this space, every week we’ll use some of the Next Gen Stats metrics to delve into some of the top games of the week and explore individual player or team-level matchups. The hope is with some of the truly high-level analytic data we can uncover unique edges for fantasy football players when making lineup decisions for the upcoming week. Most of all, we’ll be more informed consumers of the NFL contests, which we should always strive to be in our fantasy decision-making process. Let’s dive into three games on the Week 4 slate that come with areas where Next Gen Stats can help cut through some of the questions.
Murphy was second on the team with nine sacks and recorded a career-best 47 tackles and three forced fumbles in 2016.
The four-game ban robs the Redskins of a quarter-season’s worth of their fearsome pass-rushing duo in Murphy and cheap jerseys and Ryan Kerrigan.
The pay cut comes as little surprise. Hall is angling to continue his career after last season was cut short in September due to a torn ACL. With safeties D.J. Swearinger, Su’a Cravens and Will Blackmon on the roster, it’s no guarantee that Hall sees starting snaps.
Missing 31 of his last 48 games due to injury, Hall switched to safety two seasons ago after serving for more than a decade as a reliable NFL starting cornerback. Near the end of his career, the wily veteran at least gives the Redskins depth at the backstop position.
Beathard was the director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins during two Super Bowl campaigns, including the 1972 perfect season. Beathard also worked as a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs during their 1966 AFL title season and for the Atlanta Falcons for four seasons.
Beathard is the patriarch of a football family. His young brother, Pete Beathard, played quarterback at USC and in the NFL. His son, Kurt Beathard, was most recently the offensive coordinator at Illinois State. One of his grandsons, C.J. Beathard, is currently a rookie quarterback for the 49ers.
After the game, Washington cornerback Josh Norman blasted the Raiders’ receivers. The postgame rant, Norman said, stemmed from pregame banter in which the wideouts claimed they’d go off for 200 yards.
“What was personal, other than them getting their tails whupped?” Norman said, via ESPN.com. “I mean, first and foremost, you don’t come up in here and say what you’re going to put up on somebody. Two hundred yards? [Crabtree] didn’t catch two balls. He only caught one, huh? So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you’re a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sundays, because I’m telling you, we are here and we are waiting.