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NFC East Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 7-9-0
4-2-0 6-10-0
2-4-0 6-10-0
2-4-0 4-11-1

Top Football Team News

  • Football Team's Tim Settle: Enjoys career-best season

    Settle finished 2020 with career highs for tackles (19), sacks (five) and defensive snaps (347), starting one of his 16 games.

    The 2018 fifth-round pick doesn't get much recognition, serving as backup defensive tackle on a line that's loaded with first-round talent. Regardless, Settle was an important part of Washington's run defense, earning a career-best PFF grade (69.3, 43rd among DTs) to back up the career highs for sacks and tackles. He should be back in a similar role in 2021, the fourth and final season of his rookie contract.

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  • Football Team's Deshazor Everett: Starts six games before pec injury

    Everett (pectoral) started six of his 11 games in 2020, recording 31 tackles (23 solo), four pass defenses and a forced fumble on 355 defensive snaps.

    Everett opened the season seeing nearly all of his work on special teams, after playing only 173 defensive snaps in 23 games between 2018 and 2019. He then moved into a starting job Week 6, taking over for a slumping Troy Apke at free safety. A week later, strong safety Landon Collins suffered a torn Achilles, opening up a spot for rookie Kamren Curl alongside Everett. The seventh-round pick became an IDP asset, while Everett averaged only 4.7 tackles in six starts before suffering a season-ending injury (pectoral) of his own. He'll turn 29 in February and has two seasons remaining on his contract, but there is some chance Washington releases Everett this offseason -- a move that would clear out approximately $1.4 million in cap space.

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  • Football Team's Troy Apke: Benched after midseason

    Apke started seven of 16 games during the 2020 season, recording 35 tackles (25 solo) and two pass defenses.

    Apke was a starter for Weeks 1-5 and 11-12, averaging 59 defensive snaps and 4.3 tackles in those games. Apart from those seven starts, he played just 28 defensive snaps, primarily focusing on special teams while rookie seventh-round pick Kamren Curl emerged as a reliable starter on defense. Given that Landon Collins (Achilles), Deshazor Everett (pectoral) and Jeremy Reaves also made starts at safety, Apke could be on the roster bubble heading into 2021, the final season of his rookie contract. To this point in his career, the 2018 fourth-round pick hasn't shown coverage skills to match his 4.34 speed.

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  • Football Team's Daron Payne: Starts 16 games

    Payne was a 16-game starter in 2020, recording 54 tackles (27 solo), four pass defenses, three sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery on a career-high 880 defensive snaps (84.3 percent).

    Payne's involvement in a bunch of turnovers was a new development, but his stats otherwise looked similar to the prior two seasons. The 2018 first-round pick even then added two sacks in Washington's lone playoff game, finishing with PFF's No. 38 grade out of 128 qualified interior defenders. While he may not be the superstar some envisioned a few years ago, Payne is locked in as a reliable starter and should be back to handle the same role in 2021. Washington can pick up a fifth-year option this offseason to extend his contract through 2022, with the salary guaranteed for injury only.

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  • Football Team's Lamar Miller: Barely plays in 2020

    Miller played one game during the 2020 season, suiting up for the Bears in Week 10 and catching two passes for six yards.

    Coming back from his summer 2019 knee injury, Miller signed with the Patriots in August but was then released in early September. He later spent time with Chicago and Washington, logging a grand total of five snaps. The veteran running back can become an unrestricted free agent in March, a month before his 30th birthday.

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  • Football Team's Michael Warren: Inks future deal with Washington

    Warren signed a reserve/future contract with Washington on Friday.

    Warren bounced back and forth between Washington's practice squad during the 2020 campaign but managed to suit up once in Week 15. After playing just two snaps on special teams, the undrafted rookie will look to build his numbers in the upcoming year with Washington.

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  • Football Team's Jeremy Reaves: Finishes season strong

    Reaves started three of his nine games in 2020, recording 25 tackles (15 solo), two pass defenses, one sack and one interception.

    Reaves took over as a starter when Deshazor Everett was placed on IR after Week 14. The third-year pro had 10 tackles in the playoff loss to Tampa Bay and finished as PFF's No. 4 graded safety, logging 262 defensive snaps in the regular season and 74 more in the playoffs. Reaves, Everett, Kamren Curl and Landon Collins (Achilles) are all under contract with Washington for at least one more season, so the team has a few different options for handling the safety spots in 2021. It remains to be seen if Reaves' solid performance over a small sample will be enough to put him in the mix for a starting job.

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  • Football Team's Jimmy Moreland: Covers the slot all year

    Moreland started five of 16 games in 2020, recording 44 tackles (33 solo), one interception and one forced fumble on 599 defensive snaps.

    The 2019 seventh-round pick has largely served as Washington's slot corner through two pro seasons, and while nobody will mistake him for a shutdown cover man, Moreland probably did enough to keep the same role in 2021. There is some chance he gets to compete for a starting role outside, especially if the team doesn't re-sign Ronald Darby.

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  • Football Team's Montez Sweat: Leads team in sacks

    Sweat had a team-high nine sacks in 2020, adding 45 tackles (28 solo), six pass defenses, two forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown.

    The 2019 first-round pick played 64.0 percent of Washington's defensive snaps as a rookie and 66.3 percent as a sophomore, starting all 16 games both times. The 2020 performance wasn't exactly a breakout, but Sweat did finish with two more sacks (nine) and seven more QB hits (20) than the previous year, earning PFF's 11th-best grade (80.0) out of 112 qualified edge rushers. Teammate Chase Young was No. 6, so Sweat should have plenty of one-on-one pass-rush opportunities in the seasons to come. The 24-year-old has two seasons remaining on his rookie contract, which can be extended through 2023 via the fifth-year option. It'll be an easy choice for Washington to pick up that option if Sweat's 2021 campaign looks anything like his 2020 output.

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  • Football Team's Kendall Fuller: Leads team in INTs

    Fuller played 14 games in 2020, recording 50 tackles (38 solo), 11 pass defenses and four interceptions on 892 snaps.

    Traded from Washington to Kansas City in 2018, the Maryland native re-signed with his original team last offseason on a four-year, $40 million contract. Fuller lived up to the deal in Year 1, playing 99.2 percent of defensive snaps in his 14 active games and leading the team in interceptions. PFF graded him at No. 44 among 122 qualified cornerbacks, with Fuller taking 83 percent of his snaps on the perimeter. He also has experience playing safety and nickelback, so it's possible he'll find more tackle opportunities in 2021, though it might require a teammate missing time with an injury.

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  • Football Team's Ronald Darby: Stays healthy all season

    Darby was a 16-game starter in 2020, recording 55 tackles (43 solo), 16 pass defenses and a fumble recovery on 1,001 defensive snaps.

    Darby was fifth in the league in PDs, yet didn't record a single interception. PFF graded him at No. 31 out of 122 qualified cornerbacks, 13 spots ahead of teammate Kendall Fuller. Washington more than got its money's worth on a one-year, $3 million contract, so it'll likely be far more expensive if the team wants to keep Darby around for 2021 and beyond. Granted, other franchises may have some concerns about his medical history, as the 27-year-old cornerback played just 28 games in his three seasons (2017-19) with the division-rival Eagles.

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  • Football Team's Kevin Pierre-Louis: Cools down after strong start

    Pierre-Louis started 11 of his 13 games in 2020, recording 56 tackles (36 solo), two pass defenses, one sack and one forced fumble.

    Pierre-Louis opened the year in a three-down role, piling up 20 tackles on 142 snaps over the first two weeks of the season. He kept his job in Washington's base defense for most of the year, but it was Cole Holcomb who got most of the nickel work alongside Jon Bostic in the second half of the season. Among the three, only Pierre-Louis is scheduled for free agency during the upcoming offseason. Regardless of where he signs, the 29-year-old journeyman linebacker isn't likely to relive his brief moment of IDP relevance.

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  • Football Team's Torry McTyer: Heads to Washington

    McTyer signed a reserve/future contract with Washington on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

    McTyer didn't play at all during the 2020 season. Over the previous three years, however, the UNLV product suited up in 27 games (four starts) between the Dolphins and Bengals, recording 34 tackles and three pass breakups. McTyer will vie for a depth role in Washington next season.

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  • Football Team's Jonathan Allen: Starts every game

    Allen was a 16-game starter in 2020, notching 63 tackles (63 solo) and two sacks while playing 77.4 percent of defensive snaps.

    Only DT Daron Payne (84.3 percent) played more snaps among Washington defensive linemen, though edge rushers Chase Young (73.7 percent) and Montez Sweat (66.3 percent) weren't too far behind. While a lack of sacks may give the appearance of a disappointing season, Allen was fourth on the team in tackles and second in QB hits (14), grading out as PFF's No. 18 interior defensive lineman in his first season primarily playing tackle rather than end. The new role may not have been ideal for IDP purposes, but Allen's versatility was crucial to Washington fielding a top-10 defense, so he'll likely stick around for 2021 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. His long-term future in D.C. remains shaky, as Washington's collection of young talent is strongly skewed toward the defensive line.

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  • Football Team's Cole Holcomb: Makes 10 starts

    Holcomb played 11 regular-season games in 2020, recording 72 tackles (45 solo), 2.5 sacks and one interception.

    The second-year pro entered Week 1 as a backup and missed weeks two through five with a knee injury, but he ended up starting 11 of Washington's past 12 games, including the playoff loss to Tampa Bay. Holcomb often worked in a three-down role, closing out the year with at least seven tackles and a 73 percent snap share in six consecutive games. His rate of one tackle for every 7.7 snaps hints at considerable IDP value if his role from November-January carries over to his third pro season in 2021. PFF graded Holcomb at No. 24 out of 88 qualified linebackers, seven spots behind teammate Kevin Pierre-Louis and 26 spots ahead of Jon Bostic. Pierre-Louis is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, while Bostic has one year remaining on his contract, and Holcomb has two years left.

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  • Football Team's Kamren Curl: Emerges as rookie starter

    Curl finished his 2020 rookie season with 88 tackles (63 solo), four pass defenses, three interceptions and two sacks in 16 games.

    The seventh-round pick made 11 starts and finished second on the team in tackles, handling a three-down role from Week 9 onward. He averaged 7.9 tackles over his final nine games of the regular season, then added seven more tackles in the playoff loss to Tampa Bay. PFF graded Curl at No. 28 out of 94 qualified safeties, further cementing his status as a starting-caliber player. He and Landon Collins (Achilles) could give Washington a formidable duo at safety in 2021, assuming the veteran makes a smooth recovery from his season-ending injury. Curl's IDP value could take a hit with Collins healthy, as the 27-year-old's comfort level playing up in the box could force his teammate into more snaps as a deep safety.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 100.7
(26th)
237.3
(24th)
317.3
(30th)
Def. 112.8
(13th)
212.1
(1st)
304.6
(2nd)

Injuries

Player Injury
C. Young DE Chase Young DE Ankle
A. Smith QB Alex Smith QB Calf
L. Collins SS Landon Collins SS Achilles
B. Love RB Bryce Love RB Knee
T. Hemingway TE Temarrick Hemingway TE Wrist