It's safe to say his presence makes a difference. But just in case you didn't realize that, here's what the numbers say: In his first three seasons, quarterbacks had a 94.0 passer rating when he was on the field, completing 68.6 percent of their passes for 34 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Last season, quarterback Kirk Cousins posted a 111.8 passer rating with Reed in the game, completing 71.8 percent of his throws with 24 touchdowns and four interceptions. He averaged 8.14 yards per pass attempt.
But rather than watching a game, they watched average workers going through their daily lives. The skit opens with three men who are actual fantasy football players, with one ripping into Davis for dropping a pass. As one of the three men drops his beer, the camera cuts to the athletes watching these three guys on TV.
Reggie Diggs, WR, Richmond: At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds he offers the Redskins size at a position where they could use some. He's not a burner so he's not going to sprint past anyone, but he does have excellent leaping ability. Last season, Diggs caught 66 passes for 901 yards and five touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 85 passes for 1,157 yards and seven scores. He was a team captain.
That will be more than adequate space to pay Cousins and others who might be in line for new contracts. The key will be having a salary cap structure similar to those of other successful teams. Besides Norman, if the three veterans mentioned above are released the two highest-priced contracts signed by free agents will be Stephen Paea ($5.8 million cap number) and Ricky Jean Francois ($4 million). And Paea won't be around for that number if his play doesn't rise to that level.
Let's take a look at the book on Norman's career. The first two and a half years of his career he spent time as either a shaky starter or on the bench. He made it as a full-time starter in the second half of the 2014 season and then achieved All-Pro status last year. So that's a good year and a half from him.
What is the Rising 50? According to the NFLPA, the second annual list identifies "players best positioned to rank among the top-sellers of all officially licensed merchandise and become future retail stars." The union says it takes into account on-field performance, fantasy league popularity and early demand from current sponsors and licensees.