Washington Redskins News
A Day of Change or More of the Same for Skins?
The decisions the Redskins made this week could change the fortune of the franchise forever. In a positive way or of course, in a negative way. Most would predict the latter, only because they are conditioned to expect the negative and because they haven't thought about the positives and a refreshing approach the Redskins just took.
A Redskins letgend who has been toiling in relative anonymity in the Washington front-office and with other organizations before, is now the new face of the football operations. Doug Williams led the Redskins to glory on the field but can he now help lead them back to the promise land?
Dan's Time to Shine!
For many Redskins fans, if not all, the thought of Dan Snyder being involved in any component of the the football operations is a nightmare. The track-record is clearly not a good one but people change and mature. They learn and they grow in many cases. So could the Redskins owner actually help restore faith & confidence with his involvement in two big stiuations?
Redskins Close out May with an OTA!
The Redskins were back on the practice fields to wrap up the month of May and take another step closer to trainin camp in late July. Before that, a lot of work still has to be done and a lot of decisions or first impressions are being made. Sometimes that's good and occasionally it's a bad sign.
Redskins OTA Opinions and Observations - May 24
The Redskins are finally back on the practice field this week with the ability to run team drills and 11-on-11 reps. It's phase three of the conditioning program but it was the first time that media was allowed to see a full practice since last August. So, here's what we saw!
Allen: "We're Getting Close!"
Bruce Allen sometimes says very little and holds his cards close to his chest. Occasionally, you can pick up a drip or two out of the rock and get some sense of what he's thinking. Monday was one of those days. Now, what's next?
Are Kirk & the Redskins Close to Tying the Knot?
July 15th is still more than 50 days away but the clock is ticking for the Redskins and Kirk Cousins. They say deadlines spur actions, but last year, it meant nothing. Will this year be different? Yes. Why? Because both sides know that it is a bad look and bad for business to operate short-term. So where does that bring us?
Redskins batting .900
The Washington Redskins signed nine of ten draft picks on Thursday in advance of their rookie minicamp this weekend. The only one missing is because of a collective bargaining oddity that is a stumbling block for a number of teams, including the Skins, on a yearly basis.
No GM Needed?
The Washington Redskins are apparently leaning towards not hiring a general manager to replace Scot McCloughan. Why? For many reasons. A good idea? It kind of depends on your view of one key official and it might not be who you are thinking of.
Inside the Numbers - The Redskins Top 2 Picks
The NFL Draft is in the rear-view window, but the future in front of us is bright. The Redskins infused their roster with ten possible options to become a playoff team once again and now we put Jonathan Allen & Ryan Anderson under the statistical spotlight.
Grading the Redskins Draft
We're grading out the Redskins 2017 Draft with ten new players, a lot of value and potential homeruns. But, they also could have a few big whiffs. What grade would you give the Skins?
A Standing Ten Count!
The Redskins said single-digits are for the birds in the 2017 NFL Draft. Clearly abiding by a "more is better" approach, the Redskins walked away with a surprising amount of selections. Now we examine if their haul was the way things worked out or a philosophy that perhaps more teams should abide by.
Redskins Select Five to Close Draft!
The Redskins made a few more selections in Saturday's final day of the NFL Draft, including a tight end, a versatile offensive lineman and another tall receiver who can be a red zone target.
Redskins select Perine, Nicholson in Fourth Round
The Redskins started Saturday and the final day of the NFL Draft with a physical running back that is almost surely a replacement for Matt Jones and a long-shot at safety that didn't exactly impress pundits and some peronnel analysts.
Redskins Get Value in the 3rd!
The Redskins went for more higher round or pick value late on Friday night in the third-round of the NFL Draft, at a position that they didn't neccessarily need on the surface but if you dig deep a bit, you see much more of a need than previously thought.
The Redskins Wanted Ryan Anderson & Got Him!
The Redskins flew to Alabama late last week to visit Ryan Anderson in person. They weren't messing around. They wanted him and they selected him on Friday night. We profile what the Redskins are getting, with a great quote from a longtime NFL personnel executive who loves Anderson!
Who Should the Redskins Target Tonight?
The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft are here and the picks will fly off the board. Who should the Redskins pick? We examine some options.
Another Allen with the Redskins!
The Redskins may have stepped in gold Thursday night and if they did, they finally did something to truly help out their defense for the first time in the first round since 2011. Jonathan Allen, who played his high school football near Redskins Park will now call that building home for at least the next four years.
My First Ever Mock Draft
It's time for the 2017 NFL Draft and it starts tonight and continues through the weekend in Philadelphia. I've never done a mock draft that I can remember, so I figured what the hell? It's going to be woefully wrong and I'm sure you will remind me of it, but here goes nothing!
"First Look" -Temple Edge LB Haason Reddick
Could the Redskins land Temple Edge linebacker Haason Reddick? If they do, it's probably because they moved up in the first round. He's one of, if not the fastest riser in the draft process and while raw, he has some tantalizing athleticism that the Redskins simply do not have enough of.
"First Look" - Alabama Edge LB Ryan Anderson
The Redskins are on the hunt for edge pass rushing help and there are plenty of intriguing options. One of them is Ryan Anderson from the Alabama football factory. Washington conducted a private visit with Anderson late last week but unilike others, they flew to Alabama to meet with Anderson. Could that mean something?
Should the Redskins Play 'Let's Make a Deal'??
Much of the NFL Draft focus is on the first round Thursday night in Philadelphia, but the Redskins with ten picks at their current disposal have the ammunition to move up in the first round as well. Could they target a dynamic running back with a crazy skill set? Could they want an edge pass rusher so badly that they will climb the board? Or will they trade down? We examine this fascination dilemma with our video analysis!
"First Look" - Michigan Edge LB - Taco Charlton
The Redskins desperately need help getting to the quarterback. They needed it last year and year before and...well you get the point. They still need it and they need it more than ever right now. While this is a fact that can't be denied, what kind of pass rusher do they need? A quick, twitchy guy or a solid all-around player that doesn't necessarily have special burst? That's the question. Is Taco Charlton that guy?
Scott Campbell, a man many Redskins fans really don't know well, spoke at great length to the media and therefore the fan and customer base of the Redskins on Monday in advance this week's NFL Draft. What he said about two particular subjects jumped out to me.
Will Compton Returns!
Will Compton officially returned to the Redskins on Monday to help solidify a position that still needs a long-term upgrade but has a short-term, diverse set of assets that should allow the Redskins to focus elsewhere in round one Thursday night.
Chris Thompson's Back - Do the Skins Still Need a RB?
The answer to our headline is absolutely ....yes. At least in one man's opinion. Last year, at this time, the Redskins were trumpeting their full belief in Matt Jones. Nobody really believed it then and it wasn't that hard to see that Washington was gambling hard. Now, a year later, they have to play their ace in the hole.
Breaking Down the Redskins Schedule
In 2017, the Redskins do not have any scheduled nightmarish turnarounds like they did in 2016, but it's not like they have an easy schedule. Three west coast road trips plus a visit to Dallas will take a heavy toll. It's another year full of games on holidays including Thanksgiving along with Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The Redskins will also play five primetime games.
"First Look" - Colorado S Tedric Thompson
The Redskins brought in Colorado safety Tedric Thompson for a personal visit recently and for good reason. They don't have anybody that has the ball skills and speed he has. At least based on the small sample size I've seen and the larger study that draft analysts have done.
Malik McDowell - "First Look"
The Redskins continue to host prospects leading up to the NFL Draft and one of the more intriguing players to jump on the radar screen for Washington is Malik McDowell from Michigan State. He's everything you would want in some ways and a potential massive whiff in other ways. Will the Redskins take the chance?
Murphy Officially Suspended, Leaving Redskins with a Huge Problem.
It hasn't been a good week for the Redskins or their edge pass rushers. Junior Galette was arrested and faces league discipline (again) and Trent Murphy was officially suspended Friday and will miss the Redskins first four games.
"First Look" - FSU RB Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook is one of the most explosive players in the draft, but he comes with some character concerns and some injury issues that could bring his stock down. He visited Redskins Park this week and there's a decent possibility he'll be available at # 17 when the Redskins are on the clock.
"First Look" - UCONN S Obi Melifonwu
The Redskins are entertaining several prospects on private visits as the clock ticks down to the first round of the NFL Draft which is 15 days and counting. One very intriguing safety prospect, in a draft loaded with top end talent that is likely to go before Washington is on the clock, the Redskins might have to "settle" for an athlete that 'jumps out' on tape.
2017 NFL Draft: Defensive Rankings
With the 2017 NFL Draft approaching, Ken Zalis shares his top five rankings at each defensive position.
2017 NFL Draft: Offensive Rankings
With the 2017 NFL Draft approaching, Ken Zalis shares his top five rankings at each offensive position.
Christian McCaffrey: "First Look"
He almost won the Heisman. He tore apart the Pac-12. Christian McCaffrey is a stud and somehow seems underrated entering the NFL Draft. His stock is said to be on the rise, according to draft experts and when I watched DraftBreakdown.com's tape cut-ups of him, you see why he's soaring.
McCaffrey & Obi to Visit, Kling in the Fold.
The Redskins have quietly been busy over the last few days, as the annual NFL Draft draws closer and free agency winds down. Two reported visits jumped out to me as intriguing fits and if the Redskins could land a 1-2 punch, they would look a lot different and be a lot better.
Searching for a New Redskins GM
Who will be the next Redskins general manager? Will they even name one? If they do, will it be one of Bruce Allen's guys? Or will the Redskins do the unexpected by casting a wide net and not hiring somebody they have a connection with or somebody who has a dangerous past?
Brown is Down (in D.C.)
The Redskins met with Zach Brown on Monday and didn't let him leave without signing a contract to bring a guy who played his high school ball in Maryland back to that state. Overall, it's a good, smart move for Washington but certainly one that has some questions attached to it.
Zach Brown in Town?
The Zac Brown Band only comes to the D-M-V once a year. If the Redskins are smart, they can make Zach Brown, the free-agent inside linebacker a show that plays in Washington on an every week basis in the fall
Gruden: "I'm very optimistic!"
It's been a difficult last three months for the Redskins. Nobody can or should dispute that. However, an optimistic approach would yield a different view. Jay Gruden certainly provided that perspective and here's ten reasons why his point has merit.
2017 Mock First-Round NFL Draft
Ken Zalis enlisted the help of Russell Street Report's Tony Lombardi and Brian Bower for his most recent mock first-round NFL Draft.
Bruce Allen vs. the Media - Why the Redskins Always Lose!
Bruce Allen and the local Redskins media. Two prideful sides that are like oil and water. That's not because of the media, that is the sole responsibility of the Redskins President. Once again, the grand puba could have helped himself and his organization, but as usual, came up woefully short.
Providing No Clarity
Bruce Allen spoke on Sunday at the league meetings in Arizona and while his lips moved and words came out of his mouth, he said little of any consequence.
Roc & the Redskins?
The Redskins need a general manager. The search is on and it might wind up similar to how the Skins defensive coordinator search went and that's by choosing the top in-house choice.Or Bruce Allen could go outside by picking up a "Roc" and bringing somebody in who he can trust back home.
The Redskins Would be Smart ….
Could the Redskins bring an old friend home, while strengthening an area of uncertainty and adding leadership and high character to the locker room and organization? They took a big step towards that on Wednesday. Now - can they seal the deal?
Screwed Over or Smart Business?
Yes, it's been ten days since they left but just because they're gone does not mean they are forgotten. DeSean Jackson and Chris Baker are now Buccaneers and Pierre Garcon is reunited with Kyle Shanahan. Now it's time to examine how the Redskins handled the 'big three' besides losing all of them.
A Solution to NFL Overtime?
The NFL is considering a change to regular season overtime to protect the players. Of course, if they were really concerned about that issue, they would end the terrible experiment that is "Thursday Night Football." Instead, they have a proposal but of course that won't solve many of the issues so I've come up with a solution to the NFL's proposed solution.
Peterson in Washington?
The Redskins could use help everywhere but I think one underrated area that they need help in is at running back. It's not a major need but if you could strengthen your offense and shorten games, why wouldn't you consider this name: Adrian Peterson.
Something Doesn't Add Up...
Lots of reporting is being done (still) on Scot McCloughan's firing from the Redskins. A lot of it is good, honest, revealing information and certainly not "fake news" as many uninformed critics often accuse the media of since a certain someone moved into a high-ranking office. Sometimes, details can be confusing or twisted and things don't always add up. Such as the case with Kirk Cousins & McCloughan's first few months on the job.
Redskins Seven-Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft
As the Washington Redskins prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft, Ken Zalis put together a seven-round mock draft for Washington, with three potential names for each of the team's 10 draft slots.