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Mediocre record makes it hard for Redskins players to get individual honors

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Mediocre record makes it hard for Redskins players to get individual honors

You could complain that linebacker Zach Brown, still the NFL’s leading tackler after missing the Redskins’ game against the Cardinals on Sunday, should have been on the Pro Bowl roster instead of being named an alternate.

If you ask the Redskins players they might tell you than cornerback Kendall Fuller is having a Pro Bowl caliber season and that he was snubbed. There also is tremendous respect for what tackle Morgan Moses has done this year while battling through ankle injuries.

But the reality is that the Redskins got what they deserved when the Pro Bowl selections were announced on Tuesday night. OLB Ryan Kerrigan, OT Trent Williams, and G Brandon Scherff were named to the NFC roster for the game, which will be played in Orlando a week before the Super Bowl.

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All three were selected to play last year, and a few repeat appearances is what you get when you are 6-8. Had the Redskins pulled out a few games and remained in playoff contention throughout this month, they might have been able to get in a couple of first-time honorees such as Fuller and Moses. Maybe Brown, who was on the AFC Pro Bowl roster last year as a member of the Bills, would have been recognized.

The reality is that a team’s record and relevance have a lot to do with who makes the Pro Bowl, even though it is supposed to be an individual honor.

Anyone who follows the game with any degree of sophistication knows that the Pro Bowl roster is not a list of the best, most impactful players in the game. A lot of it comes down to name recognition and past selections. If you make it one year and you don’t screw up too badly the next year and your team doesn’t flame out, you’re probably in again the following year.

You could make a case that Moses, who has played at a high level and is the only Redskins offensive lineman to start every game, should make it over Williams, who has missed three games and has struggled at times due to his injured knee. Williams is unlikely to play but Moses wasn’t named as an alternate. CB Josh Norman is an alternate but even he might lobby for Fuller, who leads the team with four interceptions, to go if there is an opening on the roster.

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Williams almost certainly will not play in the game as he will have surgery to repair his injured right knee shortly after the season ends. Scherff missed a couple of games with a knee injury so it would not be surprising if he bypassed the opportunity to spend a week in Orlando. He was selected but did not play last year due to an ankle injury. Kerrigan also skipped the festivities after being picked last year, citing a finger injury.

The Pro Bowl withdrawals happen at such a rate that players who are not even alternates end up getting a phone call so we could see Fuller and Moses, perhaps the most deserving Redskins and two players who likely would jump at the opportunity to play, going to Disney World in late January.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

 

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Josh Norman wears a kilt during Scotland trip and it's hilarious (VIDEO)

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Josh Norman wears a kilt during Scotland trip and it's hilarious (VIDEO)

Josh Norman traveled to Scotland as part of an NFL promotional trip, and in turn, Josh Norman wore a kilt. 

It's awesome. 

Norman, along with Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders, decided to give the traditional Scottish formal attire a try, and the results were spectacular.

Norman even broke out in a tradional Scottish jig, sending the folks in the Glasgow audience into a frenzy.

Norman likes to have fun, and though the 2017 season didn't provide him many opportunities to do so, he's taking advantage while overseas. After Glasgow, Norman and the NFL crew went to Manchester, England, where he caught up with old friend and Manchester United star Paul Pogba for a jersey exchange.

Remember, Pogba hung out with the Redskins when the team played in London in 2016, and joined the Redskins Extra crew after the game. 

Plenty more cool pictures and videos from Norman's trip available via @NFLUK.

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Need to Know: Five potential Redskins first-round draft picks

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Need to Know: Five potential Redskins first-round draft picks

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 17, 56 days before NFL free agency starts.

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Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 48
—NFL Draft (4/26) 99
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 235

Five possible Redskins first-round draft picks

As you can see from the “Days until” counter above, the NFL draft is 99 days away. A lot will happen between now and then but let’s look at some prospects who will fit the Redskins and who should be available at pick No. 13.

ILB Roquan Smith, Georgia—If you watched Georgia at all during the national semifinals or finals, you had to be impressed with his instincts, speed, hard hitting, and solid tackling. Even if free agent Zach Brown stays, the Redskins could pair him up with Smith and have a dynamic pair of inside linebackers for the first time since they started running the 3-4 in 2010. The problem for the Redskins is that his high-profile performances in those big game may have pushed Smith into the top 10.

QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma—A quarterback should be the choice early in the draft unless Kirk Cousins is signed to a long-term deal. Mayfield is an unconventional type of QB at about 6-1. There’s a lot to like about him, though—mobility, playmaking ability, and deep ball accuracy. He seems to have learned from his off-field mistakes, including an arrest about a year ago (apparently for yelling). In any case, if he is on the Redskins’ radar they will thoroughly vet him between now and draft day. Other QB possibilities are Josh Allen of Wyoming and Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama—Hey, why not another wide receiver, which would be the second one in the first round in three years, and another member of the Crimson Tide after taking Alabama players 1-2 in 2017. I know that people would cringe at another round 1 WR, but after Terrelle Pryor flamed out last year it certainly is a need. Ridley would represent a solid value at No. 13.

DL Vita Vea, Washington—This pick would solve a couple of problems. At 6-4, 332 Vea has the size and strength needed to play nose tackle, solving another problem that has been around since 2010. What might make him worth a first-round pick is that he doesn’t have to go to the bench in nickel. Vea is versatile enough to rush the passer and play three downs. Start a line with Vea, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis, mix in a few quality rotational players, and get Jim Tomsula to coach them up and you will have a top-notch D-line. As of right now, Vea is considered to be more of a late first-round player but a lot can change in the next 99 days.

RB Derrius Guice, LSU—Dreams of getting Saquon Barkley at No. 13 are just that and trading up far enough to get him would cost way too much draft capital. But Guice is a good mix of speed, power, agility, and receiving ability. With the exception of Alfred Morris’ first couple of seasons, the Redskins have been ordinary at best since the prime of Clinton Portis a decade ago. Many were impressed with Sony Michel of Georgia, who could be available in the second round.

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