Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 8, 18 days before the NFL draft.
Sunday draft four pack
—The Redskins had Washington State OT Cole Madison in for a pre-draft visit on Friday. He’s 6-5, 313 and he played right tackle for a Cougars team that threw 664 passes under coach Mike Leach. Most project him to move inside in the NFL and that is where the Redskins’ interest in him likely lies. Most projections have him going sometime on Saturday. Madison’s game is more about quickness and athleticism rather than power. Remember they have 30 visits to use and they draft players who don’t visit all the time. But if they like him it’s a pick that would make sense.
—There is plenty of chatter about the Redskins trading back to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. A quick look at the draft trade chart says that it will take moving back four spots to No. 17 to pick up a pick around the middle of the third round. What, you say as long as your trading why not get a second-round pick? That would take a drop of about 10 spots, to No. 23 or 24.
—Every year, there is a quarterback that nobody talks about much in February and March who suddenly zooms into the first-round discussion in April. Last year it was Patrick Mahomes who was thought to be a second- or third-round prospect until late in the process. The Chiefs traded up to the No. 10 spot to draft him. This year the late buzz is about Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State. If he joins the other four QB’s who seem sure to go in the top 12, the Redskins will benefit as another quality non-quarterback will be there when they pick. Or, perhaps he will be on the board at 13 and the phone will ring with some attractive trade offers. In any case, Redskins fans should root for him improving draft stock.
—You may have heard that the Redskins would like to draft a defensive lineman in the first but if there is another player there who is too good to pass up—namely Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James—they will take him. That sounds logical but don’t bet the ranch on it. Two years ago at this time they were telling everyone who would listen that they were not interested in taking a wide receiver in the first round. On draft night, Josh Doctson was holding up the Redskins jersey with No. 1 on it. Many scenarios are in play.
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In case you missed it
The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and everybody will predict the team’s season-long record.
It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing.
But don’t read much, if anything, into the schedule right now.
Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season.
Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East.
What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week.
Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak.
Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.
But remember, once the games start, anything can happen.
(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)
— Another Thanksgiving game for Redskins
The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule is finally here.
We’ve known who the Redskins will play in the 2018 season and where the games will be played since the regular season ended.
Now we know the when.
Here is the Redskins 2018 schedule; games are at 1:00 Eastern unless otherwise indicated.
The first thing that jumps out is the Thanksgiving game. This will be the third straight year that the Redskins have played on Thanksgiving. Two years ago they lost at Dallas and last year the got a win over the Giants at home.
Three Thanksgiving games in a row for a team that is not the Lions or Cowboys, the two teams that traditionally host on Turkey Day, is not without precedent although it is unusual. Besides Dallas and Detroit, only two teams have played in three straight Thanksgiving games since the 1970 merger.
The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between the played at Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Washington Redskins 2018 Regular-Season Schedule
Week 1: Sunday, 9/9. 4:05 PM at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 Sunday, 9/16 vs Indianapolis Colts
Week 3 Sunday, 9/23 vs Green Bay Packers
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 Monday, 10/8. 8:15 at New Orleans Saints
Week 6 Sunday, 10/14. vs Carolina Panthers
Week 7 Sunday, 10/21. 4:25 vs Cowboys
Week 8 Sunday, 10/28. At New York Giants
Week 9 Sunday, 11/4. vs Atlanta Falcons
Week 10 Sunday, 11/11. At Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 11 Sunday, 11/18. vs Houston Texans
Week 12 Thursday, 11/22 (Thanksgiving). 4:30 at Dallas Cowboys
Week 13 Monday, 12/3. 8:15 at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 14 Sunday, 12/9. vs New York Giants
Week 15 Sunday, 12/16. At Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16 Sunday, 12/23. At Tennessee Titans (Time TBD)
Week 17 Sunday, 12/30. vs Philadelphia Eagles
2018 REDSKINS SCHEDULE NOTES:
- If the Redskins are going to take advantage of home cooking, they will need to get off to a good start. They have five home games in the first half of the season. After Week 9 they have just three home games and they face a stretch of four road games in five weeks in late November and December. Three of the teams in that stretch, the Eagles, Jaguars, and Titans, made the playoffs and won at least one game. The Eagles, of course, won it all. The other road game in that stretch is against the Cowboys, who finished 9-7 last year.
- The Redskins will open on the road for the first time since 2014 when they opened in Houston. This year they will have to travel west to Arizona and try to win to remove the goose egg in Jay Gruden’s 0-4 opening-game record as coach of the Redskins.
- They get an early bye, in Week 4. That will be their earliest bye week since 2007 when the bye also came in Week 4.
- On the plus side, their two games in Florida come at times when hot weather is unlikely to be a factor. Their game in Tampa comes in November and the contest at Jacksonville comes in mid-December.
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