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Need to Know: Redskins one per player one-liners, defensive edition

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Need to Know: Redskins one per player one-liners, defensive edition

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 20, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1:30 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences, open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until:

—Redskins @ Giants (12/31) 11
—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 84
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 127

One per player one-liners, defensive edition

A snapshot of every defensive player on the roster; offense coming in the next few days. 

DL Ziggy Hood—He has been a steady presence all year, with no highlight plays but no major gaffes, either.

DE Matt Ioannidis—He is rounding back into form after the broken hand and he registered his first sack since Week 6 when he got one against the Chargers.

DE Anthony Lanier—We won’t see a two-sack performance out of him very often but it was good for him to see him break out against the Cardinals.  

DL A.J. Francis—His persistence has paid off with a regular role in the DL rotation.

DE Stacy McGee—Although he hasn’t been dominant, he is one of the best free agent defensive line pickups the team has had in years.

DE Terrell McClain—Although he rarely gets mentioned with players who should be shut down, he hasn’t played since Week 11 with a toe injury.

ILB Zach Brown—Despite missing a game, he still leads the NFL in combined tackles.

ILB Zach Vigil—The Redskins were fortunate that he was a free agent when the injuries struck at inside linebacker as he knew the defense as soon as he was re-signed.

ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons—He has been brought along gradually, with 56 defensive snaps spread out over four games.

ILB Otha Peters—He played 15 special teams snaps in his NFL debut against the Cardinals.

ILB Martrell Spaight—He had one of his best games of the year against the Cardinals, playing 51 snaps and registering seven tackles.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—He hasn’t been able to get that 10th sack of the season but he does have two QB hits and eight hurries in his last two games, so it’s just a matter of time.

OLB Preston Smith—After getting an interception against the Cardinals he now has a pick in each of the last two seasons (one vs. Vikings in 2016).

OLB Junior Galette—It may be coincidence but after he let it be known he thought he deserved more playing time he was just two snaps off of his season high against the Cardinals.

OLB Ryan Anderson—It looks like we really won’t know if he was worth a second-round pick until next year at the earliest.

OLB Pete Robertson—The Redskins always carry a linebacker or two whose job is strictly special teams and right now he is that guy.

CB Josh Norman—After having a rough game against the Chargers he bounced back nicely with a solid performance last Sunday.

CB Bashaud Breeland—It’s likely that we will be watching his last two games as a Redskin, but if Kirk Cousins leaves and they have a lot of cap money, you never know.

CB Kendall Fuller—Some of his teammates are saying that he deserved Pro Bowl consideration.

CB Quinton Dunbar—If Breeland leaves, Dunbar could get the starting cornerback job opposite Norman, at least in the short term.

CB Fabian Moreau—The rookie has been playing great on special teams but he has taken only two defensive snaps since Week 6.

CB Joshua Holsey—He has been serving a redshirt season as a rookie, playing only nine defensive snaps.

S D.J. Swearinger—His play has been far from flawless, but he has made some big plays and between that and his leadership, he has been a solid free-agent acquisition.

S Deshazor Everett—Maybe he’s not cut out to be a 16-game starting safety but he appears to have a future as a spot starter, role player, and special teams contributor.

S Fish Smithson—As I was writing this post last night, news came down that Montae Nicholson, who has a pretty cool first name, was put on IR and Smithson was moved up from the practice squad and instantly owned the coolest first name in the entire NFL.

S DeAngelo Hall—It’s pretty certain that we are seeing the last of Hall on the field for the Redskins but we may see him back in Ashburn in some role in the future.

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

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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.


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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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?


Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

There's still time to vote on this one: