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A Redskins-centric look around the NFL, Week 3

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A Redskins-centric look around the NFL, Week 3

Here is a Redskins-centric look around the NFL as Week 3 approaches.

—The Redskins got thumped by the Steelers at home in Week 1 and now it’s the Eagles’ turn to host Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and company. Philly also gets the Steelers without star running back Le’veon Bell, who is into final week of his three-game substance abuse suspension. But it does look like receiver Markus Wheaton, who missed the first two games with a shoulder injury, will play; he was a full go in practice all week. It will be interesting to see how rookie QB Carson Wentz performs after looking good against a couple of non-entities in the Browns and the Bears. A key injury for the Eagles is CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring). He has been declared out so the tough task of defending Brown will be much more difficult.

—The Eagles will have right tackle Lane Johnson for the Steelers game. However, he was notified of a 10-game PED suspension this week. He gets a chance appeal on October 4. The issue should be decided by the time the Redskins host the Eagles on Oct. 16.

—The Cowboys get the Bears this week on Sunday night (what’s up with two straight prime time appearances for Chicago?). Jay Cutler is out with a thumb injury so that means that Brian Hoyer is behind center for the Bears. Will the Bears be the team to rattle Dak Prescott, who, like Wentz, has yet to throw an interception in his first two NFL games? He has been solid in Dallas’ two games, a close loss and a close win. It’s so far, so good in the Cowboys’ attempt to get to midseason in contention and then see what they can do with Tony Romo behind center. They have the 49ers after the Bears so they could well be 3-1 going into games against the Bengals and at Green Bay.

—Looking past the Giants (yes, we’re allowed to do that here since it has no effect on what the Redskins do), the injury hits keep on coming for the Browns, the Redskins Week 4 opponent. They lost their top draft pick, WR Corey Coleman, to a broken hand. He will be back later in the season but he will miss the Redskins game. Not only is the return of Robert Griffin III out since he is on injured reserve, ex-Redskins DL Stephen Paea might not make it to FedEx Field; he is hampered by an elbow injury. With Griffin and Josh McCown (shoulder) both out, rookie Cody Kessler will be the quarterback, assuming he makes it through their game at the Dolphins on Sunday.

—The Redskins’ Week 10 game against the Vikings will still be tough but they will have some key players on the shelf. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater already was out and now RB Adrian Peterson (knee) and LT Matt Kalil (hip) are going to be out for most or all of the season. Peterson went on injured reserve on Friday so he is out for at least eight weeks. Minnesota still has a pretty solid defense and Sam Bradford looked good in his debut at QB for the Vikings so they will remain a quality opponent.

—Tomorrow I like the Packers -7 over the Lions, the Steelers -3.5 at the Eagles and the Jaguars +1 at home against the Ravens. Last week I was 1-2, winning with the Saints, who covered against the Giants, and losing with the Packers and Colts.

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

MORE 2018 NFL DRAFT:
- Mock Draft 9.0: Almost draft day
- Top Prospects: RB options for the Redskins
- Top Prospects: WR options for the Redskins
- Need To Know: Rich Tandler's Seven-Round Redskins Mock Draft
- Mega-Mock Predictions: DC Media choose No. 13 pick

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the third episode above and more here.

A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.