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Allen defends Redskins' free agency approach

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Allen defends Redskins' free agency approach

Redskins President Bruce Allen defended his team’s prudent approach thus far in free agency, saying on Friday morning that the front office has a plan in place and does not intend to deviate from it.

“We identified the players that we were going to be interested in [in] free agency a few weeks ago,” Allen said. “I remind you that free agency is less than 48 hours old. We’re going to make sure that we’re competing in free agency all the way up to training camp.”

Allen added: “We’re looking to add some good players. We have 66 guys under contract, and we’ll have 90 good Redskins going to Richmond.”

Indeed, the Redskins’ focus in recent days has been retaining their own personnel. In the hours leading up to free agency, the team re-signed linebacker Mason Foster, backup quarterback Colt McCoy, defensive lineman Kedric Golson and safety Duke Ihenacho. Since the signing period opened at 4 p.m. Wednesday, they’ve signed only one player from outside of the organization: former San Diego defensive end Kendall Reyes.

The Redskins' reluctance to jump feet first into free agency could also be a function of their cap situation. According to the NFLPA’s website, they have about $19.5 million in cap room—and that was before the addition of Reyes.

Allen also said that he’s fully aware of the splashy signings being made by the Giants and Eagles. Those moves, though, will not influence the Redskins’ strategy.

“Our division has been pretty active,” Allen said. “So, we’re following it and we’re going to make sure we find some guys who can help us. …Not only does our personnel department and [GM] Scot [McCloughan] put a grade on a player for their talent, we also put a grade for their character and then we have to put value to that, and where it would fit in within our team.”

Allen also made the case that the Redskins' biggest signings were actually made last summer, when cornerstones Trent Williams and Ryan Kerrigan were locked up early. Williams signed a five-year, $66 million extension last August, while Kerrigan agreed to a 5-year, $57.5 million extension in July.

“The best thing we’ve done for free agency was addressing Trent Williams and Ryan Kerrigan a year ago,” Allen said. “That was a well thought out plan, and we’re going keep doing that because it’s the Redskins players that we want to make sure that we’re keeping.”

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The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

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.

Myself included. 

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.)

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Another Thanksgiving game for Redskins

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Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

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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