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On the backs of backups, Redskins pick up preseason win over Jets

On the backs of backups, Redskins pick up preseason win over Jets

The Redskins, who decided to rest a handful of key starters, had a burst of offense in the second quarter and they had one late to beat the Jets, 22-18 in what turned out to be an entertaining preseason game at FedEx Field.

After a pass from Bryce Petty to Robby Anderson put the Jets ahead with just under four minutes to play, the Redskins had one last possession needed a touchdown for the win. Sudfeld, who had been shaky all night, led an 84-yard touchdown drive capped by an 18-yard touchdown pass to Kendal Thompson for the winning score.

The game got off to an odd start as about a half an hour before kickoff reports surfaced that Kirk Cousins would not play, despite being healthy. A number of other starters sat out as well including receivers Pierre Garçon, and DeSean Jackson, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and cornerback Josh Norman.

The Redskins had plenty of chances to score early but couldn’t dent the scoreboard. One drive ended with Colt McCoy, who started in place of Kirk Cousins, throwing an interception to Darrelle Revis in the end zone. Their second possession started off well but a penalty and two sacks killed that drive. Then they recovered a fumble at the New York 17 but they turned the ball over on downs.

But they finally got going in the second quarter on the arm of McCoy. He completed four straight passes, the last one a nice touch pass to Rashad Ross, for the Redskins’ first touchdown. The, after a Will Blackmon interception, he launched one 39 yards to Ross, who made a nice contested catch for the touchdown.

Injury Updates:

Matt Jones went to the locker room late in the first quarter to get his left shoulder examined. He was diagnosed with a sprained AC joint.

First quarter

No scoring                      

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Second quarter

Safety, Redskins called for a penalty in the end zone

Drive: --

Key plays: It looked like the Redskins had completed a pass to get out of a hole on their own five but Spencer Long committed an illegal hands to the face penalty in the end zone. By rule, that is a safety.

Jets 2, Redskins 0        

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Ross 3 pass from McCoy (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 4 plays, 53 yards, 1:53

Key plays: The Redskins finally got on the board with a quick drive after taking possession at their own 47 following a punt . It took four McCoy passes to get into the end zone. He found Maurice Harris for 19 yards and then Rashad Ross caught one at the Jets 19. McCoy then went to Ryan Grant for 16 yards to the three then he put some nice touch on a pass to Ross, who found some room in the corner of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 7, Jets 2        

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Ross 39 pass from McCoy (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 1 play, 39 yards, :07

Key plays: Will Blackmon picked off a head-scratching Geno Smith pass and returned it to the Jets 39. On the first play McCoy dropped back and threw deep to Ross, who made a nice contested grab in the end zone.

Redskins 14, Jets 2      

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Third quarter

Sudfeld 19 pass from Petty (Folk kick)

Drive: 9 plays 56 yards, 3:52

Key plays: The Jets finally got an offensive score with Bryce Petty at quarterback. On third and eight from the New York 46 he completed a pass to Jalen Marshall, who fought for 10 yards and a first. A few plays later Petty went back to Marshall for 15 and a first down at the 16. On third and 13 at the 19 Petty fired into the end zone to tight end Zach Sudfeld (the brother of the Redskins’ quarterback) for the touchdown.

Redskins 14, Jets 9      

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NFL Schedule Release 2018: Rumors, news, dates, home, away opponents

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NFL Schedule Release 2018: Rumors, news, dates, home, away opponents

The 2018 NFL schedule will be released at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 19.

The 2018 NFL Season begins on Thursday, Sept. 6 with the Thursday Night Football season-opener. Week 1 commences on Sunday, Sept. 9 with a full slate of games.

But what we still have yet to find out is when each team plays each other. Home and away opponents, plus intra- and inter-conference matchups have already been announced, but the 2018 NFL schedule release will tell us when the teams will play.

The 2018 NFL schedule rumor mill has already started, with reports that the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will host the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday in Week 1 for the season-opener in a rematch of the NFC championship game. And as it tends to be, that news is incorrect. The Atlanta Falcons will head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in Week 1. 

Here is everything we know about the 2018 NFL Schedule:

Redskins 2018 NFL Schedule Rumors, News

Per out-of-town reports, we have the dates of some of the Redskins games. 

WEEK 1: Redskins at Cardinals. SOURCES: Per NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay, the Redskins' will open the 2018 NFL regular season on the road in Week 1 to take on the Arizona Cardinals.

WEEK 5: Redskins at Saints. NEWS: The Redskins will travel to Louisiana for a early-season Monday Night Football game against the Saints. This would be a rematch of one of the 2017 games of the year. According to WDSU-TV New Orleans.

WEEK 8: Redskins at Giants. NEWS:  The Redskins will visit the New York Giants on Sunday, October 28 with a 1:00 p.m game at MetLife Stadium, according to an early leaked version of the Giants' 2018 schedule.

WEEK 10: Redkins at Buccaneers: NEWS: On Sunday, November 11 the Redskins will travel to Tampa Bay to play the Bucs. This should mark the Redskins' first game against their former star wide receiver, DeSean Jackson. 

WEEK 12: Reskins vs. Cobwoys: SOURCES: Per our JP Finlay, the Redskins will play on Thanksgiving, Thursday Nov. 22. Our Rich Tandler notes that the Redskins are the only NFC team still unaccounted for on Thanksgiving on the Cowboys schedule.

WEEK 14: Giants at Redskins. NEWS: The Giants' will visit to Washington will take place on December 9 in what also is a Sunday 1:00 p.m. game, according to the leaked schedule

2018 NFL Schedule Rumors, News

NEWS: Week 1: Falcons at Eagles. Two days after Eskin's report, numerous media outlets report that the Atlanta Falcons, not the Vikings, wil be heading to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in the 2018 NFL season-opener.

RUMOR: Week 1: Vikings at Eagles. Howard Eskin of Sports Radio WIP reports that a rematch of the NFC Championship Game will serve as the 2018 NFL season-opener with the Vikings heading to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles.

NEWS: Week 6: Seahawks vs. Raiders: The Seahawks and Raiders will head to Tottenham, England for the first game of the 2018 NFL International Series on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1:00 pm, according the NFL VP of Communications Michael Signora

NEWS: Week 8: Eagles vs. Jaguars: The final game in the London series in 2018 will take place at Wembley Stadium and will feature the defending Super Bowl champions and London's unofficial team, the Jacksonville Jaguars at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 28.

NEWS: Week 7: Titans vs. Chargers: The Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers are the second set of NFL teams to make the trip overseas. The two AFC teams will play at Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 21.

NEWS: Week 12: Chiefs vs. Rams: The NFL returns to Mexico for a Monday Night Football matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams at Estadio Azteca at 8;15 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 19, according the NFL VP of Communications Michael Signora

Redskins 2018 Home Opponents:

Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Carolina Panthers (NFC South)
Green Bay Packers (NFC North)
Atlanta Falcons (NFC South)
Indianapolis Colts (AFC South)
Houston Texans (AFC South)

Redskins 2018 Away Opponents:

Philadelphia Eagles 
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
New Orleans Saints (NFC South)
Arizona Cardinals (NFC West)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South)
Tennessee Titans (AFC South)
Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South)

RELATED: PROJECTING THE REDSKINS' 2018 SCHEDULE

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Redskins draft countdown: Georgia RB Sony Michel

Redskins draft countdown: Georgia RB Sony Michel

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Sony Michel

Running back
Georgia

Sony Michel is a solid north-south runner who also can bounce outside and pick up yardage. He shared playing time with Nick Chubb last year and still ran for 1,277 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry, and scored 16 touchdowns against SEC competition. Michel also showed his bona fides in the passing game, catching 64 career passes and showing that he can handle pass protection. 

Height: 5-11
Weight: 220
40-yard dash:4.54

Projected draft round:2

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins have made no secret of their desire to draft an upgrade at running back. They would prefer one who can catch passes out of the backfield and gain yardage between the tackles. Sony Michel can do both as well as pop for yardage on the outside. There is a good chance that he will be on the board when the Redskins draft in the second round. Since they don’t have a third-round pick, this may be the last chance to get an upgrade in this draft. 

Film review: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Alabama

—The first thing to say here is that the Bulldogs had a quality run-blocking offensive line. Michel frequently had big holes to run through. For his part, Michel maximized his gains when he had a big opening, hitting it quickly and working north-south. 

—He also can pick up yards through just a small crease, again by hitting it with urgency and gaining momentum to drive for the final few yards. 

—Michel didn’t do a whole lot of pass protection in the plays I watched, but he was solid when he did. On one play against Notre Dame, he put a blitzing defensive back on the ground. Against Alabama, he got in the way of likely first-round pick Da’Ron Payne long enough to allow the quarterback to get off a deep pass. To be sure, he didn’t blow Payne away but his block was effective.

—Besides the O-line, Michel also got quality blocking from his receivers. Again, he took advantage, reading the blocks and maximizing the gain. 

—He also can get it done without much help. On third and 20 against the vaunted Alabama defense, he headed up the middle and quickly went outside when he saw no running room. He headed to the sideline with four Alabama defenders and no blockers in sight. Michel found another gear and accelerated down the sideline to convert the third and long.  

—He later converted a third and 10 on a draw play, quickly getting up to speed and zipping through traffic to move the sticks. 

Potential issues: Although he has decent speed, he’s not the home run threat you might want in a back taken in the second round. And Michel isn’t really a power back either, although he can fight for extra yards. 

Despite his limitations, there is chatter that Michel might be drafted early in the second round or perhaps even late in the first. It’s hard to separate the smoke and speculation from reality as we sit a week before the draft starts. But he’s a talented back and if Derrius Guice goes off the board earlier than most expect, a run on runners could include Michel. 

Bottom line: Saquon Barkley is the obvious top running back and he surely will be gone when the Redskins pick in the first round. After that, the Redskins have plenty of options. They like Guice but 13 may be too high for him and he is likely to be gone when their pick in the second is on the clock. Michel is one of a few possibilities there, a group that also would include Michel’s former teammate Nick Chubb, Ronald Jones of USC and others. Without a peek at the draft board in Ashburn, we will just have to wait and see. 

Redskins draft countdown

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