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Enemy Intel: Can the Redskins contain Odell Beckham Jr.?


Enemy Intel: Can the Redskins contain Odell Beckham Jr.?

Since free agency opened March 10, front offices around the league have been busy retooling rosters and preparing for the upcoming season. Here at, we’ve kept a watchful eye on the moves made by teams that appear on the Redskins’ 2015 schedule. Who’s gotten better? Who’s slipped a bit? Let’s take a closer look.

Up today…

New York Giants (Week 3)

2014 record: 6-10

Key additions: OT Ereck Flowers (first round pick), RB Shane Vereen (Patriots), SS Landon Collins (second round pick), LB J.T. Thomas (Jaguars), WR/returner Dwayne Harris (Cowboys), LB/special teams Jonathan Casillas (Patriots), DE George Selvie (Cowboys) and DT Kenrick Ellis (Jets).

Key departures: SS Antrel Rolle (Bears), FS Stevie Brown (Texans), CB Walter Thurmond (Eagles), S Quintin Demps (unsigned), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (unsigned), LB Jacquian Williams (unsigned), LB/special teams Spencer Paysinger (Dolphins), C J.D. Walton (Dolphins).

Best move: The decision to trade up and select Collins with the 33rd overall pick. Collins was the consensus best safety in the 2015 draft class and he’ll start Week 1 for the revamped Giants’ defense. Recently, the confident Alabama product predicted that he’ll be named Defensive Rookie of the Year.

What it all means for the Redskins: Giants GM Jerry Reese brought back Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator and retooled a unit that finished 29th last season. Reese also made some upgrades on special teams, including the addition of former Cowboys returner Dwayne Harris.

But when the Redskins visit the Meadowlands in Week 3, the key matchup figures to be a rather obvious one: Chris Culliver and Co. vs. wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Covering tight end Larry Donnell wouldn’t be a bad idea, either. But I digress.)

Beckham earned the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award last season after racking up 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, despite missing the season’s first four games, including the Giants’ first meeting with the Redskins. In the teams’ second meeting, Beckham almost single-handedly beat the visitors, hauling in 12 receptions on 15 targets by Eli Manning for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

Fellow rookie Bashaud Breeland spent much of that afternoon attempting to cover Beckham but, obviously, had little success. Breeland ended up frustrated and getting flagged four times for 70 yards in the contest.   

When the teams get together Sept 24th at MetLife Stadium, Breeland won’t be the only member of the Redskins seeking some redemption. So will Perry Fewell, the former Giants’ defensive coordinator who oversees Washington’s overhauled secondary.  

MORE REDSKINS: Position preview: Cornerback

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 


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Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

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James Washington

Wide receiver
Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the combine and his 40 time was a pedestrian 4.54.

But forget about the numbers. His catch radius is larger than his height would indicate, and he plays much faster than the stopwatch says he does.

His route tree needs to be cleaned up but his ability to get open deep, make receptions on back shoulder throws and, yes, Redskins fans, fade patterns will make him a productive receiver while he learns.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
40-yard dash: 4.54

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying

He doesn't look like a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver, but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays, and you know exactly what he does for an offense.

—A Big 12 assistant coach via

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins needed a wide receiver to line up opposite Josh Doctson after Terrelle Pryor fizzled out last year. They went out and signed Paul Richardson to a free agent contract, solving the immediate need.

But in the NFL, you should always be looking for your next receiver. It takes most of them at least a season to develop so if you wait until you really need a pass catcher it’s too late to draft one. Washington has the capability to contribute early and develop from there.  

Film review: vs. Pitt, vs. TCU, vs. Oklahoma

—Like most coaches, Jay Gruden wants his wide receivers to block and Washington certainly gives it the effort. He helped backs gain extra yards on stretch plays with hustling blocks downfield. His technique may need some work—a long touchdown run against Oklahoma was called back when he was hit for holding—but the effort is there.

—Against the Sooners, Washington got by a cornerback who was in off coverage and beat him for a long gain. Later in the game, the corner was in press coverage and Washington made one move and beat the defender on a post for a touchdown. We can insert the usual cautions about Big 12 defenses here, but it still was impressive to watch.

—Speed is important but so is how fast a receiver can stop to catch a pass. On one underthrown fade pattern, Washington was able to slam on the brakes while the cornerback kept on running, making the catch for a nice gain out of the end zone an easy one.

—Against TCU he split two defenders on a deep pass. He caught the ball in stride and then he found a second gear and easily outraced the defensive backs to the end zone to complete the 86-yard play. This is a good example of Washington playing faster than his 40 time.

Potential issues: Washington is not a good enough prospect to warrant the No. 13 pick, but he could easily be gone by the time the time their second-round pick is on the clock. As noted above, the quality of the defenses he faced in compiling 74 receptions for 1,549 yards (20.9 per catch) and 13 touchdowns has to be considered.

Bottom line: If I’m the Redskins, I have a talk with Jamison Crowder’s agent before the draft to gauge what his client would want in order to sign an extension prior to the 2018 season. If it’s something the Redskins consider reasonable, they should look elsewhere in the second round. But if a 2019 Crowder departure seems likely,  they should look at Washington if he’s there in the second round. 

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.