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A good bye Sunday for the Redskins

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A good bye Sunday for the Redskins

Yesterday the Redskins had about as good a Sunday as they could have had without playing and winning a game. As they looked on, two of their division rivals saw late leads disappear as they lost in gut-wrenching fashion.

Well, gut-wrenching for the players and their fans, anyway. There was some delight expressed by Redskins fans on Twitter as the Cowboys and Giants both lost in the final minutes of the game.

The Giants were involved in a shootout in the Superdome, as Eli Manning and Drew Brees combined to throw 13 touchdown passes, the most in any game in NFL history. Brees threw seven, tying the NFL record for TD passes in a single game. His last one came with 36 seconds left and it tied the game at 49.

Then a combination of yet another case of bad late game situation management by the Giants and a former Redskin’s late heroics won the game for New Orleans. After three incomplete passes, the Giants punted with 30 seconds left. But instead of punting it out of bounds to set up overtime, the ball went to returner Marcus Murphy, who dashed up the middle of the field for 24 yards to the Giants 47. A facemask penalty moved the ball to the 32.

Kai Forbath, who was the Redskins’ kicker for 41 games up through Week 1 of this season, booted a 50-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints the win. It was Forbath’s first field goal of 50 yards or longer since 2013.

The late game had the Seahawks playing in Dallas. If the game in New Orleans, the third-highest scoring game in NFL history, was too much offense for you, this one was the antidote. The Cowboys did not score a touchdown while Seattle mustered only one. Dallas took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard Dan Bailey field goal. Seattle had a couple of chances in the fourth quarter, including a field goal try that was blocked, before finally getting a 24-yard game-winning Steven Hauschka field goal with 1:06 left to play.

The Eagles, tied with the Redskins for second in the NFC East with a 3-4 record, also enjoyed Sunday’s results from their couches while on their bye week. The Giants are 4-4, a half game up but tied with Washington and Philadelphia in the loss column.

It sees doubtful that the Redskins will have only four losses for long, with road games against the undefeated Patriots and Panthers coming in the next three weeks. But both the Giants and Eagles have New England looming on their schedules. The Giants get Carolina in December. Philly has already lost to Carolina and has a date with the NFC West leading Cardinals in Week 15.

The Redskins still should be considered the underdogs to win the NFC East, perhaps even behind the Cowboys, who will get Tony Romo back in Week 11. But Washington can get some of its injured players back on the field and rediscover how to move the football on the ground, they could be playing meaningful games in December for the first time since 2012 and the second time since 2007.

As is usually the case, the division games will be key. The Redskins are 1-1 in the NFC East with a loss at New York and a home win over the Eagles. They have two shots at Dallas (both should be with Romo back behind center) and one more each with Philly and the Giants. Again, they are underdogs but if they can win three of those four division games they could have a shot. 

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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.