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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants—Is the Cousins of 2015 back yet?


Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants—Is the Cousins of 2015 back yet?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 27, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns.


Today's schedule: No media availability

Days until: Browns @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Ravens 12; Eagles @ Redskins 19

Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

—I don’t think it’s time to declare yet that the Kirk Cousins of the second half of 2015 is back. He had his moments against the Giants, especially the back-to-back throws to DeSean Jackson that constituted the two-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter. And he didn’t throw an interception, which is always good news. But he still was inaccurate on a lot of his passes, throwing behind some receiver who could have had some significant yards after the catch. Jay Gruden said that he took the wrong hole on the quarterback draw play in the third quarter. And for the second time in six games he had inexplicable problems near the goal line at the end of the first half. Fortunately, the Redskins won both their Week 16 game in Philadelphia last year and the one against the Giants on Sunday but he is playing with fire.

—Quinton Dunbar is officially a Giant killer. He made the two big plays on Sunday with his 31-yard reception on a fake punt and his spectacular end zone interception. Last year in Week 12 against the Giants Dunbar came up with a diving interception of Eli Manning in the end zone to keep the Giants off of the scoreboard. Dunbar’s play saved a touchdown in a game the Redskins won by six points.

—Maybe we can set aside the “Trent Murphy is a bust” narrative for the time being at least after he had a sack, two quarterback pressures and a forced fumble in 37 snaps against the Giants. He leads the team in sacks with three and he has forced two fumbles. This is after an offseason where he converted from outside linebacker to defensive lineman and back again. Some still aren’t sure if they should call him a linebacker or a lineman but you can call him a playmaker. The key, of course, is him keeping it up but it’s so far, so good this season for Murphy.

—The run-pass ratio always gets less attention when the Redskins win. They called 28 run plays (excluding victory formation kneel downs) and 38 pass plays (including two that ended in sacks). That’s a 58%-42% pass-run ratio, which is right around the league average of 60%-40%.

—Jamison Crowder lasted until the fourth round of the 2015 draft largely because of his 4.56 time in the 40-yard dash. But during his 50-yard punt return and 55-yard touchdown on a screen pass he showed that he has some burst and that knowing where to go can be as important as how fast you get there. He struggled on punt returns last year with a 5.3-yard average with a long return of 16. Already this year he has returns of 50, 17, and 21 yards.

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O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

We are nearing the start of the NFL Draft, less than three days to be exact, and right now there are a ton of names circling around whom the Washington Redskins should take at No. 13.

You’ve probably read countless mock drafts at this point (if you haven’t or need another here is ours), and there’s one thing that is consistent: nothing.

So let's concern ourselves less of ‘who’ and exactly what each player will bring to the Redskins.

There are very few evaluators of talent better than the NFL Network’s Charles Davis, so he got to talk with J.P. Finlay and Mitch Tischler on the latest edition of the Redskins Talk podcast.


He broke down EVERYONE that Washington could be taking at No. 13 overall. If you don’t have time to listen (which we highly recommend that you do), here are some of the highlights:

“This could be a wild first night,” said Davis. “All of these different trade scenarios are out there right? My experience has been that most of that calms down as we get closer. There’s a lot of discussion and chatter about it, but we don’t usually have it.”


“At 13, when you’re really down to it, Mitch I think you had said to me even before we began ‘O-line, D-line man, let’s talk O-line, D-line,’ and I think that is the perfect place for this Washington team.”


“If Vita Vea from Washington somehow is sitting there at 13, and the idea that you could go up there and put him a line and get Jonathan Allen back from last year, I think that’d be a great place to go. This is a top-10, top-5 talent in this draft that possibly could still be around at 13.”

“When we’re talking about the people that are in our business, the talking heads that people kind of go to and kind of get held accountable for their mock drafts… you don’t really see Vea in any consistency in the top ten.”

“Eleven is kind of the breakpoint for him.”


“I like him. I don’t know that I like him quite that high.”


“I like Payne, better than Hurst, but again I don’t know about quite that high.”

“The medical, you can’t help it when you’re talking about a heart. You can’t help but be a little bit concerned. Now he has gotten clearance, that has come through, but we all know that each team is going to do it’s own research and got to decide how comfortable they are with that.”


“I doubt he is falling to 13, because if somehow he falls to eight to the Bears and if the Bears don’t run up to the podium and plug him in, I’d be stunned.”


“Normally when you have a combine and you have some things that you have some questions marks on, normally you have some balancers. Orlando Brown had zero balancers. Everything was historically bad.”


“Now Will Hernandez has had about as good a postseason as an offensive lineman can have.”

“This kid Hernandez has become a massive road grater, quicker than you would think, better pass protector and he did all of this on an 0-12 team last year. So he is another guy to keep an eye on, especially if as you said they are able to move back.”


“I’d be surprised at 13.”

“Get back to 19 and then I think Guice is in play at 19. If that indeed is the runner that they like. I think the running back renaissance is real.”


“I think this John Kelly kid from Tennessee is a really good runner. He had a little trouble off-field last year, missed a game because of all that, but this kid runs hard, plays hard, he’s not Alvin Kamara… but this kid is more of a pure running back than Kamara is, he’s just not a bulky guy.”


“They’re in a tough spot because of the number. We’ve got all of this stuff now.”

“That’s a tough one, because if I’m Dallas and I want to come up and get my guy [Calvin Ridley], I don’t need to come up as high as 13 anyway, if you really think about it.”


“He’s a really good player. The kid played guard, he played center. Price is a really good technician. 44 a possibility? Possibility. Before the injury he was going late-first, early second.”

This is only scratching the surface of what the expert talked about. Get the full experience and listen to the full podcast.




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Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

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 first episode above and more here.

When the NFL Draft comes around, you'll hear fans and analysts often say, "If Player X makes it to pick No. __, then Team Y should sprint to the podium to pick him."

Well, this Thursday, if Player X is Tremaine Edmunds, the pick is No. 13 and Team Y is the Washington Redskins, the Burgundy and Gold should sprint to the podium only if there's no other option to get there quicker. 

While the 'Skins already have two talented linebackers in Zach Brown and Mason Foster on the roster already, taking the Virginia Tech teenager shouldn't be ruled out. Now, the only problem is that Edmunds has to slide that far in the 2018 draft; the majority of mocks have him going before that spot.

Edmunds is the type of do-it-all LB that is especially valuable in today's NFL. He has the athleticism and ability to fit on the inside or outside, and is just as comfortable rushing the passer as he is in coverage. You know that issue the Redskins have when it comes to covering tight ends, the one that's lasted for like a decade now? Edmunds would help erase it, along with a host of other problems.

"They don't come like him," one NFC scout told about Edmunds. "I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed."

Redskins fans, go outside and start searching for your four-leaf clovers now. Last year, the franchise got lucky and landed Jonathan Allen. This time around, they're going to need even more of it to secure Edmunds.