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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Giants

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 27, four days before the Redskins host the New York Giants.

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Five things you need to know about Redskins vs. Giants:

1. After throwing 15 interceptions in the Giants’ first six games, Eli Manning has apparently figured out what color jerseys his teammates are wearing. He has thrown just two picks in the last five games. The Redskins had 10 interceptions in their first nine games but none in their last two.

2. The Giants’ four-game winning streak came as they faced a string of pretty bad quarterbacks. It started against Josh Freeman after he had been with the Vikings for just a couple of weeks They then beat the Eagles with Matt Barkley taking most of the snaps. The Raiders were next and Terrelle Pryor was probably the best QB of the bunch. The Giants then beat Scott Tolzien and the Packers. When they faced a solid quarterback in Tony Romo, they lost. It’s hard to say what this means for the Redskins. At times Robert Griffin III plays as well as Romo, at others he looks like a Tolzien clone.

3. New York has managed to piece together a rushing game out of the mended Andre Brown and the revived Brandon Jacobs. The pair rushed for 202 yards against the Cowboys on Sunday with Brown getting 127 and Jacobs going for 74. Jacobs has played well against the Redskins throughout his career. He has 700 yards against Washington, the most he has against any team.

4. One player to watch on the Giants injury front is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. He was a surprise inactive for the Dallas game after expressing confidence that he would play despite a groin/abdominal injury. Tom Coughlin said that Nicks didn’t play because he had not practiced all week. Nicks is having a frustrating year going into 2014 free agency. He has yet to catch a touchdown pass this year.

5. The Giants’ defensive line used to feast on opposing quarterbacks but they haven’t struck much fear in them this year. They have just 18 sacks; compare that to the Redskins who have 27. They are matched up against the Redskins’ offensive line, which has been quite leaky as of late. It shapes up as a matchup of a stoppable force against a very moveable object.

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Stat of the day

—The Redskins have now been outscored by 58 points in 1st quarter this season (no other team has been outscored by more than 45)

Timeline

—Days until: Giants @ Redskins 4; Chiefs @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Falcons 18

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:40; Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III news conferences and player availability after practice (approx. 2:00)

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Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 22, four days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five safe picks for the Redskins

Sometimes teams try to hit home runs with their draft picks. They may hit a few but they also will strike out a lot. Teams often are better off trying to hit solid singles and doubles. Here are five picks who would are unlikely to make many Pro Bowls but the Redskins would not regret the pick if they turned in the cards with their names on it. 

RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn—I’m starting off here with a player who would be a safe pick in the third round. Of course, the Redskins don’t have a third right now but if they do swing a trade and get one, Johnson would be a good pick. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, which is one reason why he might be available in the third. He is a grinder who will be an upgrade over Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. 

DL Vita Vea, Washington—There is plenty of hand wringing over whether Vea is a three-down player or just a base defense nose tackle. But even if he can’t rush the passer very well his floor is a player who can go a long way towards helping the Redskins stop the run, a chronic weakness. This is why a lot of fans and media are urging the Redskins to not overthink this and take a player that will, at a minimum, bolster one of their weakest areas. 

OL Billy Price, Ohio State—He started 55 games for the Buckeyes, the most of any player in the storied history of the program. He did suffer the partial tear of a chest muscle in the combine but that will be fully healed by training camp. When he’s ready, he’s an explosive, smart, and powerful player. Just plug him in at left guard and the Redskins’ O-line is set with all home-grown talent. 

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State—He doesn’t have the ceiling that the more heralded Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds have. However, he may have a higher floor. Smith is undersized, and Edmunds will be highly drafted based more on potential than on production. At 6-4, 256, Vander Esch has plenty of size, and he racked up 141 tackles last year on his way to defensive player of the year honors in the Mountain West. 

 CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado—The All-Pac-12 selection has the size and athleticism that add up to a safe pick in the second round. He needs some work on technique, but he has enough natural athletic ability—he competed in the decathlon—to be a productive cornerback right out of the gate. One other plus that fans will appreciate is that his strength is press coverage, not off man. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 30
—Training camp starts (7/26) 95
—Redskins @ Cardinals (9/9) 140

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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