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Need to Know: Speculating on the Redskins' second-round pick

Need to Know: Speculating on the Redskins' second-round pick

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 24, 14 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

Question of the day

I’m back from the combine but I’m still going to control the question of the day before throwing it back out to the readers. Sticking with the draft questions

Who might the Redskins take in the second round?

In the last couple of mornings I’ve looked at what I see as the three top possibilities for the Redskins to draft with the No. 5 pick and I also threw out three dark horse possibilities.

Let’s go a little further out onto the speculative limb here and look at three players the Redskins might take in the second round. These are in no particular order.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri—A lot would have to line up for this to happen. Scot McCloughan would have to determine that his past troubles, which include two marijuana possession arrests, getting kicked out of the Missouri program, and an allegation that he pushed a woman down a flight stairs, are indeed in the past. The GM also would have to conclude that football is important to DGB and that he would work to use his size (6-5, 237), and speed (4.5 in the 40) up to his potential. Even if all of that lines up, a team picking ahead of the Redskins could come to a similar conclusion and grab Green-Beckham before the Redskins get a shot.

DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma—If they bypass Washington’s Danny Shelton in the first round they could look at Phillips to fill this critical spot in the 3-4 defense. At 6-5, 329, he fits the “big guys win” mold that McCloughan is fond of. But as noted in this post from a couple of weeks ago, they will need to figure out if he is over some back troubles that cost him time in 2013 and if they affected his play in 2014. He didn’t have a motor that ran all the time and McCloughan will have to sort out if that’s a function of being a big man or of the back problems. And McCloughan would have to consult with Joe Barry to see if a 6-5 nose tackle is too tall to function the way that Barry wants.

S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss—You may have noticed a pattern here in that players in the second round have a lot to like but they tend to have major holes in their games. If they weren’t flawed they would be first rounders. At 6-2, Prewitt has the height that McCloughan likes in his defensive backs but at 208 the Redskins might want him to put on a few pounds. He possesses a good football I. Q. and he was a team captain of a very good Ole Miss defense. Will he work to correct the holes in his game?

Tandler "scouts" Kerrigan

The setup here was that I was asked to pretend like I was a scout or GM conducting an interview with Ryan Kerrigan at the NFL Combine when he was coming out of college.

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Timeline

—It’s been 58 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 201 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 14; Redskins offseason workouts start 55; 2015 NFL Draft 65

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 23, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 7:30 NBC Sports Washington; Redskins vs. Giants, NBC, 8:30  

Days until:

—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 7
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 17
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 24

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Giants

Look out for Eli—There are many reasons why the Giants are 2-8 but Eli Manning is not one of them. He isn’t nearly the turnover machine he has been for much of his career. His interception percentage this year is 1.6; he hasn’t been under 2.3 percent interceptions this decade. Manning only has 14 touchdown passes but considering that Odell Beckham, who went out in the fourth game of the season, still leads Giants wide receivers in touchdown receptions, that’s not bad.

Running game stuck—What makes Manning’s performance even more impressive is the fact that he doesn’t get much support from a running game. The Giants are 26th in the league with 920 yards. They have gained some traction lately after installing Orleans Darkwa as the starting running back; he is averaging 4.8 yards per carry for the season and 71 yards per game over the last three games. The Redskins certainly don’t want to let him get going tonight.

Reverting to reality—The Giants ranked 32nd in total defense in 2015. They dropped millions on free agents such as Janoris Jenkins, David Harrison, and Olivier Vernon and jumped to 10th. Now, this year they are 31st and equally bad against the pass (29th) and the run (30th). Health hasn’t been a huge issue, although Vernon has missed a few games and Jenkins was suspended. Redskins fans know full well that spending sprees don’t necessarily make for permanent improvements and Giants fans are learning it this year.

Keys to winning

  • Run the ballThe Redskins are 4-2 this year when rushing for 90 yards or more.
  • Continue to protect the ball—The Redskins have turned the ball over just twice in their last three games.
  • Don’t give them hope—The Chiefs let the Giants hang around last week and New York stole a win. The Redskins need to get on top early and mash down on the gas pedal.

Prediction—It’s hard to see a scenario where the Redskins lose this one. Even in their injury-depleted state they are battling every game and the same can’t be said for their opponents today. The weather forecast is for cold temperatures but not much wind, ideal conditions for Cousins to throw for 300 yards. For once, the Redskins get up early and keep going.

Redskins 31, Giants 13

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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

The referees made a fairly obvious mistake last week in the Redskins loss to the Saints when they flagged Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins for intentional grounding late in the game. 

Let's be honest: the call was terrible.

Cousins never felt a pass rush on the play, and was very obviously throwing the ball away. Jay Gruden talked about the play on Monday, and could not figure out how a flag came out in that situation. 

We had two receivers in the area. Quarterbacks throws it away all the time that are uncatchable balls whether they are in the pocket or not. As long as there is a receiver in the area, you can throw it whether they are looking or not. Guys run bad routes – one guy runs a hitch and he’s supposed to run a go and the quarterback throws the go ball, it’s not grounding. So I don’t know why the confusion.

The NFL even reached out and apologized to Redskins team president Bruce Allen for the blown call, a hollow gesture that did not generate much excitement from Cousins (via 106.7 the Fan). 

Whatever they do to say, ‘we’re sorry, wrong call,’ it’s tough because there’s nobody bringing that up in February or March when we're making decisions about which direction to go with the organization. We appreciate the clarification but you know it really doesn’t do much.

If you're keeping score, the NFL, the Redskins head coach and the Redskins quarterback all know the call was wrong. 

You know who doesn't think the call was wrong? Fox analyst, and former Cowboys Hall of Fame QB, Troy Aikman.

Grounding? Free rusher? Decide for yourself below.