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Need to Know: The Redskins' best defensive games of 2015

Need to Know: The Redskins' best defensive games of 2015

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 31, 58 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


—The Redskins last played a game 142 days ago. It will be 104 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 58; Preseason opener @ Falcons 73; Final roster cut to 53, 95

I’m enjoying a vacation week in the Outer Banks. While I’m gone I’m presenting a few of the most popular posts from earlier this offseason (Note: A few details may not be updated) as well as some posts looking back at some of the team’s best performances. Thanks for reading, see you again on Monday, June 6.

The Redskins’ five best defensive games of 2015 (in terms of yards allowed)

213 yards vs. Rams, 09.20.15—The Redskins didn’t get any takeaways but they didn’t need them, holding Nick Foles to 150 yards passing and bottling up the Rams’ rushing attack (64 yards).

256 yards vs. Dolphins, 09.13.15—The Redskins stifled the Miami attack all day, holding the Dolphins to just 10 points. But they were let down by the special teams as Jarvis Landry returned a punt for 69 yards and a touchdown to provide the winning points.

318 yards vs. Cowboys, 12.07.15—There was really no reason for the Redskins to give up this much yardage to Matt Cassel and company. The last 20 yards they gave up were the killer, setting up the winning field goal in the final seconds.

320 yards vs. Eagles, 10.04.15—But for a couple of lapses in the form of allowing long touchdown passes from Sam Bradford to Riley Cooper and Miles Austin, this was one of the defense’s best games of the year. They kept the game close enough for the Redskins to win it on a late touchdown pass.

332 yards vs. Giants 11.29.15—Odell Beckham got his, catching nine passes for 142 yards including an incredible diving, one-handed grab for 21 yards and a touchdown. But nobody else really hurt them and rookie Quinton Dunbar made a key interception in the end zone to help hold the Giants at bay.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the 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.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

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Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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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.