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Redskins Browns 4th quarter

Redskins Browns 4th quarter

14:55—Another promising drive ends on some odd play calling as Alexander gets a carry up the middle on second and 10. There still is no rhythm to the play calling and so the Browns still are very much in the game. A nice Plackemeier punt, though, has the Browns pinned near the five. A three and out could mean a drive that's too short to screw up.

14:30—After an Edwards drop and a Lewis run, it's third and about six. A stop to keep the Browns in the hole would be huge. They need a timeout to think about it as the play clock was about to hit zero.

13:49—They get the stop and Cleveland will be punting from the end zone. After Randle El calls a fair catch, the Redskins have the ball just inside Brown territory. Not quite what I had in mind as a drive too short to screw up, but close. The Redskins can wrap this up with a touchdown.

12:50—All of the runs wide have made an absolute non-factor out of Shaun Rogers. He's standing with hands on hips after every play now, just a useless tub of goo.

Moss is a waterbug on grass. Another 360 leaves another defender grasping for air and this time he gets into the end zone.

Moss 18 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick)
Redskins 14, Browns 3

Three plays, 49 yards. Just what the doctor ordered for this offense. Now Suisham has to keep his kickoff in bounds.

12:19—Actually, it would have been better if he had bone out as the kickoff was returned to the 44. There was a nice hit at the 20 but the returner stayed on his feet and almost broke it all the way.

10:00—Braylon Edwards is extremely hard to take down if he catches the ball with a full head of steam. He's dropped a few with some room to run, but he caught that one for a Cleveland first down near the 30.

7:30—The screen against the blitz worked perfectly and the Browns are knocking on the door at the one.

6:30—London Fletcher makes two nice stops to make it third and goal at the three. If nothing else, this is forcing the Browns to burn more time to score.

5:53—Fourth and goal, Browns going for it. Pass broken up, the Redskins hold. Demetric Evans bats it down.

5:36—Portis coughs up the ball, and Cleveland recovers, but Zorn will challenge whether or not the Brows got the ball back inbounds.

5:36—It looks like a recovery and that's what the review says. Tough break after a 24-yard run had nearly wrapped it up for the Redskins. It's up to the defense to do it again. Nothing is coming easy this year, nothing.

It took them a long time, thanks to the defense, but the Browns get it in on fourth and one. The Browns will go for two.

Cribbs 1 pass from Anderson (Edwards pass from Anderson)
Redskins 14, Browns 11

The Redskins will need to kill the clock, perhaps after an onside kick. I'm not sure if I kick away or go onside. The Redskins are thinking onside with the hands team on the field.

2:37—It goes deep to Moss, who gets a nice return out to the 37. One first down will do it.

2:26—It's third and about six. I think that Zorn will play it safe, but you never know with him.

2:00—He does play it safe, handing off to Portis for two yards. All the Browns need is a field goal to send this one into OT. They'll have to do it with no timeouts and I recall hearing that Dawson missed his only attempt of over 40 yards this year.

1:28—At the rate the Browns are going, they might get a winning TD rather than a tying field goal. The Skins might need a pick.

0:32—Dawson will try one from 54 yards to tie it.

And he was wide right. The Redskins survive.

Final Score
Redskins 14, Browns 11

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.