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Redskins Eagles 4th quarter

Redskins Eagles 4th quarter

14:06—Moss deep on the punt. A nice return but a pair of flags on the field will call it back. Still, OK field position at their own 30 for the Redskins.

12:56—Once again, Campbell shows his fancy footwork, picking up 19 on a scramble on third and 12. A three and out is averted and the Skins are near midfield.

11:29—The Redskins get another break on a drop as Assante Samuel drops an easy interception. The Skins have to punt and it dies at the three. Samuel had the ball in his hands at the 40 with running room. A huge swing there as the Eagles are backed up again. This Plackemeier guy might be a keeper after all.

10:11—The Redskins aren't the only team that throws short of the sticks on third down. LJ smith makes a catch for two yards on third and four. A shanked punt has the Redskins in Philly territory with a chance to salt this one away. I sense a Randle El touchdown pass. The Eagles have been very aggressive and some misdirection and trickery could be very effective.

8:54—Not much aggression there by the Redskins with three runs and out. It goes inside the 10 again. If the Redskins win, Plackemeier is my MVP. The Eagles' average starting position has been their own 12. The only one he boomed into the end zone was right at the end of the half when no cute stuff was necessary.

7:58—Three incomplete passes—the second one on a textbook strip of the rookie Jackson by the veteran Springs—has the Eagles punting again. Washington again has a chance to go a long way towards putting this one away.

6:18—It's up to the defense again as the Skins pull another three and out. This time the punt goes into the end zone and the Eagles will try from the 20.

6:00—Another drop, this one by an open Jackson on a bomb, has yet another sigh of relief emanating from most corners of FedEx Field. McNabb scrambles for five on third and 10 and the Skins get yet another crack at running off some clock.

4:52—And a nice Randle El return of the punt will give the Skins a chance to do so from the Eagle 45. He ran straight.

4:45—We are about 10K short of capacity here at FedEx with attendance at 82K and change.

3:55—And we go three and out again. Two runs and a pass. You can't keep giving the Eagles chances, the near-miss to Jackson was ample evidence of that.

2:30—The Eagles are using a lot of time her to move from their own eight to their own 28. They have a first down at their own 35 at the 2:00 warning. This is it. If the Skins hold, they go into victory formation.

1:10—It's getting interesting as the Eagles have it at midfield. Washington is leaving the middle of the field open and McNabb is taking advantage.

:57—Thank you again, Jackson. DeSean drops a pass in the end zone after beating Hall by a step.

:34—A near catch, a near pick, and a near PI flag all on one play. It's third and 10.

:27—It's fourth and about four after a dumpoff to Westbrook. It's the ballgame for the Eagles.

:12—They get it on a short swing to Westbrook—not sure why nobody was closer to him—and the Eagles will have a shot or two from the 18.

0:00—Wow—Smoot and Landry make the stop on the one and the clock runs down. We need a review, but it's looks like a Redskins win. After last week in Baltimore, you don't know.

He wasn't in, and the Redskins win.

Final score
Redskins 10, Eagles 3




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Redskins Draft Countdown: Could Da'Ron Payne be the final piece to the D-line puzzle?

Redskins Draft Countdown: Could Da'Ron Payne be the final piece to the D-line puzzle?

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Da’Ron Payne

Defensive tackle

Stuff the run in the middle of the line? Check. Get outside to stop stretch plays? Check. Get after the passer? Check. Yes, Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne checks all the boxes the Redskins are looking for on the D-line.

He can be the immovable object, taking on double and triple teams, and he also can chase down the quarterback. At 311 pounds he could be the Redskins’ nose tackle in base and move outside in nickel.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 311
40-yard dash: 4.95

Projected draft round: 1

What they’re saying

Payne possesses one of the most impressive combinations of strength and athleticism that we've seen from an interior lineman. He will be the premier run-stuffer in this draft, but he may have enough in the pass rushing toolbox to project as a better pro than college pass rusher. Payne is a game-ready starter who immediately upgrades a defense's ability to slow the run.

Lance Zierlein,

How he fits the Redskins: This just in—the Redskins need a nose tackle. Of course, if you’re reading this you know that, and you’ve known it has been the case ever since the Redskins went to the 3-4 defense in 2010.

In very closely related news, they need to play better against the run, too. You probably noticed that they were dead last in the league in rushing defense last year. And that the NFC East has two very strong rushing teams in the Eagles and Cowboys and a Giants team that could well take Saquon Barkley with the second pick in the draft. If they don’t fix their rushing defense they could literally get run over.

Payne could help them a lot. He can take on double and triple teams and clog up running lanes in the middle. If they try to go around him, he has the quickness to penetrate and disrupt outside runs.

And a defensive lineman taken in the top half of the first round should be able to provide some pass rush pressure. As noted by Zierlein, Payne has the potential to do that. He’ll never be a double-digit sack guy, but if he can kick in four to six per year and get some pressure up the middle, that would be fine.

Film review: vs. Tennessee, vs Georgia (national title game)

Like most players, Payne can’t get much in the way of a pass rush when he is double and triple teamed. But when they tried to block him one on one he consistently got pressure. Payne didn’t get many sacks, but he did make a difference. Against Georgia, one pressure resulted in an interception and another forced a third-down incompletion.

Payne is very difficult to move off the spot in the running game, even when the offense tries to do it with two or even three players. Running backs did not get by him on a regular basis. In the second half in particular, Georgia tried to move the ball with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, both of whom are likely to get selected in the top 100 in the draft next month. But they kept running into a mass of humanity in the middle of the line with Payne in the middle of it.

He played well during the Tennessee game during the regular season, but he didn’t have a lot of impact. The only time his name was called was when he was hit with a roughing the passer call.

Potential issues: At 311 pounds, Payne may not be the ideal size to fill the chronic hole at nose tackle. It should be noted, however, that defensive line coach Jim Tomsula has said that the Redskins aren’t necessarily looking for the 350-pound nose tackle and that a relatively smaller player can get the job done. Ziggy Hood played the nose at 305 pounds last year. The Redskins finished last against the run, although that’s not necessarily cause and effect.

Bottom line: The Redskins went 20 years without taking an interior defensive lineman in the first round before taking Jonathan Allen last year. Nobody could legitimately complain if they doubled up on first-round D-linemen after so many years of neglect.

Payne should be there when the 13th pick goes on the clock. Unless the Redskins address the nose tackle spot in free agency Payne will be under strong consideration. The defensive line improved last year with the additions of Allen in the draft, Stacy McGee as a free agent and the second-year emergence of Matt Ioannidis. Payne could be the final piece of what could be a dominant defensive line.

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.


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Paul Richardson's Redskins contract is team friendly early

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Paul Richardson's Redskins contract is team friendly early

The Redskins’ contract with wide receiver Paul Richardson is very team friendly in the first year but it increases over the years to the point where he needs to be a very productive receiver in order to justify staying on the roster.

The big picture of the deal is $40 million over five years. A total of $12.5 million is fully guaranteed at signing, which is comprised of a $10 million signing bonus, his $1.5 million 2018 salary, and $1 million of his $5 million 2019 salary.

More money will become guaranteed if Richardson is on the roster as of five days after the start of the league years in 2019 and 2020. The remaining $4 million of his 2019 salary and $3.5 million of his $6 million 2020 salary become guaranteed on those dates.


Richardson will get salaries of $7.5 million in 2021 and 2022. Each year of the contract he can earn $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses ($31,250 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster).

It all adds up to the following salary cap numbers:

2018: $4 million
2019: $7.5 million
2020: $8.5 million
2021: $10 million
2022: $10 million

The average annual value of the contract is $8 million, which is tied for 24th among NFL receivers.

The first window the Redskins have to terminate Richardson’s contract without taking a negative cap hit would be in 2020 as long as they do it prior to the fifth day of the league year when the partial salary guarantee kicks in. They would take a $6 million deal cap hit but they would save a net of $2.5 million.

The last two years, when the cap numbers are at their highest, the Redskins could easily move on, saving $6 million in cap space in 2021 and $8 million in 2022.


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.