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Redskins Giants Second Quarter

14:10—Collins is now 0-8. He's been getting some pressure, but he's been misfiring with time to throw, too.

13:49—A good stick by Blades stops Jacobs in his tracks.

13:10—Jacobs drops another pass. At least Manning is getting the ball close enough to his receivers for them to drop it.

12:44—Collins' first completion is a good one—35 yards to Moss.

12:15—Then to Yoder for 30 and the Skins are knocking on the door. He hit Yoder in stride.

10:17—Not quite enough zip as Collins had a wide-open Cooley in the end zone. Another field goal attempt coming.

FG Suisham 31
Redskins 6, Giants 0

I'm not sure if the wind kept that ball from going wide left or if it was the spin. It looked like it might wander, but it took a sharp right and made it in with plenty to spare.

10:12—The Redskins are playing it very close to the vest. It looks like they're waiting for Manning or Jacobs to make the big mistake.

10:05—Even on a fumbled kick, the Skins kickoff team can't seal the deal. They have a chance to get Bradshaw inside the 10, but he gets out near the 15.

8:39—Another drop, this time by tight end Matthews.

8:26—This time a Redskin drops a Manning pass. Doughty jumped the pass, had two hands on it, and couldn't bring it in. Another three and out but that time they got the big mistake they were looking for but couldn't take advantage.

6:46—A great wind-aided roll leads to a 51-yard Frost punt. Giants will start inside the 10. If the Skins can get another score on the board before halftime and keep the Giants with the goose egg on their side they'll have a real good shot. Of course, we all know what a halftime lead means with this crew.

6:28—After that initial 17-yard run, Jacobs hasn't done much of anything, 11 carries for 27 yards.

5:35—The younger Moss just gave up what would have been a big first down for New York by trying to make a big play. He caught the ball a yard past the sticks but went back towards the line and Torrence made a sure tackle.

5:12—Skins get the ball at midfield after the punt. Time to make a move.

5:04—They had it, but Moss couldn't hang on to a pass that wasn't perfect but quite catchable.

4:16—Got it this time, a big play to Moss on third and nine. 34 yards to the 15. Moss had the flypaper hands on that one.

Who says the third-down draw won't work?

Betts 14 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 13, Giants 0

1:58—Doughty just got into Manning's grill, forcing an incompletion. Third and one, a situation the Giants have not handled well so far.

1:51—Bad, bad play by Landry after a great, great play. He pops the ball out of Burress' hands and then taunts him. Dumb, dumb, dumb. The rookie needs to grow up.

1:20—Two passes near Redskin hands again but no pick. Giants will try a field goal.

FG Tynes 31
Redskins 13, Giants 3

Landry cost them three points. I think Joe Gibbs was very tempted to use words stronger than "buns" when he saw that penalty.

1:00—Another big draw, this time by Portis. A big run of 31 yards and another 15 for a face mask.

0:22—They ran the same play three times in a row—the draw to Portis after the pump fake—and they went from their 30 to a first and goal at the eight.

0:04—Another FG try after two incomplete and a sack.

FG Suisham 25
Redskins 16, Giants 3

It was 17-3 at the half in September a we all well remember. There is a long way to go.

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In talking 2018 NFL draft, Doug Williams actually explained Redskins' free agency

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In talking 2018 NFL draft, Doug Williams actually explained Redskins' free agency

The Redskins spent modestly in 2018 free agency, and plenty of fans thought the team should have shelled out much bigger bucks. Talking with sources around the Ashburn facility, a prevaling notion became clear that the Washington brass believed they had a strong team in 2017, but they lost their chance to compete because of injuries. 

Well, the secret is out. Doug Williams said as much on Tuesday. 

"Coming out of Richmond last year, I liked this football team. I think we’ve got a tough football team, a smart football team. Some things you can’t control," Williams said Tuesday in a pre-draft media session. "We were very competitive up to a certain point, and when you have the injuries that we have, at a certain point, that competitive edge, you lose it because your best players are not playing."

Williams' words were true, and telling. 

First the true part:

  • In Washington's first five games of 2017, the team went 3-2. The Redskins only lost to eventual the Super Bowl champs Philadelphia and AFC West champs Kansas City. Washington only gave up more than 100 yards rushing once in those first five games, before rookie Jonathan Allen got hurt and the defense began to look much different. After Week 5, the Redskins only held one team under 100 yards rushing and finished the year dead last in rush defense.

Now the telling part:

  • The Redskins signed free agent WR Paul Richardson, and kept free agent LB Zach Brown. Beyond that, the team added inexpensive veterans in OLB Pernell McPhee and CB Orlando Scandrick. No splash moves, and recurring speculation that Washington was not offering top dollar to free agents. Bruce Allen acknowledged as much during NFL League Meetings when he explained that his team identified exactly how much they would offer free agents, their own and otherwise, and wouldn't go beyond that dollar figure. 

That means the focus of the offseason, at this point, is about this weekend's NFL Draft.

That also means the focus of the offseason, at this point, is not about Johnathan Hankins or any other free agent. 

"We’re going to deal with the draft now, and the second wave of free agents, if it’s somebody out there we feel like can help the Redskins,that’s what we’re going to do," Williams said. 

Throughout the offseason, Redskins fans wanted more action from their front office. It didn't happen, and Williams' basically explained why on Tuesday. The brass likes their team, and by default, expects better health and luck in 2018. 

When Williams talks about drafting the best player available, it's not just the typical NFL front office tripe. Right or wrong, the Redskins believe they have a team ready to compete in 2018, and any rookies that come in will only supplement that position.

"At the end of the day, I like this football team we’ve got. Like, last year when I walked out of camp, I thought we had a pretty good football team and I still feel the same way today," Williams said.

"At the end of the day, you get the best football player, and if that best football player is the guy that you want to plug and play, that’s all right. But if that’s the best football player that’s going to help your team overall, I think that’s the route you have to go."

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Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

The Redskins aren’t in the quarterback business, so it’s highly unlikely that they will look to trade up in the first round of the draft on Thursday. But their phones will be open for business to move down. 

Speaking at the team’s pre-draft press conference, Doug Williams didn’t rule out trading up from the team’s first-round spot at 13thoverall but he doesn’t think it’s likely. 

“The chances of trading up might be a little slimmer than trading down,” he said. 

Williams said that the phones in the room will be ringing and that they will listen to any offers. But usually the team that wants to move up initiates the call and because the Redskins are set at one particular position they probably won’t pick up the phone. 

“If we were in the quarterback business, which is what this league is about, if we were in the heavy quarterback business we’d talk about moving up,” he said. “At this time, we can sit back and see what comes up if we stay at 13.”

The Redskins are set at quarterback after they traded their third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller for veteran Alex Smith to replace the departed Kirk Cousins. Williams thinks that the Redskins already got good value from the pick. 

“When I think about Alex Smith, I say we got the best third-round pick in the draft,” he said. “I don't care what nobody says. You can't get a better third-round pick.”

Because they think they got a good player, albeit an older one, with that pick, the Redskins are not necessarily looking to make a deal to move back and recoup that pick on draft day. 

Williams emphasized that in order to move back, you have to have a team that wants to trade up. Often that is easier said than done. 

“They don’t just call you to ask you, they have to get a player that they want,” said Williams. “At that particular time, they’re afraid that somebody else might pick him. They might call you to ask you if you want to move back . . . If we move back, that’s because somebody called us to see if we want to move back.”

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