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Redskins sign CB, send Ihenacho to season-ending IR


Redskins sign CB, send Ihenacho to season-ending IR

The Redskins have signed free agent cornerback Will Blackmon and placed safety Duke Ihenacho on season-ending injured reserve. 

The addition of Blackmon, 30, was necessary because Chris Culliver is set to serve a one-game suspension Sunday against the Rams and reserve cornerback Justin Rogers is questionable with plantar fasciitis, according to Coach Jay Gruden. If Rogers is unavailable, the Redskins’ cornerback depth chart will feature DeAngelo Hall, Bashaud Breeland, who is returning from suspension, David Amerson and Blackmon.

Blackmon, who worked out for the Redskins in Ashburn, Va., on Tuesday, was drafted in the fourth round by Green Bay in 2006 and has appeared in 66 games, including 14 starts, for the Packers, Giants and Jaguars. During his stint in New York (2010-11), Blackmon played under current Redskins secondary coach Perry Fewell, who was the Giants defensive coordinator. 

Last season, Blackmon made four starts in eight appearances for Jacksonville, registering 30 combined tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble but he missed the final eight games with a broken finger. In 2013, the Boston College product recorded a career-high 11 pass breakups for the Jaguars, who released him this past February.

Blackmon (6-foot, 204 pounds) has also been used as a returner in his career, though he has not returned a punt since 2013 and has not taken back a kickoff since 2011.

As for Ihenacho, the fractured wrist he suffered in the Redskins season opener against Miami represents another major setback for a 26-year-old who started for the Broncos in the Super Bowl in 2013. Last season, Ihenacho was claimed off waivers by the Redskins but wound up on IR after only three games due to a heel injury. 

Ihenacho will be replaced on defense by special teams ace Trenton Robinson, who played 49 snaps in Ihenacho’s place against the Dolphins. 

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The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and everybody will predict the team’s season-long record. 

It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing.

Myself included. 

But don’t read much, if anything, into the schedule right now. 

Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season. 

Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East. 

What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl. 

The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week. 

Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak. 

Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.

But remember, once the games start, anything can happen. 

(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)


Another Thanksgiving game for Redskins

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Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule is finally here.

We’ve known who the Redskins will play in the 2018 season and where the games will be played since the regular season ended.

Now we know the when.

Here is the Redskins 2018 schedule; games are at 1:00 Eastern unless otherwise indicated.

The first thing that jumps out is the Thanksgiving game. This will be the third straight year that the Redskins have played on Thanksgiving. Two years ago they lost at Dallas and last year the got a win over the Giants at home. 

Three Thanksgiving games in a row for a team that is not the Lions or Cowboys, the two teams that traditionally host on Turkey Day, is not without precedent although it is unusual. Besides Dallas and Detroit, only two teams have played in three straight Thanksgiving games since the 1970 merger.

The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between the played at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Washington Redskins 2018 Regular-Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9. 4:05 PM at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 Sunday, 9/16 vs Indianapolis Colts
Week 3 Sunday, 9/23 vs Green Bay Packers
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 Monday, 10/8. 8:15 at New Orleans Saints 
Week 6 Sunday, 10/14. vs Carolina Panthers
Week 7 Sunday, 10/21. 4:25 vs Cowboys
Week 8 Sunday, 10/28.  At New York Giants
Week 9 Sunday, 11/4. vs Atlanta Falcons 
Week 10 Sunday, 11/11. At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Week 11 Sunday, 11/18. vs Houston Texans 
Week 12 Thursday, 11/22 (Thanksgiving).  4:30 at Dallas Cowboys 
Week 13 Monday, 12/3. 8:15 at Philadelphia Eagles 
Week 14 Sunday, 12/9. vs New York Giants 
Week 15 Sunday, 12/16. At Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16 Sunday, 12/23.  At Tennessee Titans (Time TBD)
Week 17 Sunday, 12/30. vs Philadelphia Eagles


  • If the Redskins are going to take advantage of home cooking, they will need to get off to a good start. They have five home games in the first half of the season. After Week 9 they have just three home games and they face a stretch of four road games in five weeks in late November and December. Three of the teams in that stretch, the Eagles, Jaguars, and Titans, made the playoffs and won at least one game. The Eagles, of course, won it all. The other road game in that stretch is against the Cowboys, who finished 9-7 last year. 
  • The Redskins will open on the road for the first time since 2014 when they opened in Houston. This year they will have to travel west to Arizona and try to win to remove the goose egg in Jay Gruden’s 0-4 opening-game record as coach of the Redskins.
  • They get an early bye, in Week 4. That will be their earliest bye week since 2007 when the bye also came in Week 4. 
  • On the plus side, their two games in Florida come at times when hot weather is unlikely to be a factor. Their game in Tampa comes in November and the contest at Jacksonville comes in mid-December.