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RG3 keeps it short at Monday's practice


RG3 keeps it short at Monday's practice

Here is the promised RG3 report from Mondays practice:To get the question that has been buzzing around Twitter and elsewhere answered, no, RG3 did not throw any long passes. Well, he did find Leonard Hankerson in the end zone with a Hail Mary pass from about 35 yards. But we still havent seen him heave the ball downfield and have his receiver run under it. I suspect that well see that on Sept. 9 in New Orleans, if not sooner.Griffin did do a lot of what he has been doing best in practice, firing darts to receivers and tight ends running quick slant patterns. Its not the most thrilling play to watch but it could set up a lot of second and five situations through the season.One thing that RG3 has done a lot and continues to do is run. It's difficult to tell how effective his running is since the defense can't even give him a hard shove. He were going to get a peek at him running on Thursday but he called an audible away from a keeper when he saw the defense stacked to stop it.For the day, Griffin was 8-14 with the one TD on the Hankerson Hail Mary and no interceptions.Completions: Moss, Cooley, Garon 4, Hankerson
Incompletions: Moss 3, Royster, Davis, Hankerson

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Fantasy Football Week 15 rankings--Looking at the semifinals

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Fantasy Football Week 15 rankings--Looking at the semifinals

Here's some truth: Fewer people than normal will read this other fantasy football articles posted this week. The reason is obvious: We've reached the playoffs all over the land. Many/most leagues are down to the semifinals. The lack of eyeballs doesn't change the approach with the rankings. Just the opposite. 

Lineup choices are never more important than when so much is at stake. That would be right now. We're still early in the week and there is plenty uncertain in some spots. Keep an eye on some struggling NFL teams possibly changing lineups or depth charts to reflect their status, i.e. getting a look at younger players.


Quarterback injuries with the Eagles and Jets alter forecasts for those offenses while the Packers received a massive boost with the return of Aaron Rodgers. Running backs Leonard Fournette and Tevin Coleman are must-track injury report stories along with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Don't forget about offensive line issues. Redskins fans wondering if left tackle Trent Wiliams continues gutting it out on that hurt left knee know what I mean.

Here's the first look at Week 15. If you have any specific questions, hit me up on Twitter (@benstandig). Cool? Cool -- and good luck out there.


1.  Russell Wilson, SEA
2.  Tom Brady, NE
3.  Cam Newton, CAR
4.  Drew Brees, NO
5.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
6.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
7.  Dak Prescott, DAL
8.  Matthew Stafford, DET
9.  Philip Rivers, LAC
10.  Case Keenum, MIN
11.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
12.  Matt Ryan, ATL
13.  Blake Bortles, JAC
14.  Alex Smith, KC
15.  Jameis Winston, TB
16.  Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
17.  Jared Goff, LAR
18.  Nick Foles, PHI
19.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
20.  Derek Carr, OAK
21.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
22.  Blaine Gabbert, ARI
23.  Joe Flacco, BAL
24.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
25.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
26.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
27.  Jay Cutler, MIA
28.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
29.  Andy Dalton, CIN
30.  Eli Manning, NYG
31.  Bryce Petty, NYJ
32.  T.J. Yates, HOU

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
2.  Todd Gurley, LAR
3.  Alvin Kamara, NO
4.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
5.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
6.  Mark Ingram, NO
7.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
8.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
9.  Kareem Hunt, KC
10.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
11.  Jordan Howard, CHI
12.  Alex Collins, BAL
13.  Carlos Hyde, SF
14.  Jamaal Williams, GB
15.  Samaje Perine, WAS
16.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
17.  Latavius Murray, MIN
18.  Rex Burkhead, NE
19.  Mike Davis, SEA
20.  Lamar Miller, HOU
21.  Dion Lewis, NE
22.  Frank Gore, IND
23.  Alfred Morris, DAL
24.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
25.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
26.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
27.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
28.  Theo Riddick, DET
29.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
30.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
31.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
32.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
33.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
34.  Derrick Henry, TEN
35.  Rod Smith, DAL
36.  Peyton Barber, TB
37.  Duke Johnson, CLE
38.  Matt Forte, NYJ
39.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
40.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
41.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
42.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
43.  Doug Martin, TB
44.  Devontae Booker, DEN
45.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
46.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
47.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
48.  Marlon Mack, IND
49.  Matt Breida, SF
50.  Javorius Allen, BAL
51.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
52.  Tion Green, DET
53.  Corey Clement, PHI
54.  J.D. McKissic, SEA
55.  James White, NE
56.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
57.  D.J. Foster, ARI
58.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
59.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
60.  Aaron Jones, GB

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
3.  Keenan Allen, LAC
4.  Michael Thomas, NO
5.  Adam Thielen, MIN
6.  Devin Funchess, CAR
7.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
8.  A.J. Green, CIN
9.  Tyreek Hill, KC
10.  Brandin Cooks, NE
11.  Dez Bryant, DAL
12.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
13.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
14.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
15.  Davante Adams, GB
16.  Marvin Jones, DET
17.  Jordy Nelson, GB
18.  Mike Evans, TB
19.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
20.  Josh Gordon, CLE
21.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
22.  Golden Tate, DET
23.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
24.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
25.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
26.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
27.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
28.  Marqise Lee, JAC
29.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
30.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
31.  Robert Woods, LAR
32.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
33.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
34.  Paul Richardson, SEA
35.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
36.  Mike Wallace, BAL
37.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
38.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
39.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
40.  Ted Ginn, NO
41.  Chris Hogan, NE
42.  Josh Doctson, WAS
43.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
44.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
45.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
46.  Kenny Stills, MIA
47.  Randall Cobb, GB
48.  DeSean Jackson, TB
49.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
50.  Corey Coleman, CLE
51.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
52.  Devante Parker, MIA
53.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
54.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
55.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
56.  Kendall Wright, CHI
57.  Zay Jones, BUF
58.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
59.  Ryan Grant, WAS
60.  Danny Amendola, NE
61.  Terrance Williams, DAL
62.  Kenny Golladay, DET
63.  Torrey Smith, PHI
64.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
65.  Roger Lewis, NYG
66.  Chester Rogers, IND
67.  Albert Wilson, KC
68.  Will Fuller, HOU
69.  Trent Taylor, SF
70.  Cole Beasley, DAL

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
3.  Delanie Walker, TEN
4.  Zach Ertz, PHI
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
6.  Evan Engram, NYG
7.  Hunter Henry, LAC
8.  Jack Doyle, IND
9.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
10.  Jared Cook, OAK
11.  Jason Witten, DAL
12.  Eric Ebron, DET
13.  Greg Olsen, CAR
14.  Vernon Davis, WAS
15.  Charles Clay, BUF
16.  Austin Hooper, ATL
17.  Stephen Anderson, HOU
18.  Cameron Brate, TB
19.  O.J. Howard, TB
20.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
21.  David Njoku, CLE
22.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
23.  Jesse James, PIT
24.  Julius Thomas, MIA
25.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ


1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
2.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
3.  New Orleans Saints, NO
4.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
5.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
6.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
7.  Denver Broncos, DEN
8.  Detroit Lions, DET
9.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL
10.  Indianapolis Colts, IND
11.  Washington Redskins, WAS
12.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
13.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
15.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
16.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
17.  San Francisco 49ers, SF
18.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
19.  Chicago Bears, CHI
20.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
21.  New England Patriots, NE
22.  Miami Dolphins, MIA


1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
2.  Wil Lutz, NO
3.  Matt Bryant, ATL
4.  Matt Prater, DET
5.  Kai Forbath, MIN
6.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
7.  Justin Tucker, BAL
8.  Harrison Butker, KC
9.  Josh Lambo, JAC
10.  Graham Gano, CAR
11.  Jake Elliott, PHI
12.  Dan Bailey, DAL
13.  Robbie Gould, SF
14.  Travis Coons, LAC
15.  Chris Boswell, PIT
16.  Brandon McManus, DEN
17.  Ryan Succop, TEN
18.  Mason Crosby, GB
19.  Patrick Murray, TB
20.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK

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Here are the reasons why the Redskins won't be moving on from Jordan Reed this offseason

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Here are the reasons why the Redskins won't be moving on from Jordan Reed this offseason

The Redskins put tight end Jordan Reed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending a disappointing and unproductive season for one of the most talented players on the team.

A hamstring strain that was slow to heal and got worse when Reed suffered a setback while trying to get back on the field was the reason for the move. This year will mark the second time in Reed’s five NFL seasons that he has ended the year on IR. He was put on the shelf with a concussion at the end of his rookie 2013 season.


The IR stints are only the tip of the injury iceberg for Reed. He missed all of training camp this year due to a toe injury. Reed has missed time with concussions, other hamstring issues, a shoulder AC joint separation, and knee problems, among some others. His injury history and his 2018 salary cap number of $10.3 million has many wondering if the Redskins will choose to move on from him during the offseason.

It’s unlikely that they will do so this year. The best option for doing so would be to trade him. But they would have a very tough time making a deal. Other teams know of Reed’s injury history as well. He has played in as many as 14 games in a season just once, in 2015. By the end of this season, he will have played in 52 of a possible 90 games. It will be hard to get a team to give up anything of value to take on his contracted salaries. He is scheduled to make $8.25 million this year and he has salaries ranging from $7.6 million to $8.75 million over the following three seasons.

The Redskins also would take a dead cap hit of $5.4 million if they trade Reed. That is the same hit that they would take if they released him, which is an option. Since they wouldn’t have to pay his salary, however, they would save a net of $4.9 million against the cap in either case.


You can’t rule out the Redskins moving on if the cap gets tight. However, when Reed is healthy, he is one of the best in the game. They signed him to his current deal, a five-year, $46.75 million extension that kicked in this year, after his 2015 season, which was the best and, not coincidentally, healthiest of his career. Letting Reed go now would be a classic case of buying high and selling low.

It seems likely that the Redskins’ plan will be to work with Reed to get him back to good health for the 2018 season. They will take what they can get from him and then reevaluate in 2019 to decide if they want to continue the relationship. At that point, the dead cap hit would be down to $3.6 million and the net cap savings would be $6.1 million.

Reed will be just 28 next season and when he can play, he is a special talent. The Redskins would be well advised to be patient and risk moving on from him a year too late rather than doing something this year and take the chance that they will look back someday and see that they gave up too early.

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.