On Friday, the Washington Redskins signaled that they were not happy with their situation at safety and signed a potential backup in Justin Hamilton.
Today, they made it loud and clear that they wanted to upgrade the position substantially when they signed a potential starter at safety in Stu Schweigert.
In four seasons with the Raiders since the drafted him out of Purdue with the fourth pick of the third round, Schweigert, who will turn 27 later this month, started 42 games. Thirty seven of those starts came consecutively before an injury forced him out of the lineup for a game late last season. The Oakland coaching staff reportedly was unhappy with his tackling and when he was healthy, he was relegated to the bench.
When Oakland signed free agent safety Gibril Wilson away from the Giants, the handwriting was on the wall and the Raiders released Schweigert on May 21.
The acquisition of Schweigert gives the Redskins the option of moving LaRon Landry back to strong safety. That's where he played his rookie season until Sean Taylor went out of the lineup with a knee injury. Taylor, of course, never returned and Landry stayed at free safety while Reed Doughty assumed the SS position.
Schweigert has four career interceptions, but this tribute video from his days at Purdue shows that he has considerable ball hawking skills:
A good stick, but I have to say that I've seen taunting call for much less than what he did after the hit.
In not-unrelated news, safety Vernon Fox underwent his second knee operation of the offseason recently. He had one procedure done in January and then after he tweaked it again in minicamp he had a second surgery performed.
With sixth-round pick Kareem Moore also hobbled with recent knee surgery, the Redskins were getting rather thin at safety going into the final round of OTA's.
Not any more.
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.
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
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
2018 REDSKINS SCHEDULE NOTES:
- 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.
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