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Scot McCloughan's personnel record has hits and misses with Redskins

Scot McCloughan's personnel record has hits and misses with Redskins

Scot McCloughan only served as the Redskins GM for 18 months, but in that time, the roster changed significantly. Some moves were great, others, not so much. 


  • Jamison Crowder - Arguably the best move of the McCloughan era, Crowder was a 4th round draft pick in 2015. In two seasons with the Redskins, the slot star has totaled more than 1,400 receiving yards and given Washington their best punt returner since Brian Mitchell was returning kicks. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon gone, the 2017 Redskins offense may run through the former Duke star.
  • Vernon Davis - An aging former star that many in the NFL thought was past his prime, Davis came in and played well for Washington in 2016. Davis had 44 catches for nearly 600 yards to go with two touchdowns in 2016. More importantly for Washington, Davis proved a strong run blocker and a highly capable complement to Jordan Reed when they were on the field together, or a high-level backup when Reed missed games.
  • Brandon Scherff - McCloughan's first draft pick with the Redskins, Scherff has developed into a Pro Bowl guard in just his second NFL season. The tough part for Scherff, even as a great player, the ceiling for a guard is somewhat limited, and some fans will always wonder if Leonard Williams might have been the better fit in Washington at the 5th pick in the 2015 Draft.

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  • Robert Kelley - An undrafted free agent out of Tulane, Kelley proved highly capable of taking the RB1 role for the Redskins in the second half of the 2016 season. 
  • Mason Foster - Not all of McCloughan's best work came in the draft. Signing Foster gave some stability to the middle linebacker position, and Foster led the team in tackles in 2016.
  • Will Blackmon - Similar to Foster, Blackmon came in and immediately helped the Redskins. With a professional attitude and strong locker room presence, Blackmon made plays at cornerback in 2015. Switched to safety in 2016, Blackmon's play was a work in progress, but he will help younger players in 2017 and beyond. 
  • Josh Norman - The biggest free agent signing of the McCloughan era, Norman played well in his first season with the 'Skins. Plagued by penalties and an inability to hang on to interceptions, Norman could make a bigger impact in 2017.
  • Su'a Cravens - No doubt a playmaker as a rookie, Cravens arguably saved the Redskins season with a win-sealing interception against the Giants in Week 3 of the 2016 season. If his move to safety in 2017 pans out, it will be a huge swing for the Redskins. 
  • Preston Smith - Showed great promise as a rookie, but his stats slid backwards in his second season. Talented and with strong physical gifts, fans hope for a return to his rookie ways in his third year.
  • Ricky Jean François - A veteran with heart and ability, François will likely see the field more with the dismissal of former defensive coordinator Joe Barry.



  • Matt Jones - Going into just his third season with the 'Skins, Jones still has time to reverse course. But in two seasons with the Redskins, Jones has lost the starting RB job to Kelley and proceeded to be inactive for the bulk of the second half of the 2016 season. Plagued by fumble problems, Jones has all the physical tools to suceed, just needs to prove it.
  • David Bruton - A career special teamer for seven years in Denver, the Redskins decided Bruton could be their starting safety in 2016. He couldn't. This was a big miss, and Bruton did not finish the season with the team after a concussion sent him to the IR in October.
  • Stepehen Paea - Signed by the Redskins in 2015, Paea never showed the 6 sack, disruptive performance he delivered in Chicago in 2014. The 'Skins cut Paea in training camp in 2016.
  • Kendall Reyes - Another defensive line signing, Reyes was terrible in his brief tenure with Washington. He played just two games with the 'Skins in 2016 before he was released.
  • Josh Doctson - Far too early to judge his career, but his rookie season was a miss. An Achilles injury limited Doctson to just two games in 2016. Washington will need much more from their 2016 first-round pick this season after the loss of Jackson and Garçon. 

Plenty more personnel moves can fit into the great, good or miss category. This is just a snapshot of McCloughan's work as general manager. Let us know what you think in the comments.


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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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—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.