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Stock up-stock down vs. Bills


Stock up-stock down vs. Bills

There are a couple of dozen players who are on the bubble when it comes to making the Redskins 53-man roster. Heres a look at some of those who helped themselves against the Bills and a few who hurt their cases for making the final cut.Stock upAdam GettisPlaying with the first team at right guard, he helped keep RG3 from being touched and he made some nice blocks running interference for Evan Royster on a few of his runs.Bryan KehlThere was an opening created for a reserve middle linebacker when Jonathan Goff was lost for the season with a torn ACL and Kehl is trying to take advantage of it. He had six tackles, two for a loss, with a sack and a quarterback hit.Chris WilsonIf hes going to make it at outside linebacker, hell have to steal a spot from someone who was on the team last year. His five tackles, including one for a loss, gave him a good start.Aldrick RobinsonYes, his two catches for 28 yards came in the fourth quarter against players who may never see and regular season NFL game. He still has a lot of work to do but he needed something good to happen after being inconsistent in practice.Stock downBrandon BanksThe bad news is that he looked too small to compete at NFL wide receiver in extensive playing time with nine passes being thrown his way. The good news is that he has not looked too small in practice and that will buy him some more opportunities. But at some point he has to get it done in a game.Kevin BarnesNo negative plays but not much on the plus side either except for one pass defense. The Redskins are looking for him to step up and earn a fourth season with the team and he hasnt done that yet.

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Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker


Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker

Here are three things you need to know about Nick Rose, who was signed on Tuesday to replace Dustin Hopkins.

1) His next NFL kick will be his first one

Rose has spent offseason time with the Falcons and 49ers since entering the league in 2016 after his collegiate career at Texas. However, he has never attempted a regular season field goal or PAT, so the first time he does so with the Redskins will be the first time ever for him as a pro.

The 23-year-old certainly has potential: He was one of the nation's top touchback producers in 2014 and 2015 for the Longhorns, so distance on kickoffs and field goals shouldn't be an issue (this video of him nailing one from 80, yes, 80, backs that up). What remains to be seen is whether he can split the uprights for Washington.

For what it's worth, Hopkins was totally inexperienced in the NFL when he first signed with the Burgundy and Gold, too.


2) He can make kicks in unconventional ways

While this doesn't come across as something Jay Gruden would ever want Rose to try in, say, this Monday's game in Philly, Rose can sink chip shots while simultaneously completing a backflip.

Ever seen Adam Vinatieri do that? Nope, didn't think so.

3) He beat out at least three other candidates for the job

With Hopkins likely done for the year with a hip issue, the Redskins worked out a handful of replacement options on Tuesday.

It was Rose, though, who emerged with a contract. He earned it over at least three other guys, including veterans Mike Nugent and Andrew Franks. Now he must bring that strong leg, as well as some accuracy, when called upon to ensure the 'Skins don't miss out on any points on a weekly basis.

Making kicks in the middle of backflips is fun, sure. But making them in front of national TV audiences instead of a YouTube audience is probably more fun. Let's see if Rose has what it takes to stick around.


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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources


Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely not play again this year, a source with knowledge of the situation tells our JP Finlay.

The team placed Hopkins on the injured reserve list, which means he's out at least eight weeks. To replace him, the Redskins signed Nick Rose, per NFL Network.

In his third season with Washington, Hopkins had made nearly 82 percent of his field goals this year. He made 12 of 13 extra points, but missed a very important extra point in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Hopkins had a very strong leg, capable of touchbacks on kickoffs nearly every time the situation called for it. 

Rose is yet to play in the NFL but spent time with the 49ers. He kicked collegiately at the University of Texas.

As a senior in Austin last year, Rose made 13 of 17 field goals and 38 of 39 extra points.