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Redskins' Reuben Foster carted off field with ACL injury in first OTA practice

Redskins' Reuben Foster carted off field with ACL injury in first OTA practice

Updated: 6:33 p.m.

Organized team activities are off to a rough start down in Washington. 

Just minutes into its first spring practices, the NFC East rival has already lost a big piece of its defense. Linebacker Reuben Foster went down and needed his left leg stabilized as he was carted off the field. 

Several reporters in Washington said Foster was crying in pain as he was carted away. Brutal scene. According to multiple reports, Foster suffered a torn ACL. 

Foster, who was claimed by Washington in November, figured to be an important piece of its defense. He was claimed by Washington after a domestic violence arrest, but the charges were dropped and Foster has not been suspended. That was not Foster’s first run-in with the law and he came to Washington on thin ice in that department. 

Here’s what Finlay wrote about Foster just a few days ago:

An elite talent in college at the University of Alabama, Foster was a first-round pick in 2017. He had a well documented two year run in San Francisco, marred by two domestic violence arrests and his release from the Niners last fall. Beyond the domestic violence allegations, which were both dropped in court, Foster also had a gun charge and a marijuana charge in the time since he was drafted. 

All that said, if Foster can keep his act together, he could present a significant influx of talent to the Redskins linebacker group. It's a huge if though, because even in his rookie season in San Francisco, Foster did not consistently show the same talent as he did at 'Bama.

This will be a big loss for Washington.

In other news from OTAs down there, Case Keenum got the first first-team snaps, but Dwayne Haskins has apparently been impressive. 

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Why just 1 open practice is a bad idea

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Why just 1 open practice is a bad idea

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro discuss the Eagles’ having just one open training camp practice for fans. 

A stroll around the NFC East. 

Also, the guys say goodbye to and old friend and Dave gets ready for an adventure. 

0:30 - The guys are back where their photo shoot took place. 
4:00 - Eagles messed up by limiting training camp access. 
10:00 - Missing Lehigh University.  
19:30 - How was the Cowboys’ spring? 
26:30 - The Giants’ new quarterback got booed at Yankee Stadium. 
31:30 - What’s the ceiling in Washington this year? 
37:30 - Eagles better or worse: QB, RB, WR. 
46:00 - Farewell, Steve. And good luck, Dave.  

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Eagles’ Carson Wentz ranked outside of top 10 NFL QBs by analyst

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Eagles’ Carson Wentz ranked outside of top 10 NFL QBs by analyst

Last year, when NBC Sports’ Chris Simms created his list of the top 40 quarterbacks in the NFL, he had Carson Wentz at No. 3. 

This year, he has Wentz at 11. 

Simms said he actually made Wentz third about two weeks before Wentz tore his ACL in the 2017 season. Since then, Wentz had to rehab the ACL/LCL and then suffered a stress fracture in his back in 2018. 

“Here’s the thing with Carson Wentz and why he’s No. 11,” Simms said. “It’s really availability, is the No. 1 reason he’s No. 11. The talent is top-5 talent.” 

Simms, a former NFL QB, went on to say Wentz is a “more physically gifted version of Andrew Luck.” 

By his incredibly high standard set in 2017, Wentz had a down season last year as he recovered and battled a new injury. But he still completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for over 3,000 yards in 11 games and had a TD-to-INT ratio of 3-1. Good, but not at his MVP-like level. 

So, is Simms right to rank Wentz as the 11th best quarterback in football? To answer that question, let’s first take a look at the guys outside the top 10. 

11. Carson Wentz 
12. Philip Rivers 
13. Dak Prescott 
14. Matt Stafford 
15. Kirk Cousins 
16. Nick Foles 
17. Baker Mayfield 
18. Derek Carr
19. Jared Goff
20. Mitchell Trubisky 

21. Jimmy Garoppolo 
22. Sam Darnold 
23. Josh Allen 
24. Kyler Murray 
25. Joe Flacco 
26. Andy Dalton 
27. Jameis Winston 
28. Case Keenum 
29. Marcus Mariota
30. Lamar Jackson 

31. Jacoby Brissett
32. Josh Rosen
33. Ryan Tannehill
34. Eli Manning 
35. Ryan Fitzpatrick 
36. Robert Griffen III
37. Drew Lock 
38. Dwayne Haskins
39. Colt McCoy 
40. Tyrod Taylor 

A little surprising to see Rivers come in at No. 12; he’s probably a top 10 guy too. And there are some other surprises along the way as well. I don’t really understand how Goff can be lower than Derek Carr. 

And Goff and Prescott are both ranked lower than Wentz, but will both cash in thanks to Wentz’s new contract. 

You’ll also notice that Wentz is the highest-ranked QB in the NFC East. Prescott is at 13, Eli is at 34, while Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy take 38 and 39, somehow behind RGIII, who hasn’t started an NFL game since 2016. Unless Simms shocks the world and puts Daniel Jones at No. 1 (that would be incredible), the Giants’ first-round pick isn’t even in the top 40. 

But based on that list, we can figure out who will be in Simms’ top 10. We don’t know the exact order, but here are the 10 guys he has yet to name: Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson.  

You’re not going to get any argument from me on the first five names I listed. Mahomes, Rodgers, Brady, Wilson and Brees deserve to be there. We could certainly argue about Big Ben or Ryan or Watson, but if Simms’ whole argument is about health, it becomes harder. 

Even Simms admitted Wentz has top-five talent and he absolutely does. I would have probably had Wentz sneak into my top 10, but if he stays healthy in 2019, there’s no question he’ll be back in the top 10 this time next year. 

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