NFL Capsule: Redskins at Giants

NFL Capsule: Redskins at Giants


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OPENING LINE - Giants by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Washington 3-3; New York 3-1-2

SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 92-64-4

AP Pro32 RANKING - Giants No. 2, Redskins No. 13

LAST MEETING - Redskins beat Giants 23-10, Dec. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Redskins beat Vikings 38-26; Giants beats 49ers 26-3





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 161st meeting between NFC East rivals. While Redskins won both games last season, Giants haven taken nine of past 12. ... Robert Griffin III rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns last week, becoming first rookie quarterback in Super Bowl era to rush for 100-plus yards and at least two TDs in game. He leads NFL with 70.2 completion percentage and ranks third with 100.5 rating. His six TDs rushing are second in league. ...Running back Alfred Morris leads NFL rookies with 538 yards rushing. ...Washington is only team with two players with more than five TDs rushing. ...TE Fred Davis had five catches for 105 yards in his last game against Giants. ...WR Pierre Garcon averaging 19.1 yards per catch. ...LB Ryan Kerrigan looking for third straight game with either a sack or interception against Giants. ...Cornerback De Angelo Hall has five interceptions in 10 career games against Giants, including one last game. ... Eli Manning has won 10 of past 14 starts against Redskins and 25-5 (.833) in October. ... Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has 57 carries for 316 yards and two touchdowns in past two games. ... Giants 10-0 when he has 100. ... Receiver Victor Cruz has five touchdown receptions in past three games, and his six overall tied for second in TDs receiving. In past eight at MetLife Stadium, he has 53 catches for 855 yards ( 106.9 yard average) and seven TDs. ...In last four games against Washington, DE Jason Pierre-Paul has five sacks, 25 tackles, two fumble recoveries and forced fumble. He had two of New York's six sacks last week. ...Safety Antrel Rolle NFC defensive player of week for intercepting two passes against Niners. ...Cornerback Corey Webster has intercepted a pass against Washington in three of past four games. ...Defensive end Osi Umenyiora has five sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including a touchdown return, in past four meetings with Washington.


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The Redskins are halfway through the preseason and the first two games may have done more to muddy the waters when it comes to who will make the 53-man roster than they did to clarify things. 

Here is my second training camp prediction of who will make the final cut for the Redskins. See where players are safe and where the hot spots are for competition. 

Among the big battles taking shape:

—An injury and one player’s impressive preseason have juggled the wide receiver depth chart. 

—With Orlando Scandrick cut, the cornerback position looks set but the rookies had better not do anything to shake the coaches’ confidence in them. 

—There are seven safeties who may be worthy of roster spots, but only four are likely to make it. 

—Despite the Hogan-led rally last night, it still looks like the roster will have only two QBs. 

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Key Caps questions: How will Samsonov look in his first season in North America?

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Key Caps questions: How will Samsonov look in his first season in North America?

The dog days of summer are officially here, but it's never too hot to talk some hockey.

Capitals correspondent JJ Regan is here to help you through the offseason doldrums as he discusses key questions facing the Caps for the upcoming season as Washington prepares to defend its title for the first time in franchise history.

Today's question: How will Ilya Samsonov play in his first season in North America?

What else is there to say about Samsonov's time in the KHL? In the limited action he saw playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, he looked every bit the starting goalie the Caps hoped he would one day be when they drafted him in the first round of the 2015 draft. Now, finally, he is ready to start his North America career.

What makes the transition from Europe to North America difficult?

First, Samsonov is adjusting to a new country and a new language. Second, the workload in North America is much larger, even in practice.

"He probably saw more shots today than he saw in a month of practice in Russia and this was nothing," director of player development Steve Richmond said during development camp. "For me, that's the biggest thing for him is to learn how to practice in North America."

And then there's the rink size. The game is faster for goalies in North America because of the smaller rink. Scoring chances develop much more quickly and Samsonov will also be dealing with different angles. It also means dealing with a lot more traffic in front of the net. He is going to have to learn more how to track the puck through a screen and to react much more quickly.

I tried to watch Samsonov closely in development camp. His size definitely stood out. He takes up a lot of the net, but is still very athletic and very quick in and out of the butterfly. As big as he is, however, he seems to play very low to compensate for his size which leaves him vulnerable up high at times. He would make a handful of very good saves, then let in a soft one glove side or in the corners because he was playing too low.

Those areas of his game can be improved on with practice so long as you have the skill and Samsonov certainly has that.

Samsonov has been elite at every level he has played and there is no reason to think that won't continue in the AHL. Having said that, there is just too much he needs to adjust to expect him to be ready for the NHL at this point. He needs as much playing time as possible at the AHL level before he is ready. As long as that's where he spends the season, I expect him to put up similar numbers to the 2.31 GAA, .926 save percentage he managed last season in the KHL.

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