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Does safety Jalen Thompson make sense for the Redskins in the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Does safety Jalen Thompson make sense for the Redskins in the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Last year, the Redskins jumped into the NFL Supplemental Draft when they used a sixth-round selection on Adonis Alexander, a big cornerback from Virginia Tech.

Now, for the second year in a row, it could make sense for Washington to pull from the supplemental ranks. As a quick refresher, players usually enter into the Supplemental Draft after academic or legal troubles in college won't allow them to play in the upcoming fall season. 

This year Washington State safety Jalen Thompson might be a fit for the Redskins. 

The team guaranteed $45 million to Landon Collins this offseason, making him one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL. Right now, Washington doesn't have a tremendous amount of options to pair with him. Third-year pro Montae Nicholson is the leader on the depth chart, and while he's flashed potential, it must be hard for Greg Manusky to count on Nicholson. He's dealt with injuries, concussions and a legal issue last season.

Beyond Nicholson, the Redskins have Troy Apke and Deshazor Everett. Apke was a fourth-round pick in 2018 that showed next to nothing in an injury-plagued rookie season. Everett has been with the Burgundy and Gold for four seasons and is a productive special teams player that rarely gets defensive snaps. 

Looking at the options to play next to Collins, the sudden availability of Thompson becomes quite intriguing. 

In three seasons with the Cougars, Thompson hasn't missed a game while logging 190 tackles, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries. CBS Sports projected Thompson, who's available now after the NCAA made a surprise ruling about his 2019 eligibility, to land as a second or third-round supplemental pick, and included this scouting report for the 6-foot, 190 lb. safety:

Good height, smaller-ish frame for the safety position. Athleticism is impressive. Very fluid, non-jagged mover in any direction. Hybrid safety/slot cornerback with experience and effective play in man to man. Quickness is more impressive than his overall speed. Lack of size and strength shows up on occasion against bigger blockers in the run game, but he's a noticeably aggressive, active run defender with solid range. Plus body control, awareness, and ball skills to make game-changing plays in coverage. 

The Redskins could have interest. The team will get footage of Thompson's workout from Los Angeles, but they will be competing with plenty of other teams. From DraftAnalyst.com:

Former Washington State safety Jalen Thompson worked out in front of more than two dozen teams this afternoon in Los Angeles and the reviews have been positive. Twenty-six teams were on hand for Thompson’s workout including the director of scouting for the Houston Texans.

There is one big problem for the Redskins to target Thompson: The team already traded away their 2020 second-round pick to acquire Montez Sweat in the back half of the first round this year. Also, with the signing of Collins, don't expect Washington to land much of a haul in the NFL's compensatory pick formula next offseason. Sure, the Redskins could get some picks for the losses of Jamison Crowder and Preston Smith, but expect the compensation to be minimal when balanced against the acquisition of Collins. 

That means the Redskins aren't flush with draft picks for 2020, like they were in 2019 when they made the move for Alexander. Plus, it seems like Thompson's price tag will be higher than the sixth-rounder Washington paid for Alexander. 

Don't rule out the Redskins moving for Thompson. The team has been more aggressive this offseason than they have in some time, and he's a player that would fit a need. But it's also important fans recognize that the situation surrounding this year's supplemental draft is quite different than the same time last season. 

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Redskins Charitable Foundation donates over 2,500 food baskets at annual Harvest Feast

Redskins Charitable Foundation donates over 2,500 food baskets at annual Harvest Feast

The combination of frigid temperatures and the Redskins' scheduled off-day did not stop a few members of the Burgundy and Gold from giving back to the local Prince George's County community on Tuesday.

Linebacker Jon Bostic and offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom highlighted a handful of Washington players who participated in the Redskins Charitable Foundation's 17th annual Harvest Feast, an event designed to give back to the local community around Thanksgiving time.

Bostic and Bergstrom helped lead an effort with over 200 volunteers to put together 2,500 Thanksgiving food baskets that will be distributed to Prince George's County families in need on the holiday. Baskets include full turkeys and several side dishes for these families to get the full Thanksgiving experience.

As to why he chose to spend his little free time helping in the community, Bergstrom's answer was easy.

"This time of year, it’s all about giving thanks and being grateful," Bergstrom said. "We’re so grateful for a community that’s supported us through everything. So coming here and being able to be a part of their Thanksgiving, it’s awesome. Anything you can do to help."

In just a few hours, over 90,000 pounds of food and 30,000 pounds of turkey were packaged and ready to be sent out to those families.

Seeing young children volunteer at the event really stuck with Bostic, and that was one of the main reasons he wanted to give back.

"You see kids out here, I’ve been in places just like them," Bostic said. "Now, where I’m at, anytime I can help somebody else get to where I’m at, or give them some type of encouragement, I’m always up for that."

Both Bergstrom and Bostic have fond memories from Thanksgiving growing up and want families in their local community to experience something similar to what made their Thanksgivings so special.

“Every Thanksgiving, we’d go to my grandmother’s house and our whole family would be there," Bostic said. "You had people coming from all over, so I know how much I cherish family. So to be able to help them, get the family together, sit down and watch football, have a good time and enjoy each other, what more could you ask for?”

“Oh, man, it’s awesome. Football and Thanksgiving go together," Bergstrom said. "I grew up in Utah, but I was a Lions fan because of Thanksgiving. I probably couldn’t tell you a single guy on their team before that. Just being able to be a part of [these families] Thanksgiving is awesome. We’re making some Redskins fans for life.”

Several of the volunteers posed for pictures with the players and continuously thanked both Bostic and Bergstrom for coming out and giving back.

"Anytime you can put a smile on somebody’s face and better their day, that’s what we do it for," Bostic said.

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Adrian Peterson is not worried about splitting time with Derrius Guice, and there's one main reason why

Adrian Peterson is not worried about splitting time with Derrius Guice, and there's one main reason why

Entering the 2019 season, how the Redskins planned to split their rushing attack between veteran Adrian Peterson and second-year back Derrius Guice was sort of a mystery. Peterson was coming off a 1,000-yard season and proved he still has plenty in the tank, while Guice was in the final stages of his recovery from a torn ACL he suffered in August of 2018. 

But just hours prior to the Redskins Week 1 contest in Philadelphia, then-head coach Jay Gruden decided to make Peterson a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. The move did not sit well with Peterson and many of his veteran teammates. Guice injured his right meniscus in the loss and landed on Injured Reserve, forcing Gruden to activate Peterson the following week.

Peterson has been the Redskins lead running back since Guice's injury, but his production has greatly increased since interim head coach Bill Callahan took over in Week 6.

It's been nine weeks since Guice's injury, and he's healthy again and ready to play. For the first time in the 2019 season, both Peterson and Guice will be active when the Redskins host the Jets on Sunday.

So, will Peterson and Guice be the lead back going forward? While Peterson knows his role will slightly change, he's not worried about it. Why is that?

Well, there's one main reason: Jay Gruden is no longer the team's head coach.

"Yeah, coach Gruden was here," Peterson said. "He's no longer here, so it's a different scenario."

Peterson smiled a little while giving his response, but his message was clear. The 34-year-old was not pleased with his usage under Gruden in 2019.

While there seems to be a strained relationship between Peterson and his old head coach, there's no bad blood between Peterson and Guice. The veteran had to hold back tears after finding out about Guice's injury earlier in the season, and is looking forward to seeing what the duo can do in the coming weeks.

"It's going to be exciting. We were kind of just talking about it today as we were walking off the field," Peterson said on the duo. "Just having a guy, when you come out, you can kind of relax, because the guy that's in there is going to get the job done. It's going to be interesting to see how things go."

How Callahan determines the split between the two has yet to be determined, but both Peterson and Guice will have to be on their 'A' game on Sunday; only the Buccaneers allow less rushing yards per game than the Jets. 

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