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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.

 

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Derrius Guice suffers MCL sprain, according to report

Derrius Guice suffers MCL sprain, according to report

After undergoing an MRI Monday, Derrius Guice reportedly suffered an MCL sprain, NFL's Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday.

The MCL sprain is in the same knee Guice injured in 2018 with an ACL tear, but according to Rapoport, the ACL is still intact following Sunday's injury. Before learning the results of the MRI, Redskins head coach Bill Callahan told the media Monday that Guice will not play Sunday's Week 15 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles. It is unclear whether Guice will play the remaining two games of the season against the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Guice tweeted Tuesday about his positive outlook regarding the diagnosis.

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Three Redskins not named Dwayne Haskins who will care about these final three games

Three Redskins not named Dwayne Haskins who will care about these final three games

When you scan up and down the Redskins' roster, a roster that won't be involved in the postseason yet again, it's easy to spot the guy with the most riding on the team's final three games of 2019. His name is Dwayne Haskins.

But the young passer is far from the only player who'll care greatly about performing well in Weeks 15, 16 and 17.

Here are three members of the Burgundy and Gold aside from Haskins who could use a strong individual finish to the year.

Steven Sims

Trey Quinn was supposed to be Washington's answer in the slot once the franchise moved on from Jamison Crowder. Instead, Quinn averaged a weak 7.6 yards per grab before suffering a nasty concussion in Carolina, a concussion that sidelined him in Green Bay and very well could keep him out the rest of the way.

That means that Sims, who was already cutting into Quinn's role on offense before the injury, has a massive opportunity in two ways: He'll continue to get more looks in the passing game and also will have a shot to provide a spark as the Redskins' punt returner.

Relying on Quinn in 2019 was a big risk, and relying on Sims in 2020 could be as well. However, Sims has displayed far more explosiveness in a short amount of time than Quinn ever did, and if he can continue progressing — seven of his 18 catches this campaign have come in the past two contests — then he'll force the organization to strongly consider giving him a key role for the future. 

Ereck Flowers

When the Redskins signed Flowers last offseason, they were mocked. When they eventually said they would slide him inside and experiment with him at guard, they were questioned. 

Yet, in a year where most things have failed and failed hard, acquiring and trusting Flowers has been a definite success.

These next couple of weeks matter quite a bit for Flowers. They are three more chances for him to learn and improve as an interior lineman, and if he can get through them healthy, he'll soon become a free agent and one who could be quite interesting on the open market. 

While that's a strange sentence to both type and to read, it's also true. Whether it's with the Redskins or another squad, Flowers has done enough at his new position to set himself up for a decent payday. 

Fabian Moreau

Since the benching of Josh Norman, Moreau has lined up as an outside corner and fared much better than he did in the slot. He's picked off three passes in the past three games after notching just one interception over his first 40 appearances.

Now, there's hope again for the gifted third-year pro. That said, he still hasn't been perfect on the outside, so if he can tighten up his communication and his coverage against the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys, the Redskins will feel more secure in counting on Moreau as they reshape their secondary moving forward.

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