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Jay Gruden calls Redskins' 43-19 loss to Saints ‘an absolute embarrassment’

Jay Gruden calls Redskins' 43-19 loss to Saints ‘an absolute embarrassment’

NEW ORLEANS — Early on, the Redskins made stupid penalties. 

Later on, the Redskins got completely outplayed. 

Add it all up, and the result is a 43-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints that brings far more questions than it does answers. 

“That was an absolute embarrassment,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said following the game. 

He was right. 

The entire organization needs to be embarrassed by the Monday night debacle. Washington was coming off a bye week and had two weeks to prepare for the Saints matchup. 

But the team didn’t look at all prepared. 

Their veteran quarterback looked rattled right out of the gate. Alex Smith either seemed unwilling or unable to deal with the Saints' defensive pressure. 

Adrian Peterson never got going, and some of that was because he nearly had his leg taken off on the first possession. 

Smith threw a late check down to Peterson in the flat that a New Orleans defender saw coming and delivered a massive hit to the running back’s left knee. 
 
Peterson survived that hit, but later in the game suffered a dislocated shoulder on a hard tackle. An MRI on Tuesday will reveal the extent of the damage. 

Smith played bad, by far his worst performance of the season, and the whole Redskins team followed suit. 

Defensively, Washington seemed competitive early in the contest yet determined to undermine their own effort. 

A wildly dumb personal foul call on Montae Nicholson negated a Ryan Kerrigan sack of Drew Brees that would have forced a punt. Instead New Orleans kept the ball, and a few plays later, the Saints scored. 

There were other dumb penalties, and certainly more Saints scores. 

The secondary squabbled for the second time in two weeks, and confusion reigned in multiple spots. 

Josh Norman got benched to start the second half. Yep. Benched. 
 
It was a disgrace of a football game for a team that cannot find anything close to consistency. 

Now all the questions will mount, and they will range from strategic errors to personal preparation. 

A number of Redskins players pointed the blame at their fellow players after the loss. 

Jonathan Allen asked why guys weren’t ready to play, and DJ Swearinger said that Redskins players need to cut out the laughter and hijinks during practices. 

Whatever the answers are, the Redskins better find them quick. 

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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final version sends Dwayne Haskins to Redskins

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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final version sends Dwayne Haskins to Redskins

We can stop the mockery.

Here is the final version of the NBC Sports Washington 2019 NFL Mock Draft. No fluff, just the straight list as we project specific marriages of teams and prospects through two rounds plus additional Day 2 selections for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens.

For those that have been following along for the previous (gulp) 21 versions, you may notice several changes starting with the Raiders at four and including the Redskins at 15 and 46. I’ve been doing mock drafts for many years now and this is easily among the wildest. There’s always the misinformation game. The uncertainty with the quarterbacks and the large of tier talent in the 16-50 range made such projections challenging.

Anyway, thanks for the coming along for the ride over these many months. Check out all of NFL Draft coverage starting with Thursday’s first round.

First round

1             Arizona Cardinals -- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

2             San Francisco 49ers -- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

3             New York Jets -- Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

4             Oakland Raiders -- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

5             Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Devin White, LB, LSU

6             New York Giants -- Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

7             Jacksonville Jaguars -- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

8             Detroit Lions -- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

9             Buffalo Bills -- Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

10           Denver Broncos -- Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

11           Cincinnati Bengals -- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

12           Green Bay Packers -- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

13           Miami Dolphins  -- Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

14           Atlanta Falcons -- Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

15           Washington Redskins -- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

16           Carolina Panthers -- Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

17           NY Giants (via Cleveland) -- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

18           Minnesota Vikings -- Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

19           Tennessee Titans -- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

20           Pittsburgh Steelers -- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

21           Seattle Seahawks -- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

22           Baltimore Ravens -- Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

23           Houston Texans -- Cody Ford, G/T, Oklahoma

24           Oakland Raiders (from CHI) -- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

25           Philadelphia Eagles -- Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

26           Indianapolis Colts -- Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St.

27           Oakland Raiders (from DAL) – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

28           Los Angeles Chargers -- Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

29           Seattle Seahawks (via KC) -- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

30           Green Bay Packers (via NO) -- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

31           Los Angeles Rams -- Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

32           New England Patriots -- Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

 Second round                

33           Arizona -- A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

34           Indianapolis (via NY Jets) -- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

35           Oakland -- Irv Smith, TE, Alabama

36           San Francisco -- Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M

37           NY Giants -- Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

38           Jacksonville -- Jaylon Ferguson, DE, La. Tech

39           Tampa Bay -- Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

40           Buffalo  -- DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

41           Denver  -- N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State 

42           Cincinnati -- Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

43           Detroit  -- Juan Thornhill, CB, Virginia

44           Green Bay -- Nassir Adderley, S, Delaware

45           Atlanta  -- L.J Collier, DE, TCU

46           Washington -- J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

47           Carolina -- Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

48           Miami -- Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

49           Cleveland -- Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

50           Minnesota -- Dre'Mont Jones, DE/DT, Ohio State

51           Tennessee -- Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan

52           Pittsburgh -- Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

53           Philadelphia (via Baltimore) -- Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

54           Houston (via Seattle) -- Taylor Rapp, SS, Washington

55           Houston -- Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

56           New England (via Chicago) -- Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

57           Philadelphia -- David Long, CB, Michigan

58           Dallas -- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

59           Indianapolis -- Gerald Willis, DT, Miami

60           LA Chargers -- Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

61           Kansas City -- Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

62           New Orleans -- Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State

63           Kansas City (via LA Rams) -- Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

64           New England -- Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State

77           Washington -- Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

86           Baltimore – Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

97           Washington -- Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma

103        Baltimore -- Terrill Hanks, ILB, New Mexico State

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Quinn Cook rocks Sean Taylor jersey to Warriors-Clippers Game 5

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Quinn Cook rocks Sean Taylor jersey to Warriors-Clippers Game 5

Wednesday marked the 15th anniversary of Sean Taylor being drafted by the Washington Redskins with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook took the occasion to pay tribute to the late Redskins legend.

Cook, a D.C. native who attended DeMatha and Oak Hill for high school, rocked a Taylor #21 jersey as he entered Oracle Arena for the Warriors' playoff game against the Clippers. 

It was a touching visual, and a powerful reminder of Taylor's incredible legacy not only within the Redskins, but the entire D.C. sports world.

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