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Landon Collins 'instantly broke down' when Dan Snyder gave him signed Sean Taylor jersey

Landon Collins 'instantly broke down' when Dan Snyder gave him signed Sean Taylor jersey

Landon Collins, fresh off signing a free agency deal for six-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins, was given the welcoming gift of a lifetime from team majority owner Dan Snyder.

The safety, whose two favorite players growing up were Redskins Clinton Portis and Sean Taylor, posted a signed Sean Taylor jersey late Wednesday night on Instagram.

At his introductory press conference, Landon Collins explained how it all went down. 

"We were sitting at dinner, and Mr. Snyder had a gift right there n the box," Collins said. Snyder asked him to wait for his mom and fiancée to arrive before opening it.

Collins said Snyder was "giving me all of his emotions and passions behind it, the story between him and Sean, telling me how he loved him as a son and saw him as everything." 

"And when he told me it was a game-worn jersey signed by him in the box, [I] instantly broke down," Collins said. 

Collins’ son Cam opened the box and pulled the jersey out for him. After many more tears, Ryan Anderson, Collins’ former teammate at Alabama, said "I should have told you what was in the box so you wouldn’t have cried."

Before getting picked by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Collins said that he tries to emulate the late Redskins safety. He has since made multiple references to looking up to Taylor in many facets and Taylor is the reason Collins chose to wear #21.

In his rookie season with the Giants, Collins even looked forward to the opportunity to play at FedEx Field and bask in his idol’s memory.


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With Kyler Murray drafted in Arizona, Redskins ready to pursue Josh Rosen, per source

With Kyler Murray drafted in Arizona, Redskins ready to pursue Josh Rosen, per source

The Redskins will be in the hunt to trade for Rosen, according to league sources. 

During the NFL Scouting Combine the Redskins were connected with Rosen heavily, but over the last two months, some of that momentum seemed to cool. 

Other teams will surely be looking to trade for Rosen, and that could include the New York Giants.

Update: The Giants used the No. 6 overall pick to select Duke QB Daniel Jones, taking them out of the running for Rosen.

Other teams reportedly interested would be the Dolphins, Chargers and the Patriots. 

As the first round unfolds, a lot of clues will be given about which teams will be looking to add the former UCLA star. As other quarterbacks get drafted tonight - including players like Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones - that likely will eliminate those teams from contention for Rosen. 

ESPN reported that Arizona is content going into the season with Murray and Rosen on their roster, but that seems like a bluff, according to folks around the league. 


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NFL Draft 2019 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2019 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The 2019 NFL Draft is finally upon us. You can trash the mock drafts and take a break from the Twitter rumors as we'll soon know what each team is really planning.

Tonight, Thursday, April 25, NFL teams will look to find their next franchise player in the form of the most talented college prospects in the country.

Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, this year's draft promises to be as exciting as ever with numerous storylines dominating the event. Will Kyler Murray go No. 1? Where will the other QBs fall, and will a team move up to grab one? What defensive players go first? All these questions and more will be answered soon enough.

The Arizona Cardinals will kick off the festivities at 8:00 p.m. ET as they possess the first overall pick in the draft.

As for the Redskins, they'll be picking at No. 15, though there has been no shortage of rumors that a move could be made to climb up the order.

Once the commissioner takes the stage, all predictions go out the window. Luckily, we'll have you covered with all the picks, trades and moves here in the live blog and draft tracker.

NFL Draft 2019 Redskins First-Round Tracker and Live Updates:

DRAFT PICK: No. 13 - Miami Dolphins (DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson): Another defensive player off the board. The Dolphins have holes everywhere, so this is somewhere to start as Christian Wilkins offers a versatile pass rush option.

DRAFT PICK: No. 12 - Green Bay Packers (DL, Rashan Gary, Michigan): The Packers continue to upgrade the defense. Grabbing the likes of Adrian Amos and Preston Smith in free agency, Rashan Gary will be another impactful player along an already improved defensive front. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 11 - Cincinnati Bengals (OL Jonah Williams, Alabama): There was some speculation that the Bengals may go for Haskins, but they decided to upgrade the protection for Andy Dalton. 

TRADE UPDATE: Here's the haul for Bush. Denver gets back the No. 20 and No. 52 pick this year and a third-round selection in 2020.

DRAFT PICK: No. 10 - Pittsburgh Steelers (ILB Devin Bush, Michigan): Yes, it is Devin Bush who the Steelers moved up to grab. Pittsburgh needed an upgrade in the center of its defense after losing Ryan Shazier, and they were willing to trade up to solidify it. 

TRADE: The Denver Broncos have traded the No. 10 overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers (more details to come). Could this mean that Devin Bush is headed to the AFC North? 

DRAFT PICK: No. 9 - Buffalo Bills (DT Ed Oliver, Houston): After finding their franchise quarterback last year, the Bills now look to find a core piece for the defense. Bills Mafia should fall in love with a guy who has the potential to wreak havoc on the line. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 8 - Detriot Lions (TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa): A big target for Matthew Stafford, T.J. Hockenson could immediately become a favorite option for the veteran passer. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 7 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LB Josh Allen, Kentucky): Sacksonville just gained its newest member and became even scarier in the process. Josh Allen may not fill a glaring hole for the Jaguars, but he fell in their lap and No. 7 and it became a situation where you take the best player available. Joining Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, opposing quarterbacks better beware. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 6 - New York Giants (QB Daniel Jones, Duke): Here's our first "wow" moment of the draft. It wasn't even a given that the Giants were going to go with a quarterback at No.6, but it looks like they are going all in on Duke product Daniel Jones. The passer shot up draft boards as Thursday approached, and now he finds himself as the newest QB in the NFC East. At 6'5'', Jones could be viewed as more athletic Eli Manning. He also had the same coach that the Manning's had in David Cutcliffe. We know New York loves Eli, so maybe this pick makes perfect sense.

This also makes Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins at No. 15 a real possibility.

DRAFT PICK: No. 5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ILB Devin White, LSU): Losing Kwon Alexander in the offseason, the Bucs may have just found his replacement in Devin White. A talented linebacker, White is in line to become the centerpiece of a Tampa Bay defense that features Gerald McCoy and JPP up front and Todd Bowles at the helm.

DRAFT PICK: No. 4 - Oakland Raiders (DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson): Well with Jon Gruden at the helm, you can't really consider anything a surprise. However, Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 is something not many saw coming. The defensive end from Clemson is incredibly talented, but the Raiders passing on the likes of Josh Allen and Ed Oliver makes you think twice. Oakland still has two more picks tonight. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 3 - New York Jets (DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama): After making some big offseason additions, the Jets use their draft pick to upgrade the defense by selecting Quinnen Williams. With eight sacks and 71 tackles in 2018, Williams was a standout on a loaded Crimson Tide roster. New York added free agent C.J. Mosley to lead their linebacking core, and now Williams makes the line of that defense a lot scarier.

DRAFT PICK: No. 2 - San Francisco 49ers (DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State): The first defensive player in a loaded class is Nick Bosa, as the 49ers use yet another first round pick on a defensive line addition. Bosa only played in three games this season before an injury led to him sitting out the rest of the year, but the former Buckeye will still provide an immediate positive impact up front for San Francisco. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 1 - Arizona Cardinals (QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma): Not a huge surprise, the Cardinals have selected Kyler Murray No. 1 overall. Murray is the second consecutive Oklahoma passer to go first in the draft, following in the steps of Baker Mayfield.

With a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, it looks as if Arizona is ready to start the new regime with a new man at the helm of the offense. There will be concerns about his height, but there's no denying his passing skills and athleticism. Now the main question becomes: What happens to Josh Rosen?

8:13 p.m. The Arizona Cardinals are officially on the clock. Here. We. Go. 

7:02 p.m. Could the Redskins be looking to move up in the draft and grab Duke QB Daniel Jones? According to JP Finlay, that seems unlikely. While rumors earlier in the week suggested Washington could potentially climb from No.15, that doesn't look to be the case anymore.

6:30 p.m. Less than two hours until the clock starts ticking, there's plenty of information to get caught up on. Here's what you need to know: