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Need to Know: Stock up-Stock down for Redskins vs. Saints

Need to Know: Stock up-Stock down for Redskins vs. Saints

NEW ORLEANS—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 9, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers. 

Talking points

The Redskins lost an ugly one to the Saints; here are the players who saw their stock go up and whose went down. 

Stock down—After three weeks as a riser, Alex Smith's stock took a downturn. After solid games against the Cardinals and Packers, he came up small in his duel with Drew Brees. In the competitive phase of the game, meaning the first half, Smith completed barely half of his passes. Yes, the defense didn't really give him a chance to compete. Still, it is fair to expect more. 

Stock up—For the second straight week, Paul Richardson was productive at wide receiver, catching four of the five passes targeted to him for 50 yards. He is proving that he can do more than just go deep. As he develops more versatility his stock will continue to go up. 

Stock down—When Ryan Kerrigan got his first sack of the year it should have been a moment to celebrate. It was a third-down play and the Saints were about to punt. But after the whistle, Montae Nicholson pushed Mark Ingram to the ground and he was correctly flagged for unnecessary roughness. Instead of punting, the Saints stayed on the field and drove for a touchdown to make it 14-3. While Nicholson hasn’t played poorly this season he hasn’t made any big plays either. You don’t want the first time you get noticed on the field to be on a play like that. 

Stock up—Rookie NT Daron Payne got his second sack in as many games and he got another quarterback hit. Payne was part of a defensive line that helped hold a Saints averaging 4.4 yards per rushing attempt to an average of 3.1 yards per carry. 

Stock down—Nobody on the Redskins offensive line played well. Smith was sacked three times and he was harassed a number of other times. Washington averaged just 2.2 yards per rushing attempt. Breakdowns occurred all up and down the line in an overall poor performance. 

The agenda

Today: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.

Upcoming: Panthers @ Redskins 5 days; Cowboys @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Giants 19

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

The NFL Scouting Combine begins next week, and there are several NFL Draft prospects looking to raise their stock.

Our latest mock draft takes a look at which players could use a solid performance at the scouting combine.

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After being a frequent top-5 pick in our early mock drafts, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy's stock has slid a little. Could a solid performance in Indianapolis reestablish the wideout as this year's best in the class, and maybe warrant a top-5 pick?

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa likely will not participate at the combine as he continues to recover from his dislocated hip. Could Oregon's Justin Herbert take advantage of Tagovailoa's absence and catapult himself into the debate of the best signal-caller in the draft alongside LSU's Joe Burrow?

Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, who many expect the Redskins to use the No. 2 pick on, will put his incredible athletic ability on display. Could the 20-year-old make the Bengals rethink their decision of using the No. 1 pick on a QB?

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Every year, we see several prospects who come out of nowhere during the combine and establish themselves as first-round picks. We saw it last year with Montez Sweat, Juan Thornhill, and Justice Hill.

But remember, a great combine doesn't always equate to being a first-rounder. Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf stole the show a year ago at the combine but fell to the end of the second round of the draft.

Next week's scouting combine is the first major event of the offseason as the NFL shifts focus to free agency and the draft.

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Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

The seventh documented concussion of Jordan Reed's football career is still affecting him six months later.

According to a report from The Athletic CharlotteReed is still in concussion protocol from a helmet-to-helmet collision that occurred during a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons in August. 

Reed did not play a snap in 2019, as the team placed him on injured reserve in October.

The tight end is under contract through 2020, as Reed enters the final year of a five-year, $46 million extension he signed with the team in 2015.

But whether he's on the roster or not is uncertain, as NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported that Reed's tenure is likely over in Washington. NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson reported Monday that she doesn't expect Reed to return to Washington, either.

"Do we have our tight end? Probably not," Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said on Redskins Nation on Feb. 4. "That’s a big question mark." 

According to Finlay, the Redskins can still release Reed, even if he remains in protocol.

In his six NFL seasons, Reed has never played more than 14 games in one year. Following his breakout season in 2015, Reed never was able to replicate that success.

To address their need at tight end, the Redskins are one of three teams vying for the services of tight end Greg Olsen, who was released by the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago. Rivera coached Olsen in Carolina for eight seasons.

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