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Redskins plan on keeping rookie WR Steven Sims, per report

Redskins plan on keeping rookie WR Steven Sims, per report

Steven Sims impressed just about anybody that watched him this summer. At 5-foot-10 and 176 lbs., Sims did not arrive with much fanfare as he was an undrafted free agent from Kansas. 

Every time he touched the field, however, he proved to be electric. That peaked last Thursday during the final preseason game against the Ravens, where Sims caught a touchdown and delivered a number of impressive punt returns. 

As Sims became a fan favorite, Washington head coach Jay Gruden said that he continued to be intrigued by the rookie. Saturday marks NFL cut down day, where rosters must go from 90- to 53-men by 4 p.m. It's obviously a gut-wrenching time for a number of players, but it looks like Sims made the team. 

It's unknown what Sims' role will be going into the season, or how many receivers the Redskins will keep on the roster. His special-teams ability could keep him active on game days, but he projects to be the backup to Trey Quinn, at least in the early going. Quinn has been dealing with a thumb injury but is expected to be fine for Week 1 in Philadelphia. 

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In a blowout, Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice connect for a meaningful touchdown

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In a blowout, Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice connect for a meaningful touchdown

Getting blown out by the New York Jets, one would think that any touchdown the Redskins would potentially score when trailing 34-3 would mean nothing. In most cases, that would be correct.

But when Dwayne Haskins connected with Derrius Guice for a 45-yard score, it was actually a very notable touchdown.

The touchdown is important for multiple reasons. One being that it is Haskins' first NFL touchdown. Making his first home start, the quarterback didn't have the performance many would have hoped for. But, he does now have one touchdown.

While it was the first for Haskins, it was also the first for Guice. The second-year running back who has missed a lot of time with injuries returned for the Week 11 battle and show the playmaking ability that has many excited to see him on the field.

Last, but definitely not least, the score put an end to the horrid touchdown-drought the Redskins had been in. Before Guice crossed the goal line, Washington hadn't scored in 16 quarters. Yes, that is the equivalent to four games.

But alas, the Redskins have a touchdown and so do Haskins and Guice. Sunday was a disappointing day, but at least there was this moment.

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The Redskins played the Jets and everything was awful except Derrius Guice

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The Redskins played the Jets and everything was awful except Derrius Guice

The Redskins played the Jets and Washington provided the FedEx Field crowd one of the worst performances in the last decade. 

The team was terrible in nearly every facet. The Jets scored 34 points and somebody named Ryan Griffin had more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. 

Washington did have one very legit highlight: Rookie QB Dwayne Haskins connected with second-year RB Derrius Guice for a 45-yard touchdown. Guice did almost all of the work, as it was a screen pass from Haskins, but the running back showed vision and speed going down the sideline and avoiding tacklers as he got into the end zone. And then he connected with Jeremy Sprinkle for a second one a few minutes later. Unfortunately, the game was long over by then.

Beyond that, it was ugly for the Redskins. 

  1. Sam Darnold and the Jets took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for a quick touchdown. It was a sign of things to come, as Darnold finished the first half with three TDs and had four TDs in the game. Darnold carved up the Redskins secondary and frequently had open wide receivers streaking through the middle of the field. Darnold finished the game with 19 completions on 30 attempts with just one interception. Good day.
     
  2. Coming into the game, the Redskins ranked 31st in the NFL at defending third downs. Washington was giving up first downs on 50 percent of third downs this season, and with five minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Redskins defense was right on track. The Jets had converted five of 10 third downs. The defense was just awful. 
     
  3. Dwayne Haskins was bad in this game, his second start and his first time at home. Haskins completed 19 of 35 passes and threw a terrible interception in the fourth quarter. There was one incredible play from Haskins, where he connected on a deep pass to Terry McLaurin after scrambling out of the pocket. The throw was gorgeous and showed off Haskins' arm, but in the end, it didn't matter. The play was called back on a holding penalty. 
     
  4. For the most devoted Redskins fans, here's a bit of good news. Coming into this game the Redskins had not scored a touchdown in more than a month. Well, when Guice got into the end zone, that streak snapped. So congrats. 


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