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Redskins spoil Broncos' holiday weekend with 16-point drubbing

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Redskins spoil Broncos' holiday weekend with 16-point drubbing

LANDOVER, Md. — The Redskins welcomed the Broncos to town on Christmas eve and sent them packing with a 27-11 win that felt a lot bigger.

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 Here are my observations from the Redskins' holiday romp.

—The Broncos got their running game going in their third possession and moved in for a field goal. The defense did get a red zone stop when the only pass of the 33-yard drive went for two yards on third and four.

—The Redskins got their initial first down of the game late in the first quarter when Kirk Cousins scrambled for seven yards on third and four. But the drive died after an incompletion on a long pass for Doctson and a false start that turned third and seven into third and 12.

—The Redskins’ stats after that drive:

—A nice drive by the Redskins was stopped after Josh Doctson had both hands on the ball in the end zone but he couldn’t hold on. Maybe a defender knocked it out but he should have been able to hang on. They had to settle for a field goal to make it 3-3.

—The Broncos came into the game with the second-worst turnover margin in the NFL and they have the Redskins an opportunity when Preston Smith sacked Brock Osweiler and got the strip. Zach Vigil recovered the fumble at the Denver 38. It took five plays for the Redskins to move in for a 15-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jamison Crowder. 10-3 Redskins.

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—Denver drove into Washington territory near the end of the first half but the Redskins stopped the drive with their second takeaway of the game. DJ Swearinger made a juggling interception.

—For the second time in three weeks, the Redskins benefitted from an opposing player not having his head in the game near the end of the first half. Today, with time running out and the Broncos out of timeouts, Isaiah McKenzie caught a pass near the sideline with a clear path to get out of bounds to set up an short field goal. But he cut back into the middle of the field, got tackled, and the Broncos couldn’t get a snap off before the clock hit 0:00. Two weeks ago in Los Angeles, a back made a similar mistake during a run near the end of the half.

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—The Broncos got their running game going in their third possession and moved in for a field goal. The defense did get a red zone stop when the only pass of the 33-yard drive went for two yards on third and four.

—The Redskins got their initial first down of the game late in the first quarter when Kirk Cousins scrambled for seven yards on third and four. But the drive died after an incompletion on a long pass for Doctson and a false start that turned third and seven into third and 12.

—The Redskins’ stats after that drive:

—A nice drive by the Redskins was stopped after Josh Doctson had both hands on the ball in the end zone but he couldn’t hold on. Maybe a defender knocked it out but he should have been able to hang on. They had to settle for a field goal to make it 3-3.

—The Broncos came into the game with the second-worst turnover margin in the NFL and they have the Redskins an opportunity when Preston Smith sacked Brock Osweiler and got the strip. Zach Vigil recovered the fumble at the Denver 38. It took five plays for the Redskins to move in for a 15-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jamison Crowder. 10-3 Redskins.

—Denver drove into Washington territory near the end of the first half but the Redskins stopped the drive with their second takeaway of the game. DJ Swearinger made a juggling interception.

—For the second time in three weeks, the Redskins benefitted from an opposing player not having his head in the game near the end of the first half. Today, with time running out and the Broncos out of timeouts, Isaiah McKenzie caught a pass near the sideline with a clear path to get out of bounds to set up an short field goal. But he cut back into the middle of the field, got tackled, and the Broncos couldn’t get a snap off before the clock hit 0:00. Two weeks ago in Los Angeles, a back made a similar mistake during a run near the end of the half.

— A 36-yard off-schedule Cousins pass to Ryan Grant got the Redskins into scoring position. But on second and goal, Cousins tried to force the ball to Josh Doctson in a crowd in the end zone and safety Will Parks had an easy interception.

—The Redskins kept moving on offense and they got on the board this time. A 36-yard pass from Cousins to Grant set up another Hopkins field goal to make it a two-score game at 13-3.

—As those of us in the press box were having a running debate about Josh Doctson’s effectiveness both for the game and the season. The he scored one of the easiest touchdowns you’ll ever seen when the Broncos blew coverage and was wide, wide open for a 48-yard touchdown.

— From halftime until there was 4:21 left in the game, the Redskins defense held Denver to 36 yards of offense and got a takeaway:

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—A garbage time Broncos touchdown ruins the Redskins chance of not allowing a TD in consecutive games for the first time since at least the merger.

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

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Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.

Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).  

—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen

—The team’s leading rusher from 2016

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10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.

Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver. 

The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it. 

The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago. 

Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season. 

Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks. 

Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.

No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl. 

Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd. 

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