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The Redskins won on Sunday and somehow improved their draft position in the process

The Redskins won on Sunday and somehow improved their draft position in the process

Entering Week 13, the Redskins were slotted to selected fourth in the 2020 NFL draft behind the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, and Miami Dolphins.

Washington defeated the Panthers 29-21 on Sunday for their third win of the season, but as they enter Week 14, the Burgundy and Gold actually improved their draft position. If the draft were tomorrow, Washington would select No. 3 overall.

Well, how is that possible?

The Dolphins won in Week 13 as well, putting both Washington and Miami at 3-9. Although Washington beat Miami in Week 6, the head-to-head record is not a factor in determining draft order.

When two teams have the same record, the determining factor as to which team selects first is their strength of schedule. In simpler terms, that is determined by each team's combined opponent's record. Whichever team's opponents have combined for fewer wins will select first. 

After Week 13, the Redskins have a lower strength of schedule than the Dolphins, meaning Miami has played opponents with an overall better record. Therefore, the Redskins move to the No. 3 overall spot in the draft order, with Miami sliding back to four.

If the Redskins and Dolphins were to finish with the same strength of schedule, a coin flip at the NFL combine would determine who picks first. For teams that are in the same division or conference, playoff tiebreakers would be used to determine the draft order. But since Miami and Washington play in different conferences and different divisions, neither apply.

The top two picks remain the same. The Bengals won their first game of the season on Sunday, but their 1-11 record is still the league's worst. The Giants lost their eighth consecutive game, putting them at 2-10 and just one game out of the top overall selection.

At 3-9, the rest of the season is about building the foundation for the future in Washington.

The team was able to do both on Sunday, as they came out victorious over Carolina (thanks to crucial contributions from second-year RB Derrius Guice, rookie Montez Sweat among others) and still improved their draft position.

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

The Redskins signed linebacker Reuben Foster late in the 2018 season after his release from San Francisco amid domestic violence allegations. The signing caused tremendous backlash towards the organization, but in the end, it was supposed to be worth it for what Foster could do on the field. 

Eventually, charges against Foster got dropped and he wasn't suspended by the NFL. Unfortunately for him and for the Redskins, Foster got injured in his first snap of offseason team activities in May 2019, and it was a major injury. 

The scene on the field that day was traumatic as Foster was visibly in intense pain. In the news that emerged after the injury, Foster had torn multiple ligaments in his knee and NBC Sports Washington reported there was nerve damage in the leg as well. 

Now, it seems like there is finally some positive momentum for Foster's injury. His agent Malki Kawa spoke to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: "He's got feeling in his toes, the underside of his foot, the side of his foot. The nerve is starting to fire again."

The alarming part here is that Foster had lost feeling in his toes, and for a long period of time too. Foster's injury happened last May. 

Rehabbing a knee is one thing, football players do that all the time. But nerves operate almost on their own, and some nerve damage is irreperable. 

"He's regaining feeling and power," Kawa said. "It shows the nerve is firing. When he moves his leg upward, he can feel around the ankle and the top part of the foot. That's a new thing. The next 60 days are going to be big as far as getting back to normal."

The Redskins know about scary nerve injuries. Promising rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett sustained nerve damage in his arm in Week 17 of the 2015 season, and never played again. Two years ago, cornerback Quinton Dunbar dealt with a nerve issue in his leg and was basically lost for the year. 

What happens next for Foster will be interesting to watch. 

Kawa said the next 60 days will be important, and that timeline also coincides with more Redskins offseason work. After such a significant injury, it would be premature to make any assumptions about Foster's return to the field, and if/when that happens, his level of play. 

Foster has been seen around the Redskins training facility at times since he was signed in 2018. At various points he was using a scooter and then walking on his own with a significant brace.

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