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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins tries to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins tries to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going full force to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 

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Josh Johnson, Redskins had a message before the Jaguars game, 'F– it'

Josh Johnson, Redskins had a message before the Jaguars game, 'F– it'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Sunday, Josh Johnson started his first NFL game since 2011. For the first time in his NFL career, Johnson won a game as a starting quarterback. 

His career arc has been anything but normal, but for Johnson, the win in Jacksonville carried more weight than most. 

"I know every opportunity I get could be my last one, that’s just the reality of my situation," Johnson said. "I just want to leave it all out on the field. I owe this game that much because I love it that much."

Johnson's situation is unique, and just getting a start in 2018 is a big surprise. It only happened because the Redskins had two quarterbacks break their legs, Alex Smith and Colt McCoy, and Mark Sanchez was wholly ineffective at the helm of Jay Gruden's offense. So Gruden turned to Johnson, somebody the coach knew from his days in Tampa, a decade ago. 

"That’s Jay. He’s always been the same. That’s what I love about Jay. He’s been consistent with me since day one when I met him in Tampa," Johnson said. "I respect people who are consistent. He never changes who he is. He respects his position and he does a great job at coaching us."

Gruden turned to Johnson because the coach believed the passer gave the Redskins the best chance to win. Yes, Johnson has played for 12 NFL teams, but there's a reason so many organizations have had interest over the years. He has a big arm and good wheels on top of natural leadership capabilities. 

Against the vaunted Jaguars defense, it was almost as important what Johnson didn't do as what he did. 

The Redskins didn't turn the ball over once, and largely, that's a credit to Johnson. No interceptions. There was a fumble, but Morgan Moses recovered it. 

When the Redskins won games earlier this season, winning the turnover battle was a huge portion of their winning formula. With Johnson in charge, the offense did their part. 

He also completed 16 of 25 passes for 151 yards and threw the game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Johnson also made plays with his legs when he needed to, rushing nine times for 49 yards. 

A number of Redskins players talked after the game about Johnson's poise, about believing in him at QB even without much evidence to support that belief. Trent Williams said after the game that the team could feel Johnson taking control of the offense during practices leading up to the Jacksonville game.

In a way, much like Gruden trusted Johnson from their time spent together in Tampa many years ago, the team trusted Johnson on Sunday even after only a 16 throws in a Redskins uniform.

It says something about Johnson too, and something about his situation.

For the quarterback, it was about a message. A mindset. 

"It was all about resiliency. We had a message in the week. I’m not going to say the words, but it was ‘f’ it. We just said we wanted to have that mentality, and everybody applied that out there. You felt it in the sideline. We were never rattled. It was my job as the quarterback to make sure I keep my cool because the defense feeds off the offense; the offense feeds off the defense, special teams. It was just a great team effort."

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Redskins at Jaguars: Highs and lows from Week 15

Redskins at Jaguars: Highs and lows from Week 15

Just a month ago, things did not look so bad for the Redskins. They were 6-3 and in first place of the NFC East.

Now, losers of four straight games and on their fourth starting quarterback of the season, any slim hope the Redskins may still have of qualifying for the playoffs starts with a must-win in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars, who were a few plays away from a Super Bowl berth just this past January, are having a disappointing season in their own right. Jacksonville has just four wins and does not even look like a shadow of the team they were a season ago.

Both teams are coming off blowout losses, the Redskins came at the hands of the New York Giants 40-16, while the Jaguars fell 30-9 to the Tennessee Titans.

Well, one of these teams has to win Sunday. Here are the highs and lows from the game...

REDSKINS at JAGUARS: HIGHS and LOWS

FIRST QUARTER:

HIGHS: When starting your fourth quarterback of the season, the defense must step up in order to have a chance to win the game. On the Jaguars opening drive, the Redskins defense did just that. Ryan Kerrigan recorded his 10th sack of the season, stripping Cody Kessler in the process. Daron Payne recovered the fumble, and Washington's first offensive possession started inside the Jaguars 35 yard line.

After stopping the Jaguars on the ensuing drive, the Redskins put together a solid string of plays together. After the drive stalled due to an offensive pass interference penalty, Dustin Hopkins nailed a 46-yard field goal, giving the Redskins a 3-0 lead. In a game that looks like scoring will be a rarity, the Redskins can use all the points they can get.

After playing well below par over the past month or so, the Redskins defense started Sunday's contest by turning in one of their best quarters of the season. They've recorded three sacks thus far, each stalling a Jaguars drive. The Jacksonville offense has been nonexistent thus far.

LOWS: After the Redskins defense offense up with great field position, Josh Johnson and co. were unable to amount to anything. Johnson took a sack on third down, putting the Redskins out of field goal range.

The Redskins had an opportunity to turn a promising drive into a touchdown, but Floyd's offensive pass interference call forced the Redskins to settle for a field goal. In a game expected to be a low scoring affair, the Redskins cannot pass up opportunities to punch it in the end zone.

SECOND QUARTER:

HIGHS: Jonathan Allen has been all over the place today. He's had two sacks and three tackles for loss.

The Redskins defense has looked excellent through a half of football, reminiscent of the defense that was in the discussion for one of the best in the league at the beginning of the season. They've allowed just 105 total yards and only allowed a field goal.

Unfortunately, their offense and special teams are not helping them out very much...

LOWS: With just seconds remaining in the half, Dede Westbrook returned a Tress Way punt for a 74-yard touchdown, giving the Jaguars a 10-3 lead entering halftime. With the way both offenses are playing, that may be all the Jaguars need to secure a victory.

Cody Kessler has been effective today, but not with his arm, rather with his legs. He converted two third downs with his feet to keep the Jaguars drive going, and ran 14 yards on a third-and-22 situation to set Jacksonville up for a game-tying field goal. He's ran for 44 yards, which is over half of the Jaguars total yards.

The Redskins offense was not able to get anything going in the second quarter. In the second quarter they had four offensive possessions, yet only one first down. Vernon Davis also dropped a beautiful throw from Josh Johnson that had a chance to put the Redskins in field goal range towards the end of the half. Instead, they punted. Again. Yikes.

THIRD QUARTER:

HIGHS: The Redskins opening drive of the third quarter took over half the quarter, culminating in a Dustin Hopkins field goal. After gaining just one first down in the second quarter, the Redskins gained four first downs on just that drive.

The Redskins did a good job of dominating time of possession in the third quarter, but they only had three points to show for it.

LOWS: The Redskins did a good job of keeping their defense off the field, but Jacksonville was able to string a couple positive plays together as the quarter was winding down. A Dede Westbrook 20-yard run was followed by a 15-yard rush by David Williams opened up the drive, putting the jaguars close to midfield as the quarter ended.

Can the Jaguars deliver the knockout punch? We will find out...

FOURTH QUARTER:

HIGHS: After the Jaguars opened the fourth quarter with a field goal, Josh Johnson led the Redskins on a 10-play, 68-yard drive resulting in a six-yard Jeremy Sprinkle touchdown.

The drive was the Redskins most impressive on the day, and tied the game up with under six minutes to play.

The Jaguars ensuing drive looked as if they were going to take the lead right back, though. A 25-yard rush by Leonard Fournette to open up the drive had the Jaguars at midfield. But after a third-down conversion was brought back due to an offensive pass interference call, Cody Kessler was intercepted by Fabian Moreau. 

Suddenly, the Redskins were in business. The Redskins gave the ball to Adrian Peterson five times in a row, and the 33-year-old combined for a total of 38 yards, putting the Redskins in field goal range. A 36-yard Hopkins field goal as time ran out gave the Redskins their seventh win of the season, keeping them in the race for the second Wild Card spot for now.

LOWS: The Redskins looked like they were going to give up a go-ahead score before an offensive pass interference penalty halted a promising Jaguars drive. The Washington defense struggled with the wide runs and jet sweeps most of the afternoon. But for now, let's enjoy the Redskins win.

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