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After combative game, Ndamukong Suh doesn't remember the specifics


After combative game, Ndamukong Suh doesn't remember the specifics

FEDEX FIELD - Long known for his ability to blow up opposing offensive lines, Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was largely held in check against the Redskins on Sunday. But that didn't stop Suh from making an impact against Washington, and as has become somewhat customary, again cause questions about how Suh plays the game. 

Though his stat line was rather pedestrian - he registered just two tackles - two plays from the defensive tackle stand out. Once after a tackle in the first half, a knee from Suh caused Redskins RB Afred Morris to lose his helmet. On replay, it certainly looked like an intentional swipe from Suh that knocked off Morris' lid. Asked about the play after the game, Suh said he didn't remember the play.


"I tackled him plenty of times during the game, so not really sure what you're speaking of," the Dolphins tackle said.

On another play in the second half, Suh engaged with Washington tackle Morgan Moses, and somehow, Moses' helmet was twisted to the point that it looked like his head was on backwards. The helmet twist was so severe that Moses' ear pad ended up poking him in the eye, and the Redskins tackle had to come out of the game. Asked about that play following the game, Suh again couldn't remember.

"I don't know."

Suh has a long track record of aggressive and perhaps dirty play, and it is fair to ask if all of his actions are watched more carefully than other players. At the same time, new incidents seem to always pop up, like Sunday's interactions with Morris and Moses.

Conversely, it's worth noting the Redskins frequently deployed chop blocks on Suh - a perfectly legal play but not one defensive lineman usually respond kindly to. 

"They did a lot of it," Suh said of the chop blocks, "I think six, seven, eight times on the first drive."

It's funny, Suh remembered precisely the number of chop blocks he encountered, but had no recollection on the exchanges with Morris or Moses. For his part, while Moses remembered the play he had little to say about it.

"He went for the hand to the face and my helmet twisted and the ear pad went into my eye," Moses said. "It's just football, things happen. Whatever it is. At the end of the day, it's football."

It's football, but the Suh version.  

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Most OTAs absences don't matter, but Montae Nicholson's absence sure stands out

Most OTAs absences don't matter, but Montae Nicholson's absence sure stands out

Most of the time, if you're getting upset about an NFL player skipping voluntary OTAs, you're doing life wrong.

But if you're a Redskins fan who's a bit puzzled by Montae Nicholson not showing up to the early sessions of Washington's offseason workouts, you have a right to be.

Nicholson wasn't in Ashburn on Monday, a practice that was open to the media. There's been no indication that he's reported to the 'Skins since that day, either. 

Now, this isn't a situation worth really freaking out about. Again, OTAs are voluntary, and it's totally possible Nicholson was working out somewhere else and feels that's how he'll be best prepared for 2019. 

Still, though, assuming he had nothing else serious going on, it's a questionable choice by the defensive back. And, according to Jay Gruden, it was a questionable choice he made on his own.

"Correct," Gruden answered Monday when asked if Nicholson skipping was based on the 23-year-old's decision. Gruden said earlier in his presser that he was "not really surprised" by it.

Perhaps the coach is telling the truth and he wasn't surprised. You can bet he was definitely annoyed by it, however.

Nicholson isn't an established player like Trent Williams or Josh Norman, other guys who weren't there when the Burgundy and Gold started this phase of the NFL calendar. He's a third-year safety with 22 up-and-down games to his name.

Not only that, he's just a week or so removed from the news that December assault charges against him were dropped due to a lack of evidence. You'd think someone who just learned that would be eager to get in front of Gruden and his coaching staff and try to repair his image.

After all, much of the same coaching staff who preferred to keep Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the lineup over Nicholson, even as Clinton-Dix struggled following his arrival, remains in charge.  

The starting spot opposite of Landon Collins is wide open, and of the options on the roster, Nicholson is the most talented. He also would fit nicely next to Collins, considering he's got the speed and ability in coverage when he's healthy and mentally right.

Speaking of Collins, he attended OTAs, despite the fact that he wasn't able to participate as he continues to rehab a shoulder injury. Yet there he was, involved and roaming the sidelines, encouraging his teammates and coaching up the younger DBs on various techniques and details.

One of those DBs Collins should've been coaching up is Nicholson, yet Nicholson was nowhere to be found. Plenty more reps await Nicholson over the coming months, but the fact that he wasn't there to claim the first helping of them is not the best way to start his path back into the starting lineup.


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Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Two days after losing Reuben Foster for the year, the Redskins made a move to at least provide reinforcements to a weakened linebacker group.

On Wednesday, Washington announced that they have signed Jon Bostic, a six-year veteran. The 'Skins also officially placed Foster on injured reserve.

Bostic was a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears out of Florida. He's since bounced around to New England, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, where he started 14 times for the Steelers in 2018 and posted 73 tackles. He's been traded twice in his career and missed all of 2016 with a foot injury. 

So, what does the move accomplish for the Redskins?

Well, Bostic — or any other free agent signing at this point — isn't going to have close to the level of talent and potential that Foster had. However, getting another option at linebacker was necessary for the Burgundy and Gold, and the 28-year-old has played in 30 contests over the past two years, so he's relatively established. 

Yes, he's far from a gamechanger, considering he has just one interception and 5.5 sacks as a pro. But he's regarded as a solid run defender and tackler and should at least push Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. His presence also could alleviate some of the pressure that would've been on rookie Cole Holcomb. 

Signing a defender who's been with five franchises in six years isn't exactly inspiring, but Bostic has experience as a starter and could give the Redskins useful snaps on first and second down at a minimum. Now it's on him to take advantage of the opportunity he's been given.