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With Calais Campbell off the board, a look at other D-line options for the Redskins

With Calais Campbell off the board, a look at other D-line options for the Redskins

A top defensive line target is off the board for the Redskins. Former Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is headed to Jacksonville for a deal that is reported to be a whopping $14 million per year. With the chances of Chris Baker staying around seeming to be diminishing by the hour, the Redskins are in desperate need of landing a solid D-lineman on the open market.

It’s not time to panic just yet. There are still some quality free agent defensive linemen left out there.

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—The Eagles are preparing for the departure of Bennie Logan. They are working on an extension for Beau Allen, who would take Logan’s spot on the line. The 6-2, 309-lb. Logan was the Eagles nose tackle for three years after they drafted him in the third round of the 2013 draft. The Eagles shifted to a 4-3 scheme last year and Logan moved to tackle, where he registered 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He was long ago reported to be a free agency target of the Redskins. The 27-year-old hasn’t received much action in this early contact period and we will see if things start to heat up over the next few days.

—The Giants took Jonathan Hankins in the second round of the 2013 draft and he has been their starter for the last three years. He had seven sacks in 2014 but only three in the last two season combined. Still, he is a solid lineman who could play end in the 3-4 base defense or, at 320 pounds, possibly nose tackle. The Giants are trying to retain him but they have a lot of money tied up in their D-line after signing end Olivier Vernon and tackle Damon Harrison to big free agent contracts and giving Jason Pierre-Paul the franchise tag.

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—The Redskins are reported to be in on  Dontari Poe, the Chiefs’ massive (340 lb.) nose tackle. His star has faded the last couple of years. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014 when he had a combined 10.5 sacks. But he had just 2.5 sacks the last two seasons combined. The market for his services has been slow and there was some talk that he would sign a one-year deal and try to reestablish himself as a force who is worthy of big money. I don’t know if the Redskins will go that route but if they can get him in for three years at around $8 million per they could try to lock him up.

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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.


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Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect

Darnell Savage has been getting a lot of buzz since the Packers traded up to the 21st overall pick to select him in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his teammates are on board.

The Maryland star was one of the draft's biggest risers, and it was well warranted.

The Packers' Instagram account posted a video of Savage Wednesday, and his teammate Davante Adams chimed in.

“The boy gonna be special,” Adams wrote.

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“He’s going to be that guy — I can tell," Adams said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "We definitely got a steal." “I know we got him early, but I still think that he could have gone even earlier just based on what he’s doing out there. He plays like a vet, he knows how to practice, and he’s smart, man.

Savage will face the Redskins in Week 14 when the Burgundy and Gold head up to Lambeau Field on December 8 for the matchup against the Packers.