Quick Links

Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook both meet with Redskins at NFL Combine

Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook both meet with Redskins at NFL Combine

Even with their red zone issues, the Redskins had one of the NFL's top offenses in 2016, finishing third in the league in yards per game. Consider that, plus the fact that Washington's defense didn't put up much resistance against their opponents, and the widespread opinion is that the team should nab a defender with their first-round pick at No. 17 in the draft.

That doesn't mean the decision-makers are just ignoring offensive players, though, and two such players — Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey — told reporters at the NFL Combine that they've both met with Washington this week in Indianapolis.

Cook and McCaffrey are two of the most appealing running backs in this year's class, and will appear in the top three of most analyst's rankings along with Leonard Fournette.

One of those analysts, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., actually has the Redskins taking Cook in his latest mock draft, so at least in his mind, Washington meeting with the Florida State product isn't just a cursory event. With that being said, the 'Skins will be vetting tons of prospects at the Combine, so these interviews certainly don't mean that fans in the DMV should start making room in their closet for a Cook or McCaffrey jersey.


If either player is indeed available when the Redskins are up to make their selection in April, the classic "best player available vs. drafting a position of need" argument would occur again. The team's backfield isn't set by any means even with contributors like Robert Kelley and Matt Jones on the roster, but on the list of priorities, running back lags far behind areas like defensive line, linebacker and safety.

Could the Redskins afford what would be somewhat of a luxury pick when there are other holes that need to be filled? That's something the front office will need to weigh. And by meeting with Cook and McCaffrey, it appears that they are in fact evaluating it, at least to some extent.


Quick Links

Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington

Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


Quick Links

2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

USA Today

2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?