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Don't count out any running back for Redskins at 17, including Dalvin Cook

Don't count out any running back for Redskins at 17, including Dalvin Cook

A few weeks back speculation started to build that the Redskins might select Christian McCaffery with the 17th pick, but this past week, another running back visited Ashburn. 

In the picture, besides Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins, are two other Florida State products in DeMarcus Walker and Dalvin Cook. With good size and an impressive sack record in Tallahasse, Walker could help Washington on the second day of the draft.

Cook, however, is the name Redskins fans want to discuss. 

Coming into the 2017 Draft, Cook was widely considered the second-best runner available behind LSU's Leonard Fournette. For some, Cook might be a better NFL prospect even, more adept at catching the ball out of the backfield and more slippery, opposed to Fournette's bruising, straight-ahead ability.

That was until the NFL Combine, where Cook's drill numbers didn't impress. Projections had him falling towards the end of the first round, and McCaffery moving up into the second RB spot.

The truth is, until the draft, there is no truth. Projections are just guesses, and once the first surprise hits in late April in Philadelphia, there is no telling what will happen after. Some mock drafts now have Fournette the third RB off the board, with both McCaffery and Cook going before him.

Cook's visit to Ashburn presents one truth: On some level, the Redskins are interested in the Seminole playmaker. And they should be. In three years at Florida State, Cook accounted for 48 touchdowns and nearly 5,400 yards from scrimmage. 

Speaking with CSN in Phoenix, Washington coach Jay Gruden said that the Redskins were absolutely interested in both Cook and McCaffery at 17, though the coach added the team is interested in defensive players in that spot as well (watch the video above). 

The best thing for Redskins fans trying to figure out that 17th pick over the next two weeks: Believe nothing. Consider this tweet from widely known and respected NFL agent Leigh Steinberg. 

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Giants bench Eli Manning for Daniel Jones, which is going to add some spice to Redskins' Week 4 matchup

Giants bench Eli Manning for Daniel Jones, which is going to add some spice to Redskins' Week 4 matchup

It was only a matter of time; a new era of New York Giants football will officially start this coming Sunday.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur announced on Tuesday that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will be the team's starter moving forward, with 16-year veteran Eli Manning moving to the bench. 

The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and received a large amount of criticism following the selection. Many fans, as well as NFL experts, pondered why they selected Jones sixth overall when many believed he would still be available when they picked next at No. 17.

Additionally, another quarterback was still on the draft board when Jones was selected, one many believed would be taken before the Duke product. That would be Redskins' QB Dwayne Haskins, who the team drafted 15th overall.

But Jones dazzled in the preseason, which gave many the sense that the Eli Manning era in New York would be coming to a close sooner rather than later. Over the four exhibition games, he completed 29 of his 34 passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Jones' first NFL start will come on the road in Tampa Bay this Sunday, but the Redskins will get their first crack at the rookie QB right after that. The Burgundy and Gold travel to Metlife Stadium for a Week 4 clash with Big Blue on Sept. 29.

While Jones and Haskins will likely face one another several times down the road as NFC East quarterbacks, their first matchup as starters against each another will likely have to wait.

Through the Redskins first two games, veteran Case Keenum has thrown for 601 yards, five touchdowns, and zero turnovers. For the most part, Keenum has exceeded many expectations people had for him in 2019.

Barring something unforeseen, Keenum will be the starter against Jones' Giants in Week 4, while the Redskins rookie will likely still be holding a clipboard.


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Redskins Stock Report: Rookies Cole Holcomb, Montez Sweat moving in opposite directions

Redskins Stock Report: Rookies Cole Holcomb, Montez Sweat moving in opposite directions

The Redskins sit at 0-2 through two games and look lost defensively. It might not help that Washington played arguably the two best teams in the NFC in the first two weeks of the season, but the schedule is what the schedule is. 

While overall the team is underperforming, a few players have stood out. 

Stock up:

  1. Terry McLaurin - The brightest spot for Redskins fans in an otherwise tough start to 2019. Through two games McLaurin has 10 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and he's on a pace to smash the past few years most productive wideouts in Washington uniforms. The third-round pick from Ohio State has speed and physicality, a rare combination, and seems like the real deal going forward. 

  2. Cole Holcomb - Another rookie, Holcomb seized a starting spot in the middle of the Redskins defense and has delivered. He's got 14 tackles in two games and uses his speed and instincts to often be in good position to blow up plays. The former Tar Heel leads the Redskins with three tackles for loss. 

  3. Tress Way - Fans might not want to see the punter on the stock report, but here we are. In a loss to the Cowboys last Sunday, Way moved into the all-time top spot in Redskins history for punts inside the 20. With his ability to drop punts near the opposition's goal line, Way is a real weapon for Washington when they try to play field position football. 

That's the good news. There is more bad news.

Stock down:

  1. Brandon Scherff - The Pro Bowl right guard seems oddly out of rhythm so far this season, and two holding calls against the Cowboys are the biggest example. Scherff's partner on the right side Morgan Moses hasn't played great either. In fact, in a surprising turn of events, the Redskins left side of the line in Donald Penn and Ereck Flowers is outperforming the much higher paid right side. Expect Scherff to turn it around, and maybe the entire Redskins offensive line can figure out a way to stop getting hold calls. 
  2. Josh Norman - Let's be clear that the deep touchdowns over Josh Norman the past two weeks have not been completely his fault. There should be safety help in the middle of the field, and that's just not happening. Against Dallas, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was more to blame for Devin Smith's TD than Norman. But still, Norman makes a lot of money to be a shutdown cornerback, and the Redskins defense could really use that level of performance. It hasn't happened so far. 
  3. Montez Sweat - The Redskins first-round rookie has been very quiet through two games. Sweat has logged nine tackles and two tackles for loss so far, but no sacks, and really not much disruption. Washington traded back into the first round to grab Sweat with hopes of him bringing his size and speed to attack opposing QBs. There's been very little attack.