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Enemy Intel: Can the Redskins slow Eagles RB DeMarco Murray?


Enemy Intel: Can the Redskins slow Eagles RB DeMarco Murray?

Since free agency opened March 10, front offices around the league have been busy retooling rosters and preparing for the upcoming season. Here at, we’ve kept a watchful eye on the moves made by teams that appear on the Redskins’ 2015 schedule. Who’s gotten better? Who’s slipped a bit? Let’s take a closer look.

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Philadelphia Eagles (Week 4)

2014 record: 10-6.

Key additions: QB Sam Bradford (Rams), RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys), CB Byron Maxwell (Seahawks), LB Kiko Alonso (Bills), RB Ryan Mathews (Chargers), DB Walter Thurmond (Giants), WR Nelson Agholor (1st round pick), CB Eric Rowe (2nd round pick), WR Miles Austin (Browns) and WR Seyi Ajirotutu (Chargers).  
Key departures: QB Nick Foles (Rams), RB LeSean McCoy (Bills), WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs), LB Trent Cole (Colts), G Evan Mathis (unsigned), CB Bradley Fletcher (Patriots), LB Casey Matthews (Vikings), CB Cary Williams (Seahawks), G Todd Herremans (Colts) and TE James Casey (Broncos).

Best move: Replacing the 2013 rushing champion (McCoy) with the 2014 champion (Murray). Last season, Murray led the league with 1,845 yards—484 more than Le’Veon Bell’s total. The 27-year-old also topped the league in yards after contact with 998, according to Unfortunately for the Redskins, Murray simply moved from one division rival to another.

What it all means for the Redskins: To me, there are really only two possible outcomes for Chip Kelly and the 2015 Eagles: 1) They’ll get over the hump and Kelly will be viewed as a genius for his bold renovation of the roster or 2) they’ll regress and, well, you know how that will go over in Philly.

By my count, the Eagles could have as many as 10 new starters this fall. That’s right, as many as 10. On a team that won 10 games in each of the previous two seasons.

Kelly, quite obviously, was not messing around this offseason. But does he know what he’s doing? Are the Eagles better or just different? By the time Eagles visit FedEx Field on Oct. 4, we’ll know whether Kelly’s risky overhaul is working or not.

As you might expect, it’s really difficult to say what the key matchup will be three months out from the teams' first meeting. It’s even tougher when you’re evaluating a lineup that could feature five new starters on either side of the ball. But we can be sure of this much: Kelly didn’t give the NFL’s leading rusher $21 million in guarantees not to be the focal point of his offense.

We also know this: Murray carved up the Redskins’ defense last season as a member of the Cowboys. In their first meeting, he rushed for 141 yards on 19 carries (7.4 yards per) and hauled in four passes for 80 yards. In the second meeting, Murray went for 100 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown and snagged three passes for 21 yards.

Indeed, it's not much of a stretch to predict that this Week 4 division showdown will be a huge test of the Redskins’ improved defensive line and unit coordinator Joe Barry’s scheme.

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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here


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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler


Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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