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Even after being fired, Scot McCloughan auctioning items for Redskins charity

Even after being fired, Scot McCloughan auctioning items for Redskins charity

Taking the high road is always encouraged, but often it can be much easier to say than to actually do. Not for former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan.

After a messy divorce with the organization on March 9 amid reports of a power struggle and anonymous personal accusations, McCloughan has largely kept a low profile as he again built up his independent scouting service. At least two NFL teams are already working with McCloughan, a gifted talent evaluator, and he advised other teams before the NFL Draft as well. 

Beyond scouting personnel, McCloughan is now efforting to give back to the Redskins through their charitable arm. Jessica McCloughan, Scot's wife, posted to Twitter a few days ago that the family would auction off the former GM's highly recognizable camouflage baseball hat (seen in photo below), autographed with an "HTTR" tagline. The proceeds? They will go towards the Redskins Charitable Foundation. 

"When it’s all said and done, Scot and I are still grateful that we were able to come here, so why not give back to the people that brought us here,” Jessica McCloughan said to The Washington Post. “The Charitable Foundation truly does a ton of stuff for kids in the D.C. area."

McCloughan will also auction off a tan suit jacket with proceeds going to Northern Virginia Family Services. McCloughan often wore the suit on the sidelines of Redskins games, and it certaily looks like the jacket McCloughan wore to his introductory press conference when he was named Redskins GM in 2015 (photo below). The jacket has a cool backstory too: Mike Nolan bought it for McCloughan in San Francisco. Why? McCloughan didn't then own a suit.  

McCloughan remains immensely popular with Redskins fans, and the prices for the memorabilia back it up. Last check, the hat was going for more than $600 on eBay while the jacket was up over $200. To bid on the hat, click here, and click here to bid on the suit jacket.

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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

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Timeline 

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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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.

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