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Holiday wish list: Five things the Redskins should ask for

Holiday wish list: Five things the Redskins should ask for

In honor of the holiday season, we're making wish lists for every local team. The Redskins have been relatively blessed this season, but that doesn't mean there's nothing left to ask for. 

Here are the five things that should be on Washington's wish list for the most wonderful time of the year. 

1. Jordan Reed recovers and stays healthy down the stretch: Reed is a game-changer for both the Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins. He's suffered a concussion and shoulder injury this year and sometimes played hurt. A fully healthy Reed is capable of multi-touchdown games, as he's done twice this season. With Washington is on the fringes of a playoff berth, 100-percent Reed could be the difference. 

2. Jerry Jones pushes starting Tony Romo in the playoffs: Nothing would please Redskins fans more than to make the postseason, then face a Tony Romo-led Cowboys. Fans should cross their fingers that Jerry keeps undermining Dak Prescott's confidence, only to pull the switcheroo once the playoffs start. 

3. Goal-to-go touchdowns: Kirk Cousins has performed well on the whole this season. But whether it's Cousins on the offense, he's only completing 29.41 percent of his passes inside the oppenent's 10-yard line. That number is worst among starting quarterbacks. He has the 5th most passing attempts inside the 10, but only the 21st most completions. A few more touchdowns in these situations would be nice.

4. Average 3rd down defenseThe Redskins have the second worst third down defense in the league, allowing their opponents to convert 48.19 percent of their third down attempts. Over the last three games, that number is 54.76 percent, worst in NFL. Washington hasn't invested a ton in its defensive line and doesn't have a bunch of Pro Bowl players in the front seven, but improving to league-average third down defense (around 38 percent) over the last three games could be good enough for the playoffs. 

5. Reasonable schedule: Hey NFL schedule makers, the Redskins were tangibly disadvantaged this season. Do better for 2017. 

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com and TeamRankings.com 

MORE REDSKINS: Matthew McConaughey on Cousins: I've seen enough, let's sign him

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count. 

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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

For most humans, a workout on the treadmill consists of the following steps:

1) Get on with plans of running at a high speed for a long time. 

2) Realize three minutes in that you have no interest in running either at a high speed or for a long time because running on a treadmill is really one of the more awful things you can subject yourself to on this planet.

3) Get off.

On Friday, though, Derrius Guice shared something on Twitter that shows his attitude toward the treadmill is very different from most humans.

LOOK. AT. THIS. DAMN. VIDEO:

Judging by the speed and tilt of the machine, the Redskins' second-year RB turned every setting on that thing to its maximum number. Even the obnoxious overachievers at your gym don't have the courage to go above level 8.

Honestly, he's going so hard that you almost feel bad for the treadmill. Someone get that treadmill into an ice bath ASAP. 

Earlier this week, Guice provided an update on his comeback from a torn ACL, saying he's still "strong as an ox" and "getting it back." If this is what it looks like when he's "getting it back," what's it going to be like when he's fully gotten it back?

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