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Joe Jacoby headlines duo of former Redskins tabbed as 2017 Hall of Fame finalists

Joe Jacoby headlines duo of former Redskins tabbed as 2017 Hall of Fame finalists

On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame unveiled the 15 finalists for the 2017 Hall of Fame class, and two former Redskins are one step closer to a gold jacket and legendary enshrinement.

Joe Jacoby, an undrafted offensive tackle from Louisville who went on to become the founding member of the iconic "Hogs" offensive line that propelled the Redskins to three Super Bowl titles, was named as one of the 15 finalists along with defensive end Jason Taylor, who spent the 2008 season with the Redskins after spending the first ten years of his career with the Dolphins.

Jacoby spent his entire career with the Redskins, earning four trips to the Pro Bowl and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1980's.

Jacoby started 148 games for the Redskins, playing in 170 and was the lead blocker for John Riggins' iconic touchdown run in Super Bowl XVII against the Dolphins.

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The 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists joining Jacoby and Taylor are:

— S Brian Dawkins — Eagles 1996-2008; Bronco 2009-2011

— RB LaDainian Tomlinson — Charger 2001-09; Jets 2010-2011

— K Morten Andersen— Saints 1982-1994; Falcons 1995-2000; Giants 2001; Chiefs 2002-2003; Vikings 2004

— Coach Don Coryell— Cardinals 1973-1977; Chargers 1978-1986

— QB Kurt Warner — Rams 1998-2003; Giants 2004; Cardinals 2005-2009

— RB Terrell Davis— Broncos 1995-2001

— WR Isaac Bruce — Rams 1994; Rams 1995-2007; 49ers 2008-2009

— WR Terrell Owens — 49ers 1996-2003; Eagles 2004-2005; Cowboys 2006-2008; Bills 2009; Bengals 2010

— OT Tony Boselli — Jaguars 1995-2001; Texans 2002

— G Alan Faneca — Steelers 1998-2007; Jets 2008-2009; Cardinals 2010

— CB Ty Law — Patriots 1995-2004; Jets 2005, '08; Chiefs 2006-2007; Broncos 2009

— S John Lynch — Buccaneers 1993-2003; Broncos 2004-2007

— C Kevin Mawae — Seahawks 1994-1997; Jets 1998-2005; Titans 2006-2009

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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.

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Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect

Darnell Savage has been getting a lot of buzz since the Packers traded up to the 21st overall pick to select him in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his teammates are on board.

The Maryland star was one of the draft's biggest risers, and it was well warranted.

The Packers' Instagram account posted a video of Savage Wednesday, and his teammate Davante Adams chimed in.

“The boy gonna be special,” Adams wrote.

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“He’s going to be that guy — I can tell," Adams said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "We definitely got a steal." “I know we got him early, but I still think that he could have gone even earlier just based on what he’s doing out there. He plays like a vet, he knows how to practice, and he’s smart, man.

Savage will face the Redskins in Week 14 when the Burgundy and Gold head up to Lambeau Field on December 8 for the matchup against the Packers.

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