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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Chiefs

Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Chiefs

KANSAS CITY—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 3, 12 days before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 2:30 p.m.  

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 19
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 25
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 32

Five key moments from Redskins vs Chiefs

Kirk Cousins’ 44-yard touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor—This pass gave the visiting underdogs a lead that they held until well into the third quarter. It also established Pryor, who had not been the recipient of any deep passes in the first three games, as a legitimate long-ball threat.

Alex Smith’s 32-yard pass to Travis Kelce—It was 10-0 at the time and on third and 14 it looked like the Chiefs were going to have a second straight three and out. But Smith found Kelce down the middle for the first down. They didn’t score on the possession but the extended drive was the beginning of the process of wearing down the Washington defense.

Preston Smith offside on third and goal at the one—The penalty yardage was insignificant but it gave the Chiefs another opportunity to score a touchdown after what appeared to be a third-down stop. Kansas City scored on the next play to go up for the first time at 14-10. There were two other key penalties in the drive, a horse-collar tackle on Bashaud Breeland and a roughing the passer foul on Junior Galette.

Cousins pass to Davis for 69 yards—Immediately after that touchdown drive, Cousins found Davis down the seam and the 33-year-old tight end looked like a much younger player as he wove his way down the field all the way down the field to the six yard line. Two plays later, Cousins threw to Ryan Grant and the Redskins regained the lead.

Cousins pass intended for Doctson in the end zone incomplete—On third and two from the KC 22 with 57 seconds left the Redskins had a chance to win it when Josh Doctson had two hands on a pass into the end zone. The problem was he had to leap over the defender to try to make the catch and the receiver landed hard on the ground, dislodging the ball from his grip. It was a very tough chance and while you’d like to see him come down with that it would be unfair to call it a drop. In any case, the Redskins had to settle for a tying field goal.

Smith 37-yard pass to Albert Wilson—Cousins made some plays with his feet during the drive to the tying field goal and Smith, who had made such plays all day, made one here. He had to scramble to his right and just before he crossed the line of scrimmage he found Wilson free down the sideline. The throw was on the money and Wilson held onto the ball despite taking a hard hit from safety Montae Nicholson. That put the Chiefs in field goal range at the Washington 34 and after a Kareem Hunt run it, rookie Harrison Butker came in and booted the game-winner from 43 yards.

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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, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

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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