Quick Links

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft impact, Jacoby snub

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft impact, Jacoby snub

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 11, 26 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  


Days until:

NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 18
Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 65
—NFL Draft (4/27) 75
First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 211

The Redskins week that was

Here is a look back at some of the most popular posts from the past week on and on

What are realistic expectations for Josh Doctson in 2017?—The word is that the 2016 first-round pick has been running, which is a step in the right direction. I expect him to look good in OTAs and in training camp but I’ll caution everyone to wait until we see him on the field in the preseason and once the games start counting before drawing any lasting conclusions.

RELATED: #RedskinsTalk podcast: How far away from a Super Bowl?

Looking for first-round value for the Redskins—After the season ended, Jay Gruden talked about the lack of impact that his teams have had from first-round picks. "We’re getting there, but we’ve had, what, two first-round picks since I’ve been here? One of them hasn’t played a down (Doctson), or played one game, and the other one is a guard (Brandon Scherff)," he said. "We have got to utilize our picks." That was a plea to Scot McCloughan to get him some impact players for him in the first round. The team didn’t have a first-rounder Gruden’s first year here as that pick was the last installment in the busted RG3 trade. It’s to Gruden’s credit that he has been able to keep the team competitive with relatively little impact (giving a nod to Scherff’s Pro Bowl selection but guard is just a low-impact position) from the first round.

Redskins yet to begin contract talks with multiple free agents—From the bit of checking around that I’ve done you could take “Redskins” in that headline and fill in the names of virtually every other NFL team and still have a story. Teams are still in the process of valuing players and there is no point in starting talks until they have their ducks in a row.

More Redskins: Money will be an issue in keeping DJax

Jacoby misses on Hall of Fame vote—I have one other angle on this topic, which has been well discussed this past week. I thought that championships were supposed to count for something in this process. Among the six players who got the nod, I counted a total of three rings, two for Terrell Davis and one for Kurt Warner. The other four players, LaDainian Tomlinson, Morten Anderson, Jason Taylor, and Kenny Easley, had a combined zero Super Bowl appearances in their careers. I guess rings matter when the panel wants them to matter.

The NFL business season gets underway for Redskins—We are in a bit of a lull right now but things pick up fast when the calendar hits March, with the NFL Combine starting up on the same day as the franchise tag deadline. The “legal tampering” period starts right after the combine and then free agency comes on March 9. Take a deep breath now before the NFL’s version of March Madness commences.

Tandler on Facebook

In case you missed it

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

Quick Links

Don't believe dumb Twitter rumors about the Redskins started by fake accounts

USA Today

Don't believe dumb Twitter rumors about the Redskins started by fake accounts

Don’t believe dumb internet rumors. Start there. 

Sunday night some fake Twitter accounts tweeted that a trade between the Redskins and Lions was very close, a deal that would ship productive WR Marvin Jones from Detroit to Washington in exchange for unproductive former first-round pick WR Josh Doctson.

What is to believe here? Next to nothing.

Jones is under Lions control for two more seasons and makes about $7 million a year. That’s tremendous value for somebody that posted 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns two seasons ago. Doctson has exactly 1,100 yards in his three-year NFL career. 

There is some speculation that Jones could be on the outs in Detroit, mostly because of the hard charging style of head coach Matt Patricia. Jones also missed half of last season with a knee injury and is still working his way back, missing all of Detroit's offseason work.

Even if Jones is on the outs with Patricia, and there are worries about the knee, he would command more in a trade than Doctson, who only has one year left on his contract. 

This is from Detroit Free Press Lions reporter Dave Birkett's mailbag last week: "Jones has two years left on his contract at very reasonable salaries of $6.5 million per season. The Lions would be foolish to move on from him right now. He provides more than most players at his salary, and it’s not like there are suitable replacements out there. Jones spent all spring working with the rehab group and I expect him to have a strong season this fall. I can’t imagine the Lions moving on from him at this point, unless we hit October and they’re struggling to keep their head above water. If that happens, all bets are off."

This also seems like a pertinent time to mention that Washington team president Bruce Allen spent last week in France. 

Allen makes the trades for the Redskins. Allen is the boss. He was out of the country last week, and probably not fielding trade phone calls from Cannes. 

To be fair, there have been conversations inside Redskins Park about moving Doctson for more than a year, including in the weeks leading up to the trading deadline last season. He hasn't been moved, however, and his trade value is probably at an all-time low after Washington decided not to exercise a fifth-year team option on his contract earlier this offseason. 

Could Marvin Jones help the Redskins' receiving group? Absolutely. 

But a trade requires much more than that. 

Quick Links

9 movies Redskins fans should watch to get ready for the 2019 NFL season


9 movies Redskins fans should watch to get ready for the 2019 NFL season

Redskins training camp doesn't begin until July 25, so you've got some time and need some football content in your life to hold you over.

Luckily, there are plenty of football movies out there, just waiting for you to watch them. But which ones should top your queue?

Here are nine of the best football films you need to throw on, both because they're entertaining and because they'll get you fired up for the 2019 Redskins season.

Friday Night Lights

If you ever find one of these lists and it doesn't include Friday Night Lights, never visit that website again. The game action in this is truly fantastic and just what you need if you're having trouble waiting to see Landon Collins destroy an opposing receiver.

The Replacements

It's not going to be the most amazing piece of cinema you've ever seen, but it offers a chance to see Keanu Reeves do something other than play John Wick, and is loosely based on the Redskins' scabs who came up clutch in the 1987 campaign.

Jerry Maguire

So this one doesn't involve much on-field play. However, it's still a quality drama and features some stellar performances. Plus, one of its signature lines — "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" — might be what Trent Williams is telling the Burgundy and Gold these days, too.

Remember the Titans

Look, it's not the most complex or surprising movie. But Denzel Washington is compelling as usual, it covers an important issue and the cast has some enjoyable chemistry. 

Any Given Sunday

Did this need to be almost as long as a regular season contest? No. With that being said, the cast is loaded as are the cameos, and of course, Al Pacino's speech is a smash hit. 

The Blind Side

The Blind Side has a little bit of everything, from comedy to drama to some tear-jerking moments. Sandra Bullock leads you through it all by turning in a heck of a few hours portraying Leigh Anne Tuohy, and she later won an Academy Award because of her work.


Yes, Washington supporters will have to stomach seeing a lot of Eagles uniforms, yet this movie about Vince Papale miraculously making Philadelphia's roster is worth it. And you can follow it up with It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Invincible-inspired episode.


You may not know this one, but you should. It's documentary-style and follows a high school football team in Memphis as they try to navigate the ups and downs of a season and of their academic and personal lives. It's superb. 

Draft Day

It's flawed in places, but Draft Day is better than many think it is. Also, it'll allow you to reflect on what looks like a very promising 2019 Redskins draft class, an activity that'll always be fun.