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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.

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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.

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?