Yes, even those of in the DMV acknowledge that despite their lack of recent postseason success or consistent presence, the Dallas Cowboys have some talented players. As for who istheir best player, the answer offered up by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram may surprise you.Nope, not pass rushing force DeMarcus Ware. Quarterback Tony Romo or any of his pass catching targets? Wrong.Not even newly-added high-priced free agent corner Brandon Carr tops the list. The answer, Star-Telegram, if you please."Let's just call it like it is: Tyron Smith is the most talented football player on the Dallas Cowboys."Selected early in the first round last season, Smith is now transitioning from right tackle to becoming Romo's blindside protector."I think it's pretty high," Romo said of Smith's ceiling. "He takes it very serious, his job. It's great to see. "He's very committed. He has a high potential or talent level or whatever you want to call it. With his work ethic and his ability, he's only going to continue to get better and better."First rounder Cox filling Eagles defensive line needsThe Redskins gaping hole at quarterback, addressed with the fan-approved drafting of Robert Griffin III. Their division rivals in Philadelphia needed a run-stuffing defensive lineman capable of closing gaping holes created against them. With the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft, the Eagles selected one in Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Perhaps somewhat surprising given their fickle nature, the team'susually hard to please rooters approved, according to CSNphilly. For now, anyway.If Cox goes out and makes the plays that had many a draft pundit deem him the top defensive tackle in the draft, the fans, even the Eagles prickly brood, will remain on his side.I just go out and be who I am, Cox said. Not trying to be some Superman, just go out and do what I did back in college and get better. I cant be Superman, trying to do things that I cant do.Randle's fortuitous fallWide receiver Rueben Randle went from being a college star at LSU to an NFL draft slider, falling to the end of round two after many labeled him a first round option. He ended up being drafted by theSuper Bowl champion New York Giants, a team with Eli Manning at quarterback and lost Mario Manningham in free agency.Yeah, not a bad landing spot when you think about it."It was a humbling experience," Randle said on Thursday at the Giants practice facility in the Meadowlands. "It wasn't really anything I could complain about, coming into a blessing and a home like this. Once I sat back and looked at it that way, it really wasn't a bad situation at all."With Manningham gone, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks out with an injured foot until perhaps the start ofthe regular season and the tight end position in flux, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound target is in position for some serious playing time.
Since breaking the tibia and fibula in his right leg in mid-November, Alex Smith endured an intense recovery that included surgeries to fix the spiral fractures in his bones as well as multiple procedures to fight off infection in the leg.
The good news, finally, is that Smith is now out of the hospital and his prognosis has improved to the point that he might be able to return to the football field in 2019, ESPN reported.
Without Smith, the Redskins have been in a tailspin.
The team has lost four straight, including an embarrassing home loss to the New York Giants where Washington trailed 40-0 in the second half.
After losing Smith, backup quarterback Colt McCoy broke his leg two weeks later in Philadelphia. Without a third QB anywhere on the roster, McCoy's injury forced the Redskins to turn to QB Mark Sanchez, who played terrible in his only start against New York. In the second half of that game, 'Skins coach Jay Gruden turned to Josh Johnson, another journeyman who has played on 12 teams in his career. On Sunday, Johnson will make his first start since the 2011 season when the Redskins face the Jaguars.
On a personal level, Redskins fans should be happy that finally good news is emerging for Smith.
On a football level, Redskins fans should be equally happy that Smith might be able to return to the field next year. He will count for more than $20 million against the salary cap next season, healthy or not, and then $21 million in 2020.
Washington would be wise to add another QB in the 2019 NFL Draft, but with the type of money committed to Smith for the next few seasons, the team would face significant financial hurdles if he's not on the field.
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Things have gone downhill fast for the Redskins.
Washington turned in their worst performance of the season this past Sunday, falling to the lowly New York Giants 40-16 at home, marking four straight losses following a 6-3 start to the season. Quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was making his first start since 2015 in place of the injured Colt McCoy, did not last three quarters before he was benched for Josh Johnson. The team had signed Johnson, who had last thrown an NFL pass in 2011, just four days prior. Johnson had to play Madden in order to learn his teammates names.
Surprisingly, there is still a path to the playoffs, even with the team on their fourth quarterback of the season. On Sunday, they travel to Jacksonville for a clash with the Jaguars, a team that was just a few plays away from a Super Bowl berth earlier this calendar year. The Jaguars have been one of the most dissapointing teams in the NFL this season in terms of their preseason expectations, but present a tough challenge for the Redskins this Sunday nonetheless.
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REDSKINS vs. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS WEEK 15
Who: Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars
What: Game 14 of the 2018 NFL regular season
When: Sunday, Dec. 16. 1:00 p.m ET
Where: TIAA Bank Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida
TV Channel: CBS
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Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Point Spread: Jaguars, -7
Weather: 63 degrees, mostly sunny
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REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Week 1: Sun., 9/9, @ Arizona Cardinals (24-6, W)
Week 2: Sun, 9/16, vs. Indianapolis Colts (21-9, L)
Week 3: Sun., 9/23, vs. Green Bay Packers (31-17, W)
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, (43-19, L)
Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (23-17, W)
Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (20-17, W)
Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (20-13, W)
Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (38-14, L)
Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (16-3 W)
Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (23-21 L)
Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (31-23 L)
Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (28-13 L)
Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (40-16, L)
Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Week 16: Sat., 12/22, @ Tennessee Titans, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
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