Redskins

Quick Links

The nuclear option that keeps Redskins out of playoffs even with win over Giants

The nuclear option that keeps Redskins out of playoffs even with win over Giants

For the Redskins to make the playoffs, much hinges on the Cowboys beating the Lions on Monday Night Football, but a more obscure option emerged that could keep Washington out of the postseason.

What?! For informational purposes, assume the Redskins beat the Giants next week. Well, if Detroit loses to Dallas on Monday and then ties with the Packers next week, all three of the Lions, Green Bay and the 'Skins would have records of 9-6-1.

Green Bay would edge out the Lions for the NFC North title due to a head-to-head win in Week 3, and Detroit would edge out the Redskins for the 6th and final playoff spot thanks to the Lions head-to-head win in Week 7. 

So that begs the question, any chance the Lions and Packers would intentionally play for the tie? From any player or coach or league official, that answer will always be no. Off the record, it still would be pretty hard for NFL players to play for a tie. Not to mention, that would mean Detroit giving up on an NFC North title and a home playoff game, which isn't going to happen.

What could happen, however, is that both the Packers and Lions coaching staff play things a bit more conservatively, especially late in a close game with the clock ticking down. Why risk a loss when a tie gets you into the postseason? It's simple self-preservation.

Of course, all of this could be rendered useless if Detroit wins against Dallas. Check back tomorrow. 

Quick Links

Redskins cut edge rusher Noah Spence, promote Carroll Phillips from practice squad

Redskins cut edge rusher Noah Spence, promote Carroll Phillips from practice squad

The Redskins cut former Buccaneers second-round pick Noah Spence Tuesday and promoted Carroll Phillips from the practice squad, according to Ian Rapoport

Washington signed Spence in mid-September after the Bucs cut him at the end of training camp.

Hopes were high for Spence in Tampa after he recorded 5.5 sacks in his rookie season, but has only recorded two sacks in the three seasons following 2016. 

Phillips joined the Redskins practice squad in Week 9 after playing in limited snaps with the Jaguars and Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2017. 

The Illinois product figures to be the fourth man in the Redskins pass rush rotation behind Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat and Ryan Anderson. 

MORE REDSKINS NEWS:

Quick Links

2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Will the Redskins go best player available at No. 2?

jeudy_young_thomas_usat.jpg
USA TODAY Sports Images

2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Will the Redskins go best player available at No. 2?

After Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season, only the Cincinnati Bengals have a higher likelihood of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft than the Washington Redskins. 

Washington is 1-9, and it's hard to identify which, if any, games remaining on their schedule are winnable. In all likelihood, even if the Burgundy and Gold tally another win or two on the season, Washington will be selecting a player in the top five of the 2020 NFL Draft.

So how do the Redskins turn it around? It starts with the draft

In our latest Mock Draft 5.0, the Redskins have the No. 2 overall pick. With the team needing help in a variety of areas, what do they do with the pick?

<<CHECK OUT OUR 2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT 5.0 HERE>>

Here are a few options.

Chase Young, Ohio State, EDGE: In a draft full of offensive talent, Young has been widely considered the best player available. The OSU product would make an immediate impact on a team that has struggled to get to the quarterback in 2019. Our mock draft has Washington taking Young.

Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, WR: Jeudy is arguably the best wide receiver prospect since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. He's lethal with the ball in his hands and is the best route runner in college football. Outside of Terry McLaurin, Washington's wide receiving corps have little promise. Selecting Jeudy would give young QB Dwayne Haskins a go-to target.

Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State, CB: Quinton Dunbar has had a solid season for the Burgundy and Gold, but both Josh Norman and Fabian Moreau have been liabilities in the secondary. With Norman's contract, Washington will likely release him in the offseason. Okudah is the best cornerback in the draft and has elite man-to-man and ball skills.

Andrew Thomas, Georgia, LT: Donald Penn has proven to be a serviceable fill in, but at 36 years old, he has little future in Washington. Trent Williams has vowed to never be a Redskin again, meaning this position becomes a necessity for the Redskins. Thomas is the best offensive lineman in the class and would be a Day 1 starter for Washington.

Trade Back: The No. 2 overall pick could be used as a trade asset for the Burgundy and Gold before or on draft day. With quarterbacks Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and potentially Tua Tagovailoa slated to go in the top five of the draft, any QB-needy team could offer the Redskins a package they cannot refuse for the No. 2 pick. The Redskins have holes across the board, and the best way to address them could be stockpiling draft picks, similarly to how the Raiders did in 2019.

MORE REDSKINS NEWS: