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OPEN THREAD: What to make of the Redskins cuts

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OPEN THREAD: What to make of the Redskins cuts

For the first few months Redskins GM Scot McCloughan mostly showed his warm and fuzzy side, praising players and adding to the roster via the draft and free agency. Wednesday, that all changed, when McCloughan made the decision to cut two veteran players from the Redskins in guard Chris Chester and cornerback Tracy Porter. 

Neither player was a fan favorite, but for different reasons.

Chester was a serviceable guard for the last four seasons, and durable too, starting all 16 games for the 'Skins from 2011 to 2014. Chester was a better run blocker than pass blocker, and while he was part of the team that won seven straight and took the 2012 NFC East crown, Chester never played near an All-Pro type level either.

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Releasing Chester comes at an interesting time for Washington, however, as it means Jay Gruden will likely be forced to start second year man Spencer Long at right guard, unless other position shuffling ends up happening. It's also possible rookies Brandon Scherff and Arie Kouandjio force their way into starting roles, or a player like Josh LeRibeus finally forces his way onto the field. The smart money, though, remains on Long replacing Chester. Interestingly, if Long and Scherff go on to start at right guard and tackle as many predict, the Redskins right side of the line will have zero career NFL starts between the two players. 

Chester wasn't great, but he filled a role. That is more than can be said for Tracy Porter.

Signed as a free agent in 2014, Porter played just three games last season. Where the Redskins certainly could have used Porter in 2014, the seven year veteran had no real role, and in turn, it's hard to say the team will miss him. 

McCloughan added corner Chris Culliver from San Francisco, and if DeAngelo Hall returns with a clean bill of health, it's hard to see a roster with space for Porter competing against Culliver, Hall, David Amerson, Bashaud Breeland and rookie sixth round pick Tevin Mitchell. The Porter cut just cements that thought from the front office.

More cuts could come, it's the nature of the NFL, and that could include some big names. It's always worth noting what players hold marginal roster spots that were brought in from previous regimes, especially when it seems McCloughan has drafted or added through free agency an obvious replacement. 

What do you think of Wednesday's cuts? Is cutting Chester a risky move? What about Porter? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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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?

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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? 

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