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Paea wants to bring J.J. Watt-like attack to Redskins' defense

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Paea wants to bring J.J. Watt-like attack to Redskins' defense

New Redskins defensive end Stephen Paea hopes to bring a J.J. Watt-like versatility to Washington's defense.

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Don't look now but Redskins drafts are starting to produce among the NFL's best

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Don't look now but Redskins drafts are starting to produce among the NFL's best

For years, maybe decades, the Redskins did not treat the NFL Draft with the seriousness of the best teams in the league. 

The organization often traded away important picks for veterans, and when Washington did make picks, they missed. 

T.J. Duckett for a third-round selection? Sure.

Malcolm Kelly, Fred Davis and Devin Thomas in the second round? Sure.

A second-round pick for Donovan McNabb? Sure. 

The trade to acquire Robert Griffin III doesn't even need to be mentioned. That trade, while giving up a boatload of first-round picks, at least produced an NFC East title, even if it ended spectacularly. 

Anyway, enough about how things used to be run. Things are run differently now, and the results are obvious. 

The 2018 Redskins defense contains plenty of draft picks. The team found first-round success with Daron Payne and Johnathan Allen, but also late round picks like Greg Stroman and Matt Ioannidis.

Offensively, many of the biggest names came through the draft, even if some are injured now. Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Josh Doctson. All draft picks, some early, some late, some mid-rounders. 

Add it all up and it shows the Redskins have overhauled their personnel philosophy. The NFL draft has become the centerpiece of team building, not free agency. 

This procedural change was a long time coming, and it's working. 

Keep in mind the above stat means draft picks still playing in the NFL but doesn't necessarily mean still playing on the team that drafted them. For the Burgundy and Gold, that means players like Kendall Fuller of the Chiefs, Ryan Grant of the Colts, Spencer Long of the Jets and Brian Orakpo of the Titans. 

Bigger picture, however, it means the Redskins are drafting and drafting well. Nearly half of the current 53-man roster came from Redskins draft picks, and that doesn't include undrafted success stories like Quinton Dunbar, Maurice Harris and Danny Johnson. 

The Redskins have become a team focused on acquiring more picks in each draft, even letting their own home grown players walk to pile up compensatory picks. 

It's a formula many successful teams like the Packers and Patriots have used for a long time.

In Washington, it's a relatively new way to design the roster, but it seems much more effective than the old way. 

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Who to root for in Week 11 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

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Who to root for in Week 11 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

If you are Washington Redskins fan, you're probably just worried about the team making the playoffs. You're not worried too much about how the rest of the NFC Playoff Picture is playing out.

Well with a 6-3 record you can be, and you should be, looking at how the postseason bracket will shape up. So we will help you out on which teams to root for this week. 

In a rare situation, the Redskins hold their postseason fate in their own hands. Win out and the team is the division champion at 13-3. With a record like that, there is the potential for more than just a division title. 

No one reading this is naive to believe that Washington is built to run the table the rest of the way. The NFL is not like that. At the same time most other teams won't win out either.

The following results would significantly help the Redskins make the playoffs with a highest seed possible.

Redskins Week 11 Rooting Guide

Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (4-5)
Thursday at 8:20 p.m.

Ties are confusing when it comes to the playoff picture. To make it easier for everyone involved just keep Green Bay out of contention even though the Redskins have the tiebreaker over them. On top of that, the Seahawks have a worse winning percentage so it all works out to root for the Seahawks.

Dallas Cowboys (4-5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (4-5)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m.

If the Redskins take care of business and win the division it will not matter either way. As a Washington fan though it's always easy to root against the Cowboys and it could boost that division lead. While the Falcons do have the win over Washington to carry them over, it would take the Redskins falling to a Wild Card spot to be an issue. Root for the Falcons.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) vs. New York Giants (2-7)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Neither of these opponents should be a factor in the Redskins' playoff outlook. While there is one game left against the Giants, overall it should be a non-threat. Technically there are probably better odds for the Buccaneers to come back in the Wild Card than the Giants in the division, so root for the Giants.

Carolina Panthers (6-3) vs. Detroit Lions (3-6)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Even with the head-to-head over the Panthers, Washington should not be comfortable that it will come down to that. Carolina is a good team that not only is the biggest threat to the Saints in the NFC South, but is a team that currently holds the top Wild Card spot. If for some reason Philadelphia or Dallas makes a push for the division title some breathing room in the Wild Card race would be nice. Root for the Lions.

Oakland Raiders (1-8) vs. Arizona Cardinals (2-7)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4:05 p.m.

AFC vs. NFC. Cardinals are still alive in the playoff picture. Root for the Raiders.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) vs. New Orleans Saints (8-1)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4:25 p.m.

The Saints are two games ahead of the Redskins in seeding. Factoring in that New Orleans has the tiebreaker, it might as well be a 2.5 game advantage. Washington probably will not have a chance to surpass the Saints, but that lead in the division is not safe. Root for the Saints.

Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) vs. Chicago Bears (6-3)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8:20 p.m.

This matchup is essentially a push. By a fraction the Bears have a better winning percentage, but there is more confidence the Vikings will come back and have a better finish. General rule of thumb, never assume the future of a team. Root for the Vikings.

Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) vs. Los Angeles Rams (9-1)
Monday, Nov. 19 at 8:15 p.m.

Does any reasonable person think the Redskins can pass the Rams? No. Could something crazy happen? It's the NFL so yes it could. No reason not to root for the Chiefs in this one. 

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