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The Redskins have the assets to move up in the second round of the NFL Draft if the right player is there

The Redskins have the assets to move up in the second round of the NFL Draft if the right player is there

As of now, the Redskins have two draft picks today, one each in the second and third rounds. Tomorrow they have seven picks, one each of the last four rounds plus addition picks in the fourth, sixth, and seventh rounds.

But what if things get underway tonight and a player they really want starts to slide. Having so many picks would set up the perfect scenario for trading up to grab the player the Redskins want.

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How much could they move up? As of now, they have the 17th pick of the second round, the 49th overall. If they see a player still on the board early could deal that pick and their third-round pick and, per the trade value chart, that should move them up to anywhere in the top three picks and they could expect a sixth- or seventh-round pick in return to even out the trade.

If the round is progressing and they see a player high on their board as the pick approaches they could use one of their fourth-round picks to move up. They could take the earlier of their fourth rounders, the seventh in the round and No. 114 overall, and move from 17th to about 11th in the round. If that is the difference between getting a player like Dalvin Cook and getting one of lesser impact, they should strongly consider it.

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They could use their later pick in the fourth, the 17th in the round, to jump up three spots in the second.

There are endless possibilities for the Redskins. While they generally subscribe to the philosophy that having more draft picks gives you more chances in the lottery, the Redskins need impact players and if they need to move up to land one in the second round they shouldn’t hesitate to make the jump.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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