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Redskins stock up-stock down at Dallas

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Redskins stock up-stock down at Dallas

There were a lot more ups than downs for the Redskins following their 38-31 win over the Cowboys on Thursday:

Up—OK, he didn’t post a perfect QB rating and he did throw a key interception but the Redskins don’t even come close to winning that game in the days before the arrival of Robert Griffin III.

Up—Pierre Garçon was almost silent in his return to the lineup last Sunday, leading many to wonder if the team’s top free agent find would be productive before 2013, if ever. He answered the questions with five receptions for 93 yards including a nifty 59-yard catch and run in the third quarter. He now 16 catches, two of them TD’s of 59 yards or longer. The Redskins had zero such plays all of last year.

DownTrent Williams allowed four QB hurries and was bailed out a few times by RG3’s mobility. He wasn’t all that good in run blocking, either.

Up—For a while, Aldrick Robinson was buried on the bench, getting very limited action despite the absence of Garçon. In the past two games he has emerged as a deep pass specialist with two targets, two receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Very efficient, to say the least.

Up—Tony Romo didn’t throw in DeAngelo Hall’s direction much. Of his 62 passes only either were targeted at Hall’s receiver. Hall allowed five receptions for just 36 yards and had an interception that set up the Redskins’ fourth second-quarter touchdown.

Down—Josh Wilson spent most of the day covering Dez Bryant, who is getting hot. Wilson was thrown at 10 times and he allowed seven receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Up—Perry Riley didn’t make as many big plays as he did against the Eagles but the was rock solid with eight tackles, one of them for a loss.

Up—Alfred Morris keeps on chugging. He rushed for 113 yesterday and should go over 1000 yards for the year sometime in the first half against the Giants (18 to go).

Down—What were you thinking, Brandon Banks, when you ran that punt out of the end zone? Yeah, you’re desperate to make a big play but you have to use your head out there. 

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 

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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."

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