As the NFL Draft creeps into the last two rounds, the prospects often come from lower profile schools and locations. So when the Redskins drafted center Chase Roullier from Wyoming, he fits that mold.
What stands out though is Washington moved up in the draft to select Roullier. That tells the league this was not just throwing a dart at the board, but rather a strategic move to acquire a player they specifically wanted. For that, fans should be encouraged.
Here are a few more reasons:
- Versatile - Roullier played guard for his first three seasons in Wyoming before switching to center his senior year. That versatility is a bonus for the Redskins. Think about Washington's offensive line: Center Spencer Long played guard in college at Nebraska. Right guard Brandon Scherff played tackle in college at Iowa. On the O-line, it's an asset when a player can man multiple positions.
- Run tough - Over the last two seasons, Wyoming RB Brian Hill has run for more than 3,400 yards. His gaudy yardage totals led to his being drafted in the 5th round by the Atlanta Falcons. Roullier was a big part of that.
- Savage - Roullier is from Savage, Minnesota. Case closed.
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Sloppy field conditions on Sunday for a matchup between the Redskins and 49ers made it seem as if offense would be hard to come by at times.
Until the third quarter, offense was hard to come by at all.
Finally, with around five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the scoreless tie was broken with a 28-yard field goal by Robbie Gould of the 49ers.
Gould added another field goal in the fourth to make it 6-0.
The low-scoring affair has featured a lot of runs, two missed field goals, turnovers and a lot of sliding around on the field.
Just when it seemed like the Redskins were going to put up a score of their own, Adrian Peterson coughed up the football. Because, of course that would happen during a game like this.
If you're thinking that this contest seems to lack points more than usual, you would be correct.
Subject to change based on how the rest of the game plays out, the teams are on pace to enter a small, sad and historic group.
They say the NFL is becoming an offensive league. This game begs to differ.
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The Redskins had chances to get an unexpected win Sunday, but the team didn't convert on their opportunities. In the end, the 9-0 loss leaves Washington with a 1-6 record and many more questions than answers.
The game was played in terrible weather, pouring rain for three hours, and the action resembled the weather. Neither team played particualrly well but the 49ers handled the slop better than the Redskins.
Some things stood out from the action, and it started on defense.
- Maybe it was the weather or maybe it was the effort, but Washington only gave up nine points and no touchdowns. Niners QB Jimmy Garaplo had only 10 passing yards at halftime and was sacked and harassed throughout the game. In the second half, San Francisco started to find some success passing into the middle of the Redskins defense, but largely the group played well. The weather helped too, make no mistake about that.
- Coming into this game the 49ers had committed seven turnovers in their last three games but had given up no TDs off those turnovers. For the Redskins to win on Sunday they had to convert turnovers into scores. The team got a chance when seldom-used safety Troy Apke grabbed an interception and put the Redskins offense in good field position. Three plays later, however, the Redskins were forced to punt. San Francisco's defense is quite good, and it seems they get particularly motivated after their offense turns the ball over.
- The flip side of that equation was a killer Adrian Peterson fumble late in the third quarter. The Redskins had put together an impressive drive and looked positioned to at least tie the game with a field goal if not take the lead with a touchdown. Peterson hit the hole and as he was going down the ball got ripped out of his arms, the 49ers recovered, and Washington's best second-half scoring chance was ruined. That was Peterson's first fumble of the year.
- It's hard to write enough about the weather, which was the single biggest factor in the outcome of this game. Neither offense had much success, multiple field goals got missed and plenty of people splashed all over the field. There was one play that crushed the Redskins, however, when the 49ers appeared to fumble. The refs called the play off as the umpire wasn't set yet, but the ball was on the ground and the Redskins recovered. Expect to hear more about that.
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