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Report: After talking to Patriots, Knighton plans to visit Redskins

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Report: After talking to Patriots, Knighton plans to visit Redskins

After not seeing much action in the early stages of free agency, Terrance Knighton has really started to receive some interest in his future services during the past day or so. And it looks like that intrigue will continue into Wednesday.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the nose tackle visited with the Patriots on Tuesday, and he'll be heading to talk with the Redskins, the team he spent the 2015/16 season with, tomorrow.

Washington and Knighton originally parted ways back on March 7, when the 29-year-old thanked the DMV for welcoming him and said in a tweet that, "The Pot Roast train has been told to move on." However, the Redskins have yet to make a move to fill the position Knighton plays, and perhaps will look to do so by re-signing him as opposed to picking up a new piece via free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft.

One person who'll be thrilled by this report? Pot Roast's buddy, Chris Baker, who recently ignited a mini campaign using the hashtag #KeepPotRoastInDC as a way to promote the return of No. 98. Baker put up a photo of Knighton on Instagram Monday saying that Knighton has already become "much slimmer" than he was during the year.

The seven-year veteran plays a spot on the defensive line where it's difficult to measure his impact, due to the lack of opportunities to pick up sacks or other stats. But his Redskins teammates often spoke of his leadership and the example he set in what proved to be a major bounce-back campaign for the franchise.

Originally, it seemed as if Knighton's time in D.C. would only span one season. You'd have to imagine that the chances of that number growing to two, though, must be increasing, at least a little, with news of his impending visit.

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Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the FedEx Field end zones ditched their usual gold trim for some pink instead. As it turns out, burgundy and pink go quite well together.

The reason for the change was to celebrate the Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness game as well as the 20th anniversary of Tanya Snyder's THINK-PINK! campaign.

Mrs. Snyder started the movement two decades ago by passing out 8,000 handmade pink ribbons at the team's stadium meant to remind people that early detection of breast cancer can make a major difference.

Now, her campaign has gone league-wide and is the reason you see so many players wearing pink in October, fans waving pink towels in the stands and other awareness-raising initiatives throughout the NFL.

"Very, very, very proud," Snyder said while handing out ribbons before the Washington-Carolina game. "We're not finished, but we are making a difference with early detection. So I'm beaming." 

For more information on Snyder and the NFL's breast cancer efforts, head to redskins.com/thinkpink. And for more details about the events held at FedEx Field during Week 6, check out the video above.

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Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

If you want to, you can find plenty of things wrong with the Redskins’ 23-17 win over the Panthers. The home team was up 17-0 in the second quarter and yet had to hang on as the Panthers reached the red zone with a chance to win in the last minute. The game got tight because the Redskins continued their second-half scoring problems, putting up just six points. Alex Smith passed for just 153 yards. 

But you can’t poke holes in the fact that the Redskins are 3-2 and in first place in the NFC East. Sure, there is a long way to go. But consider this—a Redskins schedule that looked rough at the beginning of the season doesn’t look quite as tough. In fact, right now the Redskins have a better winning percentage than any team they will play in their remaining 11 games. 

Yes, that’s right. They have six games to play in the division, two each against the Cowboys and Eagles, both now 3-3, and the 1-5 Giants. Their two remaining games against the NFC South are against the 2-3 Bucs and the 2-4 Falcons. The schedule is rounded out with games against three AFC South teams, the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. All three of those teams are tied atop the division at 3-3. 

Of course, you can’t expect all of these teams to still be wallowing around .500 when they face the Redskins. It looks like the Eagles and Falcons are on the upswing and in today’s NFL any team can get hot at any time. 

And, as the Redskins demonstrated in their Week 2 loss to the Colts, they are capable of losing to a weak team. They still have plenty of issues they have to correct if they plan on maintaining their winning record and staying in contention for the division title. They won’t survive if they continue to have difficulty scoring in the second half (their only second-half TD this season came in garbage time against the Saints). They need to get more sacks from Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, who have one combined. Plenty of details need to be ironed out. 

But the fact that they are a flawed team doesn’t take away from the fact that they got a quality win over the Panthers. Carolina was 3-1, coming off of an 11-5 playoff season. On top of that, the Redskins had not beaten the Panthers since 2006, a stretch that included an 0-4 record against Cam Newton. They didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this year and they got a season-high three takeaways. Christian McCaffrey came into the game averaging 83 yards per game and left it averaging 70 after picking up 20 yards on eight carries. 

With all of that said, the Redskins still have to overcome their inconsistency. They have won two games in a row just twice since the beginning of the 2017 season. Nobody is going to believe that anything is different about the Redskins until they can string together three or four wins in a row. Until then, skepticism will abound. 

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