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Three late additions are making an impact for the Redskins


Three late additions are making an impact for the Redskins

Will Blackmon, Derek Carrier and Dustin Hopkins all play on different units for the Redskins. But they’ve got one thing in common: each has made a significant impact during the first seven weeks, despite not being on the roster at the outset of training camp.

“It’s not easy to come in here—you miss all of training camp and all of OTAs [and] all the mental gymnastics we go through to get guys ready to play,” Coach Jay Gruden said this week. “They came in late. They have to pick up the system in a hurry. Both [Blackmon and Carrier] have done that. [And] you can’t say enough about our kicker, Hopkins. I mean what he’s done, taking over for an established kicker.”

Carrier was the first of the three to arrive in Ashburn, Va., acquired Aug. 21 from the 49ers in exchange for a fifth round pick in 2016. The 25-year-old has started all seven games and hauled in 12 passes (on 14 targets) for 107 yards, a touchdown and three first downs. He’s also notched a special teams tackle.

Blackmon and Hopkins, meanwhile, signed as free agents within a day of each another following the season-opening loss to Miami.

Blackmon, a nine-year NFL veteran, played only five snaps in his Redskins’ debut. But as the injuries have mounted and his comfort level has grown, the 31-year-old has become a regular in the secondary. In fact, he’s started the past three games, playing all but three snaps against the Falcons, Jets and Buccaneers. (Only Bashaud Breeland has played more at corner than Blackmon.)

The biggest surprise, though, has been Hopkins, who replaced Kai Forbath prior to Week 2. The 25-year-old is 11-of-12 on field goals, including 2-of-3 from 50 or more yards out. Just as important, Hopkins has forced touchbacks on 71 percent of his kickoffs—the sixth best mark in the league.

“We’ve had some guys come in off the streets that have produced,” Gruden said. “We’ve needed them to. It’s going to help our depth later on down the road when we do get our players back. So it’s going to be exciting when our players get healthy and these guys will provide us with great depth.”

Gruden added: “They’ve shown they can play.”

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2018 Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 


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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.