Meriweather injury forced adjustments

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Meriweather injury forced adjustments

The knee injury Brandon Meriweather suffered prior to Sundays game in Tampa forced the coaching staff to make a flurry of unexpected adjustments to the game plan -- and the lineup -- just two hours before kickoff.

The other day, we thought Meriweather was going to play, Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Thursday. We had a lot of plans for him, things to do. He actually becomes our third corner in a lot of situations. So we had to scrap all that stuff.

Meriweather, who had missed almost all of the preseason and the first three games with two sprained ligaments in his left knee, was expected to make his regular season debut before colliding with teammate Aldrick Robinson during warmups. The veteran safety aggravated the same knee.

Youre sitting in the locker room crossing things off, adding things you can do, Haslett said of adjusting the game plan on the fly. It changes your plans. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses and Meriweather has great strengths. Hes an ex-corner that can be a really good cover-guy and we lost that ability.

With Meriweather unable to suit up, Haslett decided to start Reed Doughty in his place and designate DeJon Gomes as the backup. Gomes, interestingly, had started the previous three games as the Redskins secondary struggled.

Through four games, the unit has yielded a league-worst 11 passing touchdowns and second-worst 326.3 passing yards per game.

We just thought Reed deserved the opportunity, Haslett said. Nothing against D.J., but we were trying to find the right combinations. Since the start of the year we thought Tanard Jackson and Meriweather were going to the two safeties. It didnt work out that way.

Its unclear when Meriweather will return, but Coach Mike Shanahan has said hell miss at least Sundays game against Matt Ryan and the undefeated Falcons. Meriweather did not practice Wednesday but was spotted walking without a brace Thursday morning.

What do sports books think of Doctson's chances to win Rookie of the Year?

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What do sports books think of Doctson's chances to win Rookie of the Year?

The Redskins drafted TCU wide receiver Josh Docston with the No. 22 overall draft pick with the intent that he will have an immediate impact.

Although the 6-2, 202-pound athlete will play behind talented wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, there will still be enough balls thrown Doctson's way to stand out among the rest of the rookies.

On Wednesday, the Bovada sports book released its odds for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, and tabbed Doctson with 12/1 odds, good enough for fifth place.

NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds:

— Jared Goff, QB, Rams: 2/1

— Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys: 5/2

— Derrick Henry, RB, Titans: 7/1

— Corey Coleman, WR, Browns: 15/2

— Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins: 12/1

— Laquon Treadwell, WR, Vikings: 12/1

— Kenneth Dixon, RB, Ravens: 14/1

— Jordan Howard, RB, Bears: 14/1

— Paul Perkins, RB, Giants: 16/1

— Sterling Sheppard, WR, Giants: 16/1

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After 2016 NFL Draft, Redskins Super Bowl odds shift for next season

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After 2016 NFL Draft, Redskins Super Bowl odds shift for next season

A week after a well-regarded draft haul, Las Vegas experts moved up the chances of a Redskins Super Bowl win, albeit slightly. In two previous releases this year, Bovada.lv gave Jay Gruden's Washington team 50-1 odds of winning the next Super Bowl.

On Wednesday, after evaluating the recent draft class that started with TCU WR Josh Doctson and USC LB/SS Su'a Cravens, Bovada released updated odds, moving the Redskins chances up to 40-1 to take the next Lombardi Trophy.

At 40-1 the Redskins have the same odds of winning the next Super Bowl as the New York Jets - just behind the Ravens and Texans at 33-1 and just ahead of the Falcons, Bills, Bears, Rams, and Eagles at 50-1. 

Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Cowboys and Giants odds shifted following the draft. Dallas made headlines with the selection of Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, but Vegas saw the move as a negative, with their Super Bowl winning odds dropping from 20-1 in March to 22-1 in May. Even at 22-1, the Cowboys still have the best Super Bowl odds in the division. The Giants, even with the curious selection of Eli Apple in the first round, saw their odds improve from 33-1 in March to 25-1 in May. 

No surprise, but the Patriots and Seahawks have the best odds to win the Super Bowl at 7-1 and 8-1, respectively. Right behind those two powerhouses came the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers at 10-1. Last season's Super Bowl losers, the Carolina Panthers are 11-1 to win the Super Bowl, and the defending champion Denver Broncos saw their odds drop from 10-1 in March to 16-1 in May to win the Super Bowl.

The ratings are in, and Josh Doctson is already an asset in Madden

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The ratings are in, and Josh Doctson is already an asset in Madden

Real-life Kirk Cousins was certainly pleased that the Redskins drafted football-snatcher Josh Doctson, but you know who else is feeling good about the selection? Virtual Kirk Cousins.

Both versions of Washington's signal caller will benefit from Doctson's presence, but while the actual wideout's pro debut is still months away, his counterpart in Madden has already been assigned a rating for the next edition of the game. Therefore, it's already known how much he'll help out on gridirons across the world's Xbox's and Playstations, even though he won't play in a real contest for a while.

And, judging by the aforementioned attributes that the folks at EA Sports gave Doctson, they expect him to be quite productive in the NFL.

The TCU product checks in as an 80 overall, a nice grade for a rookie pass catcher. Alongside that 80 is a 92 in the speed category, plus a 94 in agility. In other words: When you use the Burgundy and Gold, get this guy the rock with space around him.

For comparison's sake, Cleveland's Corey Coleman boasts the highest overall mark for an incoming receiver (82), while Houston's Will Fuller and Minnesota's LaQuan Treadwell are tied with Doctson. Meanwhile, Scot McCloughan's first pick from last year, Brandon Scherff, also was initally ranked as an 80.

As of now, those are the only three metrics that Madden's developer released, meaning Doctson's jumping ability is still unknown. If it's anything less than a 106, though, it may be time to boycott the successful franchise. Doctson can get up, and that better be appropriately reflected in the numbers.    

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