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Monday Up-Downs: Jackson has stellar first start

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Monday Up-Downs: Jackson has stellar first start

Whos up and whos down after the Redskins 38-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday?UpAlfred Morriscontinues to impress. The rookie running back rushed 17 times for 78 yards on Sunday, giving him 263 yards for the year. Thats good for eighth in the NFL pending tonights game.DownSantana Mosshad just one catch yesterday for three yards. On the season he has eight receptions for 67 yards, an average of 8.4 yardscatch.UpMaking his first NFL start,Rob Jacksonmade a diving interception in the end zone for a touchdown. For the game he had three tackles, all of them behind the line of scrimmage.DownThe other new starter on defense, end JarvisJenkins, was largely invisible with no tackles and one assist.UpThere were many who questioned whyBrandon Banksis on the roster but he made a pretty good case for himself on Sunday. His 55-yard kickoff return late in the first half jump-started a struggling offense. They scored a field goal that got the Redskins on the road to tying the game after being down by 17 points. In the second half took some pressure off of Robert Griffin III on the option play by presenting an outside speed threat.DownRookie Richard Crawford, playing nickel corner in place of the injured Cedric Griffin, was burned on Andrew Hawkins 59-yard touchdown catch and run that ultimately turned out to be the margin of victory.UpTight end Fred Davis came into the game with just four receptions for 52 yards in the first two games. Against the Bengals he caught seven for 90 yards.DownThe defense. Adding any more would just be piling on.

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Redskins trade for Bryan Stork made official

Redskins trade for Bryan Stork made official

In the course of a few hours, the Redskins’ trade with the Patriots for center Bryan Stork was on, then it was off, then it maybe was on again.

Now it is official.

The Redskins announced that they have traded for Stork, who has been New England’s staring center for most of the last two years, in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

That’s where we were earlier this afternoon after media reports that the Redskins had dealt for Stork first emerged. But then it was reported that Stork, who has suffered from multiple concussions during his two NFL seasons, was going to retire. But it appears that he decided against that and he will report to Redskins Park.

Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.

In Washington, Stork will compete with Kory Lichtensteiger for the starting center job.

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Is Bryan Stork retiring instead of joining the Redskins?

Is Bryan Stork retiring instead of joining the Redskins?

On Wednesday afternoon, the New England Patriots traded center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for a conditional draft pick, confirmed CSN Insider JP Finlay.

But shortly after news of the deal broke, it appeared as if Stork, a 25-year-old former Florida State offensive lineman, was leaning toward retiring instead of joining the Redskins.

Former Redskins tight end and ESPN 980 host Chris Cooley was the first to reveal the information, doing so in a somewhat cryptic tweet.

However, nothing is official and the situation is very up in the air.

Stork started for the 2014 National Championship Seminoles team and the Super Bowl XLIX-winning Patriots team.

Stork is known for his physicality, but started the 2015 on injured reserve due to a concussion and neck injury. He was activated on Nov. 7, 2015 and played the very next day against the Redskins. 

The trade with the Redskins came a few hours after it was reported that the Patriots were going to release him.

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Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

The Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, the team announced late Wednesday afternoon.

Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the news, confirmed by CSN's JP Finlay. 

The news is unexpected following reports earlier in the day that Stork had been released. 

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In fact, Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay explored whether Washington should sign the former first-round pick a few hours ago. 

The Patriots selected Stork in the fourth round of the 2014 draft from Florida State, and in two seasons with New England he has started 17 games. Stork has also dealt with concussion issues, last year playing just eight games and starting six.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 lbs., Stork is big for a center. Current Redskins starter Kory Lichtensteiger lists at 6-foot-2 and 295 lbs., and was limited to five regular season games last season.

The Redskins have Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long and Josh LeRibeus competing at the center position, but none have the high-end potential that a Stork could bring to the position. 

Unfortunately, in addition to concussion issues, Stork has been kicked out of practices for fighting and can cross the line separating legal and dirty play on the field, according to CSNNE.com Patriots beat writer Phil Perry

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