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NFC East roundup: Giant pains for New York?


NFC East roundup: Giant pains for New York?

Not that Redskins nation will have any sympathy, but the Giants have their own batch of walking wounded, most notably running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), right tackleDavid Diehl (knee) and Hakeem Nicks (foot). Then again, at this point neither starter is at this moment out for the season, hence the no sympathy from the Orakpo-Carriker loving locals (not to mention, hello, we're talking about an NFC East team).Both Bradshaw and Diehl missed the Giants' Tuesday morning practice as the team prepares for Thursday's game at Carolina. Diehl's MCL injury likely keeps out of action, especially on a short week, meaning the Panthers would go with31-year-old ex-Redskin Sean Locklear. After tweaking his previously injured right foot against the Bucs, Nicks also skipped practice, butis expected to play against Carolina. Fellow receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion) may not be as fortunate.As for those fantasy folk wondering what to do should Bradshaw sit out, the easy answer is pickup free agent Andre Brown, who took over in the win over Tampa Bay. However, Brown, the Giantsthird down, isa rather ordinary talent while the other option, David Wilson, was the Giants first-round pick this year. Unfortunately for the former Virginia Tech star, he found his way into coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse after fumbling in the season opener and has yet to make his way out. Should you own Bradshaw but not Wilson, grab Brown has a hedge if you have roster space, but realize the Giants want Wilson to emerge. That makes both risky plays for Week 3 and thus avoid if you have other options.Speaking of season-ending injuries, the Eagles suffered a key one in Sunday's thrilling win over Baltimore. Philadelphia officially placed center Jason Kelce on injured reserve Tuesday after fully tearing his MCL and partially tearing his MCL, CSNphilly reported.Kelce went from being a sixth round last season to Philadelphia starting center and not in a "well someone has to" sort of way. Now the Eagle, already without Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters for the season, turn to first-year player Dallas Richmond as the guy Michael Vick takes snaps from. Left tackle King Dunlap, Peters replacement,missed chunks of Week 2 with a hamstring injury.Philadelphia next faces fellow undefeated squad, Arizona. The Cardinals put repeated pressure on Tom Brady during last week's upset win over the Patriots.Felix Jones already lost his starting running back job to explosive second-year stud DeMarco Murray. Now, he mightbe saying adios toremaining primary gig. That's what happens when you're the kick returner and promptly fumble the opening kickoff on the road.Jones's gaffe against Seattle led directly to a Seahawks field goal, putting Dallas into an early hole that only got deeper. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett intimated after the loss that he would ponder other return menoptions.Forget just losing another job; some observers are suggesting the under-achievingJones should flat out lose his roster spot.

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The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 7 worst play of 2016

Giants at Redskins, Week 17

4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10

Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).

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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.

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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown


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Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Mike Shanahan likes Kirk Cousins, both as a person and as a quarterback. The former Redskins coach has made no secret about that. Luckilly for the 'Skins, especially with Cousins staring at free agency, Mike Shanahan is no longer coaching in the NFL.

His son Kyle, however, seems highly likely to take over as San Francisco 49ers head coach. And soon.

Kyle Shanahan currently serves as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, and once their playoff run ends, most expect Shanahan to be named Niners head coach. 

Why should Washington fans care? Allow ESPN's Adam Schefter to explain:

Kyle Shanahan is set to become the San Francisco 49ers' head coach after Atlanta's season ends. San Francisco needs a quarterback as much as any other team in the league. If Cousins is available, the 49ers would pursue him as hard as they've pursued Shanahan.

Even if Washington tags Cousins, San Francisco could attempt to pry him loose in a trade with a package that could include this year's No. 2 overall draft pick. And if Washington doesn't want to deal now, it could have issues later.

This news should not be a shock to Skins fans, but it should be taken seriously. Remember, Kyle Shanahan was part of the Washington organization when Cousins was drafted and the duo worked together in 2012 and 2013. Most quarterbacks would love to run Shanahan's No. 1 ranked offense from Atlanta, and the guess here says Cousins would probably jump at the opportunity. 

Still, much must be worked out.

While some in the Washington front office might have questions about what the long-term value should be in a Cousins contract, the team still has some control. They can place the franchise tag on Cousins this season, like they did last season, and work until mid-summer on a multi-year deal. Or Cousins can again play on a franchise tag in 2017, like he did in 2016 and passed for nearly 5,000 yards.

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What makes Schefter's report the most interesting is the mention of the No. 2 overall pick. Observing the Redskins in 2016, it became obvious the team needs more impact players on defense, and with the second overall pick combined with their own 17th pick and eight more after that, that could deliver an immediate boost. 

Whatever boost a package of draft picks might bring in will be hard pressed to match the production of Cousins. Finding a starting quarterback in the NFL is exceptionally hard, and while Cousins has shown flashes of a special player, he has certainly confirmed he is a capable player in two seasons at the helm of Jay Gruden's offense.

Scot McCloughan and the Redskins brain trust have a few more weeks before free agency, and with it, the deadline to again place the franchise tag on Cousins. It's nearly impossible to see a scenario where Cousins hits the open market this season, but if the No. 2 overall pick comes into play, other scenarios start to seem more possible. 


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