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Brandon Jenkins missed his opportunity with the Redskins


Brandon Jenkins missed his opportunity with the Redskins

RICHMOND—The Redskins gave up on their 2013 fifth-round pick as they waived linebacker Brandon Jenkins.

“We like the play of the guys that were behind him,” said Jay Gruden. “They stepped up their play. Adrian Robinson, Gabe Miller has had some good snaps. The drafting of Trent Murphy had a major impact.”

The clear implication was that Jenkins didn’t step up his play in response to the challenges from Robinson, who is with his fourth NFL team in two seasons in the league, and Miller, who has yet to play in a game despite being with three teams. Draft status will only get you so far, especially when it was the old regime, in this case Mike Shanahan, who drafted you.

As to the timing, Gruden said, “We thought the earlier we make that move it give Brandon a chance somewhere else so it’s beneficial to him.”

The Redskins held on to a second long snapper, Kyle Nelson, until the eve of training camp so they are not always concerned with giving another player a chance to catch on somewhere else. There’s nothing wrong with that but it would be wise to take such statements with a grain of salt. They just didn’t want him around.

The organization thought it might have scored a draft steal when they took Jenkins with the 162nd overall pick. He was highly rated in preseason draft reports going into his senior season at Florida State but he suffered a Lisfranc injury in the season opener. That caused his draft stock to plunge and the Redskins figured he was worth a shot at that point in the draft.

But his career never really got any traction. He was not expected to start because of the presence of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan but it was hoped that he could get in some situational snaps and get groomed for a bigger role.

But Jenkins couldn’t earn a spot on the 46-man game day roster. Due to a lack of enthusiasm for playing special teams, Jenkins was active for only five games. If a player can’t stay active he can’t get those situational snaps.

Jenkins' status for 2014 became precarious when the team re-signed Rob Jackson and drafted Trent Murphy in the second round. He became truly endangered when he had a particularly poor practice on Sunday morning. By early Sunday afternoon he was released.

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Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 3, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals.


Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 8; Panthers @ Redskins 16; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 21

Injuries of note:
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (leg)
Questionable: G Brandon Scherff (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), LS Nick Sundberg (back)
Final injury report

Redskins vs. Cardinals
FOX, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman
Line: Cardinals -2.5

Resetting the playoff odds

The Redskins start their stretch drive to the playoffs tomorrow. The will play five games in 29 days. After that, they will have either earned the right to keep playing or will they go home.

Let’s get out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and look at the various possibilities of the finish to the season and spread out the chips based on how likely each scenario is. As always, you are welcome to jump into the comments if you agree or disagree.

Win NFC East, $0—This might be worth a buck or two but this place doesn’t have any chips smaller than $5 and it’s not worth investing even that much in the chance of this happening. The scenario would have to be the Redskins winning out, the Cowboys losing out, and the Giants losing at least two more games. I’d put something on the first scenario and a few chips on the last one but no way is Dallas going 0-4. Keeping my chips in my pocket on this one.

Wild card as No. 5 seed, $40—To do this the Redskins would have to stay ahead of the wild card contenders behind them (see next scenario) and make up a game and a half on the Giants. They play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins would have to make up one game between now and then and they could then determine their status on January 1 at FedEx Field. The Giants go to Pittsburgh on Sunday and host Dallas a week after that so we will see how that looks in a couple of weeks. As of now, the No. 6 seed would go to Detroit for the first round of the playoffs while the No. 5 would play the Falcons in Atlanta. That, of course, is subject to change.

Wild card as No. 6 seed, $35—I think getting the five seed is slightly more likely than getting the six since I think the Giants are a mirage. But even if New York keeps it going, the Redskins can clinch a spot by running the table in their last five games. That would make them 11-4-1 and no other wild card contender could catch them. If they win four of five, only the Bucs can catch them and it would take a 5-0 finish for Tampa Bay. Winning three of five still gives them a good shot at getting in although at that point you are also opening the door for the Vikings, Saints, Packers, and Eagles to catch fire and jump ahead of them.

Out of playoffs, $25—I might be putting a little too much here but it’s the NFL and it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that the Redskins could finish 2-3 and miss out altogether. Their margin for error is slim and an injury here and a bad break there could have them on the outside looking in.

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

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As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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