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How the rise of Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes could result in big payoff for Redskins at NFL Draft

How the rise of Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes could result in big payoff for Redskins at NFL Draft

Almost every year it happens: A quarterback emerges after the combine, after the workouts, and begins to build serious momentum in the week leading up to the draft. This year is no different, and the player driving up draft boards is Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes. 

Last season as a junior for the Red Raiders, Mahomes threw for more than 5,000 yards to go with 41 touchdowns against only 10 interceptions. He completed more than 65 percent of his passes, and added another 285 rush yards and another 12 TDs on the ground. 

In a draft with more questions than answers at quarterback, Mahomes is generating a lot of buzz.

Word is Bill O'Brien of the Texans 'absolutely loves' Mahomes, and the passer is high on the radar of other teams as well. 

What does this mean for the Redskins? Could be very good news.

To start with, the Cardinals draft in front of the 'Skins. Should Arizona make a move for Mahomes at 13, that means one more good player will slide down the board, giving Washington more options at pick 17. 

If Arizona determines 13 too high for Mahomes, a few things could happen by the time the 'Skins get on the clock. Knowing multiple teams are interested in the rookie passer, perhaps a trade market emerges for the 17th pick. It doesn't seem that there is any one player Washington brass is locked in on at 17, and trading down could make sense. 

The 2017 Draft is quite deep in good spots for the Redskins: edge rusher, linebackers, safeties and running backs. Many draft evaluators have suggested trading back makes sense for the 'Skins, and increased attention in Mahomes could accelerate that possibility. 

The Chiefs draft 27th, the Texans 25th. Between them and the 'Skins, the only team that might consider a first-round QB could be the Giants, trying to find Eli Manning's successor. With that much interest, and maybe more lurking, trade talks could blossom.

Even without a trade, Redskins fans should root for a run on QBs early in the draft. The more passers that get taken in front of Washington, the better the chances get of a player previously thought a Top 10 lock to slip all the way to 17. That could include guys like Reuben Foster, Derrick Barnett, Takkarist McKinley or a host of other top talents. 

 

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Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

The Redskins had a tough, physical game against the Rams last Sunday and it shows on the team’s injury report. Five players are listed as questionable for the coming game against the Raiders at FedEx Field.

TE Jordan Reed (chest), RB Rob Kelley (ribs), ILB Mason Foster (shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), and CB Josh Norman (shoulder) are the players who are questionable.

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Of those players, Reed was the only one to miss a practice this week. He was out on Wednesday and was back on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. The Pro Bowl tight end told reporters in the locker room that he will be in the lineup on Sunday.

There is particular concern about Kelley’s injury. He is likely to start as he usually does. But CSN is reporting that the team will have four running backs on the game day active list instead of the three they went with in Weeks 1 and 2. Mack Brown will dress for the Redskins after being inactive in both previous games.

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

Thursday night's Rams-49ers game was surprisingly fun. It was also unofficially the Check Out All These Ex-Redskins Now Playing or Working in California Bowl.

Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, two former Washington offensive coordinators, are now in charge of the two teams. Old 'Skins like Aldrick Robinson, Derek Carrier and John Sullivan, meanwhile, were a part of the on-field action.

It was Pierre Garçon, though, who pushed Burgundy and Gold fans to take their phones out of their pocket and pen sad tweets. That's because the 31-year-old wideout caught seven Brian Hoyer passes (that's impressive on its own, by the way) for 142 yards vs. Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football.

And while his team lost 41-39, Garçon didn't deserve to with plays like this:

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Even with that standout performance, however, Redskins fans shouldn't be cursing the franchise for letting Garçon go. Not yet, anyway.

This past march, the veteran left D.C. after five seasons to sign with San Fran. His deal was a rich one: five years for $47.5 million ($17 million guaranteed at signing). The Niners can get out of it after two years, but it still is a sizable contract even with that potential exit.

That kind of money is the first thing those who miss Garçon should think about. Now, the Redskins didn't exactly handle their negotiations with him that smoothly, but in the end, unless he gave Washington a nice discount, he just would've cost a lot to keep.

Secondly, it's easy to slam the 'Skins for losing Garçon while Kirk Cousins and Co. have stalled through two games in 2017. But the reason that's happening thus far has more to do with Cousins' inaccuracy in Weeks 1 and 2 and an offensive line that's not at the level it should be than with that familiar No. 88 not lining up outside anymore.

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Would Garçon have made a difference for the Redskins against the Eagles and Rams if he were still here? Yeah, probably. But when Jay Gruden's unit starts operating at its normal speed and precision — and it will — the upset voices lamenting Garçon's departure will get quieter.

This is nothing against the guy who was the NFL's 2013 receptions leader and who's well on his way to another productive campaign. It's just that it feels premature to make the connection that allowing him to move on is what's ailing the Washington offense, or that it was a disastrous decision. 

Give Garçon's far cheaper replacements (Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson) more time. Wait for the quarterback and his linemen to sync up again. In a league with just 16 games, that's very hard to do, but let's see if those in the area long for Garçon in December as much as they are currently longing for him in September.