Just about the only pending topic not asked of Mike Shananhan following Sunday's rookie camp practice involved the running back situation. Granted, both the Redskins head coach and Tim Hightower expressed a mutual interest in having the free agent back for the 2012 campaign. Should the team and veteranrunner agree to terms, the backfield would largely be set along with second-year runners Roy Helu and Evan Royster.Then again, the draft has now and come gone and Hightower, who is recoveringfrom a season-ending knee injury suffered last October,remains on the open market. Plenty of time exists between now and the start of training camp - thoughOTA's start this month - so there might not be a calendar issue for the Redskins. Two running backsdrafted in the later rounds of the just completed NFL draft add depth, butthe need for aninside runner remains.However, should another team make Touchdown Timmy an offer he can't refuse - or the recovery period moves slower than expected or the missing cap space stays missing - then what? This recent article on NFL.com ranks Hightower as the top free agent RB on the market, but that distinction is hardly carries an asterisk considering the motley crew. The top-five list also could use a scrubbingsince one listed option signed elsewhere, another one is on the verge of doing the same, another is talking retirement and the remaining two are Cedric "rap sheet" Benson and Thomas "3.1 ypc" Jones.Why Hightower and the Redskins have yet to put pen to paper, unclear. What is incredibly obvious is that the other options are hardly interesting, but some veteran will be added. Considering Shanahan stated rookie Robert Griffin III is his starting quarterback, it would be nice for a more concrete ground game outlook. Click here for more ofBen's take on thenon-Hightower running back options.
Is that what it feels like to watch the Patriots on a weekly basis?
The Redskins 27-10 victory over the Raiders on Sunday night was about as impressive of a performance as the Burgundy and Gold has produced in recent memory.
That means many of the huge storylines — like the return of Really Good Kirk Cousins, a secondary that locked down Oakland's weapons and Chris Thompson casually posting a Julio Jones-like receiving stat line — that have, and will continue to be, hashed over. But there are a few topics that are being overlooked following the Week 3 Washington win.
Here are three Redskins-Raiders things that should be talked about a little more.
1) The Redskins didn't make many mistakes, but when they did, they recovered really nicely
The 'Skins were in control of that ballgame pretty much from the start. But there were some points, like Jamison Crowder's muffed punt or Samaje Perine's fumble, where the team gave Oakland some life.
Yet Jay Gruden's team deserves more shine for the way they bounced back from those errors. The defense forced a three-and-out after Dustin Hopkins missed a 52-yarder. They also held the Raiders to three deep in their own territory when Perine put the ball on the ground. And the offense, behind Thompson's 74-yard catch-and-run, put three points on the board right after the Silver and Black scored their only TD.
Those few moments caused those at FedEx Field to hold their breath. But the Redskins' resiliency was key in maintaining their breathing room.
2) It was another incomplete effort from Dustin Hopkins
Speaking of Hopkins, Sunday night was a good but not perfect performance.
The Redskins' kicker missed the aforementioned attempt from 52 yards away, making Week 3 the second straight time out he's missed one from 50 and beyond. He converted all three of his extra points and was true on two other field goals so it wasn't all bad, but there'll be moments in 2017 when he'll be relied upon to hit from long range, and thus far, he's come up empty.
That miss is the type of thing that gets passed over in victories. Those are pointed to very quickly in losses, however.
3) You know the D-Line was a force, but let's not forget who they did it against, either
Jim Tomsula's unit made Derek Carr look more like his brother. Once you consider who they pushed around, though, their domination becomes even more notable.
The Raiders offensive line is regarded as one of the league's elite groups, but they looked pedestrian in D.C. The four sacks they allowed were the most they've given up in their last 20 regular season and playoff games. Greg Manusky's front seven will enjoy watching the film from this one.
Everything looked different for the Washington Redskins during their Week 3 win over the Oakland Raiders. They looked like a different team.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins more than doubled his yardage from Week 2 — completing 25-of-30 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns — running back Chris Thompson was the Redskins' best receiver with six catches for 150 yards and one touchdown and the defense shined against Derek Carr and the Raiders.
The Redskins are now on a two-game winning streak, but can they continue it through to Week 4 against quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs on the road at Arrowhead Stadium?
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Week 4 Redskins vs. Chiefs game Monday night.
Redskins vs. Chiefs, Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season
Who: Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Missouri
What: Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season
When: Monday, October 2, 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Betting Odds: According to VegasInsider.com, the Washington Redskins are a 6.5-point underdog against the Kansas City Chiefs.
PHOTO GALLERY: Best photos from NFL Week 3, Redskins 27 Raiders 10
Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Los Angeles Rams
Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK
Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.
Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.
Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): at New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.
Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): at Dallas Cowboys, 8:25 p.m.
Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): vs. Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.
Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m.
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