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Need to Know: Quick Hits--Will Redskins' Forbath get challenged?

Need to Know: Quick Hits--Will Redskins' Forbath get challenged?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 22, 39 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Question of the day—quick hits edition

I collect a lot of queries for the question of the day and a lot of them are good but they don’t warrant an answer long enough for a full post. So every once in a while I do a quick hits edition to answer those questions. Still some good ones left so let’s get going.

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It’s still Bruce along with capologist Eric Schaffer (actually his title is VP of Football Administration/General Counsel) doing the contracts. I’m sure McCloughan is somewhat involved in the process and has final say since a good player acquired with a bad contract is a bad player.

For a long time it was Dante Fowler, the edge rusher out of Florida. He’s explosive with long arms. Fowler played all around the front seven in Florida’s defense, preparing him well for a versatile “you never know where he’s coming from” role in the NFL. But now I’m leaning towards West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White. He’s the big, fast, athletic receiver the Redskins haven’t had since, well, forever.

It sounds like Brandon is concerned that scouts and others on the personnel department who may be lame ducks. McCloughan could well be planning to clean house once the draft is over in May. But besides sheer professional pride, the scouts have every reason to give their very best efforts. If they do go looking for jobs, whoever might want to hire them will put a call in to McCloughan. He will give the potential employer his honest assessment and if that includes dogging it because the scout thought he was a lame duck, well, that scout might as well find a job selling insurance. Word gets around quickly.

Although Forbath is a very accurate field goal kicker his leg strength is still suspect. He annually ranks near the bottom of the league in touchbacks and there’s a pretty good chance that they will keep their eye on kickers who can both consistently boot the ball through the end zone and be reasonably accurate on field goals. I suspect there will be a second kicker in OTAs and training camp but how serious the competition is remains to be seen. The chances are pretty good that Forbath will be the Week 1 kicker.

Timeline

—It’s been 84 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 175 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 29; 2015 NFL Draft 39; Redskins training camp starts 130

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 20, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 1:45; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins press conferences, open locker room after practice, approx. 3:30

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 12
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (11/23) 23
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 39

First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

—This tweet seems a bit audacious. It’s from Vic Tafur, who writes about the Raiders for the pay site The Athletic.

They are second in the NFL in offensive yards and first in points scored. Oakland is fourth in rushing yards and 13th in passing yards. QB Derek Carr is third in the NFL with a stellar 126.5 passer rating and Marshawn Lynch has a bruising 121 yards rushing. They’re good but I would reserve phrases like “doing whatever they want” for teams like the Greatest Show on Turf or the ’07 Patriots. The Raiders aren’t there yet.

—Defensively, the Raiders are just OK, especially considering they have played a Titans team that is solid but not an offensive juggernaut and the putrid Jets. They are 17th in yards given up and tied for 11th in points allowed. They haven’t intercepted a pass although they have two fumble recoveries. They have five sacks, one more than a Redskins team that talks a lot about a need to get to the quarterback.

—Carr and Kirk Cousins have very similar numbers in the two seasons plus two games that they both have been starters. One area where Carr has an edge is in the touchdown passes column. Carr has 65 while Cousins has just 46. The Raiders have some quality receivers in Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. But Cousins could throw to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon up until this season and Washington also has tight end Jordan Reed. It’s at least a wash in terms of quality of targets if not an advantage to the Redskins. It is something that Carr has solved that Cousins has not. Carr’s ability to get the ball into the end zone helped him become the NFL’s highest-paid player, albeit temporarily.

—Although the Raiders’ offense is not going to make history, the Redskins still need to be prepared to be in a shootout on Sunday night. To be sure, the Redskins defense has improved but it’s hard to see the Raiders scoring less than somewhere in the mid to upper twenties. That means that the Redskins will have to score at least as many points as they did against the Rams, maybe more. They started and ended well in LA; to win next Sunday they probably won’t be able to get away with zero second-half points until after the two-minute warning.

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It took the New York Giants a full game and another quarter before they scored their first touchdown of the 2017-18 NFL season.

Giants rookie Evan Engram was the recipient of their first touchdown of the season, scoring the first of his career on Monday Night Football.

Naturally he began to celebrate his accomplishment, but perhaps his celebration was too natural. 

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In the clip, right in front of the cameraman, the 23-year-old proceeds to dance with a finishing move crotch grab in the midst of his teammates.

Apparently the loosened NFL celebration rules from this off-season did not take out any sexually suggestive actions. 

It resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kick-off for the Giants.

With the ball then kicked out of bounds the Lions had the ball at their own 45-yard line.

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Likely the grab will give Engram a fine from the NFL.

Last season Antonio Brown was fined for a similar celebration, by twerking following a score.

The touchdown remains the only time New York has found the end-zone through two games.

With only 13 points it is the lowest scoring two game start in 70 years for the franchise.