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Press release: Redskins sign six draft picks

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Press release: Redskins sign six draft picks

Courtesy Redskins PR

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed the following 2014 draft picks:

 

ROUND (PICK)                   PLAYER                                           SCHOOL

3 (78)                            G Spencer Long                                  Nebraska

4 (102)                         CB Bashaud Breeland                        Clemson

5 (142)                         WR Ryan Grant                                  Tulane

6 (186)                         RB Lache (Lake) Seastrunk                Baylor

7 (217)                         TE Ted Bolser                                       Indiana

7 (228)                         K Zach Hocker                                   Arkansas

Long (6-5, 320) started in all 33 career games in which he played at Nebraska. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 while helping the Cornhuskers finish third in the conference in rushing yards per game (215.7). As a junior, he earned second team Associated Press All-America honors and first team All-Big Ten honors in 2012, helping Nebraska have 16 100-yard rushing performances during the season.

Long, 23, was born on Nov. 8, 1990, and attended Elkhorn (Neb.) H.S.

Breeland (5-11, 197) started 24 of the 37 career games in which he played at Clemson, helping the Tigers finish with a 30-7 record. He amassed 159 tackles (121 solo), three sacks, 8.5 stops for losses, six interceptions, and 20 passes defensed. As a junior in 2013, Murphy earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

Breeland, 22, was born on Jan. 30, 1992. He attended Allendale-Fairfax (Allendale, S.C.) H.S., earning all-state honors after he led the team to a 10-2 record as a senior in 2009.

Grant (6-0, 197) started 31 of the 47 career games in which he played at Tulane, finishing with 196 receptions for 2,769 yards and 21 receiving touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, he was an All-Conference USA selection after leading the team in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,039), and receiving touchdowns (nine). He had at least one catch in each of the last 33 games he played and multiple-catch outings in his last 19 contests.

Grant, 23, was born on Dec. 19, 1990. He attended West Brook H.S. in Beaumont, Texas, where he was a first-team all-district selection his senior year after hauling in 42 receptions for 717 yards and seven touchdowns.

Seastrunk (5-9, 210) appeared in 24 games in two seasons at Baylor and amassed 2,189 rushing yards on 289 attempts (7.6 avg.) and added 18 rushing touchdowns. He was a two-time All-Big 12 honoree (2013 & 2012) and set the school and Big Twelve Conference career-records with his 7.57 yards per carry average (minimum 200 attempts). Seastrunk transferred from Oregon prior to the 2011 season.

Seastrunk, 22, was born on July 29, 1991. He attended Temple (Texas) H.S., finishing as the school’s all-time leader for touchdowns (52) scored and rushing yards (4,217). He was named to the U.S. Army All-America and USA Today All-USA teams as a senior in 2009.

Bolser (6-5, 257) appeared in 48 games with 37 starts at Indiana, finishing as the school’s all-time tight ends leader with 117 receptions, 1,337 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns. In 2013, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten.

Bolser, 23, was born on Oct. 22, 1990, and attended Indian Hill H.S. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hocker (6-0, 189) is Arkansas’ career leader in points scored (354). In 2013, he played in all 12 games and went 13 for 15 on field goal attempts, including a career-long 54-yarder vs. Mississippi State.

Hocker, 22, was born on Aug. 23, 1991, and attended Russellville (Ark.) H.S. where he earned all-state honors in 2009.

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One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

The Eagles defense is on a big-play streak, but not one that defensive coordinators will like very much, and it could be very good news for the Redskins and DeSean Jackson. 

At this stage of his career, Jackson is a well-known deep threat. While much of the 2016 season has been disappointing for Jackson, in back-to-back weeks, the vertical passing attack has worked. In Arizona last Sunday, Jackson only caught one pass, but it went for 59 yards. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Jackson hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as part of his season-high 118 receiving yards.

"What he brings to this football team, he brings something that not a lot of people can bring, and that’s obviously the speed and the big play ability," 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson.

The last two games moved Jackson's yards-per-catch average back in normal range with the rest of his career at 16.5. Halfway through this season, Jackson was averaging below 14 YPC, which would have been by far the worst of his career.

"A lot of people think that we haven’t utilized his speed quite like we should, but I think he has had a major impact on this football team," Gruden said. "His deep threat has an impact on the defense. It opens up areas for Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder and the backs sometimes. He’s been a major influence for this football team in a good way."

Beyond just the big plays, the Eagles defense has given up 645 passing yards in their last two games. Cousins has historically played well in Philadelphia, and should be in good position to do the same this weekend.

And based on the Eagles' past six games, expect Jackson to have another big game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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