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Redskins Browns 3rd quarter

Redskins Browns 3rd quarter

I trust that Zorn will be able to come up with some halftime adjustments. That last drive wouldn't have been bad had it taken place in the middle of the second quarter. It was well paced and effective, for that time of game. For the time that it actually happened, it took way too much time and the rushed pace killed it.

Zorn seems to be obsessed with getting the ball to Fred Davis. He has two passes thrown his way and a touch on that end around (I'd say it was the "puzzling" end around, but as it is it fits in with a game plan that I can't understand). That's about what anyone besides Portis has.

This is the first scoreless Redskins first half since 1981 when they played the Giants at RFK.

14:08—Another penalty may well abort another drive. After Portis made a nice cutback for 11, Samuels held, setting up first and 20.

13:00—Shaun Alexander's first two carries total nine yards, but it's still third and 11. They need to get this drive jump started.

12:20—And we have the return of the completed third-down pass short of a first down as Campbell goes to Cooley for nine—with zero chance of any YAC—on third and 11. It probably is going to take a turnover for the Redskins to score. Maybe Landry can hold on to a pass.

9:48—A double spin move by Santana gets the Redskins going. He was not doubled and was wide open. Two 360's later, the Redskins were knocking on the door near the Cleveland 25.

9:17—After a couple of Portis runs for a first down, Campbell goes back to Moss, although it's incomplete.

Portis 3 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 7, Browns 0

After a pass to Randle El got the Redskins knocking on the door, Portis powers it in over Randy Thomas. He barely got the ball over the plane, but it's finally seven points. Being penalty free on a drive helps.

Portis is over 100 yards for the fourth game in a row. He could end up with a buck seventy-five if the defense keeps getting the ball back to the offense. He's been the one element on either side of the ball that's been consistently effective. And, yes, the Redskins O-line for getting him running room.

6:08—We had an OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH! moment there as Carlos Rogers laid the wood to Josh Cribbs. Anderson hung him out to dry on a short pass and Rogers popped Cribbs as he stretched out for the ball. A cheer to Rogers and also for Cribbs as, after a couple of minutes, he got up off the field under his own power.

5:16—But the Browns pick up the first down with a 19-yard pass from Anderson to Edwards. That was a big opportunity lose for the Redskins and it gets worse as Lewis rumbles for 22 on the next play.

3:12—We have an Andre Carter sighting as he corrals Anderson as he tries to run up the middle. Still no Jason Taylor sightings, but we're keeping out eyes open.

FG Dawson 36
Redskins 7, Browns 3

The Redskins need to get into a trading seven for three mode. Campbell needs to feed to ball to Moss and make them pay if they play softly with Portis.

1:30—A nice Cartwright kickoff return has the Redskins in Cleveland territory after just three plays. And it's looking like they can ride the #26 train all the way to the end zone.

End of third quarter
Redskins 7, Browns 3

 

 

 

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Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan advising other teams in advance of NFL Draft, per NFL Network

Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan advising other teams in advance of NFL Draft, per NFL Network

Redskins team president Bruce Allen made clear at the NFL League Meetings that former general manager Scot McCloughan is free to work elsewhere in the NFL. Now it appears that's happening. 

Mike Garafalo of the NFL Network reported that McCloughan has advised multiple NFL teams in advance of the draft. 

McCloughan was let go by the Redskins in early March after a tumultuous few months following the 2016 season. A slew of reports pegged the GM's ouster on a combination of a power struggle with Allen and other outlets suggested problems with alcohol played a part in his firing. 

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In previous stops with the 49ers and Seahawks, alcohol played a large role in McCloughan's removal from front office jobs. Before he was hired by Washington in 2015, McCloughan was operating his own scouting service. 

Redskins director of college scouting Scott Campbell explained earlier this week that McCloughan played a part in setting the Redskins draft board. Campbell added, however, that much information on the board has changed since McCloughan was fired.

Outside of a small circle of people, it's hard to know exactly what transpired that led to McCloughan's firing. Regardless, it's not a surprise that he is back providing information about college prospects. 

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Five things to watch during the NFL draft while waiting for the Redskins to pick

Five things to watch during the NFL draft while waiting for the Redskins to pick

The Redskins have the 17th pick in tonight’s first round. Things get underway when the Browns go on the clock at about 8 p.m. There are 10 minutes allotted between picks. If each team takes the maximum time the Redskins will pick sometime after 11 p.m. However, picks are usually in with a few minutes to spare so Washington will go on the clock sometime between 10 and 10:30.

So, what is there to watch for until then? In what everything thinks will be one of the wildest and most unpredictable first rounds in recent memory, here are five places where the decisions made could have ripple effects back to pick No. 17.

No. 1, Browns—The steaming hot rumor that has popped up in the last 24 hours is that QB Mitchell Trubisky, not DE Myles Garret, will be the top pick in the draft. Of course, that talk could be a steaming pile of, well, what comes out of the south end of a bull. If the Browns do go with Trubisky, who was expected to remain on the board through the first five picks, there could be a run on quarterbacks in the top half of the draft, with teams maneuvering to get their guy. That could push a solid defensive player back to the Redskins.

No. 4, Jaguars—Nobody is quite sure what is going on here. Leonard Fournette is the chalk pick but this is the team that drafted Blake Bortles completely out of the blue in the top five a few years ago. They have spent a lot of draft capital and free agent money on defense. They may be ready to move on from Bortles so a QB is a possibility, a move that would start or, if Trubusky goes to the Browns at No. 1, continue a run on quarterbacks.

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No. 8, Panthers—In a draft that is supposedly unpredictable, the constant in mock drafts over the last 10 days or so has been Christian McCaffrey to Carolina. It almost seems to be too simple to be true, especially if the top seven picks are loaded with surprises. The Panthers have plenty of needs and if they have a top safety or linebacker fall into their laps they could well bypass McCaffrey. That would put him in play for the Redskins at 17.

No. 13, Cardinals—We go back to quarterbacks here. Will the Cardinals, who have plenty of needs, take a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech to groom to replace Carson Palmer? If they do, that could force the a QB-needy team picking later in the first such as the Texans to move up to make sure they aren’t left out. That could have them on the phone to Ashburn offering their second-round pick to entice the Redskins to move down to No. 25.

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No. 16, Ravens—Picking immediately in front of the Redskins, the Ravens also have needs everywhere. Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster seem like the type of player the Ravens like so there is the possibility that the Redskins could see a very good player at a top area of need slide back towards them only to get snatched up one pick prior to them going on the clock. The good news may be that many analysts have Baltimore addressing wide receiver or offensive line at No. 16 and those positions are not likely to be of high interest to the Redskins in the first round.

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