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Redskins Browns 4th quarter

Redskins Browns 4th quarter

14:55—Another promising drive ends on some odd play calling as Alexander gets a carry up the middle on second and 10. There still is no rhythm to the play calling and so the Browns still are very much in the game. A nice Plackemeier punt, though, has the Browns pinned near the five. A three and out could mean a drive that's too short to screw up.

14:30—After an Edwards drop and a Lewis run, it's third and about six. A stop to keep the Browns in the hole would be huge. They need a timeout to think about it as the play clock was about to hit zero.

13:49—They get the stop and Cleveland will be punting from the end zone. After Randle El calls a fair catch, the Redskins have the ball just inside Brown territory. Not quite what I had in mind as a drive too short to screw up, but close. The Redskins can wrap this up with a touchdown.

12:50—All of the runs wide have made an absolute non-factor out of Shaun Rogers. He's standing with hands on hips after every play now, just a useless tub of goo.

Moss is a waterbug on grass. Another 360 leaves another defender grasping for air and this time he gets into the end zone.

Moss 18 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick)
Redskins 14, Browns 3

Three plays, 49 yards. Just what the doctor ordered for this offense. Now Suisham has to keep his kickoff in bounds.

12:19—Actually, it would have been better if he had bone out as the kickoff was returned to the 44. There was a nice hit at the 20 but the returner stayed on his feet and almost broke it all the way.

10:00—Braylon Edwards is extremely hard to take down if he catches the ball with a full head of steam. He's dropped a few with some room to run, but he caught that one for a Cleveland first down near the 30.

7:30—The screen against the blitz worked perfectly and the Browns are knocking on the door at the one.

6:30—London Fletcher makes two nice stops to make it third and goal at the three. If nothing else, this is forcing the Browns to burn more time to score.

5:53—Fourth and goal, Browns going for it. Pass broken up, the Redskins hold. Demetric Evans bats it down.

5:36—Portis coughs up the ball, and Cleveland recovers, but Zorn will challenge whether or not the Brows got the ball back inbounds.

5:36—It looks like a recovery and that's what the review says. Tough break after a 24-yard run had nearly wrapped it up for the Redskins. It's up to the defense to do it again. Nothing is coming easy this year, nothing.

It took them a long time, thanks to the defense, but the Browns get it in on fourth and one. The Browns will go for two.

Cribbs 1 pass from Anderson (Edwards pass from Anderson)
Redskins 14, Browns 11

The Redskins will need to kill the clock, perhaps after an onside kick. I'm not sure if I kick away or go onside. The Redskins are thinking onside with the hands team on the field.

2:37—It goes deep to Moss, who gets a nice return out to the 37. One first down will do it.

2:26—It's third and about six. I think that Zorn will play it safe, but you never know with him.

2:00—He does play it safe, handing off to Portis for two yards. All the Browns need is a field goal to send this one into OT. They'll have to do it with no timeouts and I recall hearing that Dawson missed his only attempt of over 40 yards this year.

1:28—At the rate the Browns are going, they might get a winning TD rather than a tying field goal. The Skins might need a pick.

0:32—Dawson will try one from 54 yards to tie it.

And he was wide right. The Redskins survive.

Final Score
Redskins 14, Browns 11

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2017 Redskins depth chart preview: Offensive line

2017 Redskins depth chart preview: Offensive line

The Redskins are part of the way through the process of retooling their 2017 roster. While the major part of free agency is over, they still can add a few veterans all the way through training camp. They have 10 picks in the draft that starts on Thursday. In this series, we’re going to take a look at what has changed on the Redskins roster since the season ended and what they need to add to remain competitive in the revived NFC East.

This series started on defense and you can see all those posts here. On offense we’ve put the wide receivers, running backs and tight ends under the microscope. Today the focus turns to the offensive line.

2016 final game starters: (left to right) Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses

Due to some injuries and a four-game Williams suspension, this group started only seven games together.

Departures: C John Sullivan (UFA), C Kory Lichtensteiger (retired)

Sullivan signed after some early season injuries and he started one game. He was a good security blanket for Jay Gruden, who liked having an experienced backup for the middle of the line.

Lichtensteiger missed a combined 24 games in 2015-2016. He may not have been back even he had not decided to retire.

RELATED: NFL Mock Draft Version 10.0

Projected 2017 starters: (left to right) Williams, Lauvao, Long, Scherff, Moses

The one spot in any doubt is left guard. Lauvao is in the final year of his contract with a $4 million salary. Jay Gruden has expressed confidence in him but a guard drafted in the first few rounds this week could change all of that.

Moses and Long are in the final seasons of their contracts so they may need a succession plan in place at their positions.

2017 reserves: G: Arie Kouandjio, Ronald Patrick; T Ty Nsekhe, Isaiah Williams, Vinston Painter, John Kling, Kevin Bowen

The glaring hole here is at center. With Sullivan and Lichtensteiger gone they don’t have anyone for the middle of the line if Spencer Long is out. They could try to find one in the draft but it’s possible that they will be on the lookout for a veteran on the waiver wire between now and Week 1.

MORE REDSKINS: Redskins mock 2.0 goes offense early, defense often  

Nsekhe is one of the best backup tackles in the league and the Redskins will be happy to have him even if he doesn’t play a single snap. Painter was on the roster for 13 games and he played just 10 snaps on offense.

Kouandjio is the only solid backup at guard and he could push for Lauvao’s starting job. If he wins the job and the team doesn’t want to pay Lauvao $4 million to be a backup, the Redskins will need a couple of guards for depth. Look for one or two to come their way in Rounds 3-5 this week.

Where can the offensive line find improvement?

The left guard spot was the weak link on the chain last year. Lauvao was charged with 32 QB hurries, by far the most on the team. Whether it’s Lauvao becoming fully healthy (a 2015 ankle injury limited him for the offseason program last year) or Kouandjio or another starter from the draft, the position has to be better in 2017.

Another factor that will help is Trent Williams being available for 16 games. Yes, Nsekhe is a very good backup. But in four starts Nsekhe allowed a sack plus 13 pressures. Williams started 12 games and allowed two sacks and 14 pressures. They are paying Williams $11.25 million this year for a reason.

Locks and bubble players

Trent Williams, Long, Scherff, Moses and Nsekhe are locks. Lauvao and Kouandjio are close but the draft could have an impact on them.

Out of the bubble players it would seem that Painter has the best shot of sticking simply because he was in the program last year. Bowe and Kling are huge and they are long shots who will draw interest if they can use their size.

The chances of any of the bubble players will be affected by the draft. There could be some fun competitions down the depth chart in training camp.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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NFL Draft Countdown: 5 questions for Redskins Director of College Scouting Scott Campbell

NFL Draft Countdown: 5 questions for Redskins Director of College Scouting Scott Campbell

Redskins Director of College Scouting Scott Campbell will speak to the media on Monday, and there are plenty of questions as Washington prepares for the draft on Thursday.

Some of the most important topics will not be about what college players the 'Skins will target, but rather the state of the front office since the ouster of former general manager Scot McCloughan. That said, Campbell plays a huge role in draft decisions, and it will be quite interesting to inquire on strategy. 

Below are five questions for Campbell:

  1. What now - With McCloughan gone, what, if any, changes have happened in the front office? Does Campbell have more control or input on player selection? 
  2. Final say - Again, with McCloughan gone, who makes the final call on players? Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden made very clear during NFL League Meetings a few weeks back that a composite of Redskins officials work to establish a grade for each draft prospect. The team then drafts based on those grades. But eventually, the team will be forced to deviate from the draft board or make a decision on two players with similar grades. Who makes the final call?
  3. Need or talent - Redskins fans tend to grow frustrated at the suggestion of taking the best player available in the NFL Draft, but that is also the methodology the franchise has employed. That system delivered first-round picks of a guard in 2015 and a receiver in 2016; neither position had great need. Washington most needs help on its defensive line, and the defensive side of the ball overall.
  4. Sweet 17 - The entire draft is an opportunity for the 'Skins to add talent, but no pick carries as much potential as the 17th overall. The speculation is wild about what player might land with the Burgundy and Gold, and the rumors will only build this week. Is a running back in play? Haason Reddick? Could off-field concerns drop Reuben Foster to 17? 
  5. Another arm - Washington has Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy and Nate Sudfeld under contract in 2017. After that, however, Cousins could be gone. Will the 'Skins look to add another passer, perhaps on Friday or Saturday in the later rounds? If they do, it's unlikely the team will carry four QBs this fall, so a decision could accompany that pick.
  6. Trading places - Might a trade be in the works? Last year the Skins made a number of trades over the course of the three-day draft, and it's likely more deals get worked out this week in Philadelphia. Does that mean a mega-trade that includes Cousins? Probably not. But it would not be a surprise if the franchise traded down in the first round, like they did in 2016. 

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