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Redskins Eagles 3rd quarter

Redskins Eagles 3rd quarter

This just goes to show you that the Redskins can stay in virtually in game when they don't come out and give it away in the first five minutes of play. It's far, far from over but the Skins are waking up and playing better ball. The Eagles have 66 yards of offense.

14:05—The Eagles have to burn a timeout on a third and eight. Landry got a good pop on Jackson to jar the bar loose on the previous play. LaRon hasn't been playing badly this year, but the big hits seem to be fewer and further between when compared to last season.

11:27—Jason Taylor with the sack AND strip! Fletcher recovers and returns inside the Eagle 20. Is this guy trying to get invited back for 2009?

Portis 1 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 10, Eagles 0

They turn the takeaway into seven. A middle screen to Cooley gets them down to the five and three Portis runs for zero, four, and one yard gets the Skins into the end zone. I liked the second and goal from the five call when they went small with Moss and Randle El and swept to the left.

8:40—Landry knocked Jackson out of the game, at least for now. He has a rib injury from that rib-rocking hit and there is no word on his return. With Kevin Curtis and Hank Baskett inactive, the Eagles are very thin at WR.

6:34—I'm not sure what Lorenzo Alexander is doing covering Westbrook about 20 yards downfield, but he was and not the Eagles are in business in the Red Zone after a long pass and run.

5:44—Jackson is back in the game.

5:30—A big third and three coming up. Momentum is on the line.

4:50—A nice tackle by Horton stops Westbrook a yard shy of the first down and the Eagles will try a field goal.

FG Akers 22
Redskins 10, Eagles 3

Portis has cracked the all-time top 25 in rushing TD's with 71 for his career. That's pretty impressive for a guy who supposedly is fragile and always hurt.

1:01—A nice drive is now jammed into reverse on a sack and a holding penalty. They're now facing a semi-manageable third and 13.

End of third quarter
Redskins 10, Eagles 3

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Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Since the dismissal of former general manager Scot McCloughan, there's been little question who was in charge at Redskins Park. Unofficially anyway. 

Bruce Allen is back running the show, if he ever stopped, and will be at the center of the Redskins draft room and decision making process.

For weeks, Allen and Jay Gruden made clear that the entire Redskins front office - from scouts to the top brass - have input on draft grades. Those grades will determine what players the 'Skins take, and the team is unlikely to deviate from their draft board. 

On Monday, however, Washington director of college scouting Scott Campbell addressed the media and explained that when a decision needs to be made, it will be Allen's call. 

From Campbell:

The way we have the room when the draft is ongoing is we have Eric Schaffer and Alex Santos are constantly calling teams above us. They’re taking the phone calls from the other teams – also behind [us]. A lot of times per Bruce’s instructions, he’ll say, ‘Hey, you take these five teams. You take the next five teams. Start making calls.’ And then we’re receiving calls too at the same time. Once they get that information, they’ll tell the table in the front and say, ‘Hey, we can trade back for this, we can trade up for that.’ It would be me and Bruce and Jay saying ‘No, no, we’ve got enough guys there’ or say ‘I like these guys,’ or like, “Hey, there’s guys there.’ So it’s kind of a discussion amongst the people, and most times it’s Bruce saying, ‘Just tell them we’re not interested,’ or he says, ‘Get the league on the phone. We’re going to make that trade.’”

Campbell's comments reveal quite a lot. To start, it's interesting to know the roles of Schaffer and Santos during the draft. Both men carry a lot of impact in the team's personnel selection. Also, and it was fairly obvious since McCloughan's firing, but Jay Gruden's role continues to increase.

The biggest tell, however, is that ultimately Bruce Allen makes the decisions. It's not a surprise, but it is important to know. Officially.

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Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.

Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if  Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.

“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.

He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.

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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.

He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.

“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”

It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.

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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”

With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.

“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.

It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.

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