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Redskins-Giants First Quarter

Redskins-Giants First Quarter

14:49—Nearly a big pick on the first play of the game as Smooth and Landry both had a shot.

14:09—The Redskins are doing a lot of blitzing, trying to rattle Manning. So far, it's working.

14:00—Smoot makes a nice play on the receiver on a pass that was held up by some wind. He disturbed Burress enough to jar the ball loose and the Giants punt.

12:16—Bad kick, great roll for Frost on his first punt. A holding call is going to give the Giants the ball in Redskins territory.

12:10—McIntosh is down with an injury. He's sitting up and it doesn't appear to be that bad, but the way this season is going for the Skins on the injury front anything is possible.

11:49—As usual with a bigger back like Jacobs, the key is to get him moving sideways. On that first 17-yard run he hit the hole quickly and broke into the clear. On his next two runs he started East-West and he gained nothing.

10:29—It looks like the Giants gambled and lost on fourth down. They did, Droughns came up about six inches short on fourth and a long one and the Redskins get good field position at their own 39. In what may shape up to be a field-position type of game, that could be huge.

10:13—Another unimpressive three and out for Collins and the Skins. He's missing high, which is not a good sign. That often results in interceptions.

9:32—McIntosh looks to be out as Blades is playing in his spot. Yep, Rocky's on the bench with ice on his left knee.

6:58—Carter with another sack and strip. I think that's his fifth this year. Skins with a shot in NY territory.

6:08—Moss was upset about something—holding and pass interference, it appears—on Collins' fifth incompletion. The Skins squander the opportunity, but the Giants are backed up around the 10 after a Frost punt. Oddly, Frost punted inside the 50 and did not fly it through the end zone.

5:06—Again, the Skins' defense stops the Giants on short yardage. They had second and one and will end up punting after an incompletion and a Jacobs run. Skins get it back near midfield.

3:55—After first and 15, two Portis runs get the Skins their initial first down of the game.

A low line drive by Suisham gets the Skins on the board.

FG Suisham 50
Redskins 3, Giants 0

Not bad being up 3-0 without a pass completion yet.

2:15—The kickoff coverage has been pretty bad on the part of the Redskins today. This second one winds up near midfield.

0:35—Butterfingers for Jacobs leads to another three and out by the Giants. A 19-yard punt ensues and the Skins don't pay much for allowing the kickoff return.

End of First Quarter
Redskins 3, Giants 0


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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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