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Redskins-Giants Third Quarter

Redskins-Giants Third Quarter

Portis has 16 carries for 88 yards after a slow start. If he hits near those same numbers in the second half and the Redskins continue to play with what I'll call intelligent aggression, the Skins will win. Oh, and the D needs to adjust to NY's halftime adjustments.

I neglected to mention that Betts did a great job of finishing that TD run, ploughing through contact from about the five on in.

Skins get the second half kickoff.

14:56—This may be the Redskins' day. A flag flies on the kickoff return and it's a personal foul against the Giants. Skins' ball in NY territory at the 46.

14:07—Cooley's first catch of the night converts a second and 12 into a first down.

13:22—Sellers with his patented hurdle move turns a short flip into a nice gain.

Portis 5 run (pass failed)
Redskins 22, Giants 3

Not sure about going for two there, especially since it failed. It's up to the Redskins D to make sure that it doesn't make any difference.

The Redskins started out their second half the first time they played the Giants with three three and outs and then a turnover. A much better start, to say the least.

11:50—An out of bounds kickoff and a 19-yard Jacobs run have NY in Washington territory. Can't let the Giants answer right back.

10:07—A big, big sack gets the Giants out of Redskins territory. Loss of 14 with the sack split by Carter and K. Campbell.

7:01—Skins go back to conservative mode after getting the ball deep in their territory. Three Betts runs and out and the Giants have the ball in Washington territory. If the D gets a stop here, it's going to be close to being over. If the Giants score, it's game on until the end.

6:49—Burress might be better served to worry more about catching the ball and less about perceived penalties on Smoot.

Boss 19 pass from Manning (Tines kick)
Redskins 22, Giants 10

So, it's game on. Manning got time to throw that series and he took advantage of it. He caught fire in the late going two weeks ago against the Bears to pull one out for New York.

4:32—Decent field position near the 30, time for some intelligent aggression.

3:30—A big third down and six here. The Skins need to keep this drive alive.

2:46—Collins nearly gets sacked despite a great block by Portis. Skins punt and NY gets the ball just inside their 20.

1:47—Thank you, Amani Toomer. He smoked Springs and then flat-out dropped a pass in Washington territory.

End of third quarter
Redskins 22, Giants 10

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Risk vs reward when Redskins consider Alabama LB Reuben Foster in NFL Draft

Risk vs reward when Redskins consider Alabama LB Reuben Foster in NFL Draft

An undeniable talent, Reuben Foster seemed for months to be a lock for the Top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Alabama star is a sure tackler, playmaking force and winner of the 2016 Dick Butkus Award as the nation's best college linebacker.

The actual football season went great for Foster, he logged 115 tackles and was named the SEC Championship Game MVP. Since play on the field stopped, things have stalled. Foster had an unfortunate incident at the NFL Combine, where he was sent home after an altercation with a hospital worker. In the time since, it's come out Foster tested positive for a diluted urine sample and will enter the NFL in the substance abuse program. 

Still, despite a tough two months, Foster's talent is too rich to pass up for some NFL teams. And per NFL Network's Lance Zierlein, the Redskins could be that team

In his mock draft released Wednesday, Zierlein predicts Foster's draft day slide to end with Washington at the 17th pick. From NFL.com:

Foster could fall due to off-field concerns and worries about injuries, but he fits a need for the Redskins, bringing a tough playmaker into the fold.

Beyond the diluted sample and the combine altercation, Foster also has had stinger issues throughout his career at 'Bama. He has elite speed at the linebacker position and the type of athleticism defensive coordinators dream about, though some pro scouts question if he can handle the calls of a Mike linebacker in the NFL game.

The Redskins are not desperate for interior linebacker help, this season. The team added Zach Brown in free agency, re-signed 2016 defensive captain Will Compton earlier this week and Mason Foster remains under contract. All three players, however, are headed to free agency in 2018. Adding Foster would provide depth this year and a potential star in the future.


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Final Redskins seven-round mock draft: Defense first, a surprise in the third

Final Redskins seven-round mock draft: Defense first, a surprise in the third

We’re a day away from the start of the NFL draft and all the questions surrounding the Redskins’ intentions will start to get answered when they go on the clock at about 10 p.m. on Thursday.

[More Redskins: Full Redskins Seven-Round Mock Draft]

Speaking at the team’s annual pre-draft news conference, Scott Campbell, the team’s director of college scouting, stuck with the company line when he was asked about making picks based on team needs.

“I’m going to frame the answer, and the age-old answer of ‘I’m going to take the best player available,’” he said. “And if that serves your needs, that’s a bonus.”

It would be a big “bonus” for the Redskins if a defensive lineman who can rush the passer and stuff the run was the best player on the board when their first-round pick comes up at No. 17. But it doesn’t look like the board will play out that way. That’s OK because the Redskins have plenty of needs.

In fact, it’s not hard to do a mock draft for the Redskins because they have needs at virtually every position. Certainly, some needs are more urgent than others. But once you get past the first couple of rounds there is enough doubt at each position, whether it’s immediate depth or possible free agency holes in 2018, to get that need “bonus” with every pick.

Campbell said that this is a strong defensive draft and this is reflected in these mock selections, with six of the 10 picks going to defense including the top two. The first offensive pick may surprise some but the talent was just too good at that point in the draft.

Go here to see the full seven-round mock draft.

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