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Redskins-Jags first quarter

Redskins-Jags first quarter

Note: --The CoveritLive software isn't working. Actually, there isn't enough bandwidth for it to work here at FedEx. I'm going to have to do this the old-fashioned way and update quarter by quarter or more frequently as events dictate. I'll try to get this worked out for next week but, hey, it's the preseason for all of us.

--You'll still be able to send me your questions via email at rich.tandler+jags@gmail.com

--Opening kickoff by Suisham very high and to the very back of the end zone.

--Alfred Fincher got in there good with a tackle behind the line for a loss of two. He has to convince the Redskins that he's worthy of keeping rather than searching the waiver wire.

--The defensive line got a good rush on Garard on third and six and forced a deep throw to flutter some.

--As expected, the Jags have in a mix of starters are reserves. The Redskins will be semi-tested.

--Campbell's first pass is picked off. It bounced off of the hands of Devin Thomas, was deflected again, and wound up in the hands of a linebacker. It was his first pick of the preseason, but that's not the start they wanted.

--Fincher again with a stop at the line. He's extremely active and aggressive.

--It's Fincher again, knocking away a third-down pass. Unfortunately, it doesn't count as Richardson came up to press and went offside in the process.

Williams 3 pass from Garrard (Scobee kick)
Jaguars 7, Redskins 0 7:33 first quarter

--Williams came all the way from right to left, leaving Justin Tryon in futile pursuit. That doesn't mean that it was Tryon's man, someone else could have blown the coverage. David Garrard won't have an easier TD pass.

--Marcus Mason remains in at running back, not that anything different was expected after Portis didn't come out for that first, one-play series.

--Either it's a late-arriving crowd or it's a non-arriving crowd. It's well under half of capacity in the stands.

--Campbell went to his security blanket, Chris Cooley, on third and three and nailed him in a soft spot in the zone. But Cooley couldn't hold on, or so the referee said. Zorn has challenged the call of incomplete. I think it will be upheld, but I didn't get a good enough look at it before they cut to commercial to be sure.

--Call upheld. Cooley has got to hold on to that ball.

--Fred Davis with a nice hit on punt coverage to force a fumble. It went out of bounds, though, and the Jags retained possession.

--Excellent ball hawking skills just displayed by Reed Doughty. He came out of nowhere on a deep pass to Matt Jones, who was tussling with Tryon. Doughty flew in, jumped, and made the pick just before going out of bounds. A great job of playing center field by Doughty.

--Another open receiver, this time Campbell is at fault as he threw too low for Thrash.

--Three series with a result of a turnover and a pair of three and outs. Ugh.

--Brooks with a 42-yard punt, very short return.

--Cleo Lemon now is in at quarterback for the Jags, and Chauncey Washington is at running back.

--So far, the Jags are having very limited success running but they are converting third and long situations with great regularity. With Tryon and Matteral Richardson in a corner, that's not too surprising.

End of first quarter
Jaguars 7, Redskins 0

 

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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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