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Redskins-Jags third quarter

Redskins-Jags third quarter

--Kelly is dressed in full pads, but he is not carrying a helmet, so it's doubtful that he's going to be able to play.

--Frost boomed a punt 61 yards, but it got returned 37 by Bolton. Not enough hang time, the result a net of 24 yards. That won't win you the job, but Brooks isn't exactly sealing the deal on his end.

--Boschetti just nailed another runner behind the line. I still don't think he'll make it but he just won't go away.

--Another good defensive play is nullified by an offside penalty. Horton nailed Mike Walker, jarring a third-down pass loose.

--Justin Hamilton gets a sack, jarring the ball loose, but the ball goes out of bounds. Still, a loss of eight and Jacksonville had to punt.

--A dubious pass interference call against Williams of the Jags results in a 23-yard penalty and the Redskins are in Jaguar territory at the 36. Williams gave McMullen a bit of a bump, but it didn't look like much.

--Another receiver who has yet to take a snap is Anthony Mix. That was kind of surprising as he looked very sharp in pregame warm-ups.

--Marcus Mason is quick, but he doesn't have much power. Twice he's gone into the line on third and short and twice he hasn't gained much of anything.

--Zorn goes for it on fourth and short, but Broughton didn't get anything either. If Broughton can't make a half a yard, I'm not sure why you want him on your team as a "power" back.

--Justin Tryon just did a good job of running down Chauncey Washington after the back broke through the line and through a tackle of Horton's for about 50 yards. The kid is fast, no doubt about it, and that's why the Skins drafted him and that's why he'll probably make the 53-man roster in spite of the fact that he hasn't played particularly well this preseason.

--We finally hear Chris Wilson's name after over four and a half games of preseason football. He just got a sack to make it third and 27. He's on the bubble and I think that Erasmus James' presence keeps him off the roster.

3:35 left in third quarter

--I'll continue with the "Bubble Watch" theme here for the rest of the game. Mix now is in the game, but it may be too late for him to save his spot.

--Justin Geisinger has played center ever since the regulars went out. His status depends on how much Zorn and Joe Bugel want to have a true backup center on the roster. If they want one, he's it. If they're willing to risk that Rabach will stay healthy it seems more like either Todd Wade or, if they want to go young, Crummey will stay.

--Brooks with a punt from the 47. Jax returner makes a fair catch right at the 10. If I'm not mistaken, that's the first inside the 20 punt in the last couple of weeks. I reserve the right to change my mind here after sleeping on it, but I think that Brooks will win out.

End of third quarter
Jaguars 17, Redskins 3

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The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 7 worst play of 2016

Giants at Redskins, Week 17

4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10

Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).

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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.

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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown


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Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Mike Shanahan likes Kirk Cousins, both as a person and as a quarterback. The former Redskins coach has made no secret about that. Luckilly for the 'Skins, especially with Cousins staring at free agency, Mike Shanahan is no longer coaching in the NFL.

His son Kyle, however, seems highly likely to take over as San Francisco 49ers head coach. And soon.

Kyle Shanahan currently serves as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, and once their playoff run ends, most expect Shanahan to be named Niners head coach. 

Why should Washington fans care? Allow ESPN's Adam Schefter to explain:

Kyle Shanahan is set to become the San Francisco 49ers' head coach after Atlanta's season ends. San Francisco needs a quarterback as much as any other team in the league. If Cousins is available, the 49ers would pursue him as hard as they've pursued Shanahan.

Even if Washington tags Cousins, San Francisco could attempt to pry him loose in a trade with a package that could include this year's No. 2 overall draft pick. And if Washington doesn't want to deal now, it could have issues later.

This news should not be a shock to Skins fans, but it should be taken seriously. Remember, Kyle Shanahan was part of the Washington organization when Cousins was drafted and the duo worked together in 2012 and 2013. Most quarterbacks would love to run Shanahan's No. 1 ranked offense from Atlanta, and the guess here says Cousins would probably jump at the opportunity. 

Still, much must be worked out.

While some in the Washington front office might have questions about what the long-term value should be in a Cousins contract, the team still has some control. They can place the franchise tag on Cousins this season, like they did last season, and work until mid-summer on a multi-year deal. Or Cousins can again play on a franchise tag in 2017, like he did in 2016 and passed for nearly 5,000 yards.

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What makes Schefter's report the most interesting is the mention of the No. 2 overall pick. Observing the Redskins in 2016, it became obvious the team needs more impact players on defense, and with the second overall pick combined with their own 17th pick and eight more after that, that could deliver an immediate boost. 

Whatever boost a package of draft picks might bring in will be hard pressed to match the production of Cousins. Finding a starting quarterback in the NFL is exceptionally hard, and while Cousins has shown flashes of a special player, he has certainly confirmed he is a capable player in two seasons at the helm of Jay Gruden's offense.

Scot McCloughan and the Redskins brain trust have a few more weeks before free agency, and with it, the deadline to again place the franchise tag on Cousins. It's nearly impossible to see a scenario where Cousins hits the open market this season, but if the No. 2 overall pick comes into play, other scenarios start to seem more possible. 


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