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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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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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