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Shanahan: coaches have 'productive' bye week


Shanahan: coaches have 'productive' bye week

While the bye provided a welcome break for players, Mike Shanahan spent much of the week hunkered down at Redskins Park studying all aspects of his struggling program.

Although he wouldn’t go into detail, or divulge what changes might come as a result of his exhaustive review of the season’s first nine games, the head coach described the sessions as “productive.”

“You look at personnel,” Shanahan said. “You go back and you evaluate the players and you look at your scheme.”

He added: “You take a look at the things you’ve done poorly and you try to correct it. Obviously, I’m not going to go through all the details of the things that we’re going to work on. But it [was] a good, productive week.”

Shanahan said the majority of what he studied during the bye week centered on personnel, particularly reserves who have been pressed into the starting lineup because of injuries and whether adjustments are necessary to accommodate those changes. 

“What you do is you really go back and study players,” Shanahan said. “You go back and study the new guys that came in maybe the second, third game of the season. You evaluate their play. A lot of times when you’re looking at schemes, you don’t really get a chance to study these players as much as you’d like to, like you do in the offseason.”

How much Shanahan and Co. actually accomplished, though, could become evident Sunday, when the Redskins (3-6) host the Michael Vick-less Eagles (3-6) in an NFC East contest that amounts to an elimination game for both clubs. The Redskins are 0-4 since 2007 in the week following the bye, according to this post by Rich Tandler on Real Redskins. 

“Now, there’s no room for error,” Shanahan acknowledged when asked about his message to the players. “You have to play your best from Philly on.”

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Redskins Draft Recap: Breaking down the late-round picks

Redskins Draft Recap: Breaking down the late-round picks

 The Redskins had a strong first two days of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

The team identified a need and were able to land a major talent in the first round with Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen at No. 17.

On Day 2 The team went defensively again in the second round, drafting OLB Ryan Anderson at No. 49, a teammate of Allen's at Alabama. The Redskins' final pick of Day 2 was once again a defensive pick, with UCLA CB Fabian Moreau at No. 81.

So how did the Redskins do on the third and final day of the 2017 NFL Draft?

Here's a breakdown of the Redskins' draft picks from Round 4 to Round 7.

— Round 4, No. 7 (No. 114 Overall): RB Semaje Perine, Oklahoma

The 5-11, 233-pound has a strong build and is a heavy-hitter in-between the tackles. His best asset will be what he can do around the goal line. He doesn't have a diverse set of movements, instead relying on force and pad level. He seet a then-NCAA record with 427 yards and five touchdowns against Kansas as a freshman.



— Round 4, No. 17 (No. 123): S Montae Nicholson, Michigan State

The Redskins needed to address their need at safety, and they did that with Nicholson. But was he the right choice? At 6-2 and 212 pounds, he has good size, but a lack of production turned scouts off. He is also dealing with a shoulder injury but expects to be ready to play at some point during training camp



— Round 5, No. 10 (No. 154): TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas

Great size and athleticism at 6-5 252 pounds, Sprinkle has great value because he can catch and block. He has above-average red zone effectiveness and the physical build to handle a heavy work load. Has to overcome the red flag attached to him. Was popped for shoplifting during the Razorbacks' Belk Bowl shopping spree.


Round 6, No. 17 (No. 201): TBD

Round 6, No. 25 (No. 209): TBD

Round 7, No. 2 (No. 220): TBD

Round 7, No. 17 (No. 235): TBD

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3 things to know about Redskins 5th round pick TE Jeremy Sprinkle

3 things to know about Redskins 5th round pick TE Jeremy Sprinkle

The Redskins added a tight end in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft - Jeremy Sprinkle from Arkansas. He's most famous for an unfortunate incident, but could be a good player. 

Here's three things to know about Sprinkle:

  1. Depth pushes down - At 6-foot-6 and 256 lbs., Sprinkle has ideal size for an NFL tight end. He's also one of the better blocking tight ends coming out this year. Those two traits, along with good hands, would normally make the Razorback a third or fourth round pick. The 2017 Draft, however, is loaded at the tight end position. That means good news for the Redskins getting Sprinkle in the 5th round.
  2. So bizarre it's kinda funny - The knock on Sprinkle, and what might have cost him a round in the draft, is a bizarre incident from his 2016 bowl game. Arkansas played in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte. One of the perks from that game is a $450 gift card to Belk. Unfortunately for Sprinkle, he decided that wasn't enough free Belk gear, and decided to steal more from the store. He was arrested for shoplifting and suspended from the bowl game. It's an unfortunate incident, but considering the other legal situations some teams are working through in the NFL Draft, it's relatively harmless. Sprinkle owns his mistake now and seems ready to move on with his life, and now, his NFL career. 
  3. How does he fit - The Redskins are loaded at tight end. Jordan Reed is arguably the best at the position in football and veteran Vernon Davis is mmuch more than a backup. The good news for Sprinkle though is Reed does not excel in run blocking, so Sprinkle could emerge in short yardage situations. As long as he will work on special teams and throw his big body around, the 'Skins will find playing time for their 5th round pick. This could be trouble for Niles Paul, a veteran slated to make $2.2 million this fall. Washington is unlikely to carry four tight ends on the roster, and Reed and Davis are virtual locks for the final 53. 


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