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Skins-Giants first take

Skins-Giants first take

My initial impression of the upcoming Washington Redskins-New York Giants game is that this is a winnable game for the Redskins.

That doesn't mean that I'm going to pick them to win. I'm not sure about that just yet. But it doesn't seem to me that this is as daunting a task as one normally would think that going into the house of the defending Super Bowl champs would be.

No disrespect intended for the Giants here. I'm not one of those who calls their run to the title last year a fluke or anything like that. Three road wins in the playoffs, two of them against the #1 and #2 seeds, and then beating the supposedly unbeatable team ready to be crowned as the Greatest of All Time in the Super Bowl is no fluke.

The championship run is history. So is the last meeting between these two teams, a 22-10 win for the Skins in Week 15, a game that was not as close as the final score indicated. Eli Manning threw a mind-numbing, record-setting 35 incomplete passes. Clinton Portis rushed for 126 yards on 26 carries. The Redskins were in charge of the contest throughout, building a 22-3 lead in the third quarter that emptied out Giants Stadium early.

If you'd told any of those chilled, disgusted fans then that their team would be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in a little less than two months, you would have gotten some strange looks. If you'd told them then that the Redskins would be returning to that stadium in the teams' first game of 2008, most would have looked for a place to bet the Redskins.

So, the question is: Are the Giants a better team now than they were on December 16, 2007?

In regards to personnel, the answer would seem to be no, they are worse. The loss of Osi Umenyiora to injury added to the retirement of Michael Strahan puts a couple of major dents into the defensive line. Fortunately for the Giants the position was one of great strength and depth. Justin Tuck is a quality replacement and while linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka
may develop into a good DE some day, there still is a dropoff from Strahan and Osil.

Tight end Jeremy Shockey was injured and put out for the season in that December game. Kevin Boss starts in his place and while he caught a few key passes down the stretch, the Shockey trade may end up being one of those that seemed to be a good idea at the time, but later on maybe not so much.

Manning certainly rebounded from that dismal showing in the swirling Jersey winds with a nice showing in the postseason. He threw for 854 yards with six TD's to one INT for a 95.7 rating during the playoffs. His confidence—and, just as important, his teammates' confidence in him—grew by the game.

Confidence was what the run was all about. It was at a low point after the loss to the Skins. The next week against the Bills, the G-Men were in danger of missing the playoffs altogether as they bumbled and stumbled and trailed a pesky Bills team in Buffalo.

They came back and won that game to clinch a playoff spot, and then gave the Patriots all they could handle in the season finale. They got on a roll that didn't stop until they dashed New England's dreams of grandeur in Arizona.

But it's seven months later now. Can momentum carry itself through spring and summer, through ring ceremonies and mall openings, through writing books and collecting accolades? If the answer is yes, can Big Mo make up for the absence of Umenyiora and Strahan?

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Redskins steal Jonathan Allen with No. 17 pick in 2017 NFL Draft

Redskins steal Jonathan Allen with No. 17 pick in 2017 NFL Draft

The Redskins’ first-round pick is in and they got a player they didn’t think they would have a chance to draft.

Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, who was considered by many to be a top-five talent in this drat, is staying home. He is from Ashburn, Virginia and the Redskins picked him with the 17th pick of the draft.

The reason why the 6-3, 286-lb. Allen was so highly regarded is that he can be an asset both against the run and against the pass.

He fell in the draft due to concerns about the health of his shoulders; some think issues with them may shorten his career. But the Redskins apparently thought that the ability he has was worth the risk.

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NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is finally upon us. Finally.

For the Washington Redskins, the 2017 NFL Draft represents a chance to find impact players, a search that begins with the 17th pick overall in the first round. All those discussions about whom the Redskins will select with their first pick will be answered Thursday night during the NFL's biggest offseason event.

To keep up with the NFL Draft, you'll need two things: A screen to watch it on and this live blog. Redskins fans and NFL fans who want to stay up to date with surprise picks, trades, analysis and anything else draft-related will want to keep this page open all night.

RELATED: FINAL 2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT

What: 2017 NFL Draft, Round 1
When: Thursday, April 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn.
TV Channel: ESPN, NFL Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN App

Here's what's happened so far. Let's head to the live blog:

REDSKINS 2017 NFL DRAFT TRACKER

 

10:22 PM - Redskins linebacker Will Compton loves the Allen pick:

10:18 PM - 17TH PICK: THE REDSKINS SELECT JONATHAN ALLEN.

It looks like a home run for the Redskins. Snagging Allen at No. 17, when so many thought he'd go in the top five or even top three, could be a coup. Defensive line was their biggest need entering the draft, and now, they not only addressed that need but did so while also finding the best player available.

For a scouting report on Jonathan Allen, click here.

10:10 PM - 16TH PICK: THE RAVENS SELECT MARLON HUMPHREY.

Ozzie Newsome passed on Alabama tight end OJ Howard.

10:01 PM - 15TH PICK: THE COLTS SELECT MALIK HOOKER.

The centerfielder will be tracking down passes in Indianapolis' secondary for at least the next few seasons.

9:55 PM - 14TH PICK: THE CARDINALS SELECT DEREK BARNETT.

The Tennessee pass rusher was given a applause and a few boos by the Eagles fans who were in attendance, because that's how Philly does things. 

9:50 PM - 13TH PICK: THE CARDINALS SELECT HAASON REDDICK

The Temple linebacker was one of the draft's fastest-risers, and will now go from being a Temple Owl to an Arizona Cardinal.

9:40 PM - 12TH PICK: THE TEXAS SELECT DESHAUN WATSON (HOUSTON TRADED WITH CLEVELAND TO GET TO NO. 12).

The big three quarterbacks have all been nabbed in the first half of the draft. 

9:34 PM - 11TH PICK: THE SAINTS SELECT MARSHON LATTIMORE.

If Lattimore's hamstring problems don't resurface, New Orleans may have just found the next great lockdown corner.

9:23 PM - 10TH PICK: THE CHIEFS SELECT PATRICK MAHOMES (TRADED UP FROM NO. 27 TO NO. 10 AFTER TRADING WITH BILLS. BILLS RECEIVE NO. 27, A 3RD ROUNDER AND A 2018 PICK, TOO).

Mahomes goes before Deshaun Watson. No one should ever do another mock draft.

9:15 PM - 9TH PICK: THE BENALS SELECT JOHN ROSS.

Ross AND AJ Green? That's a scary pair.

9:09 PM - 8TH PICK: THE PANTHERS SELECT CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY.

Current Panthers LB Thomas Davis announced the pick and called McCaffrey a wide receiver. That's wrong, but considering how versatile the Stanford running back is, it's understandable.

9:04 PM - 7TH PICK: THE CHARGERS SELECT MIKE WILLIAMS.

Two skilled wideouts are off the board through seven picks.

8:59 PM - 6TH PICK: THE JETS SELECT JAMAL ADAMS.

The do-it-all safety fell further than most expected.

8:51 PM - WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!????????!!!!!!!!

8:47 PM - 5TH PICK: THE TITANS SELECT COREY DAVIS.

Marcus Mariota has a new option on the outside to throw to.

8:40 PM - 4TH PICK: JAGUARS SELECT LEONARD FOURNETTE.

Now Blake Bortles won't throw for as many interceptions this year, because he'll be too busy sticking the pigskin into Leonard Fournette's gut every down.

8:37 PM - Mitch Trubisky will want to delete this old tweet before he arrives in Chicago:

8:36 PM - 3RD PICK: 49ERS SELECT SOLOMAN THOMAS. 

So the 49ers got three extra picks from the Bears, moved back one slot and ended up drafting the defender they wanted all along? Well played, John Lynch.

8:26 - 2ND PICK: BEARS SELECT MITCH TRUBISKY (SWITCHED SPOTS WITH THE 49ERS AND GAVE UP THREE MORE PICKS TO DO SO).

And it's the night's first surprise. The Bears and the 49ers swapped spots, and after doing so, Chicago took Mitch Trubisky. Mike Glennon is probably a bit confused right now.

8:14 PM - 1ST PICK: BROWNS SELECT MYLES GARRETT. 

After recent whispers that they were maybe going to go elsewhere, the Browns did indeed draft the Texas A&M pass rusher. Have fun dealing with him, other QBs in the AFC North.

8:12 PM - Look, it's NFL commissioner Roger Booooooooooooooooodell:

8:01 PM - According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Redskins "love" one defensive prospect. Problem is, a lot of other teams ahead of them likely do as well:

7:56 PM - THE PLAYERS AT THE DRAFT HAVE WALK-UP MUSIC. The NFL and MLB are two very different leagues, but the fact that the former is borrowing this concept from the latter is a tremendous idea. Some players, like Corey Davis and John Ross, chose songs that have draft-related themes, while others, such as Deshaun Watson and Ryan Ramczyk, apparently are trying to be as cliché as possible:

7:45 PM - At some point on Thursday or during the weekend, Roger Goodell will have to say the words Taco and Butt. Check out more of the NFL Draft's best names here.

5:05 PM - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has arrived. Surprisingly enough, fans aren't booing him. We'll have to wait until 8:00 p.m. for that.

4:45 PM - We're three hours away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, but it looks like the Cleveland Browns are close to finalizing their choice for the No. 1 overall pick.

4:30 PM - JP Finlay is on the scene in Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft. Several Redskins fans are out and about early.

4:15 PM - Oh, this is going to be fun. Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is reportedly advising other teams on their picks at the draft. 

4:00 PM - And with that No. 17 pick, the Redskins could go in several different directions. There will be plenty of defensive lineman and pass rushers to choose from, as well as several high-end cornerbacks. JP Finlay identified the 22 players considered in-play for the Redskins at No. 17.

3:45 PM - The Redskins have the No. 17 pick. With the 2017 NFL Draft starting at 8:00 p.m., we are expecting the Redskins to make their pick at rough 10:15 p.m. ET.

3:30 PM - Want to get to know the NFL Draft prospects? Want to go inside the war room with a former GM? Ever wondered what a player evaluation looks like? Former NFL GM Charley Casserly and CSN's Julie Donaldson have you covered in our CSN Draft Room. It's your go-to source for 2017 NFL Draft material.

3:15 PM - The CSN team is all over the place today. Be sure to follow them on Twitter. Redskins Insider JP Finlay is at the Draft in Philadelphia. Redskins writer Rich Tandler and CSN anchor Chick Hernandez are at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. and NFL analyst Trevor Matich is in the CSN Draft Room. Be sure to follow @CSNRedskins for all your draft night coverage. 

3:00 PM - Welcome to CSN's live draft tracker for the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.