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  1. Stormy

    PRESEASON GAMEDAY THREAD: BENGALS@REDSKINS

    Finley just carved up our second string defense, and in the process orchestrated a better drive than anything we’ve put together in 1 1/2 games.
  2. I went to OTAs today, and liked what I saw of Haskins throughout. He seems fully engaged in learning from every bit of instruction he gets after each rep, and he rarely is seen more than a few steps removed from Kevin and/or Jay. During the 11-on-11 portions of practice, he was mostly smooth, decisive and even moved around in the pocket fairly adeptly. When he sets his feet and quickly identifies a target, he releases some absolute lasers that arrive with good touch, location and accuracy. Combine those assets with his mental acumen and poise (poise in general, not yet sure about under pressure), and this staff has some great clay to mold. Just for equal time, he wasn’t perfect when I was watching him. He was slow on a couple of reads, short armed a pass on an out route, and even mishandled a snap that would have been a costly turnover at game speed. However, the good considerably outweighed the bad. As an aside, I really liked the skill sets displayed by both McLaurin and Harmon today. Very complementary of each other. McLaurin caught a rocket from Haskins on a slant and found a crease that he might have taken to the house in an actual game... a gear I haven’t seen since DJax took one of those the distance versus the Cards for us. And Harmon looks like he could be a real chain mover and contested ball beast. Looking forward to seeing this tandem get a chance for some looks in 3/4 wide sets. One last piece of good offensive news too. Haskins has great feel and touch for the screen game, and Chris Thompson should thrive as a result. He looked the healthiest and quickest he’s looked since the opening weeks of 2018. Great seeing him back out there,
  3. I’ve felt for quite awhile that he is the coach in waiting if his stretch at OC goes well, even more so if his stint tutoring Haskins is perceived as a success.
  4. Stormy

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    That’s a great observation, but I think it often doesn’t apply to Day 1/2 picks, where most teams have done extensive due diligence on the top 30-50 players regardless of whether they’ve brought them in for visits. What gives this theory additional credence is that virtually none of the top “likely available” prospects that the experts expect to be available for our pick at 15 (Burns, Bush, Hockenson, Ferrell etc...) have been brought in for visits. However, I firmly believe that if the right ‘faller’ lands at #15 (be it Hockenson or White or Bush or Burns) that this F.O. will take them, whether they have visited or not, and regardless of which side of the ball they play. Conversely, part of me hopes that you are correct in the sense that this team could really use an infusion of offensive talent at places like WR, LG, QB, TE, as long as those guys are BPA rather than need picks. We’ll see!
  5. Stormy

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    I agree with everything you said. One of the best things the Redskins can do in this draft is to add a marquee skill position player (or TE) who can help diversify a very 1 dimensional offense. To add a player who can be a matchup threat for opposing defenses, who also can help on the exterior with run blocking, would be a huge boost. This is one of the reasons I've been in favor of adding a guy like Hockenson, or even Fant after a small trade back. Harry has moved himself solidly into my top tier of options, as well, hopefully after a slight move down into the early 20s? We haven't had a WR with a bully streak since Garcon, and in my opinion Harry has that plus superior size. He can make plays in the short and intermediate game (which is most of our offensive playbook), but also has the ability to make plays on contested balls in the red zone. Outside of elite vertical speed, he pretty much possesses everything that our recent crop of passive, drop-prone, non-big play threat WR corps has been lacking. To top it all off, he seems to be a fantastic kid. Sign me up for Harry in the #19-25 range, if possible, as maybe being one of my top scenarios for how the first round of this draft could play out!
  6. And Britt does? He’s had constant character concerns and criminal charges going back to his HS years. Would be a terrible fit in our locker room, but when your WR corps is this paper thin and talentless, I guess this F.O. feels you can’t he choosey. I hope he doesn’t get an offer.
  7. I think one of the great weaknesses of Jay’s offense has been predictability based upon the package on the field. To that end, we could use a TE on the field who is versatile enough to improve our run blocking, while also being a legit threat in the passing game. We don’t have that right now, as Davis and Reed are inadequate blockers, and as Sprinkle hasnt developed much in the passing offense. A great thing about drafting a guy like Hockenson (and an added bonus to having Guice on the field) is that they are truly 3 down players who aid all aspects of the offense. Right now everything is telegraphed to the 1 dimensional strengths of guys like Reed, Davis, AP, CT) when they are on the field, and if we utilize them on downs where they are ineffectual, they usually get exploited. Agreed that they need to go LG, and probably fairly early. I think a strong case can be made for a well-rounded TE early too.
  8. Agreed. The Skins have the worst WR corps in the division by a pretty huge margin. As you said, if they really are in win now mode, hard to imagine them standing pat. Then again, they are in win now mode with Colt & Case as their QBs, so who really knows how delusional this F.O. and coaching staff are at the moment? If there is nothing else looming in FA or trade market, they almost have to go WR with their #1 or #2, don’t they? How can you go into a season with Doctson, a healing Richardson and Quinn as your starters. Bad part is that their TE situation is almost as bad, and I don’t think they even know it. I feel like if Hockenson lands in their lap at #15, they’ll still pass because they somehow think it’s not an area of weakness. Wrong!
  9. Stormy

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    I’m a BPA guy, always have been, but it is hard for me to ignore how desperately in need of talent the offensive side of the ball is (with glaring needs at QB, WR, TE, LG etc...). That said, I think our needs might match up nicely with best available talent in the early rounds, because of the depth at several of the aforementioned positions). As it currently stands, this would have to project as just about the worst offense in the NFC, and there doesn’t seem to be any help coming from the FA ranks. A draft along the lines of the following, could be a great start to improving the future prospects of the offense. Especially if they send next year’s #2 and a player to AZ for Rosen... 1.15 - Hockenson 2.14 - WR (i.e. Samuel) 3.15 - New starting LG If we’re talking pure BPA, which given the deplorable state of the offense, I can’t see Bruce & Jay doing in a make or break year... my current favorites, who might be reasonably available at 15, would probably be... D. White Hockenson Burns Though, the best case scenario might be to trade back off of 15, add another 3rd, and pick from a great value pool of late first round talent.
  10. 6/11ths of next year’s starting defense likely to be Bama guys (7/11ths if SDH starts and HCD returns), and they tried to make it more by pursuing Moseley. When you consider they only started drafting Alabama guys 2 drafts ago, that’s a lot of personnel from one school. Mostly good players, so not too many gripes about it, but it doesn’t take the place of actually being able to identify and develop talent. I also agree that if O’Connell shines in his new role, that he’s primed for a HC gig the next time Jay stumbles.
  11. That guy’s got 9 lives with this team. I appreciate his toughness and willingness to play through pain, but he represents everything that is outdated and incoherent about this defense. Slow to diagnose, and even slower arriving to the hole. Throw in the in-season comments he made about this fan base, and he should have been gone yesterday. This team rarely bites the bullet and makes the hard or shrewd move ahead of time. You can sense the lack of foresight and long term vision in virtually every move they make.
  12. Barr changed his mind and is staying with the Vikings, per Ian Rapaport on NFLNetwork.
  13. And your improved run blocking from the TE position, which is woeful among the current group of TEs other than Sprinkle.
  14. I like the Collins signing, as I believe he is not only better, younger, and more of a tone setter than DJ was, but that he is a leader on the field (and in the locker room) who can change the whole demeanor of our defense on Sundays). That being said, I believe the Redskins need to add another big impact defender via free agency if they want to truly improve the 2019 defense. Losing Smith and DJ, and only adding Collins, given the uncertainty of the Foster and Nicholson situations, is maybe a 'push' at best in improving the defense. That won't cut it, given how poorly this defense played in the latter half of 2018. This team needs a couple of major impact additions on that side of the ball in order to be truly improved, so that they can then turn their attention to a combo of BPA, and to addressing what looks to potentially be the league's worst offense, via the draft. There is still plenty of time for them to do that, but they truly need to be all-in if they want to put an improved defensive product on the field for 2019. If it's more of the same, one step forward, two steps back half measures this offseason, then we'll be spinning our wheels again.
  15. Stormy

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    That would be a dream draft, and a great convergence of BPA and need. However, I’ve got to believe that Lindstrom has placed himself solidly in Rd2, and that Samuel is likely also gone before 2.14. Would love White to drop to us at 1.15, but coming off the combine performance, expect him to be top 10 too. He would probably be my top choice, alongside Hockenson or Murray at 1.15, but I half expect all 3 to be gone by the time we pick. Sorry, didn’t mean to throw cold water on what looks like an ideal draft for us, just feel like all three of those guys are trending up from where fanspeak currently has them falling! PS: Just saw that in a subsequent post, that you felt the same way about them not being available at those picks.