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      The home team fans are at home, these games no longer matter, and it’s probably better for the team to lose than it is to win.  It must be December in Washington.  Welcome to week 15!
       
      Redskins Inactive: 
      Colt McCoy  
      Trey Quinn 
      Quinton Dunbar  
      Josh Harvey-Clemons  
      Ross Pierschbacher  
      Brandon Scherff  
      Caleb Wilson  
       
      Eagles Inactive: 
      Nate Sudfeld  
      Nelson Agholor 
      Jordan Howard  
      Shareef Miller 
      Lane Johnson  
      Sua Opeta  
      Derek Barnet
       
      There are two camps for Redskins fans at this time of year.  Those that want to tank and those that want to win.  If this describes you, I want you to know something important. You’re wrong.  You should probably feel bad about it too, but that’s your business.  The right way to go about this, is simply to embrace the doublethink.  
       
      Before and after the game it’s perfectly reasonable to acknowledge that losing has its advantages.  It does and it is undeniable.  Afterall we could be talking about the difference between Chase Young being in a Redskins uniform, or not.  What we need for that to happen is simple.  Redskins lose out.  Giants beat the Dolphins and Redskins.  Dolphins beat the Bengals.  All of these things are perfectly reasonable outcomes.  We’re that close to having an elite pass rusher.   
       
      Before that happens, we have a game to play.  It is in this moment that we should embrace the other side of our demented doublethink.  While the game is being played, especially against a division opponent, fans should want their team to do well.  Assuming they have a soul and any decency.  There is just no way that I can root for the Eagles to beat the Redskins during a game.  If you are the type of fan that does this, I hope you find someone that can fix what has broken inside of you.   
       
      Pregame Prediction:  Redskins 23 – Eagles 30  
      More interesting game we are missing because we are still watching the Redskins:  Packers – Bears  
      Things I am snacking on:  Brownie.   
      Number of colons used:  Six.  (so far)  
       
      Check back for updates.  I’m going to wander around the room for a while and stretch my legs to get away from a certain well-known ESPN Eagle fan’s boring conversations that my ear phones aren’t blocking out entirely.
       
      1st Quarter Redskins 7 - 3 Eagles
      "The Closer" Haskins showed up for work early today and hit his former college teammate for a touchdown.  He really took the life out of this crowd in *checks notes* Fedex Field. 
       
      2nd Quarter Redskins 14 - 10 Eagles
      This quarter was defined by penalties.  The Redskins made the mistake of lightly hitting an Eagles tight end on the shoulder, and then another by tackling the Eagles QB around the waist.  Refs clearly didn't appreciate the Redskins playing football.
       
      This is the best half of football of Haskins pro career.  The Redskins passing offense as a whole has looked impressive, which... well it just shouldn't be.  Right?  Feels like a trap.  As soon as we start to feel good about it, BOOM they'll tear our hearts out. 
       
      I'll say this much though, Redskins receivers have been running around wide open throughout this first half.  The Redskins should have scored more than 14.
       
      Halftime:  If you had a choice between standing in a relatively long line for ice cream and cookies or nachos and hot dogs which would you choose?  I would go with ice cream.  Unfortunately I didn't realize there were two separate lines, and so I ended up with nachos and disappointment.  Also, I should probably mention Urban Meyer is here.  I bet he got the ice cream.   
       
      3rd Quarter Redskins 14 - 17 Eagles
      Wentz made a good throw, giving his team the lead, and it reminded me that Wentz was once a pretty good QB.  Hasn't looked like it often today.  The Eagles really haven't had a lot of open players for Wentz to throw to, but there is more to it than that.  Wentz looks slow. 
       
      Haskins has out played him through three quarters, and we haven't even reached Haskins best quarter. 
       
      4th Quarter Redskins 27 - 37 Eagles
      Some drunk Redskins fans sitting in front of the press box have recognized a Eagles fan that appears often on CNN and have started knocking on the glass to wave their hands and smile at him now the the Redskins have the lead.  These fans have apparently never learned not to tempt fate.
       
      Redskins defense played fairly well all game but picked the worst possible time to give up a long drive for a touchdown.  The Eagles offense came off the field with a four point lead and less than a minute left in the game.  The fumble return for a touchdown on the aborted hail marry attempt just added insult to injury.  Redskins come up short, for the eleventh time this season. 
       
      End of game thoughts.  Haskins actually looked like a real NFL QB for an entire NFL game.  Not just a drive here or there, but for an entire game Haskins looked like he belonged.  He looked like one of the reasons the Redskins might win the game.  He's shown flashes in the past but nothing like this.  A very encouraging sign for fans that believe he can be a part of the future here. 
       
      The Giants did their part to fall back in the draft, by absolutely dismantling the mighty Dolphins.  May the Giants be victorious, at least one more time this season.  We just need to lose to the Giants and have the Dolphins beat the Bengals, and the Redskins will be sitting alone at 3 wins.  Chase Young could happen.

       
       
       
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The 2019 Free Agency Tracker -Added: Landon Collins, Rodgers-Cromartie, Donald Penn, Flowers, Smallwood. Lost:Preston Smith, Nsekhe, Crowder, HaHa

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Just now, @SkinsGoldPants said:

 

His career is likely over.

Yeah that’s what I’ve been reading after my post. That’s a shame. He was pretty good. 

1 minute ago, UK SKINS FAN '74 said:

Wasn't Baldwin expected to retire? Thought I'd read that somewhere.

That might be right, i do remember him saying he wouldn’t play anymore after his injuries. 

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So what is up with Scherff?  The FA market has been set for a while, its possible the team has FA offers out and wants to wait until those players sign before finalizing anything but why haven't we heard anything about talks?

 

Is this going to be a problem?

 

 

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10 minutes ago, JSSkinz said:

So what is up with Scherff?  The FA market has been set for a while, its possible the team has FA offers out and wants to wait until those players sign before finalizing anything but why haven't we heard anything about talks?

 

Is this going to be a problem?

 

 

Well, he IS coming off an injury, maybe they want to be smart and wait and see how he plays this season. There’s nothing stopping them from signing him during the season is there? 

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12 minutes ago, JSSkinz said:

So what is up with Scherff?  The FA market has been set for a while, its possible the team has FA offers out and wants to wait until those players sign before finalizing anything but why haven't we heard anything about talks?

 

Is this going to be a problem?

 

 

 

There is no rush to this. They are likely waiting to see who gets released and what  happens in training camp. They can still negotiate into the season. I would be surprised if the two sides have not talked. But they have plenty of time to get a deal done. Right now they are trying to get their draft choices signed. I would expect that announcement soon. Lat year they got all by Christian signed pretty quickly. 

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Just now, goskins10 said:

Right now they are trying to get their draft choices signed. I would expect that announcement soon. Lat year they got all by Christian signed pretty quickly. 

Announcement was made today actually. Like an hour ago. Only two that haven’t been signed yet are mclaurin and sweat. 

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Just now, Cooleyfan1993 said:

Announcement was made today actually. Like an hour ago. Only two that haven’t been signed yet are mclaurin and sweat. 

 

Lol  - I have been so busy I never looked. Well I wasn't wrong.   🙂  

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Just now, goskins10 said:

 

Lol  - I have been so busy I never looked. Well I wasn't wrong.   🙂  

Yeah draft picks get signed fast these days. I remember the days when nobody signed their draft picks until late July when training camp started

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1 minute ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

Yeah draft picks get signed fast these days. I remember the days when nobody signed their draft picks until late July when training camp started

 

The rookie pay scale has really expedited the contract process. There is very little to negotiate now. The 3rd picks oddly enough are he most up in the air - my understanding it's due to the splits if the end up on PUP or IR.

 

That accounts for Mclaurin. Not sure about Sweat. I would expect him to sign soon. Not much to negotiate. May be waiting for a few more 1st rd picks to sign. 

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8 minutes ago, Stadium-Armory said:

Patriots signed Ben Watson.

 

Notables still out there: Shane Ray, Jamie Collins, Jermaine Kearse.

 

Had looked at Jamie Collins. There is quite a bit of talent out there, some like him who are under achievers I guess, but may be worth a flyer on the right deal.

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Here is a Draft scouting report for one of the Guards trying out.

 

http://draftanalyst.com/terronne-prescod

 

 

Terronne Prescod

Guard

School: North Carolina State | Conference: ACC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4.5 / 332 | 40: 5.48 | DRAFT YR:2019

 

Pos: 
Large, mauling blocker with an underrated game. Explodes into blocks, stays square and controls defenders at the point of attack. Easily anchors in pass protection, moves opponents off the line as a run blocker and works through the whistle. Keeps his head on a swivel, keeps his feet moving and shows good awareness. Effective when he bends his knees and blocks with leverage.
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44 minutes ago, Gallen5862 said:

Here is a Draft scouting report for one of the Guards trying out.

 

http://draftanalyst.com/terronne-prescod

 

 

Terronne Prescod

Guard

School: North Carolina State | Conference: ACC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4.5 / 332 | 40: 5.48 | DRAFT YR:2019

 

Pos: 
Large, mauling blocker with an underrated game. Explodes into blocks, stays square and controls defenders at the point of attack. Easily anchors in pass protection, moves opponents off the line as a run blocker and works through the whistle. Keeps his head on a swivel, keeps his feet moving and shows good awareness. Effective when he bends his knees and blocks with leverage.

 

Damn, he sounds like Jonathan Ogden reincarnated... so why wasn't he drafted again??

 

 

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42 minutes ago, ColonialWBSkinsFan said:

 

Damn, he sounds like Jonathan Ogden reincarnated... so why wasn't he drafted again??

 

 

 

Notice the "Cons" weren't listed in the post. 😃

 

Among other things, he gotta learn to be a "Butt Sinker".

 

"Really doesn't sink his butt at the line of scrimmage. Struggles to adjust, often struggles to pick up blitzes and lacks overall balance. Not light on his feet or effective blocking in motion.
Analysis: 
Prescod is a wide-bodied blocker with outstanding power but is best in confined quarters. He can add depth at the next level for an offense that does not require him to play in anything other than a small area."

 

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I know this is a FA thread rather than trades, but it fits in terms of potential acquisitions...but I've seen speculation that after drafting A.J. Brown to go with Corey Davis, and also signing Humphries for the slot...Taywan Taylor might be available for a pittance from the Titans. 

 

He'd give us a guy with the YAC ability we lack. Rookie contract. 

 

From NFL.com:

PICK ANALYSIS:

"I'm a big Taywan Taylor fan. I actually gave him a middle of the second-round grade because you get the ball in his hands he can make you miss and he can't absolutely run away from you. They gave him a lot of quick hitters and then they stretch him vertically down the field ... His ability after the catch is something I love. I've compared him to Derrick Mason because of the toughness, the quickness and the speed he possessed. Derrick Mason can play inside and outside and I think the same here for Taywan Taylor." -- Daniel Jeremiah

 

It's rare teams "give up" on promising prospects like Taywan (3rd rounder I believe) so early, but it's also rare to see a 1st, 2nd, and good sized FA contract poured into the same position group, making the former 3rd rounder the fourth guy on the depth chart at best, on a team that wants to run the ball more than anything else. 

 

It's unlikely they would give up on cheap talented depth so soon. But possible given the way their roster is now constructed. It would be worth a call. IMO he's immediately better and more dynamic than Quinn (who the team and fanbase are placing a ton of pressure and hopes on). In fact I think he'll be better than Crowder as well while not being a midget with baby hands. 

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4.5 years ago, the mods allowed me to make a few completely unrelated posts when my oldest had a great interview at VCU dental, and an elated update when she was accepted.

Proud Daddy moments just make you want to bust if you can't share. I appreciate the indulgences very much.

....so with all that said, Today she became a Doctor.

Carry on, just had to have my Daddy moment #proud daddy

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1 hour ago, ThePackisback said:

What can you guys tell me about Preston Smith? Will he help us out a lot?

Preston Smith is like a ninja. He's invisible most of the season.

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On 5/9/2019 at 11:53 PM, Stadium-Armory said:

 

Notables still out there: Shane Ray, Jamie Collins

 

Notable due to ability or name recognition?

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29 minutes ago, NickyJ said:

Preston Smith is like a ninja. He's invisible most of the season.

Oh man this doesn't give me any faith.

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53 minutes ago, Master Blaster said:

 

Notable due to ability or name recognition?

 

Notable due to past performance. Ray for example had 8 sacks in 2016 before injuring his wrist. 

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10 hours ago, ThePackisback said:

Oh man this doesn't give me any faith.

To be fair to him, I don't recall any major mistakes he ever made. He just never really turned into an every down linebacker like Ryan Kerrigan. He was often rotated in and out of games with Trent Murphy, Junior Gallete, and Ryan Anderson. To my untrained eyes, that made him seem very replaceable.

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10 hours ago, Stadium-Armory said:

 

Notable due to past performance. Ray for example had 8 sacks in 2016 before injuring his wrist. 


That was 3 years ago. Shane Ray is terrible. He has 14 career sacks in 4 years. He's a much lesser player than Ryan Anderson, IMHO, and we have no need for him.

 

Jamie Collins is ok and would be an ok depth signing if he is cheap. We do need backups at both OLB spots and Anderson is our best backup right now. Honestly, I'd rather that we just try to develop Jordan Brailford by keeping him on the roster and playing him in some spot duty. He had 10 sacks last year and 17 TFL at Oklahoma State and had solid workout numbers. 

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