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    There’s an incredibly talented man in my Twitter timeline by the name of Paul Nichols. If you’ve never seen his Redskins artwork, please follow him @PaulNicholsDC. You can check out his website at

    Check out this beauty piece that he came up with for today’s big Redskins versus Cowboys match-up:


    Man that would look great in my den!

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Scalp the Cowboys.

    Follow me on Twitter @TheHogsdotNet and Paul @PaulNicholsDC

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    Washington vs. Green Bay: Packers Suffer Fourth Straight Loss

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    The Redskins beat the Green Bay Packers, and soundly. Every Redskins player seemed to deliver their best possible performance. Kirk Cousins’ 375 yards and three touchdowns is an even bigger big deal when you realize that Robert Kelley also rushed for 137 yards and three scores in the same game (Click Here for the Updated Football Odds).
    And then there was Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder, who delivered 116 yards and one touchdown, and 102 yards and one touchdown, respectively.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Flashback Friday: This Day in 1956

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    On this day, October 28th back in 1956, the Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Cardinals 17-14.

    Washington overcame an early 14 point deficit. Sam Baker got the Redskins on the board with a 22-yard field goal, and then two Al Dorow second half touchdowns – the first, a 34-yard pass to Dick James, and the second, a 40-yard pass to Steve Mellinger – carved out a tough Redskins win.

    For the Cardinals, Max Boydston reeled in a 39 yard pass from Lamar McHan and Johnny Olszewski ran for a 7-yard touchdown early in the first; but it was all downhill from there. Both TDs were converted by Pat Summerall. Yes, THAT Pat Summerall. He played for the Cardinals from 1953-1957. He passed away in 2013 after many years of NFL service both on the field and in the broadcast booth.

    The Cardinals were in Chicago from 1920 until 1960 when they moved to St. Louis. They moved to Phoenix in 1988 and after 6 years as the Phoenix Cardinals, were re-named the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.


    The Redskins finished the season 6-6, and 3rd in the NFL East.

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    Flashback Friday: This Day in 2007

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    On this day, October 7th in 2007, the Washington Redskins crushed the Detroit Lions 34-3.

    Jason Campbell was a near perfect 23 of 29 for 248 yards. He threw two touchdown passes for a stellar quarterback rating of 128.3. Antwaan Randle El led all Redskin receivers with 100 yards on 7 receptions.

    Not only did Carlos Rogers actually catch a ball that hit him in the hands, he returned it 61 yards for a touchdown (this was before getting his eyes fixed of course – if you remember, he couldn’t catch a cold).

    Sean Taylor had a 35-yard interception return.

    Check out this clip of Sean gunning off the Lions as the Skins come out of the tunnel for the game and getting jacked up before the game even starts – near the end of the clip. RIP brother – you are certainly missed and never forgotten. Thanks YouTube…

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of July 6th 2016

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    ESPN’s Adam Schefter does not believe the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins will reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

    Schefter thinks it will be “too difficult” to find the right value. “I think there would be teams willing to pay him if he were on the open market today more than Washington feels like it needs to pay him,” Schefter said. “I think a team like the Cleveland Browns would’ve given him $20 million a year, maybe more.” Already set to earn $19.95 million guaranteed this season, there is little reason for Cousins to take less than $20 million per year on a new deal, and the Redskins might want to see another season before shelling out that kind of cash. These deals tend to get done on deadline day, but it is certainly possible Cousins plays out the season under the tag.
    Jun 30 – 10:06 AM

    CSN Mid-Atlantic expects first-rounder Josh Doctson to flirt with six touchdowns as a rookie.

    Beat writers Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir both predicted around a “half dozen” touchdowns for Doctson in year one. Tandler doesn’t believe Doctson will be much of a factor outside of the red zone, however, predicting he catches fewer than 35 passes. Doctson will need to outplay Pierre Garcon and/or Jamison Crowder to earn a regular role in the Redskins’ three-receiver packages.
    Jul 1 – 12:05 PM

    CSN Mid-Atlantic reports David Bruton is getting the “first crack” at the Redskins’ strong safety job.

    Rich Tandler said Duke Ihenacho would have to be “clearly superior” in training camp to unseat Bruton, who started just eight games in his seven years with the Broncos. He does have a fourth-round pedigree, however, and showed well as a short stint as a starter before breaking his leg last season. DeAngelo Hall is locked in at free safety.
    Jul 2 – 12:18 PM believes Shawn Lauvao could be released if he doesn’t win left guard duties.

    The injury-prone veteran is competing with Spencer Long. Lauvao underwent five surgeries after landing on injured reserve with a foot issue last year, and struggled mightily before going down. Lauvao will probably be eased into camp, giving Long a leg up.
    Jul 4 – 2:20 PM

    The Washington Post’s Mike Jones reports franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins have “made no strides toward an agreement.”

    Jones reports the Redskins will make another push before the July 15 deadline, but “there’s not a high level of optimism that those efforts will prove successful.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter agrees, recently saying the deal will prove “too difficult” to get done. Franchise tagged players tend to sign long-term deals on deadline day, but this situation is trending in the other direction. It would not be surprising if Cousins played out this year under the tag.
    Jul 5 – 11:29 AM

    The Washington Post reports Redskins OLB Junior Galette “(looked) explosive” in padless offseason practices.

    Galette is questionable for the start of training camp, but has been progressing without setbacks. GM Scot McCloughan said his “explosion” was already back in April. Galette will be 11 months removed from going down when Washington reports. Galette notched 10 sacks in 2014 for the Saints.
    Jul 5 – 2:51 PM

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 29th 2016

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    CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Tandler said ILB Will Compton is written “in Sharpie” at the top of the depth chart.

    Compton started the final nine games last season including the playoffs, but he was a liability in run defense. He should enter this season as a starter, but he will need to take a big step forward to nail down a full-time role. Perry Riley and Mason Foster will vie for the other starting spot. Rookie Su’a Cravens could emerge as the team’s primary sub-package inside linebacker.
    Jun 20 – 12:12 PM


    MMQB’s Albert Breer reports contract negotiations between the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins are “going nowhere.”

    Breer reports both sides expect Cousins to play out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag, which would pay him $19.95 million. Likely thinking he will be in an even better negotiating position this time next year, Cousins has little reason to accept a cut-rate deal before the July 15 deadline, and Washington likely wants to see him do it again before they shell out franchise-quarterback money. No matter how grim it looks in June, these deals usually get done at the deadline, but it would not be surprising if Cousins played out the season under the tag.
    Jun 24 – 9:05 AM

    ESPN’s John Keim reports the Redskins “loved how [Jamison] Crowder looked” in the offseason program.

    Keim thinks the sophomore will continue to have a role in three-wide sets despite the presence of first-round pick Josh Doctson. That will likely be true early, especially with Doctson missing time with Achilles’ and foot injuries, but Crowder is at best the No. 4 passing-game option either way. A low point-per-target player with limited touchdown upside, Crowder does not need to be drafted in standard leagues.
    Jun 25 – 12:00 PM

    CSN Mid-Atlantic expects Redskins ILB Mason Foster to start opposite Will Compton.

    Perry Riley was expected to occupy one of the starting spots, but he was held out of spring practices because of a lingering foot injury. That opened the door for Compton and Foster to cement themselves in starting roles. Set to count $5.05 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, Riley could end up a cap cut if he is not able to claim a starting job.
    Jun 26 – 6:41 PM

    The Washington Post’s Mike Jones left seventh-round RB Keith Marshall off his 53-man roster projection.

    Jones has Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown making the final roster, but he acknowledged it is possible the Redskins keep four running backs. A 219-pound back with 4.31 wheels, Marshall’s college career was sidetracked by an ACL injury as a sophomore, and he dealt with hamstring issues during the offseason program. Marshall has a ton of athletic upside, but he needs to stay healthy through training camp.
    Jun 27 – 12:02 PM

    CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Tandler believes Redskins third-round rookie Kendall Fuller “will emerge” as the slot corner.

    Fuller was fully cleared in his return from microfracture surgery in May and will be ready to compete for a role in training camp. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland are locked in as the starters, but the Redskins are still looking for a No. 3. Fuller will have to beat out undrafted sophomore Quinton Dunbar for the job.
    Jun 28 – 9:48 AM

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    From In The Bubble To On The Bubble

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    Taking a gander at the 2016 Washington Redskins depth chart it seems abundantly clear there are some veterans whose job security is in question.  One recent development which will benefit at least two rookies is the approval of the league to keep the practice squad at ten players for the next two seasons.  Here are the players who are and are not locks to make the 2016 roster:


    The Quarterback position is etched in stone with Kirk Cousins starting and Colt McCoy backing him up.  2016 6th round draft selection Nate Sudfeld is likely headed for the practice squad.


    The Running Back position is also largely etched in stone.  Matt Jones has been named the starter, Chris Thompson is the only experienced backup on the roster, and Robert Kelley has impressed thus far with limited non-contact action.  Keith Marshall is currently behind 2015 practice squad player Mack Brown on the depth chart and his recent hamstring tweak issue is not helping his cause.  Marshall will have to be ready for and produce in training camp to avoid the practice squad.  There are veterans available in free agency.


    The Wide Receiver position is etched in stone.  Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Ryan Grant, and Rashad Ross are locked in.  It would not be surprising to see Maurice Harris or Reginald Diggs on the practice squad.


    The Tight End position is one where there is more talent than there are roster positions.  Certainly Jordan Reed is the starter but behind him could be Niles Paul or Vernon Davis.  It seems all three are safe which leaves Logan Paulsen, Derek Carrier, and Marcel Jensen fighting for one roster spot.  Carrier will start the season on IR, leaving Paul and Jensen to battle for one job.  The team likes Paulsen as a blocker but also likes Jensen as a red zone receiving target.  Jensen is, according to the NFL rule change in 2014, eligible for the practice squad as the league allows two players with two accrued seasons or less to be on each team’s PS.


    The team will not carry a Fullback this season.  A Tight End or Tackle will be used in the rare instances the team goes “Heavy Jumbo” as Joe Bugel used to call it.


    Offensive line is anything but etched in stone.  Trent Williams is a lock at Left Tackle.  Brandon Scherff is a lock at Right Guard.  Morgan Moses is a lock at Right Tackle.  The team has three players battling for the starting Left Guard position in Spencer Long, Arie Kouandjio, and Shawn Lauvao.  Of the three, Long can play multiple positions.  The team has three Centers in Korey Lichtensteiger, Austin Reiter, and Josh LeRibeus, not including Long, who has been working at Center during mini camps and OTAs.  Lauvao and Lichtensteiger are both coming off major injuries.  It would not be surprising to see Kouandjio at starting Left Guard and Long at starting Center by September.  The team will keep at least nine offensive linemen but they may elect to keep ten.  By position, the locks are probably Williams, Moses, Ty Nsekhe, and Cody Booth at Tackle, Scherff, Long, Kouandjio, and Takoby Cofield at Guard, and Reiter at Center.  That’s nine players.  That would leave Long starting at Center and both Lauvao and Lichtensteiger out.  Al Bond is potential practice squad material.


    The line is a tough read because Scot McCloughan is known to prefer larger linemen more suited to a power blocking scheme.  Lauvao is that, and the running game was effective until he went down last season, but Left guard Shawn Lauvao, who was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 30 after having left ankle surgery, also had surgery on his right foot and leg. He said he had five total procedures during the last three months. Lauvao said doctors sawed the bone of the first metatarsal in his right foot and did a “slight incision” on the peroneal tendon of his right leg. In addition, Lauvao ruptured the peroneal tendon and tore the ligaments in his left ankle, which was the reason he was placed on IR. Doctors also shaved the bone of his first metatarsal in his left foot.  And then there’s the matter of his $5.0MM salary for the 2016 season.


    Likewise, Lichtensteiger is costing $3.878MM for the 2016 season.  He’s on the other side of 30 and is undersized for a power blocking scheme.  The fact Long has been working at Center even with both Reiter and LeRibeus on the roster, says the team is looking to go bigger.  One way of accomplishing that would be to retain a healthy Shawn Lauvao at Left Guard and to start Spencer Long at Center.  If Lauvao is not able to start, however, Long may have to start at Left Guard, leaving the Center position to Lichtensteiger.


    Stay tuned on the offensive line.


    Next Up: The Defense




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    Wallpaper: 2016 Redskins Calendar

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    Wallpaper: Redskins Logo On Canvas

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