5 Unmistakable Needs for Redskins as NFL Free Agency Winds Down

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The free agency chaos has started to quiet down, as teams are already starting to look ahead to the May NFL Draft which will take place in Chicago, the home of the Bears. Find out what are the football betting odds for this next season at Mybookie.ag.

The Redskins have popped up a number of times when it comes to possible pickups, with a lot of players names being bantered about as possible fits to the organization.

The team did go out and grab a couple of key players that will help out this season. The biggest free agent pickup was probably a guy nicknamed “Pot Roast,” that being former Denver Broncos and Jacksonville defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.

The 6-3, 331-pound tackle is entering his seventh NFL season after being originally selected by the Jaguars in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

For his career, Knighton has appeared in 93 career regular season games with 81 starts, compiling 201 tackles (131 solo), 12.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and two interceptions.

Knighton spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jaguars before signing with the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. Knighton started all 32 regular season games and four postseason games for the Broncos across the 2013-14 seasons, including Super Bowl XLVIII.

He will help the team on the defensive front, and be a player that should give the Redskins defensive a huge boost.

There’s other positions that the team will look to fill as free agency in the NFL continues, and while there’s not as many big names still out there for pickup, there’s names that could help the Redskins reach the next level for 2015 and beyond.

They needed a safety, but made a deal with the Buccaneers grabbing Dashon Goldson for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick. He’s another player that will help the teams defensive and should add pop to a secondary that gave up big plays in 2014.

The team could still use a Cornerback, but sadly most of the big names are long gone. Darrelle Revis (to the Jets), Byron Maxwell (left Seahawks for Eagles), Brandon Flowers (re-signing with Chargers) are players that took greener pastures.

One player the Redskins did get was CB Chris Culliver, who was with the 49ers. He compiled 121 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 20 starts in 46 career games with the 49ers. He also appeared in Super Bowl XLVII.

The Redskins could still use another tackle, but again most of the big names, Bryan Bulaga (re-signed with Packers), Doug Free (re-signed with Cowboys), and Derek Newton (re-signed with Texans) are all going back to their old teams.

One player the Redskins should look at is Jake Long, a former first overall pick in the entire NFL Draft who played with the Miami Dolphins.

If Long is willing, he could give the Redskins a good option at the tackle position.

Bottom line is there are players still out there that can help this team in 2015. If it happens or not is up to the players out there as well as the Skins, who will keep their options open with the Draft on the way.

Robert Griffin III to Play Despite Shoulder Sprain

Robert Griffin III sprained his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win over Philadelphia, leaving him limited in practice Wednesday. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the third-year quarterback likely will play against Dallas on Sunday, John Keim of ESPN reports.

Griffin was hurt on a fourth-quarter sack by Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, his arm exposed as Cox hit him hard in the arm. Griffin held onto the ball, but clearly did not escape the pain.

“He can throw the ball, it’s just a little sore,” Gruden said Wednesday. “We just want to make sure he doesn’t aggravate it more, give him another couple days of rest and be ready to go Friday.”

Gruden said he doubts the Redskins will sign another quarterback in case Griffin cannot play. Gruden said they’ll get a better feel for Griffin’s arm when they return to practice Friday — they have Thursday off this week.

Eagles vs Redskins Wednesday Injury Report

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday LB Trent Cole (hand), QB Nick Foles (collarbone)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), DE Brandon Bair (knee), TE Brent Celek (neck), DT Bennie Logan (pectoral), S Chris Maragos (hamstring), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), K Cody Parkey (right groin), RB Chris Polk (ankle)
WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Jason Hatcher (knee), LB Gabe Miller (ankle), TE Jordan Reed (not injury related), T Trent Williams (shoulder)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Brandon Meriweather (toe), LB Keenan Robinson (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Chris Baker (chest, toe), LB Will Compton (shoulder), RB Roy Helu (toe), C Kory Lichtensteiger (knee)

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Washington: LB Keenan Robinson, S Brandon Meriweather, RB Roy Helu, DE Jason Hatcher, QB Kirk Cousins, G Josh LeRibeus, WR Leonard Hankerson.

Giants: LB Jacquian Williams, OL James Brewer, CB Jayron Hosley, LB James Davidson, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, OL Eric Herman.

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Redskins vs Giants NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-10) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (4-9)

SERIES

REDSKINS GIANTS
SERIES LEADER 95-64-4
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Gruden: 0-1 Coughlin: 16-8
LAST WEEK L 24-0 vs. Rams W 36-7 at Titans
LAST GAME 9/25/14: Giants 45 at Redskins 14. New York QB Eli Manning passes for 300 yards & 4 TDs & adds rushing TD. Giants TE Larry Donnell has 3 TD receptions.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/29/13: Giants 20, Redskins 6. New York WR Jerrel Jernigan has 147 scrimmage yards & 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Giants CB Trumaine McBride records 2 INTs
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Was.), 133 (NYG). XM: 231 (NYG).

STATS

PASSING McCoy: 87-121-1018-4-3-97.7
  1. Manning: 303-482-3340-23-13-88.0
RUSHING Morris: 218-899-4.1-7 (T3C) Jennings: 156-603-3.9-4
RECEIVING Garcon: 58-602-10.4-3 Beckham (R): 59-829-14.1-6
OFFENSE 357.5 351.5
TAKE/GIVE -9 -5
DEFENSE 342.8 371.3
SACKS Kerrigan: 11.5 (3C) Pierre-Paul: 7
INTs 5 tied: 1 Demps: 4 (T2C)
PUNTING Way: 48.1 (1L) Weatherford: 45.8
KICKING Forbath: 82 (25/26 PAT; 19/22 FG)
  1. Brown: 83 (35/35 PAT; 16/17 FG)

NOTES

REDSKINS: QB COLT MC COY has 107.7 rating on road this season. QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III has 100+ rating in all 3 starts vs. NYG (104.3 rating) & has rushed for 70+ yards in all 3 (83 yards per game)…RB ALFRED MORRIS has rushed for 100+ yards or TD in 4 of 5 career meetings. Since entering NFL in 2012, Morris is 2nd in league with 3,787 rush yards. Has 4 rush TDs in past 6. RB ROY HELU, JR. had 5 catches for 78 yards in Week 4…WR DE SEAN JACKSON has 7 TDs vs. NYG (4 rec., 2 PR, 1 rush) & averages 47 yards per TD. 4 of those 7 TDs have been 50+ yards. WR PIERRE GARÇON had 9 catches for 95 yards last week. Since 2013, has 171 catches, most in NFC. WR ANDRE ROBERTS had 18-yard TD in Week 4…LB RYAN KERRIGAN had sack in Week 4. Has 2 sacks & INT-TD in career vs. NYG. Had 2 sacks last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player with 35+ sacks (36) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). LB KEENAN ROBINSON had 13 tackles & INT in Week 4…GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING aims for 4th win in row vs. Was. Passed for 300 yards, 4 TDs & 117.5 rating in Week 4 & added rush TD. Has won 7 of 9 starts vs. Was. at home…Rookie RB ANDRE WILLIAMS had career-high 131 rush yards last week, incl. 50-yard TD. Leads NFC rookies with 6 rush TDs…Rookie WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had 11 catches for 130 yards & TD last week. Is 1st rookie in NFL history with 90+ rec. yards in 6 games in row. Is 1 of 2 rookies in NFL history with 700+ rec. yards (723) in 6-game span. Leads NFL rookies averaging 92.1 yards per game. TE LARRY DONNELL had career-high 3 TD catches in Week 4. TE DANIEL FELLS aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with TD catch. WR RUEBEN RANDLE had 8 catches for 89 yards in last meeting. Has 9 rec. TDs in past 15 at home…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 6 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in 7 meetings. Is only DE in NFL with 2 INT-TDs since 2012. Has 3.5 sacks in past 2. Rookie LB DEVON KENNARD has 4 sacks in past 2 & aims for 3rd 2-sack game in row. Last week, Kennard had sack & FF which DT MARKUS KUHN returned 26 yards for TD.