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Video: ESPN’s OTL Talks About the Redskins Cheerleader Photoshoot

New York Times reporter Juliet Macur joins Outside the Lines to detail what happened during the Washington Redskins cheerleaders’ photoshoot.

Redskins Make Statement Regarding Cheerleader Claims; Remove ‘Who’s Hotter’ Feature from Website

In a case that is sure to get more negative attention as for the franchise, today the Redskins got rid of a “who’s hotter” feature from their official website following allegations from team cheerleaders that they were forced to take part in a topless photo shoot in front of sponsors back in 2013.

For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint. Given the resort’s secluded setting, such revealing poses would not have been a concern for the women — except that the Redskins had invited spectators.

A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots.

The “Cheer 365” section of the site, which invited readers to rate the women’s attractiveness and bared the slug line “The hottest way to pass time all year long,” was deleted on Thursday.

Redskins Not Worried About the Rumors Surrounding Draft Pick Derrius Guice

Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams shot down any worries about second-round running back Derrius Guice according to an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Williams was particularly adamant about the whispers around the league of off-field concerns that may have damaged Guice’s draft stock. “For this kid, who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, hasn’t been arrested, no failed drug tests,” Williams said. “He’s a happy-go-lucky kid.”

Williams also said he grew up in the same area as Guice, so he understands what it took for him to get where he is today. Rumors of immaturity plagued the 20-year-old Guice throughout the process and seemed to contribute to his slide out of the first round all the way to the Redskins at No. 59. If those concerns prove to be unfounded as Williams claims, the Redskins just may have gotten the biggest steal in the entire draft.

Redskins Release Veteran DL Terrell McClain

The Redskins have released veteran defensive lineman Terrell McClain after one season according to John Keim of ESPN.

McClain signed a “four-year, $21 million” contract last year which reportedly included guaranteed money this season but Keim reports that the 29-year-old’s $3.25 million base salary was not guaranteed for 2018. He became expendable after the Redskins drafted Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne in the first round Thursday night and added defensive lineman Tim Settle in the fifth.

McClain’s first year in Washington was lackluster at best, with only two sacks in 12 games and the entire Redskins defense was notoriously weak against the run. Originally a 2011 third-round pick by the Carolina Panthers out of South Florida, McClain also made stops in Houston and Dallas before signing with the Redskins. He should have little trouble finding another team as a rotational lineman.

Redskins Earn an ‘B+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Redskins, who according to Kiper got an ‘B+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

This is a good class, especially at the top. There was the biggest need filled with nose tackle Da’Ron Payne at No. 13. The Redskins had the worst rush defense in the league in 2017, surrendering 2,146 yards. And now Payne gets to partner up with a (hopefully) healthy Jonathan Allen, another Alabama defender who fell to Washington in Round 1 last year. Remember that Allen was looking like a Pro Bowl player before he got hurt. That D-line could be tough inside.

Then Washington upgraded its running game with Derrius Guice, my second-ranked back, who fell all the way to 59. Look, we don’t know the exact reason why he dropped — he has first-round talent — but clearly teams were scared off by some questions. On the field, he’s a really good player who can run over defenders with power and away from them with speed. When he replaced an injured Leonard Fournette in 2016, there was no drop-off, and he averaged 7.6 yards per carry. Also, fun note from my friends at ESPN Stats & Info: This is the eighth straight draft in which Washington has drafted a running back.

One of my favorite offensive tackles in this class is Geron Christian, who fell to Washington at 74 . He’s raw, but he could be a starter at the next level. Safety Troy Apke (109) ran a blazing 4.34 40 at the combine, but he only started one season at Penn State. I graded him as a special-teamer and likely late Day 3 pick. Inside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (197) has dealt with injuries, but he’s a starting-caliber player if he can stay on the field. Defensive tackle Tim Settle (163) is a sleeper because the best version of him is a guy who goes much earlier. I had a fourth-round grade on Mr. Irrelevant, wide receiver Trey Quinn. That’s a value pick at No. 256 for a slot receiver who caught 114 passes last season.

This isn’t quite an “A,” but it’s close. I was surprised Washington waiting until the sixth round to grab a corner.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/13 Da’Ron Payne DT ALABAMA
2/59 Derrius Guice RB LSU
3/74 Geron Christian OT LOUISVILLE
4/109 Troy Apke S PENN STATE
5/163 Tim Settle DT VIRGINIA TECH
6/197 Shaun Dion Hamilton ILB ALABAMA
7/241 Greg Stroman CB VIRGINIA TECH
7/256 Trey Quinn WR SMU

The 2018 Redskins Season Schedule is Out – A Quick Glance at the Good and the Bad

The NFL Thursday evening released the entire slate for the 2018 NFL season, including the 16 game schedule for the Redskins, an annual big day in the life of football fans everywhere.

Here’s a quick look at the Redskins schedule, along with two quick thoughts on the good of the schedule, and the not so good.

The Good: Two of the last three for the Redskins are at home, and oddly enough they are non-divisional or even non-NFC games, as they will play the Jaguars and Titans in weeks 15 and 16. They do end the season with a road game at Philadelphia against teh Super Bowl champion Eagles.

The Bad: It won’t be easy to get off to a quick start, as four of the first six games of the 2018 season are on the road, meaning that it’s critical for this team to win their first two home games against the Cards in week one and a MNF game against the Saints in week four.

Redskins Acquire QB Kevin Hogan from Browns for 6th Round Pick

The Redskins added some possible depth at the QB position on Friday, snagging Kevin Hogan from the Cleveland Browns for a 6th round pick.

Hogan appeared in four games last season, starting one, and threw for 517 yards, four touchdowns, five interceptions and was sacked six times.

Redskins to Bring Back DL Phil Taylor Sr. on a One-Year Deal

The Redskins intend to re-sign defensive lineman Phil Taylor Sr. to a one-year deal, Liz Clarke of the Washington Post reports.

Taylor, who turns 30 on Saturday, had been penciled in as the Redskins’ starting nose tackle heading into the 2017 season, following an impressive showing during training camp. But he tore his left quadriceps during a preseason game against Cincinnati and was placed on injured reserve following surgery.

A first-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Taylor last played a regular-season game in November 2014 before suffering knee injuries. He contemplated retirement in December 2016, but recommitted himself once he learned of the Redskins’ interest.