Each of the four NFC East teams had needs heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.
Now that all the picks are in, let’s take a look at how each team did.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: The Redskins were without a first round selection this year due to the trade with the St. Louis Rams last year that brought Robert Griffin III to the nation’s capitol. Even without a first-rounder, the Redskins managed to make the right choices in an effort to fix the league’s 30th-ranked pass defense from last season, with second-round cornerback David Amerson, fourth-round safety Phillip Thomas and sixth-round safety Baccari Rambo. Third-rounder Jordan Reed is a tight end prospect with a great deal of upside who can line up all over the field. Fifth-round picks Brandon Jenkins and Chris Thompson could both prove to be value picks if they can bounce back form injury. Thompson fits Mike Shanahan’s zone scheme and Brandon Jenkins could prove to be a decent edge rusher. Grade: B+
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DALLAS COWBOYS: The Cowboys found themselves in a dilemma when it was time to draft in the first round, all of the lineman they were targeting were likely off the board already. What the Cowboys did after that was a head-scratcher, they traded back to 31 in the first and received an extra third round pick as well in exchange for their original pick. Not only did the Cowboys give the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers a chance to move up in the draft, but when they did pick they took Travis Frederick, a lineman many had projected in the second or third round. The Cowboys did bounce back with picks in the second and third rounds, taking Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams. Although the Williams pick is somewhat questionable since wide receiver shouldn’t have been a need that high in the draft for Dallas. Grade: D+
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NEW YORK GIANTS: The Giants entered the 2013 NFL Draft looking to improve their offensive line. Many have questioned the Giants decision to draft Justin Pugh in the mid-first, when you consider the draft’s early run on lineman you realize that the talent pool was drained, although it was still a reach. Second-round pick Johnathan Hankins will likely fit the Giants scheme and be a decent two-down run stopper. Third-round defensive end Damontre Moore was a particularly good value. Even though the Giants have zero need at quarterback, you’re only as good as your backup in the NFL and to be honest, they weren’t that good there and Ryan Nassib was worth a fourth-rounder. Grade: C
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: New coach Chip Kelly was looking for building blocks for his new offense and he should get immediate help with first-round offensive tackle Lane Johnson and second-round tight end Zach Ertz. The athleticism of Johnson, a high school quarterback, will make him a prime candidate for Kelly’s up-tempo offense and possible zone-read/read-option scheme. The trade to move up and get Matt Barkley was questionable as many draft experts believe Barkley may never be more than a backup quarterback in the NFL, and the Eagles looked to already have competition at that position. Earl Wolff is an intriguing pick in the fifth-round, he has good speed (4.4 at the combine) and athletic ability (39 inch vertical) but is a bit small. Wolff could work his way into the lineup before the year is finished. Grade: B+
The rivalry between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys has always been a fierce one. The battle often times finds itself in homes divided where parents try to pass their fan-hood off to their children, problem is mom and dad’s teams hate each other.
Enter Redskins fan Emanuel Vega and his girlfriend Marissa Pena, a lifelong Cowboys fan who took the rivalry to the next step.
On Thanksgiving day the Redskins traveled to Texas to take on Dallas and the couple decided to up the ante by making a name bet on the game. If the Redskins were to win their son would be named Robert Griffin Vega. If the Cowboys were to win, the child’s name would have been Miles Austin Vega.
“She didn’t really disagree with that at all, but she started saying she would name it Troy Aikman or Emmitt Smith, all these old Cowboys,” Vega told The Washington Post. “I would die if my son grew up to be a Cowboys fan. That’d be awful. I don’t even know how I’d feel.”
As everyone knows the Redskins went on to win the game behind a huge day from RG3, and the rest is history.
“We’ve had bets before, where she would wear my Redskins sweater at work if they won,” the 27-year-old Vega said. “But the name of our son? Determining what fan he would be? It was just insane that they won. That was even bigger than the division title.”
Each week this season we will display a Redskins hype song/video by Black Boo ( @blackofmambo) of Mambo Sauce. This week he brings us another Redskins mix “Can’t Hold us Back”, the video was produced and edited by us here at HTTR4LIFE.COM.
It’s time for playoff football! The Redskins host their first home playoff game in years as the Seattle Seahawks will be coming to town.
Each week this season we will display a Redskins hype song/video by Black Boo ( @blackofmambo) of Mambo Sauce. This week he brings us another Redskins mix “I Don’t Like Dallas”, the video was produced and edited by us here at HTTR4LIFE.COM.
The Redskins are in a situation where a victory Sunday over the Cowboys would make them division champs and put them in the playoffs.
The Washington Redskins held on Sunday to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 and improve to 9-6 on the year. The game ended on a forward pass that Nick Foles could not get back to the line of scrimmage, which resulted in a ten second runoff for illegal procedure. Being as there was only one second remaining the game ended.
The Redskins, lead by Ryan Kerrigan’s two sacks and fumble recovery, are the hottest team in the NFC right now. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III looked good in his first outing since injuring his right knee against Baltimore two weeks ago. Griffin was 16-24 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin threw his 5th interception on the year on a tip pass late in the game.
Alfred Morris rushed twenty-one times for 91 yards and also scored his 10th touchdown of the year, which tied him for the Redskins rookie record with Charlie Taylor. Pierre Garcon had 7 catches for 89 yards and Josh Morgan and Santana Moss both scored touchdowns for the Redskins.
With the win, the Redskins have won 6 games in a row and now will face the Dallas Cowboys next week at home, a game with extreme playoff implications. The game will be played on Sunday Night Football (NBC) with the kickoff time being 8:20.
The Redskins will be playing for their first NFC East title since 1999.
Each week this season we will display a Redskins hype song/video by Black Boo ( @blackofmambo) of Mambo Sauce. This week he brings us another Redskins mix “Winning Pool”, the video was produced and edited by us here at HTTR4LIFE.COM.Make sure to check back each week to catch each new song.
The thanksgiving day game against the Cowboys was perhaps the most satisfying turkey day in quite some time for fans of the Washington Redskins. The Redskins traveled to the stadium known as ‘Jerry World’ to take on their hated rivals, the Cowboys and preceded to take it to the home team 38-31. A game that wasn’t exactly as close as the score would suggest too place with the Redskins delivering a serious blow in a 28 point second quarter.
It would appear as if coach Mike Shanahan took the foot off the peddle a little bit after halftime, which allowed the Cowboys to get back into the game. In a moment when it seemed like Shanahan realized that his offense would have to pick the pace back up, Robert Griffin III threw his first interception in weeks and Dallas was able to score again a few plays later.
Griffin remained poised when he returned to the field after Dallas closed to 7 points and led the Redskins on a nice long sustained drive that ended with a 47 yard Kai Forbath kick that put the Redskins up 38-28. Forbath is now 10-10 on the season and has been the teams most consistent player since being signed early this year. Here are five things we can take from this game.
Robert Griffin III is the truth - No more need for analyst and haters alike to question if this kid can do more than just run the ball, 4 passing touchdown games back to back prove that Griffin is indeed a true franchise qb who can run if he needs to. The most common mistake teams have made against RG3 is they believe that if they can contain his rushing game that they can beat the Redskins, when in fact, Griffin would much rather have the opportunity to throw it deep every play. Griffin’s overall play has him being included in the short list of NFL qb’s both statistically and in leadership categories as well as he was named captain after only nine games and is the clear cut leader in DC. RG3 is 54/71 (76%) 769 yards, ten touchdowns, two interceptions, 27 carries for 202 yards in 3 NFC East games with point totals of 23, 31, and 38.
The Redskins offense has big-play ability – After the Dallas game, the offense now has 10 touchdown plays of 30 yards or more and they also have eight touchdown plays of 59 yards or more. In years past the Redskin simply put didn’t have the play-makers to be capable of this. Robert Griffin III has proven to have unreal play fake ability which has lead to the defenses getting sucked in on plays. The addition of players like Garcon and Aldrick Robinson who clearly are upgrades over last years system have helped as well. Coach Kyle Shanahan has also been on point this year with his play-calling ability in crunch time. This offense is quickly becoming a well oiled machine that is carrying the entire team.
Kai Forbath is clutch – Early this season when former Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff was struggling through his short time with the team, the question was asked over and over again, would the Redskins ever find a quality kicker? Forbath has answered that question quite effectively by going out after getting his shot with the Redskins and being successful on all ten of his attempts this year. Having a kicker who just goes out and kicks and is successful gives the Redskins a reliable piece of the offense that hasn’t been seen in DC since Chip Lohmiller retired.
Santana Moss has become RGIII’s main target – Many thought coming into this season that Santana Moss was going to be an after thought in an offense that signed Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon in the off-season. Moss, who lost 15 pounds in the off-season, has responded with the most touchdown catches he has had since 2005 and is averaging 14.3 yards per catch, the best he has been at that since 2007. Even though he only had 42 yards on 4 catches against the Cowboys, the yards and catches Moss has been involved with have been in clutch situations. Against Philly, Moss caught a 61 yard bomb that for all intended purposes probably should never have been thrown. Moss responded by jumping over two defenders while making the catch and then dove into the end-zone for the score. The play reminded many of the other Moss, Randy that is, who of course is of no relation to Tanaman.
Playoffs are not out of the question – Now that the Redskins have won two straight games against NFC East opponents, they find themselves in an interesting position. If the New York Giants lose their game this week on Sunday night to the Green Bay Packers it will setup a battle for first place next Monday night at FedEx Field. That’s right fans, a meaningful game that will decide first place in December in the nations capitol is very possible. That Monday night game is the must win of the season because there is little chance that the Redskins could recover if they lose since they would be two games back of NY and the Giants would hold the tie breaker. This is still something that will not come easy to the Redskins but it’s miles away from where the team was just three weeks ago after losing to lowly Carolina and heading into the bye.
This years thanksgiving day game with the Dallas Cowboys will mark the 105th time the Washington Redskins have played their fierce rival since Dallas joined the league. The last three games of this series have been decided by three points or less with the Redskins dropping both heart-breaking games to the Cowboys last year.
Here’s a video that further breaks down the long storied history of this great rivalry that many call the best in all of sports.
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