Two Division I programs and a brief stint at the junior college level later, and Montez Sweat officially has a home in the National Football League.
Sweat, a two-year standout at defensive end for Mississippi State, was selected by the the Washington Redskins with the No. 26 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Redskins traded their 46th pick of this draft and a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to jump up and snag Sweat.
There was some worry that a heart condition diagnosed at the NFL Scouting Combine would hinder Sweat’s chances of being drafted in the first round. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, though, reported Thursday that the diagnosis was inaccurate.
After playing primarily as a tight end at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Sweat started his collegiate career at Michigan State as a defensive lineman. He played in two games during his freshman season (2014).
Sweat was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules early in his sophomore season. He didn’t play in any games that year and was released from the program in April of 2016.
He played one year of JUCO football at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi, before becoming a Bulldog. He racked up 22.5 sacks in his two seasons at Mississippi State.
Sweat emerged as one of the top pass-rushing threats in the country while at State. His record-breaking performance at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year further cemented his potential. Sweat clocked in at 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which set the record for the fastest time ever by a defensive end.
At 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, Sweat was a matchup nightmare for even the best offensive linemen in the Southeastern Conference. The NFL is a different animal, but with proper guidance and training Sweat could become one of the most formidable edge rushers in the league.
Sometimes you run across videos that make you stop and applaud — especially when it comes to making dreams come true for someone with such high character.
Terry McLaurin didn’t come to Ohio State as a polished player. Far from it. In fact, Urban Meyer has alluded to having to have some heart-to-hearts with the 6-0, 202 lb. receiver that resulted in him having to work his tail off to become a top-end wide-receiver. But at the end of the day, he did it. He not only did it by performing on the field with hard work, but his character and selflessness is second to none.
Watch as Terry McLaurin takes the call from the Redskins just before he was selected in the third round by them. The respect that he’s shown throughout his career in interviews and with the media and coaches shines through here. You can also hear the excitement in his voice knowing that he’ll be reunited with Dwayne Haskins in our Nation’s Capital.
Of course there’s also a celebration for the ages complete with shouting, tears of joy and hugs all around.
Congratulations Terry. What a well-deserved call. Folks, he’s earned it and then some.
Don’t play the ‘What if?’ game when comparing the Dwayne Haskins and Josh Rosen situations.
The move everybody saw coming finally happened: The Cardinals traded Josh Rosen.
Arizona got very little value on the trade, which went down during the second round of the draft. Last season, the Cards traded up to the 10th overall pick to take the UCLA passer, sending a third and fifth-round picks to Oakland in addition with their 15th pick.
On Friday night, Arizona GM Steve Keim moved Rosen and a fifth-rounder to Miami for a second-round pick that they used to take UMass WR Andy Isabella.
Again, Arizona did bad in this series of transactions. Kyler Murray might prove worth all of it, but that will be seen this fall.
The question for Redskins fans is what could have been.
Washington was interested in Rosen and put a call into Arizona once they selected Murray, but instead selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick.
Haskins has immense upside, thanks to his huge arm and prototypical size. But Rosen was an elite prospect too, and many analysts still believe he can be a Pro Bowl NFL passer despite a dreadful rookie year.
What might have been doesn’t really matter now.
The ‘Skins made their pick and are now invested long-term with Haskins. He’s the QB of the future in Washington, and the team did not have to trade up to select him.
Rosen for just a second-round pick might be greater value than Haskins with the 15th, but that’s not the full equation.
The Redskins used their second-round pick, and a 2020 second-round pick, to trade up for Montez Sweat with the 26th pick of the first round.
Haskins and Sweat combined to make a tremendous first round for the Redskins 2019 draft. Both players start with a clean slate and an opportunity to win over Washington fans.
Though probably not his fault, Rosen comes with baggage. Arizona chose to move on from him after just one season, even though they traded up to get him.
For some Redskins fans, the question will linger over what might have been with Rosen. Hypothetically, the ‘Skins could have drafted Sweat or another pass rusher at 15 and used their own second-round pick to trade for Rosen. Then they’d still have a QB and pass rusher without giving up their 2020 second rounder.
While that scenario also sounds good, it might not have happened that way. And what did actually happen looks quite strong.
Doug Williams addressed the media Monday morning for the Redskins’ annual pre-draft press conference.
For years, the league-required media availability was handled by director of college scouting Scott Campbell. When Williams took over the personnel department in 2017, he took over the press conference as well, despite Kyle Smith being in the director role. Here are the five biggest takeaways from his 15-minute session in Ashburn.
Williams’ assertion that taking a quarterback at 15 isn’t off the table isn’t surprising, but the wording of his answer was fairly interesting. “We don’t know who is going to be there at 15,” he said. “We got some guys that we do like, and if those guys are there, then that is a discussion that has to be had.”
To me, that says there are multiple quarterbacks the Redskins like that could be real prospects without a trade. To my knowledge, Daniel Jones and Drew Lock don’t fit that billing, which means Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins would theoretically be the quarterbacks on Williams’ mind. I might be reading way too much into this, but it would make a lot of sense and obviously give the Redskins a quarterback of the future.
“The chances of trading up is a lot slimmer than trading back,” Williams mused towards the end of the press conference. “There’s a great possibility that we trade back, if that opportunity came.”
Again, this is consistent with what’s been coming out of Ashburn for months, but is noteworthy as Williams put it on the record. The Redskins don’t believe one player can solve their problem. In fact, they think the opposite. They think they need multiple players to start and even more for depth. That means trading for more picks would be the play, not giving up picks to find a mythical silver bullet.
“There is one position that we say we feel pretty good,” Williams said. “That doesn’t mean we won’t draft one – and that is the boys up front on the defensive side of the ball. If there is a defensive lineman in the draft in the right place for the right price, there is a possibility to add to the young guys that’s already on the team.”
I think there is exactly one defensive lineman who the Redskins would take at 15 and that is Ed Oliver. He’s a different type of athlete than Jon Allen and Daron Payne, so drafting him is worthwhile. Rashan Gary, who has fallen to 15 in a lot of mock drafts, wouldn’t be the ‘right’ player, even if he’s available when the Redskins get on the clock. Ultimately though, I’d expect this to be a D-line-free draft as the Redskins not only have their starters, but depth at the position thanks to Tim Settle falling to them last year.
The Redskins have a need at safety in a bad safety draft. There’s no question the best possible scenario for 2019 is to pair a healthy Montae Nicholson with Landon Collins, but Nicholson’s “got some things that he has to clean up and we don’t know,” Williams said of the safety. “It’s unfair to put him in anywhere right now until he takes care of himself.”
Nicholson was sensational as a rookie before injuries ended his season. He hasn’t been the same since. He walked around the facility with sunglasses, which is plainly terrifying after his concussions, but doctors have cleared him to play and he allegedly is okay. Obviously this is all without mentioning the fight he got into and was arrested for last winter. Safe to say Nicholson hasn’t proven anything to management yet, based on Williams’ comments today.
We spend hours and hours trying to predict the draft and it often blows up within the first few picks, which is something Williams is fully aware of. “We got the 15th pick at this time, and there are 14 teams in front of us, and you don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said before citing an example that worked out quite well for Washington.
“Things happen that you don’t expect. I go all the way back to the Jonathan Allen draft. You know everybody was talking about Jonathan going in the top 10 picks, where in our mind going into the draft Jonathan Allen was not on our mind. But, when we got to that point, it was an easy task to pick Jonathan Allen because we didn’t expect him there and we’re in the same position here.”
This draft feels even harder to predict as so many options are on the table. Will Kyler Murray go one? How many QBs will go after him, but before Washington? It could be zero. It could be three. Then you get to the rest of a very jumbled group of players who scouts have a wide variety of opinions on. Things could get very weird, very quickly.
Many Philadelphia Eagles fans that grew up in the 1960s have told younger generations about the famed behind-the-back pass by Sonny Jurgensen, one that was told but unfortunately had no footage of (not many game highlights from the 1960s).
The NFL was able to uncover footage of that pass from 1961 and shared it on Twitter. Arguably more impressive than Pat Mahomes no-look pass this year.
Eagles Hall of Fame tight end Pete Retzlaff was the player who caught the pass from Jurgensen, arguably one of the more impressive plays in Eagles history.
Jurgensen is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Washington Redskins, but he played at a Hall Of Fame level in his seven seasons with the Eagles. The Eagles drafted Jurgensen in the fourth-round of the 1957 NFL Draft. During that season, he served as a backup to Bobby Thomason, but started four games. Philadelphia went 3-1 with Jurgensen, who threw for 470 yards and five touchdowns.
Jurgensen took a back seat to Norm Van Brocklin once the Eagles traded for him in 1958. He served as an understudy to Van Brocklin, who led the Eagles to the 1960 NFL Championship. Van Brocklin retired after the 1960 season, giving Jurgensen the reins as the Eagles starting quarterback. He was far from a disappointment.
In Jurgensen’s first year as a starter, he led the NFL with 235 completions for 3,723 yards and 32 touchdowns, averaging 265.9 yards per game. The Eagles finished 10-4 in 1961 (their last winning season until 1978), as Jurgensen earned First Team All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl selection.
Jurgensen led the NFL with 3,261 passing yards in 1962, while also leading the league with 8.9 yards per attempt. The Eagles were 3-9-1 that season, leaving Jurgensen’s accomplishments an afterthought. Injuries cost Jurgensen the majority of the 1963 season, as he threw for 1,413 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games.
Jurgensen had his disagreements with new Eagles head coach Joe Kuharich and was traded prior to the 1964 season before ever playing a game under Kuharich. The Eagles traded Jurgensen to the Washington Redskins for quarterback Norm Snead and cornerback Claude Crabb.
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Clearly, the Redskins got the better end of the deal. Jurgensen paved his way to the Hall of Fame in Washington, throwing for 22,585 yards, 179 touchdowns, 116 interceptions, and an 83.9 passer rating in his 11 seasons with the Redskins.
One of the most prolific passers of his era, Jurgensen finished his career with 32,224 passing yards and 255 touchdowns in 18 NFL seasons.
Jurgensen led the NFL in passing five times and had five 3,000-yard seasons. He was a five-time All-Pro selection and a member of the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team.
Jurgensen finished with 9,639 yards and 76 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Eagles. before Nick Foles won the Super Bowl, he was the greatest player to wear the No. 9 in Eagles history.
Now the legend is true with the behind-the-back pass. Eagles fans can watch this play for all eternity.
Joe Theismann was driving to the Washington Redskins game from his home in Northern Virginia on Sunday when he realized what day it was.
“I turned to my wife and said: ‘Robin, it was 33 years ago today,’” Theismann, the former Washington quarterback, said late Sunday afternoon, standing in a hallway beneath the grandstand at FedEx Field.
In Theismann’s eventful life, there is still only one “it” moment. It was one of the most unforgettable, gruesome episodes in N.F.L. history, a disturbing 1985 sack by Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor that awkwardly bent Theismann’s lower right leg until two bones snapped.
Sunday, with Theismann watching, it happened again.
Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was sacked by two charging Houston Texans, and in a grisly sequence reminiscent of Theismann’s injury, Smith’s right leg crumbled and twisted, fracturing both the tibia and fibula bones. Television replays showed Smith’s leg buckle and give way.
Lying on the ground, with his lower leg bowed, Smith at first tried to pull his jersey over his head to hide his anguish.
When the jersey would not budge, he instead clasped both hands over his face and took a succession of deep breaths as medical personnel prepared an air cast for his leg and called for a gurney.
Theismann, who famously refused to view a replay of his injury for 20 years, was watching from a suite in the stadium and immediately saw the crook in Smith’s lower leg.
“I turned away,” Theismann said. “And I wouldn’t watch the replay. It felt as if 1985 was yesterday. I had a sick feeling in my stomach and felt so bad for Alex.”
The N.F.L., desperate to protect its most important and popular players, has spent most of the last decade ramping up penalties for making contact with quarterbacks. This season in particular, it has been a consistent point of emphasis with defensive players fined for not only late hits but how they land on a quarterback during a sack.
But Smith’s injury, on a third-quarter tackle that broke no rules, was another reminder that no amount of legislation or rules enforcement will eliminate the inherent ferocity of an N.F.L. game.
“It’s a violent game out there,” Theismann said. “The fact is, as a player you have to protect yourself. And don’t count on the officials or the rules to protect you.
“You get freak accidents in every situation. Unfortunately for Alex, this was one of those freak accidents where he got his foot caught the wrong way.”
J.J. Watt, one of the two Texans who took down Smith on the play, was distraught afterward — as Taylor was 33 years ago.
“We’re all gutted for Alex,” Watt said. “You go out there and play this game and you know the risks going into it, but you never want to see anybody injured and out for the year.
“It’s the worst part of the game.”
As Smith, 34, was driven off the field, he waved to fans and pressed his hands together as someone would in prayer. Earlier, dozens of players from both teams had enveloped Smith in the middle of the field, with many approaching to pat Smith on his shoulder pads.
Smith, in his first year in Washington, had helped revive the Redskins, leading them into first place in the N.F.C. East. Washington’s record dropped to 6-4 with Sunday’s 23-21 loss.
“Just painful,” Washington Coach Jay Gruden said, who added that Smith would have surgery “right away.”
Theismann could not help but recall the scene inside another Washington hospital as he was being prepped in 1985 for a similar surgery. Waiting near the operating room, he convinced attendants to set up a small black-and-white television — with rabbit ears, he said — so he could watch the end of that night’s game.
“We won, and then I said to the surgeons: ‘O.K., do what you’ve got to do,’” Theismann said.
But in the ensuing months, Theismann’s right leg did not heal properly. It remained shorter than his left leg and that made running with the dexterity it takes to play quarterback in the N.F.L. arduous, if not impossible. Theismann, who was 36, never played again.
“The medical technology and the surgical methods are more advanced than in 1985,” Theismann said Sunday. “So I’m hoping Alex will battle back soon and that there’s no ligament or tendon damage.”
Theismann shook his head.
“But I just feel horrible,” he said. “I know how he feels. You’re in the heat of the game, the play breaks down and there’s a frenzy in the pocket with bodies flying around. And then, you know, I heard the bones pop.
“So, to see that again, there were just too many similarities. It breaks your heart. The ironies of life don’t make sense.”
Every step he took on the football field tormented his hamstring as much as the agony of not playing at all.
While his high school injury was disheartening, Hopkins could still participate in a sport he loved by kicking permanently. Soon after he recovered, the current Washington Redskins kicker discovered that he had the potential to use kicking to make it to the next level.
This kind of adversity is not something that was new to Hopkins. It’s what has molded him into an NFL kicker.
“[My hamstring] finally healed up and so I went back to playing the other position,” Hopkins said. “But then I realized like, ‘Hey, if I’m going to play at a D-I level and then at the pro level, it’s probably going to be kicking rather than corner or something.'”
A Blessing In Disguise
At Clear Lake (Texas) High School in Houston, Hopkins sustained his hamstring injury while playing on the school’s soccer team. When he was attempting to come back for both football and soccer, he kept re-pulling the muscle.
After discovering that the only thing he could do to play without re-injuring his hamstring was turning his attention to special teams, Hopkins’ eyes were opened as he drilled field goals with ease. Hopkins decided to attend a kicker’s camp and realized his biggest obstacle now was to simply polish his newfound skill.
Zeroing in on special teams, the two-time Texas 5A all-state selection turned into a USA Today first-team All-American during his senior season. His talent caught the attention of various Division I schools, where he ultimately chose Florida State.
Switching his focus was not solely about giving himself an opportunity to play football at a higher level. The fact that Hopkins wanted his skill to be utilized in a positive way motivated the future All-ACC selection to put himself in a successful position.
“For me, it was always I never wanted to waste [my talent],” Hopkins said. “There are people who give everything and work with everything they have, but some people just don’t have the talent. I didn’t want to squander away a talent without working hard. I just felt it would be wasteful.
“In a way, it’s a driving force to not let myself be the guy that was super talented but never reached his full potential. So it’s like I’ve always kind of battled against that. Most every guy at [the NFL] level, they want to stay here and have a long career, have that mentality of, ‘Man, I don’t want to waste what opportunities and talent I have.’”
Jody Allen, the long-time special teams coordinator, recruited Hopkins upon seeing high school film of his kickoffs. Despite having a promising year of hitting 19 field goals as a freshman, he had to prove he could be the go-to guy when a field goal was needed.
When Jimbo Fisher was hired to replace Bobby Bowden in 2010, he brought in Eddie Gran to serve as the special teams coordinator in addition to the running backs. Gran’s attention was grabbed once he witnessed Hopkins kick, claiming that the ball “sounded different off his foot”.
Even though Gran eventually named him the starter, Hopkins felt that getting game and practice experience would not be enough to reach his goal of playing in the NFL. He attended strength and conditioning sessions with different positions on his own, challenging himself and his teammates in every drill. Whenever the Seminoles had their own time to workout, Hopkins was a regular on the field attempting to make every kick perfect.
Gran believes that it was not what people saw in games that shaped Hopkins into a better player, but it was what went on behind the scenes.
“He’d compete, he’d get in there and he’d beat them [in the weight room] and that’s what I loved about him,” Gran said in a phone interview. “In the offseason, when you really didn’t have to be out there, you’d see balls lined up and you’d see a guy kicking all the time. He was always trying to master his craft and you know you got a great one when that happens, when he knows that people probably aren’t watching.”
The biggest adversity that Hopkins had to overcome in college didn’t come from an injury, however. Florida State’s 2011 homecoming game against Virginia was a moment that allowed him to take a deeper look at his technique.
According to Gran, Hopkins would have a tendency to kick the ball too high early in his college career. When the Seminoles needed a 42-yard field goal attempt to claim a conference victory, he kicked the ball too high and missed.
From that point on, Hopkins was determined to change the outcomes of Florida State’s games in their favor. During his senior season, he set a new NCAA career scoring record for kickers with 466 points in addition to establishing new NCAA, ACC and Florida State records with 88 career field goals. His performance lifted the Seminoles to their first ACC championship since 2005 and a victory in the Orange Bowl.
“That was a tough deal for him, Florida State losing to Virginia at home,” Gran said. “We had a helluva team. He came back and it didn’t phase him. He was strong, he knew he had to have a short-term memory and just came back and ended up the season doing really, really well.”
Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams will represent the Redskins in the Pro Bowl next month, which is great news for the team. Combined the two players have 11 Pro Bowl selections and are deserving of their status as stars around the league.
For Redskins fans, two other players generated a lot of Pro Bowl support in punter Tress Way and safety D.J. Swearinger. The good news is both Way and Swearinger got named Pro Bowl alternates, but the bad news is neither man got the Pro Bowl selection.
Well, do they deserve it? It’s easy to make the case.
In Swearinger’s situation, it doesn’t require making much of a case. Giants safety Landon Collins made the Pro Bowl team, but he was placed on the injured reserve earlier this month after undergoing shoulder surgery. A pending free agent, it’s very hard to see a scenario where Collins plays in the Pro Bowl.
Swearinger should replace Collins on the Pro Bowl team. Pro Football Focus ranks Swearinger the 8th-best safety in the NFL, and he has the numbers too. The sixth-year safety has started each game for Washington this season and has logged four interceptions and three forced fumbles to go with 48 tackles. He’s deserving of the Pro Bowl spot.
With the safety issue settled, it’s time to focus on the punter.
Let’s be clear, Seattle’s Mike Dickson has been really good this year. Tress Way deserves to be in the Pro Bowl, but Dickson is a good choice too.
Here’s what separates Way from Dickson: Touchbacks.
Way has punted 72 times this season with zero touchbacks. He’s placed the ball inside the 20 an astounding 39 times and never once has the ball gotten into the end zone.
Dickson has punted 68 times this season with four touchbacks. He’s placed the ball inside the 20 a respectable 29 times, 10 fewer than Way.
Boil that down: Dickson has 10 fewer punts inside the 20 than Way, and Dickson has four more touchbacks. Fewer times inside the 20, and more touchbacks.
It’s worth pointing out Dickson has a ridiculous 44.2-yard net punting average. That’s crazy good. Way’s net punting average is 41.2.
What the stats don’t show is that Way has been a critical part of the Redskins success this season. When things were going well for Washington, field position was a vital part of the team’s winning formula. Way’s ability to drop the ball inside the 20-yard-line, if not the 10 or 5-yard-line, played a huge role in that formula.
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Hoping his absence doesn’t portend more injuries for the offensive line, the Redskins will be without left guard Shawn Lauvao this Sunday as he recovers from a calf injury.
Lauvao sustained the injury against the Colts and didn’t practice this week. Head coach Jay Gruden wanted see how he felt on Friday before making a designation about his status for the Packers game.
“I don’t think it’s long term,” Gruden said. “I think short term. How short? I don’t know. It’s not IR candidate, no.”
That means that center Chase Roullier will swing over to left guard and Tony Bergstrom will take on center duties, much like last week when Brandon Scherff missed few plays and Roullier moved into his spot.
“It’s something I definitely have to get back in the swing of, but I did play so much guard in college and I’ve even been mixing it a little bit during the year this year,” Roullier said. “It’s been pretty smooth, obviously there are a little bit of growing pains here and there, things I need to get better at technique-wise because I haven’t been necessarily doing those techniques in such a long time so, I definitely need to work on those but for the most part the feeling of it is coming back.”
Safety Troy Apke will also miss his second straight game, as he continues working to rehab the hamstring injury he sustained against the Cardinals.
The offensive linemen banged up – Brandon Scherff and Trent Williams, both nursing knee injuries – in Sunday’s matchup are listed as questionable, but head coach Jay Gruden doesn’t seemed concerned with his veterans. Linebacker Zach Brown is also listed as questionable with an oblique injury he’s been managing for the first two weeks.
“I think it’s a pain tolerance with him and he practiced today; did a good job,” Gruden said. “We will see how it goes. We intend on him playing but if something changes tomorrow we’ll make that adjustment with our other guys.”
The questionable desgination is also the case for wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr., as it was last week, with a lingering shoulder injury he sustained in Week 1. He missed practice on Wednesday but was back on Thursday, and head coach Jay Gruden said that an MRI on his knee came back clean.
“It’s very frustrating, but it’s part of the game,” Richardson said. “Gotta figure out how to manage it, play with it, be able to be available.”
The Redskins signed wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Michael Floyd this week after placing running back Rob Kelley on Injured Reserve with a toe injury. They aren’t likely to dress for Sunday’s game, but are available in case wide receiver Maurice Harris won’t be able to play as the team monitors his progress recovering from a concussion.
Morgan Moses now leads the league in accepted penalties, with 13. He’s part of a Redskins offensive line that has consistently been flagged for holding and false starts this year, and it has derailed multiple drives.
The Redskins entered the game tied with the Indianapolis Colts for the most holding calls in the league (24), and were able to take the lead during Sunday’s game. Washington had just one accepted holding call, but Indy managed to stay clean.
While the players have consistently disputed the calls (except the false starts, which are obvious), at some point, it’s a trend and it’s one that needs to be addressed.
The Redskins finished with 15 penalties for 135 yards on Sunday.
“There’s obviously some things we’ve got to correct,” Moses said. “Obviously having different quarterbacks in there, it effects the cadence and things like that. We’ve got to hone in on whatever we need to do. If it’s keeping the offense simple, that’s it. Make sure everybody is on one page so we can execute as best as possible.”
–After the victory in Tampa Bay, some Redskins players called out the home fans at FedEx Field, saying they didn’t feel supported during home games. Sunday probably didn’t help that cause. It was mostly Giants fans that bothered to show, and the few Redskins fans who did booed heartily. Hard to argue.
–It was a rough game for Hokies cornerback Greg Stroman, who struggled on each of his first three punt returns, including an “invalid fair catch signal” penalty. The Redskins continue their hunt for a reliable option.
–The trade for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix looks worse with each passing day. He has struggled to keep up with offensive players, and, worse, is taking playing time away from Montae Nicholson, who should be developing at the position.
–Tight end Jordan Reed had his right foot rolled up on in the first half and left the game. He did not return. The bigger question now is whether Reed will have to miss any offseason time as he begins his recovery.
–Linebacker Zach Brown was benched to start the game. He returned in the second quarter.
–It’s time to peek at the schedule for next year. The Redskins will host the NFC West same-place finisher and travel to the NFC South team. Right now, the most likely candidates in the west are San Francisco and Arizona, and from the south, it’s Tampa Bay and Atlanta.
–The Redskins ended the game with a too many men on the field penalty. Coming out of a time out. On a punt. On fourth and 3. Not the best finish.
–Saquan Barkley became the first Giants running back to run for 1,000 yards since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012.