Robservations: Week 5

Alex Smith, Washington QB, makes NFL return with first game in 2 years
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Sorry this week’s Robservations is a bit late. Even I need a day off from writing about this team and all of their ineptitude. Plus I needed to take my lady on a nice date night before she leaves for a few days. Priorities, people. 

This week we’ve got another doozy of a game to talk about. Washington got absolutely walloped by the LA Rams, who managed to start this season by sweeping this entire NFC East because why not? Those are free wins, man. 

Unlike the other matchups with NFC East opponents, Washington really didn’t put up much of a fight at all in this one. Besides one pretty nice drive led by new starter Kyle Allen that ended in a gutsy seven-yard touchdown run, Allen’s debut was short-lived thanks to a pretty cheap hit by Jalen Ramsey that ended Allen’s day before halftime. We’ll probably see Allen starting under center again next week, but we did catch a glimpse of Alex Smith in his return from probably the most gruesome injury I’ve ever seen. 

That’s probably a good place to start for this week’s 30-10 loss. 

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Robservations: Week 4

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Welcome back to the fourth edition of Robservations. This week we’ve got a doozy of a game to talk about. 

A lot of the points I’ll be driving home are ones I’ve pretty much already addressed in the past three games so I won’t beat a dead horse too much (I mean, it’s already dead), but as you’re probably aware, the Washington Football Team dropped their third consecutive game this season, this time against a potential Super Bowl candidate in the Baltimore Ravens. 

The 31-17 loss was not unexpected as we all pretty much chalked this one up as a loss unless we saw this team play an absolutely perfect game (which they didn’t), but honestly I thought they gave us a decent performance all things considered. Enough lollygagging, let’s jump in. 

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Robservations: Week 3

Cleveland Browns
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In Week 2’s loss to Arizona, I wasn’t mad with the 15-point loss to a clearly better team, but yesterday was quite frankly a bit of a different story. Washington’s 34-20 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns was a frustrating display of self-made errors that essentially gifted the game to a Browns team that I don’t necessarily see as significantly better than Washington. 

Considering next week is a matchup with an absolutely stacked Baltimore Ravens team, it was kind of important for this team to show up and get a good result against an opponent closer to their level before going up against a straight-up Super Bowl contender. What’s worse is that this team was pretty much in this game up until Cleveland made it an 11-point game in the fourth quarter. 

I suppose we should get into this game right? Okay, fine. 

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Robservations: Week 2

NFL: Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals
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Consider this week a wake-up, people. Though the win over Philly was a great way to start this season off, we saw where this team is truly at against a far superior Arizona Cardinals team. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I mean we knew a game like this was coming eventually, but it does show us that this team absolutely has a long way to go and that we have to adjust expectations accordingly. 

The truth is, I actually really like this Cardinals team. They’ve got an absolute beast of a signal-caller in Kyler Murray, one of the most unstoppable wideouts in the game in DeAndre Hopkins and a young and talented defense led by Vance Joseph. This is a team ready to win now despite being in the absolutely wild NFC West. This was a great litmus test for Washington, who didn’t necessarily play well, but showed the same resilience we saw last week, albeit in a game that was pretty much over by the fourth quarter. 

Let’s jump into the nitty gritty and see what went right and what went wrong in this week’s edition of Robservations. 

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Robservations: Week 1

Hi I’m Robby Fletcher and welcome to the first edition of Robservations, a new weekly blog where I’ll be talking about the Washington Football Team’s 2020-21 season. 

In this inaugural entry, we’ll be breaking down the team’s epic 17-point comeback victory against the Philadelphia Eagles to start off Ron Rivera’s tenure as head coach. The win was the team’s first Week 1 home victory since 2011 and its first NFC East win since Week 8 of 2018. So, let’s talk a bit about some of the game’s biggest headlines. 

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Breaking Down Every Redskins Pick in the 2020 NFL Draft

I don’t know about you, but I came away very pleased by Washington’s draft this past weekend. The team managed to make the right decision on Day 1, pick up an intriguing playmaker on Day 2 and fill out the roster with a variety of interesting talents that both provided need and versatility on both sides of the ball.

I think Ron Rivera and Kyle Smith did a fine job in their first draft together, and what I loved the most out of this virtual draft experience was just how open both of them were throughout the entire process. It never felt like there was a disconnect on either side, and what we ended up seeing was two guys work together to bring players onto the roster that could contribute in some way almost immediately. Needless to say, if you weren’t already excited about this new beginning in Washington, then you will be now.

So today we will be taking a look at every pick of the team’s draft, seeing where these guys fit, how they might contribute and what I think of the pick overall. I won’t get into undrafted free agents just yet as we’ll save that for another day once those signing start to pile up.

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Mock Draft 2.0: Linemen, Receivers Overtake First Round in Fletcher’s Final Mock Draft

Guys, we are just a day away from the NFL Draft, how crazy is that? It seems like so long since my last mock draft, but really it’s only been about a month. That, to me, is just crazy. By now, we should have a clearer picture of each team’s needs after free agency, and hopefully these smokescreens don’t impact my assessment too much, but at this point in the offseason, it gets really hard to determine what’s real and what isn’t.

But, let’s kick this mock draft off with two picks that I refuse to change from my last mock because I simply cannot see a possibility of them being anybody else.

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The 10: Ranking the Tight Ends of the 2020 NFL Draft

Thank god, it’s draft week. After weeks of sports-less existence, we finally get one of the most exciting sporting events that doesn’t involve a single point scored. Today, we’ll be looking at this year’s crop of tight ends entering the draft. This group doesn’t have any generational talents at the position, but there are plenty of high-ceiling guys that are worth looking into to. Let’s take a look.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft: Redskins Edition

While I’m still hard at work on my next ranking of the ten best tight ends in the 2020 NFL Draft, I thought it’d be the right time to breakdown my thoughts on what the Redskins should do during the three-day event.

What comes with any team picking in the top five of the draft is the most intense form of smokescreens you’ll find. That’s no different for the Redskins, who have been the topic of discussion for months by T.V. pundits and bloggers like myself, particularly in regards to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who many see as an upgrade over 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins. We’ve also seen a lot of discussion over the trade value the pick holds because of Tagovailoa as well as Chase Young, who has been regarded as the best overall player in the draft. Continue reading “2020 NFL Mock Draft: Redskins Edition”

The 10: Grading the Running Backs of the 2020 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is now just over a week away, and draft season has upped its game with more smokescreens and gossip with each passing day. In preparation for the draft, we’re going to be looking at this year’s running back class. While not necessarily front-loaded, Jonathan Taylor and D’Andre Swift looking probably like the two most likely first round candidates, there are a ton of truly talented backs in this class that I think are more going to step in and immediately contribute on the big stage.

So, let’s start this list in style with the record-breaking Badger running back Jonathan Taylor.

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