By: Jakob Vaughan
On Monday night the Washington Redskins traveled to Pennsylvania to play the Philadelphia Eagles, an anticipated NFC East Monday Night Football matchup. Washington allowed the Eagles to march down the field and score a touchdown on the opening possession. As the Redskins trailed early in primetime another injury occured to their quarterback position in the span on 15 days. Quarterback Colt McCoy took over for the injured starter in Alex Smith, only to break his fibula against the Eagles. Colt McCoy is now out for the season with a fractured leg, so Mark Sanchez will take over as the starting quarterback. The Washington Redskins signed free agent veteran quarterback Josh Johnson on Wednesday, along with defensive end Marcus Smith. Speaking of Alex Smith he has requested at this time for privacy from the media. Alex Smith is dealing with a career ending injury and is battling an infection from the multiple surgeries on his broken tibia and fibula. Newly signed veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez came in to the game and on the first play handed the ball off to running back Adrian Peterson, for a 90 yard touchdown run. The Redskins ended up losing to the Eagles 28 to 13 and are now on a 3 game losing streak.
Washington continues to deal with the injury bug that has hurt the offensive line the most. This week, the team signed center Demetrius Rhaney and guard Zac Kerin, guard Luke Bowanko and tackle Austin Howard. The Redskins are now without right guard Tony Bergstrom and left guard Jonathan Cooper, along with starters Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff being placed on injured reserve this past Wednesday. Injuries have taken over the team and have hurt the overall outlook on the season. Good news for you Redskins fans is that the Redskins will most likely draft a young quarterback prospect in the first or second round of the draft, including West Virginia’s quarterback Will Grier, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock and North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley could be among the names on their draft board in 2019. Also I think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will stay with quarterback Jameis Winston, which would allow the Washington Redskins to sign quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a veteran minimum deal. Keep in mind Washington still has to play off the $71 million guaranteed to quarterback Alex Smith.
The defense of the Washington Redskins will look to bounce back this week against the New York Giants. The beginning of the season was led by the defense and once the team traded for Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix everyone thought they got even better. Well the truth is they haven’t and they have been dragging down the Redskins and are a big reason they are now 6 and 6. Losing three games in a row isn’t all on the defense, due to the injuries to the quarterback and offensive line. The defense is struggling as a whole and cannot seem to get off the field on third down. Redskins ranked 29th in the NFL allowing teams to convert on 3rd down at a staggering 44% of the time and in the last five games it has risen to 54% success rate in third downs. Washington has been 1 and 4 in those 5 games, when having to remain on the field after a third down and is one of the main reasons they are now 3rd in the NFC East. Washington will face the Giants this week in another NFC East matchup at home. FedEx Field should be loud as Mark Sanchez looks to end this three game losing streak behind a depleted offensive line.