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Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.HollywoodThere is a movie that I have watched dozens of times because it plays repeatedly on one of the half-dozen or so English-language channels I get on cable here in Thailand; it’s called The Last Samurai.It’s not the greatest movie of all time, but it has its moments.One of my favorite parts of the movie is a story told by Captain Algren (played by Tom Cuise).He tells the story in two parts, the first part being given prior to a battle that seems hopeless, and the end of the story being given near the end of the battle when all seems lost.Captain Algren, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Captain Jack Sparrow... these guys have never seen a fight they thought they should run away from.They suffer setbacks, sure, but these guys fight the good fight, and I admire that spirit.LegendsI grew up with the legend of John Paul Jones, standing on the deck of the Bonhomme Richard bellowing to the captain of the Serapis, “I have not yet begun to fight.”The long and glorious tradition that dates back, at least, to the Greeks at Thermopylae, and then on to the fictional Captain Jack Sparrow and the very real John Paul Jones, to the Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, who uttered those famous words, “Never give up, never give in”, to the 23rd century space explorer who beat the Kobayashi Maru — I admire the tradition of fighting on no matter the odds.I know it’s more of a modern thing to predict failure so one can later point and say, “I told you so” but my makeup is different... my DNA rebels against that.Virginians cross the Deleware River in the middle of winter on Christmas night in rowboats to attack the Hessians and turn the tide of the war, despite a string of defeats and low morale.George Washington had big brass ones.As Knute Rockne would remind us, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”Things look grimThe Redskins have faced a run of very bad fortune.One only needs to look at the IR list to get a sense of how bad.It started, probably, in earnest, back in preseason when the team lost Derrius Guice.Still, the Redskins were able to hold things together and win 6 of their first 9 games, but the first of several gut punches was when Brandon Scherff was lost for the season.That day saw the Redskins offensive line options diminish rapidly and dramatically.The kick in the teeth came when Alex Smith’s leg was snapped in the game against the Texans, and the final kick in the balls was when something similar knocked Colt McCoy out of the Cowboys game, and possibly the rest of the season.Mark Sanchez was absolutely horrible in his start against the Giants on Sunday.But in the third quarter, Jay Gruden put Sanchez on the bench and brought Josh Johnson into the game.Johnson, a 32-year-old journeyman quarterback who hadn’t thrown an NFL regular season pass since Barack Obama’s first term in office, seemed an unlikely hero, but it was as if a light switch had been turned on.The previously moribund offense came to life.The Redskins pushed the ball downfield.After being shut out for the entire game, the team punched in two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions.After the game [url=http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-paul-richardson-jersey]Authentic Paul Richardson Jersey[/url] , Jay Gruden didn’t hesitate when asked if Josh Johnson would start this week against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.The Redskins are about to start their 4th different quarterback of the season.Let’s have a look at what James Dorsett had to say about Josh Johnson’s performance against the New York Football Giants:I’m uniqueBack in 2012, I saw Josh Johnson play in a preseason game, and I instantly thought that the Redskins should sign him as RG3’s backup.He seemed to be the perfect guy to come off the bench for Griffin.Griffin is 6’2”, 213 pounds and very mobile.Johnson is 6’3”, 219 pounds and very mobile.I still remember the sort of ‘shock and awe’ that Robert Griffin was able to drop on the New Orleans Saints in the Redskins season opener with rookie QB Griffin making his first NFL start.The offense was a fast-paced, mobile attack that used the threat of Griffin as a runner.The Shanahans devised an offense that cut the field in half, limited Griffin’s reads, and created stress on the defense by making them defend the Alfred Morrise run, the Griffin rollout and the pass on every single play.I saw hints of that offense with Josh Johnson in the 4th quarter last Sunday.Jay knows Josh; he coached him in 2013 when Johnson was with the Bengals, and it was apparent this past week that Johnson isn’t particularly rusty.With another week to prepare, I wonder if Jay and Josh can put together a mobile, fast-paced offensive attack reminiscent of Kyle & Robert’s 2012 season.I’m not thinking that it’sa very sophisticated attack — just enough to make the Redskins competitive against the Jacksonville Jaguars, pretty much the only team in the NFL that has played worse football than the Redksins over the past several weeks.The Wildcard WatchLast year, starting in Week 9, I wrote a weekly article on the 5 o’clock club called the Wildcard Watch in which I took alook week-by-week at the teams that were in the wildcard hunt in the NFC.I had planned to do the same thing this year starting in Week 12.I actually had the article all set up and ready to go, but in the wake of Alex’s injury, I decided not to publish it.This late in the season, the wildcard hunt is mathematically open for a lot of teams, but the practicalities make it a fairly small group.In the NFC, we’re talking about 5 teams that are fighting for one spot.Seattle has not actually locked up the first wildcard mathematically, but they have the 49ers and Cardinals left, so let’s say they probably win 10 games and secure the #5 seed.That leaves the following teams chasing the 6th seed:Vikings 6-6-1 host Miami this weekPanthers 6-7 host the SaintsEagles 6-7 visit the RamsRedskins 6-7 travel to JacksonvillePackers 5-7-1 visit ChicagoThat’s 5 teams that are struggling.Every team except the Packers is on a losing streak, with the Panthers having dropped 5 in a row and the Vikings firing their offensive coordinator after being shut out for 58 minutes by the Seahawks.Amazingly, among these five teams, the Redskins probably have the best chance of getting a win in Week 15. The Eagles may be starting Nick Foles against the Rams, as Carson Wentz is reported to be suffering back spasms this week.As crazy as it sounds, if the Vikings fall to Miami, who just beat the Patriots, and the Redskins prevail against the Jaguars (who have lost 8 of their last 9 games, and may have Cody Kessler under center), then the Redskins could replace the Vikings as the current 6th seed.Then the Redskins just have to play the final two games, one week at a time.The 300Don’t mistake my attitude as being blind optimism or simple stupidity. I understand the situation; I simply don’t admire capitulation.Hail to the Redskins! Hail Victory!Braves on the Warpath! Fight for old D.C.!Run or pass and score—We want a lot more! Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em,Touchdown! -- Let the points soar! Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have wonSons of Wash-ing-ton. Tyree Jackson, QBSchool: Buffalo | Conference: Mid-AmericanExperience: RS Junior | Age: 21Height / Weight: 6-7 / 249 lbsProjected Draft Status: Round 3-4NFL Comparison: Paxton Lynch College Statistics Player Overview Jackson came to Buffalo after as a highly accomplished high school quarterback who finished his HS career in the top five in state history in career touchdown passes [url=http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-alex-smith-jersey]Youth Alex Smith Jersey[/url] , completions, and passing yards in the state of Michigan. Still, just a 3-star prospect, he chose Buffalo. He red-shirted in 2015, Jackson began the 2016 season as a back-up to Iowa State transfer Grant Rohach, before taking over for the injured Rohach. Helped by thearrival of receiver Anthony Johnson (a JUCO transfer from Iowa Western CC), Jackson had a breakout season in 2017, though injuries caused him to miss four contests.After the 2018 season, Jackson had announced he was looking to become a graduate transfer, but then changed his mind and announced he was declaring for the NFL draft. He was quickly was added to the Senior Bowl roster, even though Jim Nagy had already accepted eight other quarterbacks for the post-season all-star event. Athletic Traits At the Senior Bowl, Jackson measured 6-foot-7 and 249 pounds, looking like an NBA forward. Jackson also measured with 10-inch hands (Anything over 9 1/2 inches is considered large for a QB), with a 35-inch arm length, and an 82 陆-inch wingspan.Last spring Jackson was timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds last spring. At 6-5 and 250, Cam Newton, ran 4.56.Jackson’s measurements are nearly identical to Paxton Lynch, whose height placed him in the 98th percentile, weight was in the 96th percentile, with 94th percentile arm length, and 90th percentile hand size (per mockdraftable.com). Read more HERE:The Film Here is the Jackson at the Senior Bowl, where he was the games leading passer in attempts, completions, yards, and passing touchdowns. You just need to coach this out of him.I became interested in Jackson over the holidays when I watched the Dollar General Bowl, a game Buffalo lost 42-32 to Troy. After that, I watched draftbreakdown style cut-ups from nine of his games.Jackson’s arm strength is that of an NFL starter.He loves to roll out to his right. However, at this point, his physical abilities are ahead of his decision making.Jackson is not afraid to make tight window throws......but at times, he shows too much confidence in his arm.He needs to learn to protect the ball better when scrambling. He had multiple fumbles. Lastly, I have some concerns about his mechanicsWatch more of his film HERE.StrengthsSize. Height, weight, arm length, hand size. Jackson is huge. He has a big arm and can throw on the move. I think his arm strength may be second only to Drew Lock in this draft class. Willingness to test coverages, attempt tight window throws, and throw 50-50 balls. Height allows him to easily see over the line when in the pocket [url=http://www.authenticswashingtonredskins.com/cheap-mason-foster-jersey]http://www.authenticswashingtonredskins.com/cheap-mason-foster-jersey[/url] , and he keeps eyes down field when he leaves the pocket. Attacks the defense across all areas the field, including and especially as a perimeter thrower.WeaknessesProbably needed one last season in college. Didn’t really play in “big games” or against top competition. Career and 2018 season completion percentage was just over 55%.Mechanics look a bit quirky. A byproduct of his size, and long arms is that Jackson has a little bit of an elongated delivery. Ball security, both on throws and runs, needs to improve. Needs to improve the speed of his mental processing.Confidence in his arm can get him into trouble. GradesSize: 9/10Some may wonder why a 6’7, 250 pound QB wouldn’t get a 10 out of 10 here, but keep in mind, the list of NFL quarterbacks taller than 6’6 that have had success in the NFL is quite small. In fact, depending on how you define success, you could say we are still waiting. Jackson is towering presence, who will immediately be one of the biggest signal callers inNFL history. Accuracy: 7/10Jackson can be pretty scatter-shot with his accuracy (55.3 completion percentage last season), but the Buffalo Bulls’ scheme takes a lot a shots down the field and his receivers do not get a lot of separation. Even Buffalo’s NFL prospect, Anthony Johnson is more of a contested catch receiver. Dangerous when leaving the pocket, but his accuracy declines, showing he has room for improvement. He loves to roll out to his right but tends to throw high when moving to his left. He is mostly pinpoint on slant routes, but ball placement on easy throws to running-back or tight-end targets was erratic and didn’t always allow his receiver to catch the ball in stride or gain yards after the catch.Arm Strength: 13/15Jackson has one of the strongest arms in this draft class, but he needs to dial it down a notch on some of the short stuff. Jackson will usually step into his throws and drive the ball with pretty good velocity, but needs to dial it down on shorter throws, where there were many examples of receivers (even star receiver Anthony Johnson) not being able to handle the fastball, which lead tip drill interceptions. Mobility: 8/10While he is no Lamar Jackson, Tyree Jackson is surprisingly mobile for such a big man.However, his speed is more apparent when running in a straight line than when changing directions. What differentiates him is the rare foot quickness and overall athleticism he possesses for his size.Processing Speed: 11/15I have seen examples where he will look off a safety and move on to secondary targets. He does a great job of keeping his eyes downfield when leaving the pocket. However, Jackson doesn’t always throw with great anticipation or win from the pocket. It will likely require much work to get up to NFL standards when it comes to reading defenses. He needs to improve what NFL films’ Greg Cosell calls “the ability to eliminate and isolate”.To quickly eliminate what is NOT there (what the defense has taken away) and isolate what IS there “within the timing of the pass drop and the route concept”. Mechanics: 7/10His release has a slight wind-up, but the ball almost always comes out cleanly with a tight spiral. While his mechanics certainly need work, I think his extraordinarily long arms make his delivery appear worse than it is. He also has an exaggerated thing he does where his back leg kicks out laterally during his follow through. Leadership: 11/15It is difficult to dig up much about leadership with small school programs, but Jackson sounds like a mature and driven individual. Clutch: 10/15 Buffalo lost it’s final two games of the season (MAC championship game and Buffalo’s bowl game), and while it’s a team game, Jackson himself made costly turnovers, took too many sacks, and was not able to will his team to victory in the teams two biggest games. What’s more, Jackson did not afford him a “signature moment” against at college football juggernaut. While Dwayne Haskins slayed the Lions of Penn State, and destroyed the Wolverines of Michigan, Drew Lock played against SEC defenses like Georgia and Alabama, and even Daniel Jones got to play against Clemson and a variety of ACC pass rushers, the University of Buffalo did not face such difficulty challenges. Overall: 76/100What Others Are Saying Last summer, Jackson spent four days at the Manning Passing Academy in July [url=http://www.authenticswashingtonredskins.com/cheap-matthew-ioannidis-jersey]http://www.authenticswashingtonredskins.com/cheap-matthew-ioannidis-jersey[/url] , where he soaked up information from Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning and former NFL coach Mike Shanahan. He also worked out with quarterback guru Jordan Palmer (the younger brother of Carson Palmer, who have carved out a career preparing college QBs for the NFL).How Would He Fit On The Redskins ?When Alex Smith suffered a season-ending injury, and the lingering concern that it could be career ending at his age, the Redskins are going to have to invest in a new quarterback at some point during the next two years. While many fans are underwhelmed with this 2019 draft class, and would prefer to wait and select one from the promising 2020 class, the contrarian option would be to find a developmental prospect this year. The three traits that stand out with Jackson are his size, arm strength, and movement skills. He can easily see over his lineman. He can stretch the field both vertically and horizontally with the ability to throw deep and to the sideline. He can also extend the play with his legs, but needs to do a better job taking care of the ball when scrambling.His 2018 and career completion percentages sit at just over 55%, and his supporting cast was better than what Josh Allen (56%) had at Wyoming. That being said, Jackson completes a pretty high percentage of “big time” throws (i.e. down the field and tight window throws). He is also deadly on quick slants.Like with Allen at Wyoming, there were few wide open targets when watching the University of Buffalo offense, and Jackson’s stats were not padded with bubble screens, jet sweeps, or throwing into the the flats.Jackson’s Senior Bowl performance confirmed what I saw on film. He will take some deep shots that will make you say wow and can pick you apart on short slants, but the concerns I had about his mechanics and decision making continued in Mobile. Overall, Jackson seems like the kind of “toolsy” quarterback prospect NFL teams historically have taken a chance on early, and top-50 pick is not out of the question.To me, he profiles more like someone who gets drafted early and becomes a bust, rather than a day three hidden gym. While we can all used hindsight to argue these guys were overdrafted, Jackson’s talent looks equal to or better than any of the likes of Jake Locker, Blake Bortles, EJ Manuel, David Carr, Colin Kaepernick, and Paxton Lynch. In fact, I feel Jackson’s frame and his movements resemble Lynch the most. HERE is Lynch when he was at Memphis.In the end, Jackson is probably not a good fit for Washington. It would be great to see him sit behind someone like Phillip Rivers for two years. 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