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Saturday Slop: Redskins Add Another Aggressive Player to Secondary With Dashon Goldson Trade

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Scout vs. Scout: Is Marcus Mariota worth a top-10 pick? -
NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks put their scouting hats back on and debated the merits of the recent Heisman Trophy winner being a top-10 pick in a recent edition of "NFL Mock Draft Live." Not unexpectedly, each had a slightly different take on where Mariota should go in the draft.

What lengths will teams go to in order to draft prospects?
NFL Media's Charley Casserly discusses the great lengths NFL teams go through in order to get as much information as they can about draft prospects, especially when it comes to selecting a potential face of a franchise.

Goldson Adds Leadership To Redskins’ Secondary
When he signed with the Buccaneers prior to the 2013 season, Dashon Goldson knew he’d have to take on a major leadership role in a young Tampa Bay secondary. Now, two years later, the two-time Pro Bowler will take on a similar role with the Washington Redskins.

Redskins Finally Find a Solution for "Free"
Back in mid-march, I received a tip from a source that said the Redskins were poised to pounce on Goldson who was expected to be released from the Bucs. They never got that chance. The tip was confirmed by one other source involved in the pursuit.

The Bucs, realizing this and knowing that they might be able to actually get something for Goldson, held out and eventually received the Redskins' sixth-round pick in next year's draft. They also gave Washington a seventh-round pick next year.  The deal  took several weeks to get  done because of the compensation and also the conversion of Goldson's guaranteed base salary to signing bonus proration as detailed by Joel Corry of

D-Jax in D.C. : Measuring His Impact | ESPN 980
In 2014, and with Jackson,  the Redskins averaged 252.9 passing yards per game with a  gross total of 4,461 and a net of 4,047. Clearly, they improved. There's no doubt about that. Jackson had 56 catches in 15 games for 1,169 yards, six touchdowns and a 20.9 average.  The problem? While Jackson put up good numbers and big plays,  nobody else did.

PIerre Garcon had 68 catches for only 752 yards, an 11.1 average and three touchdowns in 2014. Jordan Reed missed most of the first five games of the season and had 50 catches for 465 yards but no touchdowns.

Washington's number three receiver, Andre Roberts, had a very modest first year in burgundy and gold (36-453-2) but after a good start, he wasn't heard from much in the last ten or so games.

25 Redskins questions: What is the answer at right tackle? | Comcast SportsNet Washington
What will the Redskins do at right tackle? Right tackle has been a weak spot on the Redskins’ offensive line since Jon Jansen’s play started to decline in the middle of the last decade. Last season, the position was run by committee, with Tyler Polumbus starting the season there and Tom Compton taking over the starting job for the last nine games. Rookie Morgan Moses lined up for a few snaps, as well. Overall, play at the position was average, at best, and it remains an Achilles' heel for the team as the 2015 offseason begins.

25 Redskins questions: Double digit sacks for Hatcher in 2015? | Comcast SportsNet Washington
Can Jason Hatcher post double-digit sacks? After finishing tied for 21st in sacks in 2013, the Redskins made a significant investment in its pass rush last offseason, signing Hatcher to a four-year, $27.5 million contract. Hatcher was coming off a career year in Dallas, where he had notched 11 and 33 quarterback hurries, the fourth-highest total for a defensive lineman that year. Unfortunately for Hatcher and the Redskins, his first year in Washington turned out to be an injury-riddled disappointment. Hatcher had arthroscopic knee surgery during OTAs and played hurt until he was shut down after 13 games and a total of 5.5 sacks. Is it reasonable to expect him to double that production in 2015?

One detail of the Goldson deal that B-Mitch likes most | Comcast SportsNet Washington
Not only is Dashon Goldson talented, Brian Mitchell says, but there's one major detail of the deal that makes it even that much sweeter.

Need to Know: Redskins starting defense nearly set after Goldson deal | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
There could be some changes if jobs are truly open to competition or if there is a surprise draft pick but for the most part the Redskins’ 2015 starting defense is set with the possible exception of one position.

Gus Bradley: Washington Redskins have tough player in Jeron Johnson - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
"He's really strong mentally, tough, aggressive, good hitter," Bradley said of Johnson last week at the NFL owners meetings. "He just didn't have an opportunity to play as much but he'll bring toughness to the secondary."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade Dashon Goldson to Washington Redskins for 2016 draft pick
Overall, Goldson, 30, has been fined an NFL-high eight times since the start of the 2012 season for on-field incidents and his $252,000 in fines is more than any other NFL player during that time frame.

Bucs trade expendable Dashon Goldson - ESPN Video
ESPN Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas discusses Dashon Goldson's trade to the Redskins.

Washington Redskins mailbag: Part 1 - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
John Keim: I wouldn't say they're content[with the offense]. They absolutely had more holes to fill on defense, so that was a bigger priority. But they did express interest in some right tackles; it's just that the market was thin so they weren't going to pay a higher sum for a player who wasn't an upgrade. There just weren't many areas to address, either. Aside from tackle, maybe a guard but, again, you shouldn't pay big money for guards and they did not. Also, the market wasn't strong at that spot. A big way they can improve is through quarterback play, regardless of who ends up with the job. I also think they'll address offense in the draft and look for more linemen, receiver depth and a third-down back among other spots. All of that is needed as well and can help. Also, we don't know all the players they've either looked at or had in for visits. Those of us making calls on this know that the Redskins weren't leaking this information so it often was tougher to learn. Let's see how the rest of the offseason progresses. Redskins fans should know by now moves made in March don't always mean a whole lot in November. Finally, I think -- hope -- that this means they're not just looking for quick fixes offensively. So if you don't feel they'll help, you don't sign for a certain price.

Power ranking Scot McCloughan's five free agent signings - The Left Bench
As of now, the NFL doesn’t sell jerseys with the names of team general managers on them. However, they could make a pretty penny on the idea if they started to, because in the nation’s capital, new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan has already captured the hearts of burgundy and gold fans everywhere with his work thus far in free agency.

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