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Sunday Slop: Redskins news of the day

A look at the top Redskins stories of the day

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Derrius Guice, healthy offensive line can help solve the Redskins run game woes | ESPN

Still, it’s a respected line when healthy. The injuries along the front changed their run game last season. In Weeks 1-8, the Redskins ranked 17th in yards per carry, 23rd in total carries and eighth in yards before contact. After the injuries took a toll, in weeks 9-17, they ranked last in yards before first contact, 24th in attempts and last in yards per carry, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Potential upside, outweighs the risks in Redskins selection of Alexander | NBCSports

One thing will mitigate red flags for NFL teams is the player owning up to his mistakes. Most understand that players in their late teens and early twenties make mistakes in life. But if they own up to their mistakes, as Alexander did to every NFL coach and executive he spoke with over the past month or so during the leadup to the supplemental draft, teams will tend to believe that the players’ problems are behind him.

Need to Know: The five best teams the Redskins will play in 2018 | NBC Sports

2. Saints (11-5, lost in divisional round)—New Orleans was the top team in DVOA in 2017. After a couple of mediocre seasons, the Saints have retooled, and they will make a push to get Drew Brees his second Super Bowl ring. They play in Week 5, which means that Mark Ingram will be back from his four-game suspension to open the season and he will be alongside Alvin Kamara in the Saints backfield. They both had over 100 yards from scrimmage when the teams played last year.

What should the Redskins expect from their defensive rookie class? |

-Payne is the Redskins 2nd straight first round defensive lineman from Alabama, and figures to help fix the Redskins biggest defensive issue of the past few years; their porous run defense. Payne is primarily viewed as a Nose Tackle, who is quick enough to play the 5 tech or even the 3 tech when the Redskins are in a 4 man front. He’s got a quick first step and has shown the ability to dominate at times. He should be starter playing about 60-65% of the snaps, and could be a key to the Redskins getting into the top half of the defensive rankings this season.