NFC East: Marcus McCauley

Skins place Williams, Doughty on IR

December, 30, 2009
The Redskins have placed offensive lineman Mike Williams (toe) and safety Reed Doughty (ankle) on injured reserve and signed running back P.J. Hill and cornerback Marcus McCauley to their 53-man roster. Hill was a beast of a running back at Wisconsin, where he nearly gained 4,000 yards. He signed with the Saints as a free-agent rookie and then he ended up on the Eagles' 53-man roster when Brian Westbrook was injured.

McCauley was a third-round draft pick by the Vikings in '07 and he played in all 16 games that season. He's sort of bounced around the league since then, but he hasn't had a lot of playing time. The fact that he's started 10 games in the league makes him a viable candidate to compete for playing time in Washington. The Redskins have soured on former Auburn star Carlos Rogers at cornerback. These are the first moves by general manager Bruce Allen and you should expect many, many more in the offseason.

Of course, a coaching hire will be the first major point of emphasis. Once that's done, Allen and the new coach will begin overhauling a roster that is an absolute mess. We'll keep you posted on all the developments.

Williams was a nice story in the offseason, and it was pretty remarkable that he started eight games this season. Doughty had his moments this season, but it's not like he's the future starter at safety.

What happened on the Peterson TD?

January, 4, 2009

Posted by's Matt Mosley

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Eagles had done a nice job of setting the edge against Adrian Peterson and not giving him any cutback lanes -- until that last run. The Vikings had everything pointed toward the right side and then Peterson spotted a massive lane and cutback to his left for a 40-yard touchdown.

Looked like linebacker Chris Gocong had the only legitimate shot at bringing Peterson down, but there's no way you arm tackle this guy once he gets to the second level. Meanwhile, on the ensuing drive, Donovan McNabb just completed a ball to Kevin Curtis into tight coverage.

And while we're in a timeout, let's talk about how predictable the Eagles' offense is at times. Other than the one long run by Correll Buckhalter, there hasn't been much available on the ground. But part of that is the fact that the Eagles almost always seen to run on second down. At some point, it might not be bad to mix in a run on first down to keep the Vikings honest.

Well, DeSean Jackson just completely burned Vikings cornerback Marcus McCauley on a deep ball down the sideline. Everyone wanted to know how Jackson would perform in his first playoff game. So far, so good.