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Top 5 Of 2015: Articles


With the New Year upon us, we take a look back at the most-read stories of 2015, led, as usual, by the annual season schedule release.

This story is annually our most-read article of the year, as fans flock to the website each April to find out the Redskins' week-by-week preseason and regular-season schedule, as well as the TV networks televising each game.

But beyond just the first couple days the story is released, the story gets tons of return traffic throughout the year, likely because of search engines like Google prominently linking here for those searching for "Redskins schedule," or similar terms.

We try to make this article a one-stop-shop for everything Redskins schedule related, including the schedule itself, postseason dates, detailed notes on each matchup (courtesy of Redskins Public Relations), as well as relevant videos and photo galleries.

I'll go out on a limb and say "Washington Redskins Release 2016 Schedule" will be a hit next year, too.

2. Washington Redskins 2015 Mock Madness (107,229 impressions)

Go behind the scenes with Brandon Scherff, the newest member of the Washington Redskins, immediately after his selection Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Chicago.

With the No. 5-overall pick in April's NFL Draft, Redskins fans couldn't get enough information -- and best guesses -- about which highly-touted prospect their team would pick.

In the end,'s Rob Rang was the only one of our panel of experts who believed the Redskins would end up picking Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff, which is exactly what Washington did that night in Chicago.

Scherff has since moved from tackle to the starting right guard spot, and has missed just one offensive snap all season in what has been a solid rookie season.

The "Mock Madness" article is appealing because it's updated regularly throughout the offseason with new and ever-changing picks by the experts. Like the schedule release, it's a one-stop-shop for Redskins fans, with info on each player, as well as photos and videos.

You can bet it'll be back in 2016 -- and sooner in the year.

3. 2015 Redskins Free Agency Journal (93,775 impressions)

With a new general manager in Scot McCloughan, Redskins fans were extremely interested to see how the personnel executive would begin to shape the roster.

Most of the moves in free agency would end up being on the defensive side of the ball, as McCloughan brought in safety Jeron Johnson, nose tackle Terrance Knighton, cornerback Chris Culliver and defensive ends Stephen Paea and Ricky Jean Francois. The team also acquired safety Dashon Goldson via trade.

The Redskins Free Agency Journal strives to keep fans updated on all these offseason moves, not ignoring those former Redskins players who have departed in free agency -- as well as those who have re-signed with the team -- too.

And, of course, we bring you plenty of links to stories, blog posts, videos and photo galleries about the newest Redskins.

This, again, will be back for 2016, so stay tuned.

4. 9/5: Redskins Make Roster Moves (86,068 impressions)

Check out the entire Washington Redskins' 2015 53-man roster in photos. (Last updated Sept. 29, 2015)

After a long offseason -- which includes offseason workouts, OTAs, rookie minicamp, minicamp and training camp -- the Redskins, and every team across the NFL, have a strict deadline when the preseason wraps up to get down to cut down to their final 53-man roster.

When the team begins training camp in late July, it enters Richmond, Va., with 90 players. As you can imagine, the Redskins' coaches and personnel staff have some tough decisions to make to get all the way down to 53 players.

This particular story is simply a team press release listing which players did not make the cut. Interestingly enough, a good percentage of these guys either were re-signed to the practice squad (Mack Brown, Takoby Cofield, Corey Crawford, Austin Reiter among those currently on the roster) or came back to the active roster at one time or another (Houston Bates, Akeem Davis, Quinton Dunbar, Je'Ron Hamm and Terrance Plummer).

So, take note: those just not making the final 53-man cut will likely re-appear at some point or another.

So the Mock Madness article is a perfect preview of the NFL Draft for the Redskins, but this particular article is a nice way to read up on each and every draft pick by the team.

Redskins PR again digs up all kinds of great nuggets about each pick. In this case, Scot McCloughan and his crew made a couple draft-day trades to extend their number of picks from seven to 10.

It's no surprise why this article performed so well -- Redskins fans were excited about seeing McCloughan's first draft haul. Now, with the regular season almost wrapped up, several of these picks have played key roles in a division championship season for Washington.

Scherff, as mentioned, is a starter at right guard. Preston Smith tops all NFL rookies with seven sacks. Matt Jones has been a quality No. 2 running back behind Alfred Morris, and has shown flashes of being a threat both running and catching the ball. Jamison Crowder is the team's starting slot receiver, as well as the top punt returner. And Kyshoen Jarrett has been a terrific sixth-round gem at both the safety and nickel cornerback positions.

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