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2019 QB Countdown: The three biggest questions facing Will Grier as he becomes an NFL passer

2019 QB Countdown: The three biggest questions facing Will Grier as he becomes an NFL passer

Whether it's at pick No. 15, after a trade to move back in the first round, or at a slot on Day 2, the Redskins will no doubt at least consider drafting West Virginia's Will Grier this April.

That's the thing with Grier, though — he's one of the prospects below Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock whose eventual draft position is still very much up in the air.

So, what are the biggest questions facing him as he tries to transition into the NFL successfully, questions the Redskins must ask themselves as well? Here are three of them.

1) Can he thrive in an NFL offense?

Fair or not, lots of quarterbacks from Big 12 offenses will face this query. Grier is one of them. 

"Grier benefited from the West Virginia system," NFL.com's Lance Zierlein writes in his evaluation of Grier, "but that same system definitely benefited from his time there."

The 24-year-old has plenty of things going for him, from his accuracy and good touch with the ball to a personality that should be easy for teammates to get behind. 

Plus, the recent success of Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield shows that signal callers from the wide open Big 12 can make it at the next level. And today's league is filled with coaches who are borrowing from the college game and who are willing to fit their schemes to their starters.

However, Grier's arm doesn't match up with either of those other two, which leads nicely into the next question about his future on Sundays.

2) How much will a lackluster Senior Bowl and Combine affect him?

Grier hasn't exactly shown out in two of the offseason's biggest chances for prospects to improve their stock.

His first-round potential "was dealt a devastating blow at the Senior Bowl, where Grier's lack of arm was painfully obvious," per Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com. He had similar struggles while throwing at the Combine in Indy.

Franchises will have to weigh what they saw from Grier at those two events against what they've seen from him on film and determine what matters more. 

3) Is his ceiling high enough to justify a premium pick?

With Case Keenum and Colt McCoy both under contract for just one more season, the Redskins should be looking for a long-term answer at QB. It's unclear whether Grief qualifies as one.

Opinions vary on whether he's a top-of-the-depth-chart option or more of a backup. Can Washington really afford to invest a top pick in a guy like that?

This post has been devoted to questions that Grier must answer. The one above, however, is also the key question the Redskins will ultimately need to answer on their own. 

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Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

As NFL training camps open, teams are taking every protective measure to ensure player safety. Extensive testing protocols agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA and daily testing until at least September 5 prove safety is the league's number one priority.

But in order for the NFL's plans to work, players have to do their part

On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks cut rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero. Siverand and the woman, who was wearing Seattle gear in an attempt to disguise herself as a Seahawks player, were both caught on camera.

The Seahawks' quick action shows how serious teams are handling COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Pete Carroll is sending a clear message that actions that put the entire team at risk will not be tolerated.  

Fans got a glimpse of what the NFL's safety protocols were like during Hard Knocks this week. The quick decision to cut Siverand shows that irresponsible action won't be tolerated as the NFL season approaches.

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

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Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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