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The Dwayne Decision: How should Redskins handle Haskins' first season?

The Dwayne Decision: How should Redskins handle Haskins' first season?

For the first time since 2012, the Redskins have a prized first-round rookie quarterback on their roster. 

Now, the team must decide how to approach Dwayne Haskins' first year in the NFL.

Does Washington give him the job right away and let him open up as the No. 1 option in Week 1? Do they let Case Keenum get the first shot, then insert Haskins if things don't go well? Or do they hold him out as long as possible, considering how inexperienced he still is?

Those are the questions the franchise must ask itself, because while Haskins' career is just beginning, it's crucial that things get off to a promising start. And those are the questions NBCSportsWashington.com is asking, too.

Over the next few weeks, you'll hear from analysts like JP Finlay, Brian Mitchell, Pete Hailey and Grant Paulsen, as they all analyze how they would approach the Dwayne Decision. Before you hear from them, though, it's necessary to get Haskins' and Jay Gruden's thoughts on how the youngster handled his initial exposure to the pro level. 

So, here's the passer and the head coach. Check back as the summer rolls along for the takes from NBC Sports Washington's voices, too. And be ready to submit yours at some point, as we intend to let the fans chime in.

What Gruden and Haskins are saying (WATCH)

"We threw a lot at him: formations, motions, protections, route concepts, run concepts, audible, two-minute, no huddle, all of that stuff. There is a lot to learn for the kid, but we want to get it all out there for him so he has an understanding of what it is going to be like come training camp. A long way to go, but I like where he is at." - Gruden after June minicamp

"When I know what I'm doing, I feel like I'm pretty good... Once I figure out the plays, I feel like the sky's the limit for me." - Haskins after June minicamp

The Redskins' decision with Dwayne Haskins actually isn't that complicated (WATCH)

Dwayne Haskins will eventually be the Redskins' starting quarterback, writes JP Finlay. Haskins will be competing for the starting job during training camp in August and the decision on whether or not he will start is ultimately up to him. Win the competition? Get the starting spot.

Brian Mitchell says if Dwayne Haskins 'proves he's the best, he goes on the football field' (WATCH)

If Dwayne Haskins proves he's the best on the field, he'll start Week 1, Brian Mitchell says. It should not matter who is the oldest or who has the most 'experience' or who has been on the team the longest. If a rookie proves he's better than the rest, he should get the starting job.

Mike Florio: The Redskins should start the QB who 'puts you in the best position to win' (WATCH)

The Redskins should start whichever quarterback gives them the best chance to win in 2019, according to Mike Florio. While the Redskins may have their quarterback of the future in Dwayne Haskins, he may not be the best option to win come Week 1. Case Keenum is an underrated quarterback, according to Florio, and if he is the best option come the season, he should be the starter.

Grant Paulsen: Why Case Keenum should start over Dwayne Haskins (WATCH)

At least for the first few weeks, the Redskins need to go with Case Keenum, Grant Paulsen argued. Haskins is talented with an enormous amount of potential, but he's only got one year as a starter at Ohio State and might not be ready for the NFL right away. Maybe check back around Week 5 or 6.

Pete Hailey: Redskins can stay patient, but once Haskins earns the job, it's his to keep (WATCH)

The Redskins should be in no rush to push Dwayne Haskins onto the field, especially if he's not the best option to win in Week 1. But the Redskins invested a first-round pick in Haskins, who they expect to be their franchise quarterback for years to come. Once Haskins does earn the job, it must stay his, Pete Hailey argued. There will be bumps in the road, as there are with any rookie quarterback, but the Redskins must stay the course and allow Haskins to grow.

The Outsiders: Rushing Dwayne Haskins may create more harm than help (WATCH)

With holes on the offense around him and a tough schedule to open up the season, is throwing Dwayne Haskins out there for Week 1 really the best choice? Nick Ashooh and Wes Hall don't believe so, as the two feel Haskins would be better suited taking a back seat once the season begins. Factoring in strong opponents and holes on the offensive line, The Outsiders feel that a veteran like Case Keenum should handle the potential early-season struggles and worry that rushing Haskins onto the field and into the fire may hurt him in the long run.

Trevor Matich: Play Haskins in spurts until he proves he's ready (WATCH)

The Redskins should play Haskins in spurts throughout the first couple weeks of the season until he proves he's ready mentally for the starting job, Trevor Matich says. Rushing Haskins into the starting job could potentially destroy his confidence, especially if Haskins were to perform poorly and the Redskins were forced to bench him. Let Haskins play meaningful snaps throughout the first few weeks, break out of his bad habits, and then have him earn the full-time starting job.

Chris Simms: The 'safe play' for Jay Gruden is to go with experience (WATCH)

This season will be a contract year for Jay Gruden in the final year of his deal. A lot will be weighing on the head coach, including putting the team in a position to win immediately. Former NFL QB Chris Simms believes that Gruden will likely turn to the experience on his roster rather than Dwayne Haskins. The Gruden question might be the most important question when it comes to Haskins' playing in his rookie year. 

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Fantasy Football Flex Rankings 2019: Week 3

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Fantasy Football Flex Rankings 2019: Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top flex options for Week 3.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2

FLEX RANKINGS:

1. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL, RB1, Previous Ranking: 4
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
2. Christian McCaffrey, CAR, RB2, Previous Ranking: 1 
Opponent: at Cardinals 
3. Saquon Barkley, NYG, RB3, Previous Ranking: 2
Opponent: at Buccaneers
4. Julio Jones, ATL, WR1, Previous Ranking: 8
Opponent: at Colts
5. Austin Ekeler, LAC, RB4, Previous Ranking: 9
Opponent: vs. Texans
6. Dalvin Cook, MIN, RB5, Previous Ranking: 10
Opponent: vs. Raiders
7. Alvin Kamara, NO, RB6, Previous Ranking: 3
Opponent: at Seahawks
8. Le'Veon Bell, NYJ, RB7, Previous Ranking: 5
Opponent: at Patriots
9. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU, WR2, Previous Ranking: 6
Opponent: at Chargers
10. Keenan Allen, LAC, WR3, Previous Ranking: 12
Opponent: vs. Texans 
11. Amari Cooper, DAL, WR4, Previous Ranking: 21
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
12. Michael Thomas, NO, WR5, Previous Ranking: 7
Opponent: at Seahawks
13. Chris Carson, SEA, RB8, Previous Ranking: 18
Opponent: vs. Saints
14. James Conner, PIT, RB9, Previous Ranking: 19
Opponent: at 49ers
15. Travis Kelce, KC, TE1, Previous Ranking: 20
Opponent: vs. Ravens
16. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE, WR6, Previous Ranking: 16
Opponent: vs. Rams
17. Davante Adams, GB, WR7, Previous Ranking: 13
Opponent: vs. Broncos
18. Derrick Henry, TEN, RB10, Previous Ranking: 33
Opponent: at Jaguars
19. Nick Chubb, CLE, RB11, Previous Ranking: 27
Opponent: vs. Rams
20. David Johnson, ARI, RB12, Previous Ranking: 26
Opponent: vs. Panthers
21. Kenny Golladay, DET, WR8, Previous Ranking: 35
Opponent: at Eagles
22. Aaron Jones, GB, RB13, Previous Ranking: 34
Opponent: vs. Broncos
23. Mike Evans, TB, WR9, Previous Ranking: 14
Opponent: vs. Giants
24.Antonio Brown, NE, WR10, Previous Ranking: 11 
Opponent: vs. Jets
25.Marlon Mack, IND, RB14, Previous Ranking: 25
Opponent: vs. Falcons
26.JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT, WR11, Previous Ranking: 17
Opponent: at 49ers
27. T.Y. Hilton, IND, WR12, Previous Ranking: 23
Opponent: vs. Falcons
28. Mark Ingram, BAL, RB15, Previous Ranking: 31
Opponent: at Chiefs
29. Kerryon Johnson, DET, RB16, Previous Ranking: 32
Opponent: at Eagles
30. Sammy Watkins, KC, WR13, Previous Ranking: 15
Opponent: vs. Ravens
31. Cooper Kupp, LAR, WR14, Previous Ranking: 29
Opponent: at Browns
32. Joe Mixon, CIN, RB17, Previous Ranking: 24
Opponent: at Bills
33. James White, NE, RB18, Previous Ranking: 44
Opponent: vs. Jets
34. Todd Gurley, LAR, RB19, Previous Ranking: 43
Opponent: at Browns
35. Josh Jacobs, OAK, RB20, Previous Ranking: 28
Opponent: at Vikings
34.Chris Godwin, TB, WR15, Previous Ranking: 51
Opponent: vs. Giants
35. Adam Thielen, MIN, WR16, Previous Ranking: 22
Opponent: vs. Raiders
36. Tyler Lockett, SEA, WR17, Previous Ranking: 49
Opponent: vs. Saints
37. Leonard Fournette, JAX, RB21, Previous Ranking: 36
Opponent: vs. Titans
38. George Kittle, SF, TE2, Previous Ranking: 45
Opponent: vs. Steelers
39. Zach Ertz, PHI, TE5, Previous Ranking: 46
Opponent: vs. Lions
40. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, WR18, Previous Ranking: 40
Opponent: at Ravens
41. Damien Williams, KC, RB22, Previous Ranking: 41
Opponent: vs. Ravens
42. Sony Michel, NE, RB23, Previous Ranking: 55
Opponent: vs. Jets
43. David Montgomery, CHI, RB24, Previous Ranking: 56
Opponent: at Redskins
44. Marquise Brown, BAL, WR19, Previous Ranking: 64
Opponent: at Chiefs
45. Julian Edelman, NE, WR20, Previous Ranking: 30
Opponent: vs. Jets  
46. D.J. Moore, CAR, WR21, Previous Ranking: 50
Opponent: at Cardinals   
47. Devin Singletary, BUF, RB25, Previous Ranking: 39
Opponent: vs. Bengals
48. Evan Engram, NYG, TE4, Previous Ranking: 48
Opponent: at Buccaneers 
49. Stefon Diggs, MIN, WR22, Previous Ranking: 53
Opponent: vs. Raiders
50. Josh Gordon, NE, WR23, Previous Ranking: 37
Opponent: vs. Jets
51. Alshon Jeffery, PHI, WR24, Previous Ranking: 47
Opponent: vs. Lions
52. Robert Woods, LAR, WR25, Previous Ranking: 52
Opponent: at Browns
53. Tyrell Williams, OAK, WR26, Previous Ranking: 61
Opponent: at Vikings
54. Miles Sanders, PHI, RB26, Previous Ranking: 68
Opponent: vs. Lions
55. Phillip Lindsay, DEN, RB27, Previous Ranking: 58
Opponent: at Packers
56. Duke Johnson Jr., HOU, RB28, Previous Ranking: 42
Opponent: at Chargers
57. Matt Breida, SF, RB29, Previous Ranking: 94
Opponent: vs. Steelers
58. Devonta Freeman, ATL, RB30, Previous Ranking: 60
Opponent: at Colts
59. Jordan Howard, PHI, RB31, Previous Ranking: 59
Opponent: vs. Lions
60. Emmanuel Sanders, WR27, Previous Ranking: 81
Opponent: at Packers
61. Calvin Ridley, ATL, WR28, Previous Ranking: 65
Opponent: at Colts
62. Tarik Cohen, CHI, RB32, Previous Ranking: 38
Opponent: at Redskins
63. Tyler Boyd. CIN, WR29, Previous Ranking: 63
Opponent: at Bills
64. Terry McLaurin, WAS, WR30, Previous Ranking: 73
Opponent: vs. Bears
65. Jamison Crowder, NYJ, WR31, Previous Ranking: 66
Opponent: at Patriots
66. Brandin Cooks, LAR, WR32, Previous Ranking: 54
Opponent: at Browns
67. Jarvis Landry, CLE, WR33, Previous Ranking: 67
Opponent: vs. Rams
68. Mark Andrews, BAL, TE5, Previous Ranking: 76
Opponent: at Chiefs
69. Latavius Murray, NO, RB33, Previous Ranking: 69
Opponent: at Seahawks
70. Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR34, Previous Ranking: 70
Opponent: at Patriots
71. Curtis Samuel, CAR, WR35, Previous Ranking: 71
Opponent: at Cardinals
72. D.K. Metcalf, SEA, WR36, Previous Ranking: 92
Opponent: vs. Saints
73. John Brown, BUF, WR37, Previous Ranking: 74
Opponent: vs. Bengals
74. Allen Robinson, CHI, WR38, Previous Ranking: 82
Opponent: at Redskins
75. Will Fuller V, HOU, WR39, Previous Ranking: 72
Opponent: at Chargers
76. Vance McDonald, PIT, TE6, Previous Ranking: 97
Opponent: at 49ers
77. O.J. Howard, TB, TE7, Previous Ranking: 57
Opponent: vs. Giants
78. Austin Hooper, ATL, TE8, Previous Ranking: 77
Opponent: at Colts
79. Darren Waller, OAK, TE9, Previous Ranking: 100
Opponent: at Vikings
80. Marvin Jones, DET, WR40, Previous Ranking: 80
Opponent: at Eagles
81. Delanie Walker, TEN, TE10, Previous Ranking: 75
Opponent: at Jaguars
82. Christian Kirk, ARI, WR41, Previous Ranking: 83
Opponent: vs. Panthers
83. Courtland Sutton, DEN, WR42, Previous Ranking: 84
Opponent: at Packers
84. John Ross III, CIN, WR43, Previous Ranking: 85
Opponent: at Bills
85. LeSean McCoy, KC, RB34, Previous Ranking: 86
Opponent: vs. Ravens
86. Kenyan Drake, MIA, RB35, Previous Ranking: 87
Opponent: at Cowboys
87. James Washington, PIT, WR44, Previous Ranking: 88
Opponent: at 49ers
88. Adrian Peterson, WAS, RB36, Previous Ranking: 89
Opponent: vs, Bears 
89. Chris Thompson, WAS, RB37, Previous Ranking: 90
Opponent: vs. Bears
90. Dede Westbrook, JAX, WR45, Previous Ranking: 91
Opponent: vs. Titans
91. Mecole Hardman, KC, WR46, Previous Ranking: 93
Opponent: vs. Ravens
92. Giovani Bernard, CIN, RB38, Previous Ranking: 95
Opponent: at Bills
93. Sterling Shepard, NYG, WR47, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: at Buccaneers
94. Carlos Hyde, HOU, RB39, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: at Chargers
95. Frank Gore, BUF, RB40, Previous Ranking; NR
Opponent: vs. Bengals
96. Preston Williams, MIA, WR48, Previous Ranking:NR
Opponent:at Cowboys
97. Deebo Samuel, SF, WR49, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: vs. Steelers
98. Randall Cobb, DAL, WR50, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
99. DJ Chark, JAX, WR51, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: vs. Titans
100. Corey Davis, TEN, WR52, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: at Jaguars

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2

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Giants HC Pat Shurmur is done talking to Mike Francesa

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Giants HC Pat Shurmur is done talking to Mike Francesa

Just two days after the Giants announced they'd be benching Eli Manning for Daniel Jones, the team also announced that head coach Pat Shurmur has canceled his weekly radio segment on WFAN with Mike Francesa.

The Giants are 0-2, just benched Eli Manning, and there generally aren't a whole lot of positives coming out of the Meadowlands these days, so it's no surprise that the team may be cutting back on media availabilities.

Francesa has made a career off of being an outstanding radio personality and as somebody not afraid to ask the tough questions. But as the losing seasons have piled up, and Giants are winless this season, the first two interviews between Shurmur and Francesa have bordered on uncomfortable. In fact, calling them interviews might be a stretch. There was a lot of Francesa talking and not a ton of question-asking.

Being that this has become more of a behavior than a one-off occurrence, the Giants have decided to pull the plug on the weekly spot for now.


“I think that was an organizational decision not to do that,” Shurmur told reporters Thursday. “Most people aren’t aware of this, but I wasn’t contractually obligated to do that spot. We did it as a courtesy and out of respect for our relationship with the radio station. We just felt like for a while, just put that to bed for a while and not do it and move forward.”

The Giants' feud with Francesa is even more far-reaching. Eli Manning also ended his weekly spot with Francesa ahead of this season. After Francesa blasted the Giants for drafting Corey Ballentine, who was shot after the draft — for which he has since apologized — he was denied access to Giants general manager Dave Gettleman at training camp. In turn, he canceled his annual program from camp.

There's no telling where this saga goes from here, given Francesa's candor and platform, but one thing's for sure; he won't be talking to Pat Shurmur on the radio.

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