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Ereck Flowers made 'serious strides' in his left guard debut, according to Jay Gruden

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Ereck Flowers made 'serious strides' in his left guard debut, according to Jay Gruden

Ereck Flowers' game wasn't stellar, considering the two penalties he picked up and the overall lack of success of the Redskins' running game. Even with those issues, though, Jay Gruden was pleased with how Flowers handled his first-ever NFL start at left guard Sunday against the Eagles.

"I think Flowers made some serious strides to showing the potential that he has at left guard," Jay Gruden told JP Finlay in a Redskins Talk podcast exclusive interview. "He protected, he competed, I was impressed." 

After four seasons and 59 games as a pro on the outside at tackle, the Philadelphia game was the first time Flowers lined up on the interior for an offensive line. He teamed up along with Donald Penn, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses for an excellent first half, most notably when it came to pass blocking.

While it was thrilling to see Case Keenum and Terry McLaurin click so much for those first 30 minutes, the five guys up front made that effort possible with plays like this:

Now, like everything else in Burgundy and Gold, all momentum was lost in the third and fourth quarters, taking away much of the optimism that was built up in the first and second. Yet Gruden was overall encouraged by what Flowers and Penn did on his new-look left side.

"I thought they played great for their first time together," he said.

The hope is that Trent Williams will return to the Redskins, preferably sometime soon. The reality is that Williams hasn't indicated in any way that he is ready to come back.

So, until that changes, Keenum and the offense will rely on the combination of Flowers and Penn. They demonstrated they can really move the ball at times with those two playing and if Flowers can keep making those strides that Gruden is seeing, perhaps what was once a question can become something more reliable.

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Trent Williams rumor emerges from Cleveland but Redskins sources say nothing imminent

Trent Williams rumor emerges from Cleveland but Redskins sources say nothing imminent

A report emerged that Washington left tackle Trent Williams could land on the Browns roster in the coming days, but sources close to the Redskins front office told NBC Sports Washington that no move was imminent, though a trade with Cleveland was not ruled out.

Williams has not reported to the Redskins this year, holding out for both contract issues and personal issues. At least three teams contacted the Redskins about a possible Williams trade during training camp, sources told NBC Sports Washington, but the team did not engage in trade talks then.

Many with the Washington organization believed Williams would show up once regular season games started. He didn’t and based on his Instagram feed doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to coming back to the Redskins.

At 1-5, it makes total sense for Washington to move on from Williams. The team should get as much as they possibly can rather than continue with the sideshow of his holdout.

Redskins President Bruce Allen has said repeatedly he doesn’t plan on trading Williams, but things can always change. After a coaching change last week, perhaps the organization has changed its stance, too.

The deadline to complete trades in the NFL comes at 4 p.m. on October 29th. Sometime between now and then it seems possible Williams might be on a new team.

There was chatter, however, that other teams were scared off about Williams wanting a new contract. His current deal has two years remaining at more than $12 million per season, though barely any of that cash is guaranteed.

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 7

Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 7

Week 6 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 7.

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs  
Opponent: at Broncos
2019 Stats: 32 Receptions, 497 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 87.7 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 1   

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers  
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 31 Receptions, 338 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 72.6 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 8

TIER 2: High-end TE1's3.  

3. Evan Engram, New York Giants  
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 373 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 82.8 PTS, 2019 TE4 
Previous Ranking: 3    

4. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons  
Opponent: vs. Rams
2019 Stats: 42 Receptions, 480 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 6  

5. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles  
Opponent: at Cowboys 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 373 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 82.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: 2  

6. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Packers 
2019 Stats: 37 Receptions, 359 Receiving YDS, 73.6 PTS, 2019 TE7
Previous Ranking: Bye

7. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: at Titans
2019 Stats: 12 Receptions, 160 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 2019 TE19
Previous Ranking: 9  

8. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens  
Opponent: at Seahawks
2019 Stats: 34 Receptions, 410 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 91 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 4  

TIER 4: Low-end TE1's  

9. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans  
Opponent: vs. Chargers 
2019 Stats: 21 Receptions, 215 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 54.5 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 10

10. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: 14 Receptions, 128 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 32.8 PTS, 2019 TE25 
Previous Ranking: Bye

11. Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
Previous Ranking: Bye

12. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints  
Opponent: at Bears
Previous Ranking: 12  

TIER 5: High-end TE2s  

13. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys  
Opponent: vs. Eagles  
Previous Ranking: 13  

14. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams  
Opponent: at Falcons
Previous Ranking: 14  

15. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions  
Opponent: vs. Vikings
Previous Ranking: 15  

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7