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Ex-Panther Thomas Davis sees Redskins being 'competitive immediately' under Ron Rivera

Ex-Panther Thomas Davis sees Redskins being 'competitive immediately' under Ron Rivera

Hopefully Redskins fans aren't tired of reading stories about NFL folks praising Ron Rivera and what he's going to bring to Washington, because NFL folks just can't stop praising Ron Rivera and what he's going to bring to Washington.

Next up to compliment the Redskins' new leader: Thomas Davis.

Davis is currently a 36-year-old linebacker for the Chargers, but before that, he suited up for the Panthers 13 seasons starting in 2005. He and Rivera overlapped in Carolina for eight seasons, which means he has a very clear understanding of what Rivera is all about.

And during an appearance on NFL Total Access, the longtime defender explained what he envisions for the franchise in their first year with Rivera at the head of it all.

"I expect a complete culture change," Davis said. "I expect that team to go in and be competitive immediately."

The second half of that statement may not read like much, but remember: This is a group that's coming off of a 3-13 season, one in which they rolled out the league's most ineffective offense and one of its most ineffective defenses. Competing immediately would be a promising step in Rivera's debut campaign.

Aside from how Rivera can raise the overall level of play in Washington, Davis is especially interested to see how the 58-year-old can impact the Burgundy and Gold's defensive front.

"I know Coach Rivera is a great defensive mind and he's going to figure out a way to get those young guys going," he said. "They're going to be a special bunch."

So far, Rivera and Jack Del Rio have reiterated a key phrase when it comes to how they'll want Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Jonathan Allen and others to attack on Sundays: "We're going to stop the run on our way to the quarterback." That means the two are ready to set those linemen loose, which'll be fun to watch (as long as you aren't the opposing QB whom they're set loose on).

To close the segment, Davis was asked why he believes Rivera can enact a "complete culture change" with the Redskins. His reason was because of Rivera's ability to relate to a locker room — something Davis has no doubt experienced firsthand countless times.

"I think Coach Rivera definitely connects to the players on a one-on-one level," he said. "He knows how to reach players exactly where they are, and he knows how to get the most out of them. He's done a great job of that in Carolina, and I don't expect that to be any different in Washington."

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Redskins running back Derrius Guice being sued by his former agent

Redskins running back Derrius Guice being sued by his former agent

Despite missing much of his first two professional seasons due to multiple knee injuries, Derrius Guice is already one of the most popular players on the Redskins.

His personality helped raise his profile, which has led to a number of endorsement deals beyond his NFL rookie contract.

Now, Guice’s former agent has filed a lawsuit over not being paid in return for these deals.

The running back’s initial agent after leaving LSU was Fadde Mikhail, but Guice left his agency weeks before being drafted. He then signed with Young Money, and according to Mikhail in the lawsuit, was required to pay back the money he had been lent during the pre-draft process.

Per the lawsuit, Guice and Young Money have allegedly not repaid Mikhail, and the latter is now asking for $500,000. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a California court.

Guice has endorsement deals with Nike and Hyundai, in addition to other opportunities to earn money from his likeness and autographs. This supplemental income is what Mikhail’s suit is regarding, in addition to alleged pre-draft loans of $191,000.

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Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

The NFL Draft begins in three weeks, and what the Redskins will do with the coveted No. 2 overall pick remains a hot topic of conversation.

There's a large consensus from many draft experts that the Redskins will select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, who many have deemed a generational talent. However, there are still rumors surfacing that Washington is interested in drafting Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, but those have quieted down since the Redskins traded for QB Kyle Allen last week.

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith was asked if he thinks the Redskins should take Tagovailoa with the second overall pick, and he quickly shot down that notion.

"I've been told the Washington Redskins are not going to touch Tua," Smith said on First Take. "They're going after Chase Young. They're not drafting a quarterback. That's what I've been told."

Smith explained that pass rusher is arguably the second most important position on the field behind quarterback, and passing on a generational talent like Young would be a mistake. Additionally, Smith believes that Tagovailoa's durability concerns are not to be taken lightly.

"You can't have a question mark at the quarterback position due to talent, then bring in an additional question mark due to durability in arguably the most violent sport that we know," he said.

In the first part of his statement, Smith is referring to Dwayne Haskins, who the Redskins selected 15th overall last season. Haskins had his growing pains as a rookie but played his best football at the end of the season. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has preached wanting competition for Haskins, and he got his wish when he traded for Allen last week. The two are expected to battle for the starting job come training camp.

Tagovailoa has just recently fully recovered from a dislocated hip injury that he suffered last November. Last week, a video surfaced of the QB throwing for the first time since his injury.

On Thursday, a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo stated that Tagovailoa participated in a medical re-check administered by an independent doctor provided by NFL team physicians, and the results were "overwhelmingly positive." 

Despite the positive medical reports that have surfaced about Tagovailoa, Smith believes his durability is too much of a question mark to justify taking him over Young.

"He's the elite pass rusher in the upcoming draft. You've got the chance to take him with the No. 2 overall pick," Smith said on Young. "Could you imagine if they pass on him and grab Tua, then Haskins doesn't pan out and Tua gets hurt early? That would be problematic. You don't want that."

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