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Football is back, and this graphic indicates people have already forgotten about the Redskins

Football is back, and this graphic indicates people have already forgotten about the Redskins

Football is officially back, and everyone is excited. Even in Washington, where the Redskins are as far under the radar as an NFL team can be, it’s a time for optimism and anticipation.

Of course, when starting quarterback Case Keenum says he relishes nobody talking about the Redskins, this graphic probably isn’t what he has in mind.

Yes, that’s a tweet celebrating the return of the NFL into our lives, featuring one star from every team in the league.

At least it would be, if the Redskins were included.

There are 32 teams in the league and 32 players in the photo, but the Falcons received two spots, with both WR Julio Jones and QB Matt Ryan making the list, while no Redskins were to be found.

A lot of teams, like the Redskins, will tell you they prefer not to be talked about in the offseason. There are plenty of cliches every offseason about “letting our play on the field do our talking.”

But this is taking it a little too far.

Ryan Kerrigan and Landon Collins would both be excellent choices, as would Trent Williams in a normal season. The Redskins even employ the greatest running back of this century in Adrian Peterson, who would be a perfect fit. 

With low expectations coming in all directions from both fans and the media alike, it’s easy to look past the Redskins entering this season. But there are still a few stars in the nation’s capital, so we appreciate the opportunity to improve this graphic.

It will be a tall task for the Redskins to prove nearly everyone wrong in 2019, but they’re certainly looking forward to the opportunity as the season kicks off Sunday.

Update: A Fox spokesperson told the Washington Post that the Redskins' omission from the graphic was an "unfortunate mistake." A new one, the spokesperson told the newspaper, who will be released this weekend.

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Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

As training camp continues to build, JP Finlay and Pete Hailey will answer burning questions related to the Washington Football Team.

Up next: Which player, outside of Dwayne Haskins, has a lot riding on 2020?

Pete's pick: Sean Davis

Washington's free agency class is crowded with players on one-year deals, which is something Ron Rivera loves.

"A lot of these guys want to come in and say, ‘Hey, give me an opportunity to compete, let me prove myself,'" Rivera told the media a few months ago. "I love that guys are betting on themselves, that they’re going to come in and prove that they belong, that they deserve an extensive contract." 

Sean Davis is one such guy who's betting on himself, and should he win that bet, it'll do a ton for his career as well as for the franchise, too.

First, look at it from Davis' point of view. The ex-Steeler was a useful contributor during his first three years in Pittsburgh, but in 2019, he appeared just once before landing on injured reserve in mid-September. He needs to bounce back to ensure his NFL arrow is pointing upward again.

As for Washington, well, they've been looking for a pair of safeties to rely on for more than a decade now. They're locked in with Landon Collins at one spot, and with Davis being just 26 years old, he looks like an ideal candidate to slide into the other. 

Davis must be healthy, clean up his tackling and handle his coverage duties well, though, for both he and the organization to be happy. If he comes through, expect his next contract to far outweigh the one he's currently on.

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JP's pick: Fabian Moreau

Cornerbacks can make big money if they prove an ability to stay on the field and cover, and fourth-year Washington CB Fabian Moreau has a real opportunity this fall to show he can do both.

A third-round pick in 2017, Moreau came to Washington with plenty of fanfare from his college days at UCLA. Things haven’t really clicked yet, but the 2020 season presents a chance to take over a starting outside cornerback spot.

For the past few seasons, Moreau has been overshadowed by Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar, but neither player is in Washington anymore. Moreau has also dealt with injuries. As a rookie, he barely played while working back from a torn pectoral and last year he missed a chunk of time with a hurt ankle. 

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Now, in 2020, Moreau needs to show up. 

Washington signed Kendall Fuller this offseason and he will nail down one spot in the secondary while Moreau and Ronald Darby compete to start opposite Fuller. If Moreau can win that job, and then play well on the field after that, he stands to see a major payday next year in free agency.

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Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Derrius Guice is officially a free agent.

The running back unsurprisingly went unclaimed on waivers after Washington released him on Friday. Guice is now free to sign with any team. 

The 23-year-old was released by Washington on Friday after he was arrested on domestic violence charges. Guice, who had become a fan-favorite during his two-plus years in Washington, has denied all accusations against him, per his attorney. 

Additionally, Guice -- who is usually active on social media -- has deleted both his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

While a healthy Guice would likely be an upgrade to many backfields across the league, it's unclear if any teams will take a chance signing him

Guice's NFL career thus far has been all potential and little production. While he's shined when on the field, the running back has missed 27 of a possible 32 games due to multiple knee injuries since Washington selected him 59th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

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