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Former Terp Yannick Ngakoue holds out of Jaguars minicamp amid contract negotiations

Former Terp Yannick Ngakoue holds out of Jaguars minicamp amid contract negotiations

Washington's Trent Williams isn't the only NFL player to skip his team's minicamp due, in part, to contract disagreements. Former Maryland Terrapin and Jacksonville defensive end Yannick Ngakoue announced Monday that he's forgoing the Jaguars mandatory minicamp until his contract situation has been resolved. 

Jacksonville drafted Ngakoue in the third round (69th overall) in 2016 after three seasons at Maryland, where racked up a career 57 solo tackles. 

The defensive end's persistence in renegotiating his contract makes sense. In his three seasons with the Jaguars, Ngakoue generated 29.5 sacks and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2017. 

Ngakoue even owns the Jacksonville franchise rookie record for most sacks in a single season (8), while his 20 sacks in 32 games are the most by any player in team history.

 But, he's set to enter his fourth season in the league still under his rookie contract, meaning Ngakoue would make $2.025 million in 2019, according to spotrac.com

One of his teammates, Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette, took to Twitter to support Ngakoue.

Ngakoue becomes a free agent in 2020, but is eligible to renegotiate his contract as he enters his fourth year in the league this season. 

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NFL bans on-field pyrotechnics after field at Nissan Stadium caught on fire last week

NFL bans on-field pyrotechnics after field at Nissan Stadium caught on fire last week

NFL pregame rituals just got a little less fiery.

The NFL has banned all on-field pyrotechnic fire machines and flame effects after last week's mishap at Nissan Stadium, according to reports. When the Tennessee Titans took the field to take on their division rival Colts, one of the pyrotechnic devices caught on fire.

Instead of going upward like it was supposed to, the flames spurted out horizontally - creating a dangerous situation for the on-field personnel. 

Fortunately, the Titans handled the situation effectively and nobody was hurt.

For the Washington Redskins, this rule change presents a quick turnaround. Washington added fire pyrotechnics to their pregame rituals just last season. 

In 2015, the then-St. Louis Rams had a similar malfunction with their on-field fire pyrotechnics when they ran out on the field to face the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Edward Jones Dome. 

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With the Redskins playing Monday night, what games should fans spend Sunday watching?

With the Redskins playing Monday night, what games should fans spend Sunday watching?

Between the national exposure and primetime atmosphere, many NFL fans love watching their team play on Monday Night Football. 

Redskins fans do not fall in that category. The team is a dismal 2-15 in their last 17 Monday Night Football contests, with their last win coming in 2012. 

But obviously, the fans don't make the schedule. So this week, Redskins fans hope the Burgundy and Gold can finally turn the narrative around when they face the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 23.

That doesn't mean Redskins fans should take Sunday off from watching football, however. There are several contests on Sunday's slate that Redskins fans should be tuning into, as the result of each game affects the same in some fashion or another

Here are five Week 3 games Redskins fans should care about:

New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4:05 p.m.)

In terms of the product on the field, this game is definitely not the best football game one can watch on Sunday. But this is a game Redskins fans should absolutely tune in for.

Eli Manning has been benched for the Giants; rookie Daniel Jones will make his first career NFL start. The Giants play the Redskins right around the corner in Week 4. With this game being the only regular-season action Jones will have prior to next week's Redskins-Giants matchup (besides mop-up duty in the Giants' Week 1 loss vs. Dallas), fans of the Burgundy and Gold will want to see what the rookie can do. 

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (1 p.m.)

Why should Redskins fans have an interest in an AFC North matchup between the best team in football and one of the worst? Well, the mighty Patriots are coming to FedExField in just three weeks.

Through two weeks, New England has looked as good as anyone. They opened the season embarrassing Pittsburgh, 33-3. Things went the same way a week later, as the Patriots went down to Miami and shut them out, 43-0.

Down their starting QB as well as their backup, the Jets may not challenge the Patriots any more than the other teams did. But it's worth seeing how the Patriots perform, as the Redskins will see the defending Super Bowl champs in just a few short weeks.

Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m.)

For Redskins fans, any Eagles game should always be worth tuning in for. If nothing else, they are a divisional foe, so fans should be aware of what the birds do every week of the season. 

But this contest has a chance to be a really solid football game in general. The Lions pulled off a surprise upset a week ago, knocking off the Los Angeles Chargers, 13-10. The Eagles were bitten by the injury bug a week ago in a loss vs. Atlanta, and will be without some key contributors for Sunday's matchup. DeSean Jackson and Timmy Jernigan will not be suiting up. Alshon Jeffery and Corey Clement will likely to be held out as well.

As one of the more intriguing games during the 1 p.m. slate, this is not a bad option for Redskins fans to watch.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins (1 p.m.)

If you're not a Cowboys or a Dolphins fan (believe it or not, there may still be some Miami fans out there), you'll probably have a hard time keeping your eyes glued to this one. Dallas looks like one of the league's best teams, while Miami may not win a game all season.

But the Redskins play the Dolphins in less than a month, and the Cowboys are the Burgundy and Gold's biggest rival. Those alone are two excuses to watch this football game for Redskins fans, even if the game will be out of reach for Miami by halftime.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs (1 p.m.)

This game may not directly impact the Redskins, but it's by far the best football game of the day. Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are two of the league's brightest stars and promise to put on a show in what should be an incredible early-season matchup.

With it only being Week 3, it's way too early to look at potential wild card implications for the Redskins for one to watch a less-exciting, random NFC game over this one. So sit back on your couch, grab a drink, and enjoy some high-quality AFC football.

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