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How Redskins DL Jonathan Allen plans to use this unusual offseason to get ahead of the competition

How Redskins DL Jonathan Allen plans to use this unusual offseason to get ahead of the competition

Under normal circumstances, Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen would be in the middle of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) right now. 

But these aren't normal circumstances. The novel coronavirus pandemic has indefinitely halted all in-person football activities, leaving Allen and the rest of his teammates with just a virtual offseason program to stay afloat.

Allen is doing everything he can to stay in shape. He's worked out every morning before the Redskins hold their daily Zoom meetings at noon. The defensive lineman spoke to local reporters on a Zoom call while he was driving to the golf course on Wednesday, as Allen has used the sport as a way to keep busy during quarantine.

"I’ve been trying to do anything just to stay active and stay fit," Allen said. "I mean I work out every day, but it gets pretty boring.

"I get done with workouts by 12 o’clock, and we have meetings from 12-2, so from 2 o’clock on I’m literally doing nothing," he continued. "Just trying to do something to get out of the house and keep my mind sharp and just not get so bored, because there’s really nothing to do out here."

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While the global pandemic has prevented normal offseason activities, Allen is still trying to use this time to his advantage. The defensive lineman has been focusing on small things and little details during quarantine that he hopes will give him an edge over his opponents when it's time to return to the field.

"I’m doing everything I can to eat right, sleep better this offseason, just do everything I can to make sure I’m in the best possible shape," Allen said. "And really just try to use quarantine as an opportunity for me to get ahead of the game and get ahead of my competition a little bit with how hard I’m training."

Since joining Washington in 2017, Allen has emerged as one of the team's leaders, both vocally and with his play. He was named a team captain in 2019 and finished with a career-high in tackles (68) a season ago.

The Redskins have undergone significant organizational changes this offseason, most notably hiring head coach Ron Rivera and drafting talented pass rusher Chase Young second overall. Allen has had the chance to meet both of them and is excited about what they'll bring towards the organization moving forward.

During the Redskins virtual draft party, Allen even admitted that there's a newfound optimism around the organization due to the changes.

Allen said he doesn't know when football activities will resume, but did express that he believes there will be a season. Until that time comes, Allen will continue to train as hard as he can in order to be in the best possible shape come football's return.

"I’m just trying to take this as an opportunity to get ahead of my competition in any way I can," he said. "And make sure that I ramp up my training and make sure this is the best offseason of training that I’ve ever had, that way I’m in that much better shape come training camp. That’ll just help me play that much better this upcoming season."

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Max Kellerman says Redskins owner Dan Snyder will 'stand at a podium and change the name'

Max Kellerman says Redskins owner Dan Snyder will 'stand at a podium and change the name'

As the Washington Redskins continue to conduct an internal review of its name after facing public pressure from many of its largest corporate sponsors, many believe the team's moniker will be changed. Both NBC Sports Washington and multiple other outlets have reported that the team will likely not play another game with 'Redskins' as its name.

ESPN First Take host Max Kellerman believes a name change is long overdue and said on Thursday he wants Redskins owner Dan Snyder to apologize for not changing the name sooner.

"You will stand at a podium. You will stand at a podium and change the name," Kellerman said on Snyder. "In addition, you will apologize for not doing it sooner."

Kellerman even went a step further, saying the team should never have been nicknamed the Redskins.

"The name shouldn't have been that in the first place," Kellerman said. "It certainly should have been changed years ago."

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Public pressure has amounted towards the Redskins to change in the middle of a social justice movement in America following the killing of George Floyd. Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking several protests nationwide demanding justice.

For Kellerman, he doesn't think it should have taken a major social reform movement -- like what's currently going on in the United States -- for Washington to consider ditching its name.

"It should not have taken a whole social, political movement, a pandemic [to change the name]," Kellerman said. "In fact, it didn't take that for people who just thought about [the name] for two seconds and could see that it would be offensive to Native Americans."

Over the past week, the Redskins' name controversy has been a major topic of conversation, and not just in the sports media world. D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said she is happy to see the name change, while District Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said she would propose a bill for the team to build its new stadium on the old RFK Stadium site after the name is changed.

Not everyone believes a name change is on the horizon, however. FS1's Skip Bayless doubts the franchise will actually change its name, while President Donald Trump derided the move.

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On the other hand, Stephen A. Smith, Kellerman's First Take co-host, believes President Donald Trump's actions allowed Washington to keep its name for as long as it has.

Throughout his rant about the Redskins' name, Kellerman said multiple times how upset he has been that Washington has yet to change its name. A public apology from the team's owner for not changing the moniker sooner is the least Dan Snyder can do in Kellerman's mind. 

"The fact that this despicable name has not been changed is a national outrage and a disgrace," Kellerman said. "So I think Dan Snyder not only will change the name but owes an apology."

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Could Dan Snyder be forced out of owning the Redskins? One expert seriously doubts it

Could Dan Snyder be forced out of owning the Redskins? One expert seriously doubts it

With the Redskins seemingly on the verge of changing their name after 80-plus years, people are allowing themselves to wonder what other massive changes could be coming for the organization. Some have even asked the wildest question of all: Is Dan Snyder's ownership nearing its end?

Snyder himself has given no indication that he has any interest in selling the team, but the organization's three minority owners did reportedly try to convince him to part ways with his portion recently. At the very least, some movement at the top around him feels quite possible. 

Upon hearing that, there's been chatter about whether that trio would have any power to actually make Snyder give up his place with the Redskins. Sure, that sounds crazy, but a few states apparently really want the franchise to become the Washington Redwolves, so crazy things are clearly happening right now.

During his time on the Redskins Talk podcast, though, Randy Vataha — a former NFL receiver who's now the president of Game Plan LLC, which specializes in providing services to those hoping to buy and sell pieces of pro sports teams — explained why Snyder being ousted by the other stakeholders is highly unlikely.

"Being able to force an owner out would be very difficult," Vataha told JP Finlay. "They generally have absolute control over the entity and the league has blessed that back when it was first acquired. I never say anything in sports is impossible. But I doubt that he can be forced out."

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The NFL itself is the only entity that could really pull something like that off, per Vataha, but even that's rare. For proof, he cited former Raiders owner Al Davis, who didn't exactly play by the rules yet still remained in charge for 39 years.

"All they went through with litigation, relocation, ignoring the league's mandate that he couldn't move to LA and back and all of that, he was never forced out," Vataha said.

So, in the end, while Vataha may expect the Redskins to soon become known as something else, he's not at all waiting for them to be led by someone else as well.

"The league is generally pretty careful that the owner of a team can not be forced out," he said.

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