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Jay Gruden mostly dismisses the idea of the Redskins trading Trent Williams

Jay Gruden mostly dismisses the idea of the Redskins trading Trent Williams

RICHMOND -- Amid rampant rumors and speculation about where Trent Williams will take his next snap, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden did his part to shut down the trade rumors

"I would seriously doubt that," Gruden responded when asked about the possibility of trading Williams. 

What will happen remains a mystery, however, as Williams has not arrived at the team's training camp practices in Richmond and after he missed mandatory minicamp in June and all of the team's offseason workouts. 

The reasons for Williams' absence appear to be complex, as there are reports that he doesn't trust the team's medical staff and has had a falling out with team president Bruce Allen. A Redskins spokesperson said that the report of a fractured relationship between Allen and Williams was "100 percent false." Team sources indicate that Williams' holdout is primarily for financial reasons. He has two years remaining on his contract that will pay him nearly $30 million, but little of that cash is guaranteed. 

The Redskins signed veteran left tackle Donald Penn last week, and while no player can replace a seven-time Pro Bowler like Williams, Penn is a legitimate starting option. He made the Pro Bowl himself two seasons ago. 

There is no real end in sight for the Williams holdout, at least until Labor Day Weekend. It's easy for a player to hold out of training camp and the preseason, but Week 1 of the NFL season is important. To start, that's when the first game check gets cut, and that's how NFL players get paid their salary. Week 1 is even more important than a regular week though because players on the Week 1 roster get their salary vested for the whole season. In other words, play Week 1, you get paid until Week 17. That doesn't happen in Week 2 and so on.

For Williams, the money might not be the only driver, and reportedly the Redskins are trying to hurt his pockets with fines in an attempt to get him back to the team. 

Washington would be crazy to trade Williams, the team could never reap dollar for dollar value with a player as good as Trent. That said, if Williams fully commits to not coming back, the Redskins need to consider their options. 

It's a tricky situation, and it appears Williams and Allen are the only two that know the solution. 

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Report: Redskins to sign edge rusher Noah Spence after slow start up front

Report: Redskins to sign edge rusher Noah Spence after slow start up front

Through two games the Redskins logged two sacks. The defensive front is supposed to be the strength of this team, and through two games, it hasn't been.

Well, looks like Washington is trying to do something about it. 

A second-round pick in 2016, Spence played three seasons for the Bucs before being waived before cutdown day this August. In three years with the Bucs, he logged 6.5 sacks and started six games, but 5.5 of those sacks came during an impressive rookie season.

Though Spence entered the NFL from Eastern Kentucky, he started his college career at Ohio State after being the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Pennsylvania. He was a big-time recruit but was thrown out of Ohio State and the Big Ten conference after repeated failed drug tests. 

Still just 25-years-old, Spence stands 6-foot-2 and 251 lbs., prototype size for an NFL outside linebacker. He has talent or certainly did. 

It will be interesting to watch what the Redskins corresponding roster move is to sign Spence. The team needs more production from their outside linebackers and their pass rush in general. 

Stay tuned for updates. 

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 3

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 3.

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent: vs. Ravens
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 195 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 35.5 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 1

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: vs. Steelers
2019 Stats: 11 Receptions, 108 Receiving YDS, 21.8 PTS, 2019 TE14
Previous Ranking: 2 

TIER 2: High-end TE1's

3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Lions
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 126 Receiving YDS, 27.6 PTS, 2019 TE6
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Evan Engram, New York Giants
Opponent: at Buccaneers
2019 Stats: 17 Receptions, 164 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 39.4 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 4

5. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Chiefs
2019 Stats: 16 Receptions, 220 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 50 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 7

6. Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 9 Receptions, 78 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 28.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: 12

7. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 4 Receptions, 32 Receiving YDS, 5.2 PTS, 2019 TE42
Previous Ranking: 5

8. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 111 Receiving YDS, 24.1 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 8

TIER 4: Low-end TE1's

9. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Vikings
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 133 Receiving YDS, 26.3 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 15

10. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Opponent: at Jaguars
2019 Stats: 9 Receptions, 94 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 30.4 PTS, 2019 TE4
Previous Ranking: 6

11. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: at Seahawks
Previous Ranking: 10

12. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
Previous Ranking NR

TIER 5: High-end TE2s

13. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
Opponent: at Eagles
Previous Ranking: 13

14. Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: vs. Saints
Previous Ranking: NR

15. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
Opponent: vs. Rams
Previous Ranking: 14

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2