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Joe Theismann reiterates the Redskins should draft Chase Young

Joe Theismann reiterates the Redskins should draft Chase Young

The main question surrounding around the Washington Redskins organization right now what they will do with the second overall selection in April's NFL Draft.

Washington is widely expected to snag Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the pick, but a report surfaced on Monday that the Redskins were warming up to the idea of trading back a few spots and acquiring more draft capital. Of course, there have been rumors the Redskins would consider selecting Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa at No. 2, but those have since faded after Washington traded for Kyle Allen last week to compete with second-year passer Dwayne Haskins.

For former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, what the Redskins should do with the pick is an easy decision.

"Without hesitation, I take Chase Young," Theismann told TMZ Sports on Tuesday. "I think he's the best player in the draft."

This isn't the first time Theismann has voiced his opinion that the Redskins should select Young. In an interview earlier this month, Theismann stated that if the Redskins take anyone but the Ohio State pass rusher, it "would be a mistake for our football team."

Theismann believes Young will be a perfect fit in the Redskins defense. With Washington switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 base defense under new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, Young would slide right in as a defensive end, his natural position.

The former Redskins quarterback doesn't believe it would be a hard decision to pass on Tagovailoa at No. 2, either, especially due to his medical history.

"He's had shoulder issues, he's had hip issues, you don't really know what you're going to get," Theismann said.

Despite all of Tagovailoa's injuries, he's still likely to be a high draft pick due to his incredible production when he was on the field. In 32 games with the Crimson Tide, Tagovailoa threw for nearly 7,500 passing yards, 87 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions.

But Theismann doesn't think the former Alabama signal-caller is all that many experts make him out to be.

"He's not a generational quarterback," Theismann said. "[Joe] Burrow might be, I think so. But Tua is not. I'm not sold on the strength of his arm."

While Theismann did say Tagovailoa is a great competitor and a terrific individual, he believes there are too many question marks with the quarterback to take him No 2 overall, especially with Young on the board. Plus, he believes it's way too early to move on from Haskins. 

"Everybody says move on from Dwayne, but Dwayne hasn't played enough to get a sample size of who he is," Theismann said. "I don't think you move on from him. He's really young, he loves football. He's a tough kid; he proved it. He's going to be in a new system."

Theismann has stayed consistent with his ongoing support for Haskins.

In late November, Theismann complimented Haskins on his growth throughout his rookie season. And in January, the former Super Bowl-winning QB stressed patience with Haskins, saying he's ready to become a bigger leader in his second season with the team. Earlier in March, Theismann tripled down with his support, saying the Redskins need to give Haskins a chance.

"I believe in the kid," Theismann said in March. "I really do."

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Roger Goodell releases statement condemning racism, admits NFL was wrong not listening to players

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Roger Goodell releases statement condemning racism, admits NFL was wrong not listening to players

Over the past couple of weeks, several athletes and many others have made their voices heard on the racial injustices in America following the death of George Floyd.  A number of NFL stars released a joint video statement late Thursday evening, requesting the league to speak up more on the matter.

The NFL had previously released a statement last Saturday expressing condolences to the families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, but it didn't speak on the racism that black Americans are constantly faced with.

On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a strong response to his players, condemning racism and admitting the league was wrong in not listening to its players earlier.

"We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people," Goodell said. "We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

Below is a transcript of Goodell's entire statement:

It has been a difficult time in our country, in particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families that have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be a part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of black players, coaches, fans, and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices, and others on how we can move forward together for a better and more united NFL family.

These issues were first brought to the NFL forefront in 2016, when ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the national anthem as a way to peacefully protest and raise awareness for racial injustice in America. Kaepernick has not played a snap since he parted ways with the 49ers following that season.

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said Friday that he, along with many of his peers, plan to kneel for the anthem when the season returns this fall.

Goodell's statement, which directly addressed police brutality and racial injustices in America, is a sign the NFL is moving in the right direction regarding these issues.



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WATCH: Ron Rivera returns to Redskins Park for first time since March

WATCH: Ron Rivera returns to Redskins Park for first time since March

For the first time in over 11 weeks, head coach Ron Rivera and several members of the coaching staff returned to Redskins Park on Friday.

The Redskins' video crew documented the staff's return to the Ashburn facilities, as the team had several safety precautions in place for the coaches when they arrived.

In the video, you can see Rivera and several staff members go through a temperature check, making sure each one of them was healthy enough to report. There video also showed there are plenty of hand sanitizer stations throughout the lobby of the facility, too.

Additionally, everyone shown in the video was wearing a mask, including a pretty sweet custom one for the head coach.

Rivera's mask featured the head coach's signature 'Riverboat Ron' logo, which is also his profile picture on Twitter.

Friday marked the first time in almost three months that Rivera was allowed to report to the Redskins facilities, as the league sent out a memo to all 32 clubs on March 19 that all facilities must close due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The NFL announced on May 19 that teams were allowed to reopen facilities should state and local regulations allow it, but head coaches were not permitted. Earlier this week, the league finally allowed head coaches to return as early as Friday. 

The league has yet to announce a date when players are allowed to return to team facilities. As it stands now, only those players who are injured or undergoing medical treatment are allowed in the building.

As Rivera returned to work, he explained he only has one thing in mind as he plans for the few months ahead.

"The biggest thing is starting to get everything set for training camp," Rivera said. "We have everything ready just in case we get the opportunity for some work with the players before the end of OTAs and minicamp, but the biggest thing we can do now is start to get ready for training camp."

When Redskins training camp will begin has not formally been announced yet, but the team's annual fall camp is expected to begin at some point towards the end of July. Washington will not be traveling to their typical Richmond location, as the NFL announced earlier this week that all training camp activities will be held at each team's respective facilities.