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Jonathan Allen is setting a tone for the Redskins with his play and his mindset

Jonathan Allen is setting a tone for the Redskins with his play and his mindset

RICHMOND — Losing a 1-on-1 drill for most players isn't a huge deal. There'll be another rep, and another after that. But Jonathan Allen isn't most players.

When the defensive lineman gets stood up by a blocker, the usually stern Allen gets downright salty. On Wednesday, when Wes Martin prevented him from breaking through on a rush, No. 93 shoved Martin's hands off him in a way that said, How dare you get in my way while I'm chasing after the quarterback?

"I hate losing more than I like winning," he explained during a recent press conference. 

A lot of athletes say that. Allen absolutely, fully, totally and completely means it. And you get the feeling that, after seeing the Burgundy and Gold go 7-9 the past two seasons, he's doing what he can to spread that attitude throughout the roster.

It's working, too, according to him.

"I just feel like we have a bunch of guys who want to win," Allen said when asked if he's noticed more excitement around this team than past editions. "We're just trying to win. Honestly, if it's not about that, there's really no point. I'm not talking about it."

Fortunately for Allen, much of the Redskins' fate in 2019 will fall on his unit, the D-line. He, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Tim Settle and Caleb Brantley make up the strongest group on either side of the ball, and possess enough talent to lead a defense and hopefully prop up what may be a mediocre offense. 

Overall, they're a nasty bunch. They've been at the center of multiple brawls here at training camp and approach each session as if they're crusty, old veterans who've been in the league for a decade. That all stems from Allen, who very well could be named defensive captain by Week 1. 

Don't try and get him to open up on that, though.

"If I'm put into that position, great, but I am not making it a priority," he told the media. "I'm trying to win games."

You sensing a theme here yet when it comes to this Allen dude and winning? 

As a rookie, he showed promise before ultimately landing on IR. In his second campaign, he stayed healthy, posted eight sacks and racked up a high number of tackles for someone who plays with their hand in the ground. In 2019, if he keeps progressing — and so far in Richmond, he's been really sharp — he could go from the Redskins' best defensive player to one of the NFL's best defensive players.

"I wouldn't say I'm like a wily vet. I definitely feel confident," Allen said. "For me personally, since I know the plays, I can focus on just playing faster, more aggressive, more confident."

It's scary to imagine a more aggressive and more confident Allen. It's even scarier for opposing guards and tackles. But if it leads to more victories on Sundays, maybe we'll also see a happier Allen. Maybe.

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Redskins running back Derrius Guice being sued by his former agent

Redskins running back Derrius Guice being sued by his former agent

Despite missing much of his first two professional seasons due to multiple knee injuries, Derrius Guice is already one of the most popular players on the Redskins.

His personality helped raise his profile, which has led to a number of endorsement deals beyond his NFL rookie contract.

Now, Guice’s former agent has filed a lawsuit over not being paid in return for these deals.

The running back’s initial agent after leaving LSU was Fadde Mikhail, but Guice left his agency weeks before being drafted. He then signed with Young Money, and according to Mikhail in the lawsuit, was required to pay back the money he had been lent during the pre-draft process.

Per the lawsuit, Guice and Young Money have allegedly not repaid Mikhail, and the latter is now asking for $500,000. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a California court.

Guice has endorsement deals with Nike and Hyundai, in addition to other opportunities to earn money from his likeness and autographs. This supplemental income is what Mikhail’s suit is regarding, in addition to alleged pre-draft loans of $191,000.

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Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

The NFL Draft begins in three weeks, and what the Redskins will do with the coveted No. 2 overall pick remains a hot topic of conversation.

There's a large consensus from many draft experts that the Redskins will select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, who many have deemed a generational talent. However, there are still rumors surfacing that Washington is interested in drafting Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, but those have quieted down since the Redskins traded for QB Kyle Allen last week.

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith was asked if he thinks the Redskins should take Tagovailoa with the second overall pick, and he quickly shot down that notion.

"I've been told the Washington Redskins are not going to touch Tua," Smith said on First Take. "They're going after Chase Young. They're not drafting a quarterback. That's what I've been told."

Smith explained that pass rusher is arguably the second most important position on the field behind quarterback, and passing on a generational talent like Young would be a mistake. Additionally, Smith believes that Tagovailoa's durability concerns are not to be taken lightly.

"You can't have a question mark at the quarterback position due to talent, then bring in an additional question mark due to durability in arguably the most violent sport that we know," he said.

In the first part of his statement, Smith is referring to Dwayne Haskins, who the Redskins selected 15th overall last season. Haskins had his growing pains as a rookie but played his best football at the end of the season. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has preached wanting competition for Haskins, and he got his wish when he traded for Allen last week. The two are expected to battle for the starting job come training camp.

Tagovailoa has just recently fully recovered from a dislocated hip injury that he suffered last November. Last week, a video surfaced of the QB throwing for the first time since his injury.

On Thursday, a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo stated that Tagovailoa participated in a medical re-check administered by an independent doctor provided by NFL team physicians, and the results were "overwhelmingly positive." 

Despite the positive medical reports that have surfaced about Tagovailoa, Smith believes his durability is too much of a question mark to justify taking him over Young.

"He's the elite pass rusher in the upcoming draft. You've got the chance to take him with the No. 2 overall pick," Smith said on Young. "Could you imagine if they pass on him and grab Tua, then Haskins doesn't pan out and Tua gets hurt early? That would be problematic. You don't want that."

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