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NFL Schedule Release 2019 rumors, leaks, news on primetime, Thanksgiving, London games

NFL Schedule Release 2019 rumors, leaks, news on primetime, Thanksgiving, London games

The 2019 NFL schedule will be released at 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 17 on the NFL Network.

The 2019 NFL Season begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 with the Thursday Night Football season-opener. Week 1 commences on Sunday, Sept. 8 with a full slate of games.

But what we don't know is which games will be primetime matchups, which teams are headed to London, bye weeks and much much more. 

The 2019 NFL schedule rumor mill has already started, with leaks being reported well more than a day before the 2019 NFL schedule release.

The Thursday night season-opener is expected to feature the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers as a way to celebrate 100 years of the NFL.

If that news is correct, the annual high-profile matchup between the Super Bowl champions and a top contender is likely to be pushed to another of the primetime games during Week 1.

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REPORT: Week 1: Eagles vs. Redskins: Per our JP Finlay, the Redskins will open the 2019 NFL season on the road in Philadelphia to take on the Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 8

RUMOR: Week 1: Jets vs. Browns: This is still very very much a rumor, but per Odell Beckham's twitter account, he's really excited for Week 1, and that could probably only mean one thing ... maybe: A high-profile game between his new team and his old team. But since the Browns and Giants don't play each other this season, it must mean a return to the city he used to call home, but against the other team ... the New York Jets.

LEAK: Week 1: Cowboys vs. Giants: According to NFL Schedule Leaks, the Giants will open the season with a NFC East showdown against the Cowboys..

RUMOR: Week 1: Patriots vs. Chiefs: A rematch of the AFC Championship game is rumored to be the Sunday Night Football season-debut in Week 1.

NEWS: Week 1: Packers vs. Bears: It's been reported for over a month that the two iconic franchises will meet in a Week 1 showdown between NFC North foes. 

REPORT: Week 2: Redskins vs. Cowboys: Per our JP Finlay, the Redskins home opener will comes against Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys

LEAK: Week 4: Giants vs. Redskins: Art Stapleton of northjersey.com released the Giants' reported schedule which includes their two division matchups with the Burgundy and Gold.

NEWS: Week 5: Bears vs. Raiders: Chicago and Oakland will reportedly head across the pond for the first international game of the season, set to be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

REPORT: Week 5: Redskins vs. Patriots: Also per JP Finlay, the Redskins will host the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots the first weekend in October. Whether or not this game is in primetime has yet to be announced.

NEWS: Week 6: Panthers vs. Buccanneers: The AFC South heads to the U.K. for a Week 6 showdown at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium between Carolina and Tampa Bay. The Panthers have a loose affiliation with Leicester City F.C., while the Buccaneers are owned by Malcolm Glazer, who also owns Manchester United.

NEWS: Week 8: Rams vs. Bengals: Wemlbey Stadfium will play host to the third London game of the season, between Cincinnati and Los Angeles. The Bengals last trip to the UK resulted in a tie with the Redskins and then-offensive coordinator Sean McVay.

NEWS: Week 9: Jaguars vs. Texans: The United Kingdom's favorite NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly host the Houston Texans and DeShaun Watson for the final London game of the season.

RUMOR: Week 11: Chiefs vs. Chargers: Monday Night Football will reportedly eminate from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for one of the NFL's two games played south of the border.

REPORT: Week 13: Lions vs. Bears: As is tradition, the Detroit Lions will host a game on Thanksgiving. The Bears are rumored to be their opponent for the annual turkey day matchup.

REPORT: Week 13: Cowboys vs. Dolphins: Like the Lions, the Cowboys once again get their annual spot on Thanksgiving. In 2019, they will reportedly take on the Miami Dolphins.

RUMOR: Week 13: Vikings vs. Eagles: A rematch of the 2017 NFC Championship game is rumored to take place in Minneapolis on Thanksgiving.

LEAK: Week 16: Redskins vs. GiantsArt Stapleton of northjersey.com released the Giants' reported schedule which includes their two division matchups with the Burgundy and Gold.

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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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