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Position Battles: Dwayne Haskins isn't the only rookie pushing for a starting job

Position Battles: Dwayne Haskins isn't the only rookie pushing for a starting job

Many starting jobs will get decided in training camp, but for a number of Redskins rookies, May and June provide an opportunity to make a case for playing time and practice reps later in the summer.

The most high profile situation is obviously Dwayne Haskins. The 15th overall pick out of Ohio State has a real chance to start for Washington this fall, and his every throw, touchdown and interception will be dissected from now until the 'Skins open the 2019 season in Philadelphia. 

Beyond Haskins, there are plenty of rookies that will push for starting jobs. Montez Sweat leads that list on defense, but offensively, the list is longer. 

The biggest push will be on the offensive line. 

Fourth rounder Wes Martin out of Indiana looks to be in a strong position to push for the open left guard spot. His biggest competition appears to be Ereck Flowers, a bust at tackle for the Giants that is trying to restart his career as a guard. Could Flowers be better on the interior of the offensive line? Maybe, and being coached by Bill Callahan could certainly help. And Flowers has talent - he was a Top 10 pick in 2015 by New York. 

Chris Cooley declared Martin the starter at left guard on his podcast, and there is some belief inside the building that the rookie could emerge in 2019 like Chase Roullier did in 2017. Both are very strong and versatile but with less fanfare around their game after playing college ball at non-football schools. 

Beyond Martin, there will be some major push from two wide receivers taken in the draft this year in Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon. Part of that will be that the two rookies are young and talented, but part of that will also be the lack of production from the established wideouts on the Redskins roster. 

Last month, Washington decided not to exercise the fifth-year option on Josh Doctson's contract. That makes his hold on a starting job as tenuous as ever. Paul Richardson is working back from injury and seems unlikely to practice until at least training camp. If McLaurin and/or Harmon can impress now, they can move up the depth chart. 

There is another offensive rookie in center/guard Ross Piersbacher. The former Alabama starter doesn't project as a starter, but more of a depth player with versatility on the interior of the offensive line. Considering the injuries the Redskins have sustained in the middle of their O-line the last few seasons, odds would suggest Piersbacher will get a chance to start before the year ends. 

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Michael Irvin compares Cowboys drafting CeeDee Lamb to Kevin Durant signing with Warriors

Michael Irvin compares Cowboys drafting CeeDee Lamb to Kevin Durant signing with Warriors

The Cowboys, on paper, got one of the biggest steals in this past April's NFL Draft when standout Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb fell to Dallas at 17th overall. Lamb was one of the best pass-catchers in the country during his time with the Sooners and was predicted to be a top 15 pick by almost every draft expert.

Lamb will wear the No. 88 in Dallas, the same number that Hall of Fame wideout Michael Irvin sported for the Cowboys years earlier. And Irvin believes the addition of the rookie wideout will turn Dallas' offense to the league's best.

In fact, Irvin is so confident in what Lamb will bring to the table for the Cowboys that he compared the addition of the rookie wide receiver to one of the NBA's most controversial and talent-shifting free agent signings ever.

"What the Cowboys did in the 2020 NFL Draft, by adding CeeDee Lamb to the No. 1 offense in the National Football League — what Will McClay did, what Jerry Jones those guys, what Mike McCarthy did by adding this guy CeeDee Lamb, is akin, or almost tantamount to Kevin Durant being added to a 73-win Warriors team," Irvin said.

Woah, woah, woah.

Yes, Irvin just directly compared the addition of Lamb in Dallas to Kevin Durant -- a top 3 basketball player in the world (!!) -- joining a previously 73-win Warriors team.

There are a few things that immediately stand out when comparing the two that make Irvin's claim seem quite outlandish.

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For one, there's a significant talent gap between Lamb and Durant within their respective sports.

Lamb -- while an incredible collegiate wide receiver -- is still a rookie. On top of that, the coronavirus pandemic eliminated all in-person offseason activities, meaning the rookie adjustment period for everyone will be a lot tougher in 2020.

Durant, on the other hand, was one of the three best basketball players on the planet when he made the move to Golden State in 2016. That's why everyone was so upset by KD's decision to join the already stacked Warriors, who had made the NBA Finals the two seasons prior and just came off an NBA record 73-win season.

On top of that, Durant had just been eliminated by Golden State in the playoffs after his Thunder blew a 3-1 series lead. While Golden State was the better team during that season, Durant's Thunder team had the talent to win the NBA championship that season. So, his move to the Warriors was deemed the easy way out to win a championship.

Secondly, Durant's move to Golden State turned an already title contender into an enormous title favorite. In Dallas, Lamb will almost certainly improve an already explosive Cowboys offense, but no one is saying the addition of the rookie wide receiver is the sole move that will turn Big D into a Super Bowl favorite.

"They were already great offensively and they got one of the best players and one of the best young talents, at WR in the National Football League," Irvin said. "It is crazy what the Dallas Cowboys have an opportunity to do."

Irvin is right in that aspect. With the addition of Lamb, the Cowboys have one of the best wide receiver corps in the NFL. Dallas re-signed four-time Pro Bowler Amari Cooper to a lucrative five-year deal during free agency and still has promising third-year pass-catcher Michael Gallup in the fold, too.

But even if Lamb turns into the star wide receiver many expect him to be, putting him in the same category as Durant's move to Golden State is just preposterous. Few things, if any, will ever compare to that. 

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Washington Football Team posts video of locker room logo change

Washington Football Team posts video of locker room logo change

The Washington Football team continues to showcase its name and logo change publicly with the team posting videos of its rebranding on social media.

Most recently, Washington shared a video on Twitter of the locker room floor being redone. The old mat featuring the former ‘Redskins’ logo has now been replaced with the updated Washington Football logo.

The team posted a similar video last week of its facilities being stripped of previous names, logos and slogans. Now, Washington has made its way to redo the locker room with the season a month out.

Washington is in the midst of a number of changes for its franchise. In addition to the ongoing rebranding efforts, the team will also now play a season at FedEx field without fans, which was officially announced on Wednesday.

The Washington Football Team is scheduled to begin its season at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 13. 

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