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Post Free Agency projection of Redskins starting offense - who is next to Terry McLaurin?

Post Free Agency projection of Redskins starting offense - who is next to Terry McLaurin?

NFL free agency isn't technically over, but the fireworks have ended. More players will get signed but the biggest contracts have already been handed out, the fattest checks already written. 

That means it's a decent time to look at projected starters for the Redskins. Of course things can change, particularly by what happens later this month during the NFL Draft, but of 22 players in the Washington starting lineup, many of the spots seem quite settled. 

These are just projections. Players will get hurt, trades could happen, there will be additional guys signed. Still, the Redskins are working to rebuild their house, and a few weeks into the official 2020 NFL season, the framework has been laid down. 

Projected Offensive starters
QB: Dwayne Haskins - 2nd year with Redskins - The 15th overall pick last year gets his first real offseason as starter. Or sort of an offseason as the Coronavirus has ended all official team gatherings for now. Yes, Kyle Allen will challenge Haskins, but Week 1 of the regular season, the former Ohio State star will be under center. 

RB: Adrian Peterson - 3rd year with Redskins - Washington picked up the veteran runner’s contract for 2020 and Ron Rivera has spoken highly of the future Hall of Fame. If Derrius Guice gets back to full health he will take the top spot, but that’s an if for now. J.D. McKissic will shine as the third-down back, and maybe more, for Scott Turner’s offense. 

WR: Terry McLaurin - 2nd year with Redskins - Duh. He’s a stud. Washington’s best draft pick in a long time. 

WR2: WRX - ? - This might belong to Kelvin Harmon, but right now, that’s anything but a lock. The Redskins tried hard to sign Amari Cooper and might still be working in the trade market or at the draft to get another wideout to start opposite McLaurin. 

WR3: Steven Sims - 2nd year with Redskins - Showed a lot of potential as a rookie but needs to work on routes and his hands. Explosive playmaker though. 

TE: Logan Thomas - 1st year with Redskins - Thomas played 16 games last year in Detroit, and while Richard Rodgers has more name value and touchdown production on his resume, he hasn’t started a game since 2017. Thomas will come in healthy and considered the better blocker, which for now might be enough to win this competition. This is BY FAR the Redskins weakest position group, and maybe a Trent Williams trade or the NFL Draft will produce a viable starting candidate. For now? It’s not pretty. 

RT: Morgan Moses - 7th season with Redskins - Owner of the longest consecutive start streak on the Redskins, Moses will make his 81st start at right tackle this fall. Not much to discuss here.

RG: Brandon Scherff - 6th season with Redskins - The only debate is if Scherff will have a long-term deal by September. He’s the Redskins best offensive lineman and has already signed his franchise tag for 2020. 

C: Chase Roullier - 4th season with Redskins - Roullier has started 37 games for the Redskins in three years. Not bad for a 6th-round pick out of Wyoming. He keeps the job.

LG: Wes Martin - 2nd season with Redskins - Some might think newly signed free agent guard Wes Schweitzer gets this job but don’t let the glitzy contract numbers fool you. Sure, Schweitzer technically signed a three-year, $13 million contract, but the reality is Washington only guaranteed $4 million and none of it carries over beyond this year. He’s a backup swing guard. Martin performed reasonably well as a rookie last year filling in for Scherff, and he wins the left guard job outright this summer in Richmond. 

LT: Cornelius Lucas - 1st season with Redskins - A pleasant surprise for the Bears in 2019, he started eight games at a productive level in Chicago last year. He’s also huge. HUGE. Lucas is listed at 6-foot-8 and 327 lbs., but was considered a project coming out of Kansas State back in 2014. Now after six years in the NFL and a healthy full season in Chicago, it seems like Lucas has figured out how to use his body somewhat effectively. Listen, he’s not Trent Williams, nobody is, but Williams isn’t playing for this team ever again. The Redskins could draft a tackle and Rivera won’t be scared to play a rookie, but that won’t happen until the third round at the earliest. Lucas can play, maybe at a similar level to what Donald Penn delivered last year. Geron Christian could and should push for this job, but when he has gotten on the field before, it hasn't been all that impressive. 

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The NFL 'failed' with pass interference replay rule, NFL exec Troy Vincent says

The NFL 'failed' with pass interference replay rule, NFL exec Troy Vincent says

The NFL admits that it failed last year with a botched implementation of its pass interference replay reviews. That will have an impact on any new rules going forward. 

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, told NBC’s Peter King on Friday that the league has learned its lesson: Rules will not be rushed. The NFL will do its best to figure out the real-world consequences before pushing changes that do more harm than good. 

That was clearly the case with the pass interference rule, which was applied so inconsistently last season that the Competition Committee didn’t even forward it for a vote to extend it at an owners’ meeting last month. Upcoming proposed rule changes on onsides kicks and the use of a sky judge – a member of the officiating crew who would be in the press box at a video monitor – are on the table during an NFL owners’ video conference meeting on May 28. 

“We cannot fail this year,” Vincent told King. “We saw, a year ago, when [the pass-interference rule] played out, starting with myself, what we put in place last year . . . Those outcomes were not good for professional football. Because we didn’t do the proper due diligence, it played out publicly. The last thing people should be talking about is the way the game is officiated. They [officials] should be faceless objects, managing and facilitating game flow.

“We failed. I’m first in line. I shared that [with league officials]. I failed, as the leader of that department. I failed. We cannot allow that to happen again. What did we learn from that? We’ve got to do our due diligence. You can’t rush and just shove something in there without knowing all the consequences. And we found that out last year, live and in action, publicly.”



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Ron Rivera's first meeting with Redskins: Nick Sundberg, Tress Way share details

Ron Rivera's first meeting with Redskins: Nick Sundberg, Tress Way share details

Ron Rivera spoke to roughly 130 people on Zoom last week — including players, other coaches and support staff — in what was his first truly team-wide meeting with the Redskins.

Rivera's goal that day was to establish the kind of culture he's aiming to build in Washington, and while he clearly would've preferred to lay that foundation in person, he still hoped everyone came away from the meeting with a solid idea of his vision.

Well, according to Tress Way and Nick Sundberg, the coach accomplished that — and much more. 

"I think I ran downstairs and I might’ve tackled my son Beau at two years old," Way told the Redskins Talk podcast during a long interview that also featured Sundberg. "It was like six or seven minutes and it was just intense."

Rivera's voice, Way explained, never became too loud as he addressed multiple levels of the organization. What he lacked in volume, however, he made up for with his message and the conviction he delivered it with, stressing to those in the conference that the Redskins would control their attitude, preparation and effort as long as he was leading the franchise.

"Now everybody knows the standard that is set," Way said. "And I’m telling you, in and out, this dude went through a few slides, there was no ifs, ands or buts. There was no confusion. You could not have misunderstood."


Sundberg agreed with Way's assessment.

"That is exactly how he comes across in person, too," the longest-tenured Redskin said. "Super nice guy, easy to talk to, you can sit and tell stories and laugh and that sort of thing. But when it comes to talking shop, he’s honest and I appreciate that about him. I want to know exactly what you’re looking for from me and how you want me to do it. If I can’t do it, that’s on me. But at least give me the opportunity to tell me every single thing that’s expected of me."

Rivera will be Sundberg's third full-time coach with the Burgundy and Gold, following Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden. Because the long snapper didn't leave the area until February, he had the chance to interact with Rivera face-to-face in the building. Those run-ins, as well as what Sundberg's seen online, have invigorated him.

"Any time you get new leadership," Sundberg said, "it should motivate you to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘Was I a part of the problem or am I part of the solution?’"

In this virtual offseason, the two experienced specialists have actually found themselves acting like rookies at times. While both typically get to every team function early, they're making sure to really stay on top of that now. Way is even doing what he can to spruce up how he looks in front of his laptop.

"Five minutes before that meeting was supposed to start, I logged on, made sure my lighting was good, made sure there was not anything going down on this side," he said.

"He definitely gets that out of people," Sundberg added. "They want to make sure everything is perfect because they don’t want to come off the wrong way."

Rivera's job with the Redskins is going to be a demanding one. Washington is starting this decade on the heels of one of its worst ever, and he's being trusted to right the entire operation. 

Judging by these reviews, though, he's already pulled off one extremely challenging task, and that's holding a smooth Zoom meeting where what was supposed to be communicated was successfully communicated. If he can do that, then the whole winning football games thing should be a breeze.