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Questions facing Ron Rivera: Will there truly be an open competition at QB?

Questions facing Ron Rivera: Will there truly be an open competition at QB?

In January and February, Ron Rivera has often discussed a competition at quarterback for the Redskins. 

Will Rivera be saying the same thing when training camp arrives, though? 

That's one of the most pressing questions facing the head coach as he assumes control. 

So far, the guy at the center of Washington's franchise makeover has been happy to mention Dwayne Haskins' positive traits, but he's also made sure to include Alex Smith in any discussion about 2020 passers as well as the idea of bringing in other veteran options.

The key in those comments is whether they're being made to merely motivate Haskins — a second-year pro whom Rivera, Scott Turner, Doug Williams and others want to see step up his commitment in every way — and establish a competitive culture in Ashburn, or because Rivera is absolutely, positively serious in making this an open race.

Perhaps it is for that latter reason. As of now, however, it's hard to envision that really playing out.

While Rivera and much of the new staff and front office isn't tied in any way to Haskins, it'd still be a wild move to give up on him after he started only seven times. Yes, the Cardinals just did that when they dropped Josh Rosen in favor of Kyler Murray, but aside from that, it's basically unheard of for an organization to forget a first-round QB so quickly.

The truth is that he improved at the end of a crazy rookie campaign. It was measured progress, sure, but once Haskins gained a firmer grasp of the offense and what it takes to succeed in the NFL, he performed quite well. There are tools to work with there, and the Redskins should want to work with those tools.

In addition, while Rivera can bring up a competition all he wants, who's actually going to battle with him? Smith's football future is still such a longshot and if they opt to bring in a veteran, the odds of that veteran being someone Washington would actually want to turn to are low.

Now, this could all change if Haskins doesn't react well to Rivera's challenge or if the Redskins somehow end up in the position where they can or want to draft a prospect like, say, Tua Tagovailoa. And it could all especially change if that combination happens together.

As long as the 22-year-old "takes it over" like he explained last week, though, then this storyline should go away by the time the calendar reaches July. The reality is that he's immensely talented, has more long-term upside than almost anyone else the Redskins could pit him against and is a QB on a very cheap deal.

All of those factors should add up to this much-hyped competition not being much of a competition at all — but that's going to largely be up to Haskins himself.

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

With the coronavirus pandemic putting a wrench in the NFL offseason and keeping team activities on hold, players have had to get creative with their workouts. 

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is among that population. Despite being a starter in the NFL and making millions of dollars, the former Redskin is now staying in shape in a very ordinary way: workouts at his parents' house.

In a story by ESPN, Cousins explained that his family relocated to his parents' house in Orlando, Florida with the league still waiting to resume. The move has been beneficial as it allows Cousins' and his wife, Julie, to have an easier time caring for their two young children. However, living in his parents' house has made it challenging to train the way an NFL quarterback needs to.

Cousins told ESPN that he's traded in a standard gym with machines and large amounts of equipment for his parents' driveway and backyard. He still has everything he needs to get sessions done, including WiFi to video chat with his trainer, but the setting is an interesting one.

Out on the driveway, the quarterback never knows who may pass by on a daily basis.

"I like my privacy, so being out in the driveway, on display for the whole neighborhood to see is probably less than ideal," Cousins told ESPN. "But desperate times call for desperate measures."

"[Every car will] see me doing my shuffles across the driveway, or my cariocas, or doing the jump-rope or different plank exercises, core work, medicine ball, lunges -- whatever it may be," he added. "And different people honk or wave, so it's kind of fun."

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Honks and even the occasional "Go Pack, go!" at Cousins in the middle of his workout bring a smile to his face as he navigates the new situation. Cousins may have been a Pro Bowler in 2019, but the current situation of the world has him and many other athletes heading back to their humble beginnings. If he finds success on the field in 2020, his parents' driveway and front yard will be part of the equation. 

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Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson could go down as one of the NFL's all-time greats without ever having to play another snap in the NFL.

But as the running back gears up for his 14th NFL season and his third with the Redskins, he has one specific goal in mind.

"Passing Barry Sanders would definitely be one of the highlights of my career," Peterson said on NFL Network, via ProFootballTalk. "What he accomplished, and how I’ve looked up to him, I’ve always wanted to say I did something better than Barry Sanders."

What the 35-year-old running back is referring to is passing Sanders on the all-time career rushing yards list. Peterson, who has amassed over 14,000 rushing yards in his career, currently trails the Lions great by 1,054 yards.

As it stands now, Peterson is fifth all-time in career rushing yards, trailing only Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Frank Gore.

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Moving past Sanders in 2020 might be a tough ask, as Peterson has not topped 1,054 yards in a single-season since 2015, where he rushed for a league-best 1,485 yards with the Vikings. The running back came close to topping that mark in 2018, when he finished with 1,042 yards in his first season in Washington.

Peterson has been the lead back for Washington the past two seasons, starting 31 of a possible 32 games for the team. But with a new regime in place in 2020 and a crowded backfield, it's unlikely that Peterson will turn in a third-straight 200-carry season.

Last season, Peterson went on record to say his goal is still to break Smith's all-time rushing yards record. Peterson currently sits just over 4,000 yards behind the Cowboys legend.

"Yeah, why not?" Peterson said. "I'm still playing the game at a high level, and I feel like I can continue to play for a long period of time. So why not keep my bar at reaching 18 [thousand yards] and surpassing Emmitt Smith?"

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