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Redskins OTAs recap: Notes on where Haskins can grow, Cam Sims' play and more

Redskins OTAs recap: Notes on where Haskins can grow, Cam Sims' play and more

The Redskins' first open session of OTAs last Monday was dominated by the Reuben Foster news. Their second session, on the other hand, was injury-free and featured a much better atmosphere and flow. It was also approximately 145 degrees. 

Here's a handful of observations about the action that unfolded Wednesday at the team's Ashburn facility...

  • Dwayne Haskins looked like the much better QB when the media was able to watch the Redskins back on May 20. On May 29, however, Case Keenum stepped up. That's not to say he was necessarily better than Haskins — both had their moments — but the veteran seemed more sure of himself and had a few really impressive throws, including a softly-lofted ball deep to the left sideline that Josh Doctson snagged for a long completion.
  • Haskins did have three hiccups trying to get the offense going in team drills, though. In all three instances, he got the unit to the line but then had to step back and get everyone reorganized in the huddle again. On a couple of occasions, Bill Callahan shouted, "Check the line!" Jay Gruden explained afterward how they're putting a ton on Haskins' plate, and when those little mishaps occur, it's usually because he got a key word wrong in the call. He wasn't worried, nor should he be, but it was interesting to see how those little details can wreck a play before it even starts. He'll need to keep improving in that area. Keenum, by comparison, didn't have any similar struggles (on Wednesday, at least).
  • Now, a bright spot for Haskins: He loaded up and chucked a gorgeous go-ball down the left sideline to Jehu Chesson, a ball so high it almost resembled a Tress Way punt. It hit Chesson right in the hands, too — then hit the ground, because the wideout dropped it. It was by far the best toss of the day and, sadly, it wasn't even a completion.
  • Josh Norman was again absent from the proceedings. Also absent were Adrian Peterson and Trent Williams. Landon Collins, Montae Nicholson, Vernon Davis and Daron Payne were all in uniform after not participating last Monday.
  • One of the better qualities both Payne and Jonathan Allen have shown as a pro is their relentless effort and willingness to chase down run plays from the backside. That's something Montez Sweat did on Wednesday on one particular handoff, which Gruden loved. Sweat is fitting in quite well in the front-seven.
  • Speaking of Gruden, he might've had four Red Bulls before the 11:30 morning session. He sometimes participates as a linebacker or defensive back in passing drills just to give the receivers a look, yet will usually go back to standing in the middle of the field after getting dusted a few times. But on Wednesday, the head coach was roaming sideline to sideline like a much slower, much less effective but still high-energy London Fletcher. Everyone is praising his quotes on Hard Knocks, but what he was doing as a defender was just as entertaining. 
  • Gruden wasn't the only one asked about Hard Knocks. Allen was as well, and his answer was very Jonathan Allen-y: "I don't care. They'd just talk to Haskins anyway."
  • For the second straight open practice, Cam Sims found himself hauling in passes all over the secondary. The second-year wideout is thrilled to be playing again after getting hurt super early in 2018 and is doing what he can to be a friendly target for his passers, he said after practice. How does he go about doing that, by the way? "Just don't let the DB catch a pick, and everything will be smooth then." Well said, Cam. Well said.
  • Going off of DBs and picks, Jimmy Moreland had himself a day, racking up three interceptions. The best of the bunch was the third. It was late in practice, and Jay Gruden was screaming at Moreland, who was lined up against Brian Quick around the five-yard line, "There's a mouse in the house!" Haskins, wanting to take advantage of the said mouse in said house, tried to connect with Quick, but Moreland was able to easily cut in front of him, pluck Haskins' pass out of the air and head the other way for what likely would've been a 99-yard score. One Redskins staffer said Moreland had a rougher day in closed practice on Tuesday, but on Wednesday, he was probably the star. Get your tickets for the Moreland Hype Train now, because they're going fast. 
  • Lastly, if there was a position group that won the day, it was definitely the defensive line. Was it a fair fight? No, considering Jim Tomsula's crew was at full strength while Bill Callahan's offensive line was missing guys all over. Still, the most common sight on Wednesday, besides people chugging water because (again) it was approximately 145 degrees, was a defensive lineman hanging out in the offensive backfield, either wrapping up a running back or pestering a quarterback. How this offense is able to function all offseason as Williams, Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier and Morgan Moses all try to work back into shape will be very intriguing to watch.

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 14

Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 14


Week 13 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 14.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 14
Running Back Rankings: Week 14
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 14
Tight End Rankings: Week 14

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: at Saints
2019 Stats: 54 Receptions, 687 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 142.2 PTS, 2019 TE6
Previous Ranking: 1

2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 68 Receptions, 923 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 184.3 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 2

TIER 2: High-end TE1's

3. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: vs. Titans
2019 Stats: 66 Receptions, 807 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 165.2 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 70 Receptions, 736 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 161.6 PTS, 2019 TE4
Previous Ranking: 4

5. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens  
Opponent: at Bills
2019 Stats: 53 Receptions, 693 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 162.3 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 2

6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 48 Receptions, 552 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 115.2 PTS, 2019 TE7
Previous Ranking: 6

7. Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: at Rams
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 63.3 PTS, 2019 TE30
Previous Ranking: 7

8. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: at Jaguars
2019 Stats: 41 Receptions, 497 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110.7 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 5

TIER 3: Low-end TE1's 

9. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: vs. 49ers
2019 Stats: 32 Receptions, 459 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 101.9 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 10

10. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: vs. Falcons
2019 Stats: 56 Receptions, 608 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 154.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: NR

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 14
Running Back Rankings: Week 14
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 14
Tight End Rankings: Week 14

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 14

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 14

Week 13 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 14.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 14
Running Back Rankings: Week 14
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 14
Tight End Rankings: Week 14

TIER 1: RB1's

1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers   
Opponent: at Falcons 
2019 Stats: 1167 Rushing YDS, 12 Rushing TD, 75 Receptions, 644 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 354.1 PTS, 2019 RB1
Previous Ranking: 1 

2. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Opponent: vs. Redskins
2019 Stats: 645 Rushing YDS, 11 Rushing TD, 39 Receptions, 367  Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 215.1 PTS, 2019 RB6
Previous Ranking: 4

3. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Opponent: vs. Lions
2019 Stats: 1046 Rushing YDS, 12 Rushing TD, 48 Receptions, 490 Receiving YDS, 269.6 PTS, 2019 RB2
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: vs. 49ers
2019 Stats: 587 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 64 Receptions, 444 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 179.6 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: 2

5. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
Opponent: vs. Chargers
2019 Stats: 989 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 65 Receptions, 444 Receiving YDS, 224.3 PTS, 2019 RB4
Previous Ranking: 6

6. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans   
Opponent: at Raiders
2019 Stats: 1140 Rushing YDS, 11 Rushing TD, 17 Receptions, 200 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 223  PTS, 2019 RB5
Previous Ranking: 9

7. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants   
Opponent: at Eagles
2019 Stats: 544 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 38 Receptions, 291 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 139.5 PTS, 2019 RB17
Previous Ranking: 10

TIER 2: High-end RB2's

8.  Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Bills
2019 Stats: 837 Rushing YDS, 9 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 172 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 190.9 PTS, 2019 RB9
Previous Ranking: 11

9. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: vs. Titans
2019 Stats: 1061 Rushing YDS, 7 Rushing TD, 18 Receptions, 146 Receiving YDS, 178.7 PTS, 2019 RB12
Previous Ranking: 7

10. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 1175 Rushing YDS, 7 Rushing TD, 31 Receptions, 245 Receiving YDS, 209 PTS, 2019 RB8
Previous Ranking: 12

11. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: at Rams
2019 Stats: 981 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 32 Receptions, 227 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 186.8 PTS, 2019 RB10
Previous Ranking: 15

12. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
Opponent: at Browns
2019 Stats: 643 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 190 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 139.3 PTS, 2019 RB18
Previous Ranking: 16

13. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Opponent: vs. Seahawks
2019 Stats: 642 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 22 Receptions, 134 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 149.6 PTS, 2019 RB16
Previous Ranking: 13

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's

14. James White, New England Patriots
Opponent: vs. Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 208 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 57 Receptions, 512 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 155 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 

15. Phillip Lindsey, Denver Broncos
Opponent: at Texans
2019 Stats: 766 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 31 Receptions, 183 Receiving YDS, 155.9 PTS, 2019 RB14 
Previous Ranking: 20
 
16. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: at Jaguars 
2019 Stats: 380 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 69 Receptions, 718 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 234.8 PTS, 2019 RB4
Previous Ranking: 24

17. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
Opponent: vs. Bengals
2019 Stats: 125 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 118 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 56.3 PTS, 2019 RB58
Previous Ranking: 18

18. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: at Buccaneers
2019 Stats: 862 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 12 Receptions, 76 Receiving YDS, 131.8 PTS, 2019 RB22
Previous Ranking: NR

19. Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins
Opponent: at Packers
2019 Stats: 203 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 7 Receptions, 79 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 53.2 PTS, 2019 RB61
Previous Ranking: NR

20. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: at Jaguars
2019 Stats: 468 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 123 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 107.1 PTS, 2019 RB
Previous Ranking: 20

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 14
Running Back Rankings: Week 14
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 14
Tight End Rankings: Week 14