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Redskins, Ravens fans might not be too happy with these 2019 preseason NFL power rankings

Redskins, Ravens fans might not be too happy with these 2019 preseason NFL power rankings

The 2019 NFL Draft is barely a few weeks old, so naturally, that means it's time to look ahead to the 2019 season, playoffs and power rankings. 

Evaluating teams after the 2019 NFL Draft and what moves they've made in the offseason, NBC Sports' Peter King recently released his 1-to-32 2019 NFL power rankings. But he wasn't interested in defending his predictions, which he acknowledged could be "wildly incorrect."

Instead, King broke down what factors he thinks will make or break the teams. And depending on how fans view the future, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens fans might not be thrilled.

King ranks Washington at No. 22, which is only better than teams like the Buffalo Bills (No. 23), the Detroit Lions (No. 27) and the New York Giants (No. 28). He praises the Redskins for picking former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but he clearly isn't behind some over-inflated expectations for the rookie passer. 

For ProFootballTalk, King wrote about the Redskins:

Love the Dwayne Haskins pick, even though it might take some getting used to for him to mesh with Jay Gruden’s offense. “Could be an adjustment period,” someone close to Gruden told me the other day. But Gruden, after watching Haskins at a mini-camp over the weekend, gushed over him: “He’s made some throws that turn your head, without a doubt.” Love the Montez Sweat pick too, especially late in the first round. Now maybe Ryan Kerrigan has a frisky young guy (and a speedy one) to take some of the pass-rush pressure off him. Just a projection, but if Case Keenum starts for the first month (at Eagles, Dallas, Chicago, at Giants) and the offense is going nowhere, how great would it be for Gruden to name Haskins the starter in Week 5 at FedEx Field … with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick coming to town for the first time since 2011?

While Ravens fans might be OK with King's No. 12 ranking for their team, they might not be too happy when they see the teams ranked higher. 

The Chiefs and the Patriots? Sure. The Saints, Colts and everyone from Los Angeles? Not terribly surprising. 

But they might not like how high King has the Cleveland Browns. But the NFL analyst is buying into the hype surrounding second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield and one of the team's newest weapons in Odell Beckham Jr. King has the team that finished 7-8-1 in 2018 at No. 11 in his power rankings, which is one spot ahead of the Ravens.

At No. 12, King says this of Baltimore:

This is how close Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh were in the fourth quarter of the final Sunday of the 2018 season. In Cincinnati, the Steelers and the Bengals were tied at 13 with six minutes to play, and the Steelers had the ball, minus Antonio Brown, at their 25-yard line. In Baltimore, the Browns, trailing 27-26, had the ball first-and-10 at the Ravens’ 39-yard-line with 1:18 left. A first down and a field goal would win the game for Cleveland. Imagine, for a moment, if Cincinnati and Cleveland walked off with wins that Sunday. Records of the top three teams in the division: Baltimore 9-7, Cleveland 8-7-1, Pittsburgh 8-7-1. I only mention that because the division is pretty close, and the Ravens, who got Lamar Jackson two new receiving toys (Marquise Brown (they’re hoping he can be in the Tyreek Hill-factor league and Miles Boykin), are a fascinating team to watch. They could win 11. They could win six. The offense had better score, because the defense has holes.

Here's a look at his complete preseason power rankings.

1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. New England Patriots
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Los Angeles Rams
5. Los Angeles Chargers
6. New Orleans Saints
7. San Francisco 49ers
8. Philadelphia Eagles
9. Chicago Bears
10. Minnesota Vikings
11. Cleveland Browns
12. Baltimore Ravens
13. Seattle Seahawks
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Houston Texans
16. Dallas Cowboys
17. Atlanta Falcons
18. Pittsburgh Steelers
19. Oakland Raiders
20. Jacksonville Jaguars 
21. Carolina Panthers
22. Washington Redskins
23. Buffalo Bills
24. Denver Broncos
25. Tennessee Titans
26. New York Jets
27. Detroit Lions
28. New York Giants
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Cincinnati Bengals
31. Arizona Cardinals
32. Miami Dolphins 

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From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

A typhoon of momentum washed over the Washington football organization in the last week and all of a sudden one thing seems quite clear: The Redskins will never play another game.

There will still be football played at FedEx Field and that team seems very likely to still wear burgundy and gold, but after a series of public comments and private conversations with sources in and around the NFL, a Redskins name change is imminent.

Over and over and from different people, one phrase got repeated when asked if the Redskins were actually going to change the team name: "It's done."

The exact timeline remains murky, and there are difficult logistic, marketing and financial questions looming, but too much happened too fast for any other outcome than a name change.

Speaking with numerous sources one misconception emerged however.

While the Redskins publicly announced that the team is conducting a “thorough review” of the team name on July 3, multiple sources explained that internal conversations about changing the name have been going on for some time.

In fact, one source explained that after the murder of George Floyd in May and the massive public protests and demands for social justice that followed, the conversations about changing the Redskins moniker heated up the first week of June.

It’s unclear what the new name will be.

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Redtails and Warriors seem to have the most momentum, but that doesn’t mean either will be the new name. The organization wants to consult with a wide variety of people and resources before finalizing a selection.

The team is proud of its history, understandably, and does not want to abandon all of the team’s success and tradition. What exactly that means will be revealed, likely in the next month or so.

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Let’s be clear - public pressure from FedEx, Nike and Pepsi hastened the call for change.

When FedEx publicly requested on July 2 that Washington change its team name from Redskins, this process got sent into overdrive. The team announced its plan for an internal review of the name the next morning. But conversations, some extensive, had already begun inside the organization prior to FedEx’s announcement.

What once seemed unthinkable now seems inevitable - the Washington Redskins won’t take the field again. 

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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