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Ron Rivera believes Redskins' lack of 2nd-round pick is 'going to be a burden'

Ron Rivera believes Redskins' lack of 2nd-round pick is 'going to be a burden'

The Redskins need to rebuild their roster and new head coach Ron Rivera knows that not having a second-round pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft leaves his team with a major hole. 

"I think that’s going to be a burden, just because of where that second round pick was too," Rivera said. "That’s the hard part, you wish you had all your picks."

Washington would have held the 34th pick in this year's draft but traded it away in a 2019 move to grab Montez Sweat. The Redskins gave the Colts their 2019 and 2020 second-round picks to move up to 26th overall and grab Sweat. 

At the time the trade was widely congratulated. Sweat had a tremendous performance in the Senior Bowl and broke out during the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine with a rare blend of size and speed. 

As a rookie last year Sweat started slow but finished strong, registering seven sacks. He missed time in training camp with a minor injury and seemed to be playing catch up the first month of the season. With the scheme change to a 4-3 and Rivera’s insistence that pass rushers actually rush the passer, Sweat could be poised for a breakout year. 

So while the move to go get Sweat last year still makes sense, it doesn’t help Rivera’s rebuild this year.

"You wish you could get all your picks back, but at the end of the day we have to react to what we have now," Rivera said, speaking on the Redskins Talk podcast last week in Indianapolis.

There are some ways Washington could get a second-round pick, most obviously by trading back from the second overall selection the team currently holds. 

That might not happen, and if it doesn’t, Rivera will just have to accept sitting out the second round and his team only holding two selections in the first 100 picks.

Free agency could make that pill easier to swallow. The Redskins are in desperate need of a starting-caliber tight end, and of the rookie crop, the best project as late first and early-second round prospects. Without a trade, the Redskins won’t be there. 

Multiple reports including NBC Sports Washington expect the Redskins to be in heavy pursuit of Falcons tight end Austin Hooper when he hits free agency in a few weeks. 

If Washington can get Hooper, that might make the sting of no second round pick a little easier. Of course, the price tag in free agency will be much higher than the draft. 

Like Rivera said, the Redskins wish they had all their picks. They just don’t.

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Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

As NFL training camps open, teams are taking every protective measure to ensure player safety. Extensive testing protocols agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA and daily testing until at least September 5 prove safety is the league's number one priority.

But in order for the NFL's plans to work, players have to do their part

On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks cut rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero. Siverand and the woman, who was wearing Seattle gear in an attempt to disguise herself as a Seahawks player, were both caught on camera.

The Seahawks' quick action shows how serious teams are handling COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Pete Carroll is sending a clear message that actions that put the entire team at risk will not be tolerated.  

Fans got a glimpse of what the NFL's safety protocols were like during Hard Knocks this week. The quick decision to cut Siverand shows that irresponsible action won't be tolerated as the NFL season approaches.

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

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Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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