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Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

Trent Williams will not report to training camp this week when the Redskins head to Richmond to officially begin their 2019 season, according to NFL Network.

The news comes as no surprise, as Williams missed all of the Redskins voluntary offseason workouts and skipped the team's mandatory minicamp in June. Reports streamed out that Williams was upset about his contract and looking for a new deal -- not to mention reports that he was angry with the team's medical staff after a missed diagnosis with a growth on his scalp. 

Williams has made no official statements, and the Redskins organization offered very little in terms of a timeline for his return. Washington team president Bruce Allen said he knows "the truth" about Williams' situation, and head coach Jay Gruden said he hoped things would be resolved before Week 1 in Philadelphia. 

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams is arguably the best left tackle in the NFL. He's an immensely talented offensive lineman with two years remaining on his deal. Beyond the medical situation, Williams could be upset that in 2020, the final year of his deal, there is hardly any guaranteed cash. The team could release Williams with less than $2 million in salary cap penalty and save nearly $13 million against the cap. 

Without Williams, the Redskins could be in real trouble. Second-year pro Geron Christian did not seem capable of playing at a starting tackle level last fall, and that was before a knee injury landed him on IR. Morgan Moses should be locked in as the right tackle, but opposite him in Williams' spot will be dicey. 

Multiple sources with the Redskins and around the NFL suggested more cash could change Williams' mind before Week 1, and for now, it looks like the 31-year-old will be waiting for that increased payday. If Williams missed actual games, he would begin to lose money from this year's $14 million salary.

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The issues the Redskins have had since Kirk Cousins left aren't lost on Chris Thompson

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The issues the Redskins have had since Kirk Cousins left aren't lost on Chris Thompson

Kirk Cousins started 48 consecutive games for the Redskins from 2015 to 2017. He then left the team following the 2017 season to sign with the Vikings.

Since his departure, Washington has used five different starters in only 23 contests. 

The franchise was once stable under center. Cousins wasn't ever one of the NFL's best, sure — sorry, but this story won't debate what his true value was or whether or not the Redskins should've kept him; hundreds of others were published during his tenure in D.C. that did just that — yet he was a durable and productive passer for the Burgundy and Gold.

What's not for debate is that the organization has struggled to find a replacement for Cousins who matches both of those qualities, and that fact is something Chris Thompson is aware of.

"It's a funny situation, I guess," Thompson said on Monday, except he wasn't really laughing. "There was a lot of stuff going on when he was here, being franchise-tagged twice when we all know he wanted to get a long-term deal done but we weren't able to. Since then, how many quarterbacks has it been?"

Well, Chris, to answer that sad question, there's been the aforementioned five starters plus an appearance from Dwayne Haskins. Those six guys include two acquired via trade (Alex Smith and Case Keenum), two signed in times of desperation (Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson), one draft pick (Haskins) and one holdover (Colt McCoy). 

No team is going to be successful with that much turnover at QB. At any level, in any league, on any planet. Thompson wishes it never started in the first place.

"I made it known back then when Kirk was here — we both talked about playing together for years," he said. "But things happen."

Obviously, the hope is that Haskins is the one who can bring a much-needed end to this shuffle. Until then, however, the Redskins will remain in limbo.

Thursday night's matchup in Minnesota, of course, will be the first time Cousins faces Washington. In Thompson's mind, it's a shame that Cousins is facing the Burgundy and Gold in the first place instead of still wearing those colors. Judging by what's gone down since, it's hard to disagree with him.

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Bill Callahan reveals plans to start Case Keenum at least until Redskins Week 10 bye

Bill Callahan reveals plans to start Case Keenum at least until Redskins Week 10 bye

The Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins 15th overall but still seem reluctant to start the rookie quarterback. Case Keenum has started all but one game for the 1-6 Redskins this season, and interim head coach Bill Callahan seems intent on keeping it that way. 

"Case is still our quarterback, and that’s where we’re at currently, and I don’t see anything changing in the future," Callahan said Monday in an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast.

With a game coming Thursday night, it seems far fetched for the Redskins to go to Haskins on a condensed time frame this week. But after Thursday's game against the Vikings, Washington will have a 10-day break before a game in Buffalo. Could that be the spot to finally give Haskins the start? Not for Callahan.

"We believe in Case, what he’s done, and what he’s capable of doing," Callahan said.

So the Redskins will go to the bye week without making Haskins the starter? 

"That’s the direction we’re heading in right now."

Keenum has hardly impressed this season. He has completed 66 percent of his passes and thrown nine touchdowns against just four interceptions, but five of those TDs came in the first two weeks. In Weeks 3 and 4 Keenum turned the ball over six times in six quarters before being benched for Haskins. The rookie did not impress in the second half against the Giants either, throwing three picks, before Colt McCoy was named the starter for Week 5 against New England.

After a loss to the Patriots, the Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden. Once Gruden was gone, the team went back to Keenum, and it sounds like that will be the plan for the foreseeable future. 

At 1-6 and with virtually all playoff hopes eliminated it would not be a surprise if Haskins gets the call after the bye week when the Jets come to FedEx Field. For now, however, that seems like anything but certain. 

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