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Two NFC East teams make list of NFL's 'most combustible' and the Redskins aren't one of them

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Two NFC East teams make list of NFL's 'most combustible' and the Redskins aren't one of them

The Redskins haven't made the playoffs since 2015 and feature a head coach who is in a very precarious position. Sounds like a somewhat flammable situation, right?

While it does, one Sports Illustrated writer believes some of Washington's rivals are in more explosive spots. In his list of the NFL's five "most combustible" teams, Conor Orr included two NFC East squads but not the Burgundy and Gold.

Instead, Orr sees the Cowboys and Giants as "tiptoeing over dangerous waters" more than the Redskins.

"If a roster with young, increasingly expensive wide receivers, running backs, quarterbacks, linebackers and cornerbacks doesn’t perform, there will be changes," Orr wrote about the Cowboys in the MMQB post.

As for the Giants, he said, "There’s going to be a mad rush to not only finalize Eli Manning’s career, but elevate Saquon Barkley’s while he’s still in his (much earlier and much shorter) prime."

The other three franchises who made the list were the Jets, Raiders and Browns.

In searching for teams to include, Orr is defining "combustible" organizations as ones with rosters that are on the verge of massive changes if 2019 doesn't work out. As mentioned earlier, another postseason-less campaign would put a lot of pressure on the front office to find better players and likely end Jay Gruden's tenure, but a lot of key pieces for the Redskins' future do feel set.

Under center, Dwayne Haskins is going to be around for a long time, and anytime your potential long-term QB is in the building at a cheap rate, things won't feel too "combustible." Elsewhere on the offense, Derrius Guice will hopefully emerge as a star running back for at least the next few years, and while the receivers are unproven, most of them are very young. A solid core might be forming at the point-production positions. 

Sure, the Trent Williams situation feels like it could drastically change things up front, but if that gets solved, four out of five offensive lineman starters will be back in 2019. Williams is the only one past 28 years old, too.

As for the defense, the D-line is loaded and still mostly a few years away from needing those pricey second deals. Washington's two edge rushers, Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat, are signed through 2020 and 2022, respectively.  

While linebacker could use more talent, it's not like there are any enormous names or contracts there that would cause any large ripple effects elsewhere should they be kept or released. In the secondary, the main question surrounds Josh Norman and how much longer he'll be around. Landon Collins, of course, will be a fixture and the other spots have some at least viable options for down the road.

Orr chose franchises coming off major spending sprees (like the Jets and Raiders), franchises who are looking to compete deep into the playoffs (the Browns and Cowboys) and a franchise that's about to end a decade and a half long era and welcome in a new one (the Giants).

Yes, the Redskins have elements of the first and third groups and would certainly like to be a part of the second. But since they're locked in to much of their roster because they're happy to be or, quite frankly, don't have the financial flexibility not to be, maybe things aren't as combustible as you'd originally think. 

With that being said, this is the NFL. When this list is revisited 12 months from now, Washington very well could be a part of it.    


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Redskins Charitable Foundation donates over 2,500 food baskets at annual Harvest Feast

Redskins Charitable Foundation donates over 2,500 food baskets at annual Harvest Feast

The combination of frigid temperatures and the Redskins' scheduled off-day did not stop a few members of the Burgundy and Gold from giving back to the local Prince George's County community on Tuesday.

Linebacker Jon Bostic and offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom highlighted a handful of Washington players who participated in the Redskins Charitable Foundation's 17th annual Harvest Feast, an event designed to give back to the local community around Thanksgiving time.

Bostic and Bergstrom helped lead an effort with over 200 volunteers to put together 2,500 Thanksgiving food baskets that will be distributed to Prince George's County families in need on the holiday. Baskets include full turkeys and several side dishes for these families to get the full Thanksgiving experience.

As to why he chose to spend his little free time helping in the community, Bergstrom's answer was easy.

"This time of year, it’s all about giving thanks and being grateful," Bergstrom said. "We’re so grateful for a community that’s supported us through everything. So coming here and being able to be a part of their Thanksgiving, it’s awesome. Anything you can do to help."

In just a few hours, over 90,000 pounds of food and 30,000 pounds of turkey were packaged and ready to be sent out to those families.

Seeing young children volunteer at the event really stuck with Bostic, and that was one of the main reasons he wanted to give back.

"You see kids out here, I’ve been in places just like them," Bostic said. "Now, where I’m at, anytime I can help somebody else get to where I’m at, or give them some type of encouragement, I’m always up for that."

Both Bergstrom and Bostic have fond memories from Thanksgiving growing up and want families in their local community to experience something similar to what made their Thanksgivings so special.

“Every Thanksgiving, we’d go to my grandmother’s house and our whole family would be there," Bostic said. "You had people coming from all over, so I know how much I cherish family. So to be able to help them, get the family together, sit down and watch football, have a good time and enjoy each other, what more could you ask for?”

“Oh, man, it’s awesome. Football and Thanksgiving go together," Bergstrom said. "I grew up in Utah, but I was a Lions fan because of Thanksgiving. I probably couldn’t tell you a single guy on their team before that. Just being able to be a part of [these families] Thanksgiving is awesome. We’re making some Redskins fans for life.”

Several of the volunteers posed for pictures with the players and continuously thanked both Bostic and Bergstrom for coming out and giving back.

"Anytime you can put a smile on somebody’s face and better their day, that’s what we do it for," Bostic said.


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Adrian Peterson is not worried about splitting time with Derrius Guice, and there's one main reason why

Adrian Peterson is not worried about splitting time with Derrius Guice, and there's one main reason why

Entering the 2019 season, how the Redskins planned to split their rushing attack between veteran Adrian Peterson and second-year back Derrius Guice was sort of a mystery. Peterson was coming off a 1,000-yard season and proved he still has plenty in the tank, while Guice was in the final stages of his recovery from a torn ACL he suffered in August of 2018. 

But just hours prior to the Redskins Week 1 contest in Philadelphia, then-head coach Jay Gruden decided to make Peterson a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. The move did not sit well with Peterson and many of his veteran teammates. Guice injured his right meniscus in the loss and landed on Injured Reserve, forcing Gruden to activate Peterson the following week.

Peterson has been the Redskins lead running back since Guice's injury, but his production has greatly increased since interim head coach Bill Callahan took over in Week 6.

It's been nine weeks since Guice's injury, and he's healthy again and ready to play. For the first time in the 2019 season, both Peterson and Guice will be active when the Redskins host the Jets on Sunday.

So, will Peterson and Guice be the lead back going forward? While Peterson knows his role will slightly change, he's not worried about it. Why is that?

Well, there's one main reason: Jay Gruden is no longer the team's head coach.

"Yeah, coach Gruden was here," Peterson said. "He's no longer here, so it's a different scenario."

Peterson smiled a little while giving his response, but his message was clear. The 34-year-old was not pleased with his usage under Gruden in 2019.

While there seems to be a strained relationship between Peterson and his old head coach, there's no bad blood between Peterson and Guice. The veteran had to hold back tears after finding out about Guice's injury earlier in the season, and is looking forward to seeing what the duo can do in the coming weeks.

"It's going to be exciting. We were kind of just talking about it today as we were walking off the field," Peterson said on the duo. "Just having a guy, when you come out, you can kind of relax, because the guy that's in there is going to get the job done. It's going to be interesting to see how things go."

How Callahan determines the split between the two has yet to be determined, but both Peterson and Guice will have to be on their 'A' game on Sunday; only the Buccaneers allow less rushing yards per game than the Jets.