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With uncertainty around Trent Williams, PFF ranks Redskins OL No. 14 entering 2019

With uncertainty around Trent Williams, PFF ranks Redskins OL No. 14 entering 2019

Training camp is only a few weeks away, and Pro Football Focus has been rolling out their preseason position group rankings entering 2019.

On Tuesday, PFF announced their offensive line rankings, and the Redskins, who have one of the best offensive line units in the NFL when at full health, were ranked a lot lower than expected.

The Redskins came in at No. 14, barely cracking the top half of the league. Their two biggest rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, were ranked at the No. 2 and No. 1 spots, respectively. 

As for why the Redskins were ranked so low, PFF cited the high volume of injuries the team has endured over the past couple seasons.

"When everyone is healthy, this line has all the potential to be a top-10, even a top-five, unit," the PFF analysis team wrote.

But the problem is this unit has been unable to do just that. A season ago, nine different offensive lineman played at least 200 snaps for the Redskins, according to PFF. Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff missed eight games in 2018 because of a torn pectoral muscle. Left tackle Trent Williams missed three games a season ago, and when he played, he wasn't nearly 100 percent healthy. Left guard was a revolving door for the Redskins after Shawn Lauvao tore his ACL.

The Redskins are projected to enter 2019 with four of the same five offensive line Week 1 starters (Williams, Moses, Scherff, and center Chase Roullier) from a season ago, with former New York Giants first-round pick Ereck Flowers expected to start at left guard.

But first, they need everyone to show up. Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, skipped Redskins mandatory minicamp last month, and the Redskins are unsure if his holdout will extend into training camp, which begins July 25.

At first, reports came out that Williams wanted a contract extension. The seven-time Pro Bowler has two years left on his current contract, but is very worthy of a raise, especially with the offensive line market skyrocketing over the past two seasons.

Williams was reportedly unhappy on multiple fronts and "vowed" to never play for the organization again.

For a unit that has dealt with more offensive lineman injuries than any other team in the NFL, a holdout from their star left tackle is the last thing Washington needs.

PFF surely took Williams' unhappiness with the Redskins organization when ranking the unit entering 2019.

"The star offensive tackle is still, very publicly, unhappy," they wrote.

Despite his public unhappiness, Williams has been excellent in between the white lines. He's allowed just one sack over the past two seasons and has been PFF's highest graded Redskins player on offense the last three years and five of the last six seasons.

Should Williams return and the Redskins offensive line avoid any major injuries, this unit is almost certain to finish the 2019 season higher than their preseason ranking.

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.

The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property. 

According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills. 

Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."

In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.

"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.

"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."

Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.

Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season. 

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Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts. 

He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf. 

After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years. 

Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks. 

If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.

Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit. 

To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.

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