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While Dwayne Haskins' first Madden rating is fair, Montez Sweat's feels too low

While Dwayne Haskins' first Madden rating is fair, Montez Sweat's feels too low

The Dwayne Haskins news you've all been dying to hear about is finally out. Yes, the wait is over. What you've been wondering about ever since he was drafted in April is, at last, official.

The rookie quarterback's first rating in Madden is a 72. That's one point lower than Kyler Murray's 73.

Digging deeper, Haskins' throw power checks in at an 89, a high number but one that seems deserved after seeing him uncork a few fastballs during OTAs and minicamp sessions in Ashburn. His short, middle and deep accuracy, meanwhile, are 85, 80 and 81 respectively.

Haskins, however, isn't the Redskins' highest-rated rookie. That distinction belongs to the team's other first-rounder, Montez Sweat, who earned a 73 overall from the popular video game. For someone as productive in college and as freakish as Sweat, though, that grade feels a bit disrespectful. 

Much like how it appears much of the NFL overlooked the edge rusher in the draft — whether it's because of his heart condition or some other concern — Madden might be as well. Sure, in these cases it's only a matter of a point or two too low, but a guy who put up double-digit sacks in back-to-back years in the SEC should be looked at the same as other defenders like Dexter Lawrence, Jeffrey Simmons, Brian Burns and Clelin Ferrell. 

But before this story gets too bogged down in reacting to one rating of someone who's still a few months away from making his debut, let's react to additional ratings of people who are still a few months away from making their debuts:

  • Washington's third highest-rated draft pick may surprise you. It's not Terry McLaurin (who's a 70), Kelvin Harmon (who's a 67) or either of the offensive linemen. It's Bryce Love, whom Madden assigned a 71. Love's first campaign in the league may be delayed by a stint on the PUP list, but obviously, the game expects a lot from him whenever he does return.

 

  • McLaurin is the fastest new Redskin, according to EA Sports. His speed is a 93. Love is second at 92, and Sweat — yeah, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound outside linebacker — is third with a 91. That's equal to Murray's speed, by the way, and faster than plenty of high-profile wideouts and running backs.

 

  • One of the more fun parts of sorting through all of these numbers is checking out the completely random ones given to guys in skill areas that totally don't relate to their position. For example, if you're wondering how devastating Wes Martin's juke move is, the answer is not devastating (just a 10). Jimmy Moreland is a 25 as a pass blocker, so don't look for him to replace Trent Williams. And Cole Holcomb is only an 18 when it comes to his kick power, so if Dustin Hopkins goes down, Jay Gruden will need to look elsewhere for an in-game sub.

 

  • Lastly, while Haskins is in the low-70s as of now, he plans on boosting that quite a bit by the time 2020 rolls around:

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Derrius Guice shares workout video amid reports swirling about his health

Derrius Guice shares workout video amid reports swirling about his health

Many Redskins' fans became increasingly worried over the weekend about the health of running back Derrius Guice after a report came out that he suffered a hamstring injury during his rehab process from an ACL injury he suffered last August.

The report questioned Guice's availability for the start of Redskins' training camp, which begins on July 25.

In response to the report, Guice tweeted: "I don’t listen to the noise. I know what’s going on with me." He has since deleted his Twitter account.

But Guice is still an active user on Snapchat, and took to the platform on Monday to share footage of himself working out. The second-year running back shared video taken of him performing a number of drills, many of which required him to change direction quickly and test his hamstring, as well as his knee.

Guice even captioned one of the videos "Hamstring who," with several eyes emojis attached to the caption. Based on his caption, Guice does not appear to seem concerned that this latest report will affect his status for the upcoming season.

Prior to his ACL injury last August, Guice showed plenty of promise during training camp and the preseason. 

At this point, Redskins fans just want Guice to be healthy and ready for Week 1 and showcase the talent that earned him an All-SEC honor at LSU.

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Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott has said privately he will hold out from training camp, per report

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Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott has said privately he will hold out from training camp, per report

Since entering the NFL in 2016, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has established himself as one of the elite rushers in the NFL.

Now, he wants to be paid like it.

Elliott, who has two years remaining on his rookie deal, has privately said he plans on holding out from training camp until he receives a new deal, per ProFootballTalk.

Slated to make just $3.5 million in 2019, Elliott is one of the most underpaid players in all of football. He's set to make $9.09 million in 2020, the final year of his rookie deal.

Dallas has put off extension talks with Elliott simply because he's still under contract for two more seasons, per the report.

Quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are both free agents after the season, and the Cowboys would like to keep both at all costs, ProFootballTalk said. Additionally, Dallas just signed defensive end Demarcus Lawrence to a five-year, $105 million contract extension this offseason.

Should he not receive a contract extension, Elliott could face a situation similar to what Demarco Murray had with the Cowboys in 2014. Murray set a franchise record for most rushing yards in a season, yet Dallas still chose to let him walk in free agency.

Elliott's not the only star running back threatening to holdout this offseason. Los Angeles Chargers' Melvin Gordon has publicly stated he will skip training camp until he gets a new deal and is not afraid to miss regular-season games, similar to what Le'Veon Bell did last year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Since entering the NFL in 2016, Elliott has led the NFL in rushing twice. His 4,048 total rushing yards over the past three seasons are the most in the NFL, and he has over 600 more rushing yards than Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley, the next most rushing yards over that span.

Whether he actually holds out or whether the Cowboys turn their attention to extending their star running back will be seen in the coming weeks.

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