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Will the Dolphins trade with the Redskins on draft night? A Miami beat writer gives his prediction

Will the Dolphins trade with the Redskins on draft night? A Miami beat writer gives his prediction

If you're a Redskins fan, you're asking yourself three things these days:

1) What is Washington going to do with Trent Williams?

2) What is Washington going to do with the second pick in the draft?

3) When am I going to be allowed out of my house again?

While the first and third questions are certainly important, Dolphins beat writer Safid Deen joined the Redskins Talk podcast to try and help answer that middle one.

To begin the interview, JP Finlay asked Deen if he believes Miami will ultimately decide to do a deal with the Burgundy and Gold and move in behind Cincinnati. Deen doesn't believe so as of now, but he also understands how things change when the much-anticipated event finally arrives.

"If you ask me now, today, 20-something days before the draft, I would say no, they're not going to get desperate," Deen said on Wednesday. "But we all know, as soon as that clock hits, as soon as that clock starts, as soon as the pressure starts rising, we'll see how these Dolphins really respond to any kind of pressure from other teams to move up or move down."

"Conventional wisdom says this team moves up in the draft," he added. "You move up with Detroit or you move up with Washington and you go and get Tua if you really want him."

The Dolphins have long been linked to Tua Tagovailoa, and the Alabama product's recent "overwhelmingly positive" medical tests may be enough to convince them to swoop in and select him. That said, he's not the only passer they're considering.

"[Tua is who] they're all in on, but they've been doing their research," he told Redskins Talk. "Justin Herbert and Jordan Love, those are two guys who have been really examined."

According to Deen, Love, in particular, is someone who's enticing the Dolphins. The Utah State signal-caller offers upside and also possesses the kind of personality that could unite a locker room. 

Now, could their interest really just be "interest" as they attempt to throw other organizations off before ultimately pouncing on Tagovailoa? Of course; this is the NFL, where if you aren't lying, you aren't trying. Deen, however, sees taking a QB other than Tua as a serious possibility.

To close his time on the pod, Deen was pushed to give his prediction for how the first round will unfold for Miami. In his mind, all of the pre-draft chatter won't result in any major movement, as long as teams behind the Dolphins like the Chargers and the Raiders don't get too aggressive, too.

"The Dolphins have to call everybody's bluff here," he said. "I don't think the Dolphins really need to go out of their way to move up."

To see more of Safid Deen's interview with JP Finlay, tune into Mock Draft Monday, a new show that premieres Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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Report: NFL teams must hold training camp at own facilities amid coronavirus pandemic

Report: NFL teams must hold training camp at own facilities amid coronavirus pandemic

If and when training camp begins as scheduled in late July, the Redskins will not be traveling to their usual camp location in Richmond.

The NFL has informed clubs on Tuesday that all training camps will be held at each team's respective facility due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

ESPN's Todd Archer was first to break the news, reporting that the Dallas Cowboys will not be headed to their typical training camp location in Oxnard, California.

Additionally, teams are not allowed to have joint practices during training camp in 2020, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Joint practices have been a common thing over the past few years, as the Redskins held a combined practice with the Jets in 2018 and the Texans in 2015.

Besides the Cowboys, the Panthers, Raiders and Chiefs are among the several NFL teams that hold their annual camp at an offsite location, too. A total of 10 different teams held training camp away from their facilities in 2019.

Washington has held its training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond since 2013. Prior to that, the Redskins had hosted training camp at their Ashburn facilities from 2003-2012.

While the pandemic has prevented all in-person offseason activities, the NFL has yet to determine whether training camp and the regular season will begin as planned. Training camps across the league are expected to open in mid-to-late July.

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One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

No one will look at the Redskins' quarterback situation and call it superb or even settled, but with a slimmer and more experienced Dwayne Haskins positioned as starter and ex-Panthers signal caller Kyle Allen reuniting with his old staff as depth, fans can at least reasonably hope that things will work out under center in 2020.

NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris, though, doesn't envision a positive outcome for Washington's passers this year. During an interview on the Redskins Talk podcast, he explained why.

First, Norris gave his opinion on Allen. When the Burgundy and Gold initially acquired the former Carolina QB, some asserted that Allen would actually beat out Haskins for the top job. Norris, however, flat out doesn't believe Allen has that kind of talent.

"My lowest moment of 2019 was that two-month span where people tried to make Kyle Allen a starter in the NFL," Norris told Redskins Talk. "It was bogus. It was so ridiculous."

"I understand the production was there and he went on some starting streaks and they won some games," he continued. "But he's at best an NFL backup."

In the end, Norris compared Allen to Colt McCoy. Yes, most rosters need someone like McCoy — hell, he just left the area after a six-year run with the franchise and he's now a Giant, so he's clearly valued — but those kinds of guys aren't the ones coaches want running their offenses for more than a few quarters or so.

Now, here's the part where it gets dispiriting: While Norris doesn't think much of Allen — in addition to the McCoy comparison, Norris labeled Allen inaccurate and too susceptible to pocket pressure — he still expects him to start for team in 2020. That stems from Norris also doubting what Haskins will be able to do in his second season as a pro.

"We still don't know who he is," Norris said of the 2019 first-round pick.

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Yes, Haskins improved as a rookie in a situation that was largely a catastrophe, so it's not crazy to conclude he should continue to ascend now that the organization is more settled. Norris himself acknowledged the growth Haskins made.

However, even with that maturation, as well as Norris' positive feelings about Ron Rivera, Scott Turner and many other aspects of Washington's potential turnaround, the analyst still sees a glaring weakness that'll directly affect Haskins and could contribute to a less-than-stellar campaign for No. 7.

"What is possibly the most important part of quarterback success is offensive line play, and I think it's fair to question the Washington Redskins' offensive line right now, especially the left tackle spot," Norris said.

In the end, Norris anticipates Haskins having issues for a certain number of weeks, Allen stepping in after and the Redskins overall being unhappy with their collective output at QB. 

"We've seen NFL storylines repeat themselves," he said. "A [staff] goes to a new organization and brings a quarterback that may not be starting caliber but understands exactly what they want to do and he ultimately ends up starting a handful of games because of that, because they want to stabilize the situation as much as possible."

How stable does that really sound? The answer, of course, is not at all. 

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