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3 reasons why Redskins pick of Samaje Perine makes sense

3 reasons why Redskins pick of Samaje Perine makes sense

For the first three rounds of the NFL Draft the Redskins went exclusively with defense. The moves made sense, as the team needed to rebuild an aging defensive line and bolster the talent on that side of the ball.

With their first pick in the fourth round, however, the Redskins moved to the offensive side of the ball and selected Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine.

If the name sounds familiar, it should. As a freshman with the Sooners, Perine broke an NCAA record by rushing for 427 yards in a win over Kansas. He had more than 1,700 yards that year to go with 21 touchdowns. His stats slid from there, and his junior year he shared carries with controversial third round pick Joe Mixon.

There is plenty for Redskins fans to like about Perine. 

  1. Strength - Perine is a strong inside runner. He prefers to keep his runs inside the tackles, taking on defenders rather than evading them. At the NFL Combine, Perine bench pressed 225 lbs. 30 times, 2017's top performer of all running backs.
  2. Over the line - In three seasons Perine showed a knack for getting into the end zone, scoring 49 touchdowns. Washington struggled getting touchdowns inside the red zone in 2016, Perine should help at the goal line.
  3. Teamwork - Jay Gruden has been very clear that Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson will remain big parts of the Redskins 2017 rush attack. Perine is not a player to change that plan; he will be a complementary piece. More importantly, as a fourth round pick that worked in a timeshare in 2016 with the Sooners, Perine will be comfortable working in and out of the offense. 

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Report: NFL proposed a potential 35% pay cut for players to offset losses from coronavirus pandemic

Report: NFL proposed a potential 35% pay cut for players to offset losses from coronavirus pandemic

The NFL is doing whatever it can to limit the potential financial losses for the 2020 season, which will be directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The league has proposed that 35% of each player's salary is held as a way to eschew costs for the lost revenue the league may face due to the pandemic, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero,

As expected, the idea did not sit well with many of the league's players.

Several players across the NFL, such as Saints star wideout Michael Thomas and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, laughed at the idea on Twitter.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents numerous clients across the league, called the proposal an "absurd ask by the NFL."

Detroit Lions cornerback Jamal Agnew simply said, "no thank you."

A labor war in the NFL could begin just days after Major League Baseball and its players association ended an ugly fight with a commissioner-imposed 60-game season. The NFL will hope to avoid any type of back-and-forth the MLB underwent this summer, which ultimately cost the league numerous games in 2020.

RELATED: NFLPA VOTES TO CUT PRESEASON GAMES FOR 2020

Even if players' salaries are not ultimately held and business goes on as usual, the NFL will look significantly different this fall.

It's still uncertain whether fans will be allowed to attend games, and the league has already announced that the first six to eight rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Additionally, the preseason has already been reduced to two games, with the potential of it being canceled altogether.

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Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

On Tuesday, Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter penned a letter questioning if the NFL is truly prioritizing player safety in its return to work plan, which is expected to begin with training camp at the end of the month.

Hours later, Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Maryland Terrapin standout Stefon Diggs voiced similar concerns on Twitter, stating "I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable starting back up."

Earlier in the day, he tweeted that he missed football and that he loves the sport.

If and when the NFL does resume this fall, games will be played without fans in some stadiums. Diggs mentioned that it would be "weird" to play in front of an empty stadium, something he's never done before at any level of football.

Even if there are fans at NFL games this fall, they will be away from the playing field. The league has already announced that the first 6-8 rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, those sections will be covered with advertisements, similarly to how the Premier League has done during its restart.

Training camp is set to being on July 28, around the same time both the MLB and NBA will begin/resume their respective seasons. With live-action just a few weeks away, we've seen multiple players across both sports opt-out from playing, including Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans.

As the NFL season begins to get closer, it's likely only a matter of time before a few players opt-out, too.

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