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Add another duty to Colt McCoy's resume: Emergency long snapper

Add another duty to Colt McCoy's resume: Emergency long snapper

One of the most decorated athletes in Texas football history, Colt McCoy has a very impressive resume.

While he currently is the backup to Redskins starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, looking around the NFL, it's obvious McCoy could start for other teams in the league.

It's understandable if McCoy wants to get on the field, but playing behind the durable Cousins provides few opportunities.

On Friday, Washington coach Jay Gruden revealed a new way McCoy might get some game action, but nobody expected it to be at long snapper. 

"He's pretty good actually," Gruden said of McCoy's long-snapping ability.

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The Redskins land in this long-snapping quandary due to a back injury to veteran snapper Nick Sundberg. He tweaked his back lifting weights earlier this week, and on Friday, the 'Skins brought in a pair of long snappers to work out in case Sundberg can't go on Sunday night.

But the question arose – what if Sundberg is able to play but reinjures his back during the game? Who would go in then?

That's when Gruden revealed the surprising news about McCoy. The coach explained that the backup quarterback was the best of the players that attempted the long snap.

"He's the best one we got," Gruden said. "Fingers crossed."

The specialists spoke highly of McCoy in the role.

"He's killing it," kicker Dustin Hopkins said Friday.

"I hate to give credit to a Longhorn, but the dude is pretty good," punter – and Oklahoma grad – Tress Way said of the famed University of Texas QB.

Way explained that McCoy is just a natural athlete. No matter what sport he tries his hand, including the ping pong tables in the locker room, McCoy can compete. 

It's important for fans to remember that the likelihood of McCoy having to fire off a long snap is pretty remote. The team will thoroughly check to see if Sundberg can go Sunday night, and if he can't, it's very likely the team would then sign a new long snapper for the Packers game. 

It could happen, but the chances are slim. If it does happen, and McCoy is the team's long snapper, Gruden joked "we'd probably go for it on a lot of fourth downs."

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Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

As NFL training camps open, teams are taking every protective measure to ensure player safety. Extensive testing protocols agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA and daily testing until at least September 5 prove safety is the league's number one priority.

But in order for the NFL's plans to work, players have to do their part

On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks cut rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero. Siverand and the woman, who was wearing Seattle gear in an attempt to disguise herself as a Seahawks player, were both caught on camera.

The Seahawks' quick action shows how serious teams are handling COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Pete Carroll is sending a clear message that actions that put the entire team at risk will not be tolerated.  

Fans got a glimpse of what the NFL's safety protocols were like during Hard Knocks this week. The quick decision to cut Siverand shows that irresponsible action won't be tolerated as the NFL season approaches.

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

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Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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