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The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th best play of 2016, fake punt edition

The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th best play of 2016, fake punt edition

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and at the 10 worst.

No. 9 best play of 2016

Redskins at Giants Week 3

3:33 left in Q3, Redskins ball 4th and 12 at their own 48, Redskins trailing 24-23

Tress Way pass deep left to Quinton Dunbar to NYG 21 for 31 yards (Dwayne Harris).

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Tandler: The first thing you have to like here is Gruden’s guts in going for it in that situation. The field position was good but they had 12 yards to go. Way took a step like he was going to punt and launched a pass deep down the left side near the sideline. The throw was accurate for a punter’s attempt but the Giants’ Trevin Wade was right with Dunbar. The former receiver turned back inside and made a nice catch while falling to the ground. The Redskins’ drive continued and on the first play of the fourth quarter Dustin Hopkins’ field goal put the Redskins ahead to stay.

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Finlay: Few plays make the entire press box react, but this fake punt did just that. The down and distance, and the 'Skins situation in the early season, combined with the laser of a pass thrown by Tress Way, proved to be a key turning point in the game. Winning in New York was imperative; the 'Skins had already dropped to 0-2 on the year and could not afford to go to 0-3. Beating the Giants launched Washington on a four-game win streak, and it would not have been possible without Way's pass or a really great catch from Dunbar. Remember, Dunbar also had an interception in that game, quite the effort for the second-year wideout turned cornerback. 

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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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