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OPEN THREAD: Can Niles Paul carry the load?


OPEN THREAD: Can Niles Paul carry the load?

Jordan Reed missed last week's OTA sessions for the Redskins after undergoing knee surgery, and is not expected back for Washington until training camp next month. For in-tune Redskins fans, Reed missing time comes as no surprise. In two seasons with the Redskins, Reed has suited up in 20 out of 32 games. 

Reed has missed time with a variety of ailments - knee, ankle, concussions, hamstrings - the list is long. For a young player at a position that demands physical play, Reed has proven to be hard to count on. Beyond the 12 games in two years he couldn't play, another handful saw Reed exit early after re-aggravating injuries or developing new ones. 

That is not to say Reed lacks talent, in fact, he has lots of it. When healthy Reed can produce like a top-flight tight end. He showed that his rookie year when in back to back weeks he caught 17 balls for more than 200 yards and a TD. Last year, he again showed a glimpse of his talent in a nine catch, 123 yard performance in a late November loss to the Colts.


Nobody questions the talent, but at what point must the Redskins brass consider Reed a liability? Niles Paul lands second on the tight end depth chart, and while he does not have the same talent as Reed, Paul is durable. In four seasons with Washington, Paul has missed just four games, including zero last season. Given the most offensive opportunities of his career, 2014 also marked Paul's best year as a pass catcher. He went for over 500 yards receiving and a touchdown, catching passes from three different QBs.

Paul has size and speed, though not the best hands for a starting tight end. With Reed rehabbing a knee in June and a history of injury trouble, is it time for Redskins coach Jay Gruden to think of Paul as the starter at tight end? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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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.