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Reacting to Madden's ratings of the Redskins

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Reacting to Madden's ratings of the Redskins

Are you ready, world? Are you really, truly ready?

We're only six days away from the release of Madden '16; yes, there's less than a week left of waiting for the next edition of the always popular video game that will surely have the most realistic graphics and force us to miss far more important engagements and activities because of its addicting nature.

And just last week, EASports.com released the full team-by-team, player-by-player ratings -- ratings that will surely set off debates and provoke reactions amongst the game's players and football fans everywhere. Just like this one, in fact.

After viewing Madden's rankings of the Redskins, we've compiled a list of the most notable numbers that stuck out to us. Here it is:

  • Robert Griffin III's "I feel like I'm the best quarterback in the league" comments have created quite the buzz around the football world the past few days (how's that for an understatement?). But while he clearly has some work to do to become the league's best signal caller, according to EA Sports, he is at least the best on his own team: RG3 checks in with a 78 overall rating; Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, meanwhile, are both 73's. 
  • The top Redskin is Ryan Kerrigan, whose overall rating is just one point below his jersey number. DeSean Jackson is the second best Redskin in the eyes of Madden's creators -- the speedy receiver is an 88. Terrance Knighton (88), Jason Hatcher (87) and Trent Williams (87) round out the top 5 (anyone else think that the 87 assigned to Williams is far too low?).
  • The two most unexpected rankings probably belong to Darrel Young (87) and Kory Lichtensteiger (86); Young because he gets so few touches at the fullback position and doesn't seem to be valued much by national analysts, and Lichtensteiger because he's never mentioned among football's best centers. Users who play with the Redskins on the virtual field won't be complaining about the high numbers, though. 
  • Punter Tress Way's 85 rating is something that will have other specialists around the NFL pumping their fist (or maybe their legs); that's quite a distinction passed on to the second-year player by Madden's evaluators. 
  • Rookie Brandon Scherff is an 80, making him the third highest touted rookie in the game. Interestingly enough, he's still listed as a tackle by EA Sports despite what looks like to be a permanent move to guard. 
  • Duke Ihenacho and Jeron Johnson are both 76's, meaning if Jay Gruden and Joe Barry were looking to break the tie in the competition for starting strong safety using Madden's rankings, they're out of luck.
  • Bashaud Breeland is a 72; that feels low for a second-year corner who made as many plays as he did in 2014.
  • The two guys who look like they could make the biggest jump when these ratings are updated next are running back Matt Jones and wide receiver Jamison Crowder; the two rookies have flashed often in camp and should both have a large impact on the offense come Week 1.
  • The lowest rated Redskin -- a.k.a. the anti-Ryan Kerrigan -- is long snapper Nick Sundberg. He already took issue with us when we ranked him low compared to his teammates, so will he reach out to Madden, too?

Here is the full list of all the Washington players that the site leaked rankings for (courtesy of Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda).

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Don't believe dumb Twitter rumors about the Redskins started by fake accounts

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Don't believe dumb Twitter rumors about the Redskins started by fake accounts

Don’t believe dumb internet rumors. Start there. 

Sunday night some fake Twitter accounts tweeted that a trade between the Redskins and Lions was very close, a deal that would ship productive WR Marvin Jones from Detroit to Washington in exchange for unproductive former first-round pick WR Josh Doctson.

What is to believe here? Next to nothing.

Jones is under Lions control for two more seasons and makes about $7 million a year. That’s tremendous value for somebody that posted 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns two seasons ago. Doctson has exactly 1,100 yards in his three-year NFL career. 

There is some speculation that Jones could be on the outs in Detroit, mostly because of the hard charging style of head coach Matt Patricia. Jones also missed half of last season with a knee injury and is still working his way back, missing all of Detroit's offseason work.

Even if Jones is on the outs with Patricia, and there are worries about the knee, he would command more in a trade than Doctson, who only has one year left on his contract. 

This is from Detroit Free Press Lions reporter Dave Birkett's mailbag last week: "Jones has two years left on his contract at very reasonable salaries of $6.5 million per season. The Lions would be foolish to move on from him right now. He provides more than most players at his salary, and it’s not like there are suitable replacements out there. Jones spent all spring working with the rehab group and I expect him to have a strong season this fall. I can’t imagine the Lions moving on from him at this point, unless we hit October and they’re struggling to keep their head above water. If that happens, all bets are off."

This also seems like a pertinent time to mention that Washington team president Bruce Allen spent last week in France. 

Allen makes the trades for the Redskins. Allen is the boss. He was out of the country last week, and probably not fielding trade phone calls from Cannes. 

To be fair, there have been conversations inside Redskins Park about moving Doctson for more than a year, including in the weeks leading up to the trading deadline last season. He hasn't been moved, however, and his trade value is probably at an all-time low after Washington decided not to exercise a fifth-year team option on his contract earlier this offseason. 

Could Marvin Jones help the Redskins' receiving group? Absolutely. 

But a trade requires much more than that. 

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9 movies Redskins fans should watch to get ready for the 2019 NFL season

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9 movies Redskins fans should watch to get ready for the 2019 NFL season

Redskins training camp doesn't begin until July 25, so you've got some time and need some football content in your life to hold you over.

Luckily, there are plenty of football movies out there, just waiting for you to watch them. But which ones should top your queue?

Here are nine of the best football films you need to throw on, both because they're entertaining and because they'll get you fired up for the 2019 Redskins season.

Friday Night Lights

If you ever find one of these lists and it doesn't include Friday Night Lights, never visit that website again. The game action in this is truly fantastic and just what you need if you're having trouble waiting to see Landon Collins destroy an opposing receiver.

The Replacements

It's not going to be the most amazing piece of cinema you've ever seen, but it offers a chance to see Keanu Reeves do something other than play John Wick, and is loosely based on the Redskins' scabs who came up clutch in the 1987 campaign.

Jerry Maguire

So this one doesn't involve much on-field play. However, it's still a quality drama and features some stellar performances. Plus, one of its signature lines — "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" — might be what Trent Williams is telling the Burgundy and Gold these days, too.

Remember the Titans

Look, it's not the most complex or surprising movie. But Denzel Washington is compelling as usual, it covers an important issue and the cast has some enjoyable chemistry. 

Any Given Sunday

Did this need to be almost as long as a regular season contest? No. With that being said, the cast is loaded as are the cameos, and of course, Al Pacino's speech is a smash hit. 

The Blind Side

The Blind Side has a little bit of everything, from comedy to drama to some tear-jerking moments. Sandra Bullock leads you through it all by turning in a heck of a few hours portraying Leigh Anne Tuohy, and she later won an Academy Award because of her work.

Invincible

Yes, Washington supporters will have to stomach seeing a lot of Eagles uniforms, yet this movie about Vince Papale miraculously making Philadelphia's roster is worth it. And you can follow it up with It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Invincible-inspired episode.

Undefeated

You may not know this one, but you should. It's documentary-style and follows a high school football team in Memphis as they try to navigate the ups and downs of a season and of their academic and personal lives. It's superb. 

Draft Day

It's flawed in places, but Draft Day is better than many think it is. Also, it'll allow you to reflect on what looks like a very promising 2019 Redskins draft class, an activity that'll always be fun.

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