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Redskins will still have eyes on inside linebackers in NFL draft after Zach Brown signing

Redskins will still have eyes on inside linebackers in NFL draft after Zach Brown signing

In Mason Foster, Will Compton, and the newly-signed Zach Brown, the Redskins have three inside linebackers still in their 20s with a combined 199 games of NFL experience including 150 starts.

But they are far from set at the position with the NFL draft just a little over three weeks away.

Brown signed a one-year contract while Foster is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed in 2016. Compton is on a restricted free agent tender, a deal he has not yet signed. While he still could end up with a multi-year deal with the Redskins or with another team the most likely scenario at this point seems to be that he will play on the RFA tender this year and then join Brown and Foster as unrestricted free agents in 2018.

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They also have veteran Chris Carter on a one-year deal this year and recent draft picks Martrell Spaight and Steven Daniels in the fold for two and three more years, respectively. Zach Vigil, picked up on waivers late last season, will be a restricted free agent next year. While all those players have some potential to contribute, it is not known if any of them can start or even play a regular role.

Because of this, the Redskins are unlikely to change their draft plans after signing Brown. If they had Reuben Foster, Zach Cunningham and Haason Reddick high on their board last week they should remain there this week. Any mid-round inside backers who were on the board last week likely are still there.

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Regardless of what they do or don’t do at inside linebacker in the draft there will be some serious competition for jobs. Compton, Foster, and Brown are locks. Spaight started a game when Compton was injured last year and he is one the team would like to hold on to. Still, he likely would have to compete Daniels, Carter, and Vigil for one of the two remaining roster spots.

If a draft pick or two is thrown into the mix the Redskins may have to carve out a sixth roster spot at ILB. If they do it won’t be because they need the player this year. The contract situations force them to think about 2018 and beyond.

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Report: Redskins to sign edge rusher Noah Spence after slow start up front

Report: Redskins to sign edge rusher Noah Spence after slow start up front

Through two games the Redskins logged two sacks. The defensive front is supposed to be the strength of this team, and through two games, it hasn't been.

Well, looks like Washington is trying to do something about it. 

A second-round pick in 2016, Spence played three seasons for the Bucs before being waived before cutdown day this August. In three years with the Bucs, he logged 6.5 sacks and started six games, but 5.5 of those sacks came during an impressive rookie season.

Though Spence entered the NFL from Eastern Kentucky, he started his college career at Ohio State after being the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Pennsylvania. He was a big-time recruit but was thrown out of Ohio State and the Big Ten conference after repeated failed drug tests. 

Still just 25-years-old, Spence stands 6-foot-2 and 251 lbs., prototype size for an NFL outside linebacker. He has talent or certainly did. 

It will be interesting to watch what the Redskins corresponding roster move is to sign Spence. The team needs more production from their outside linebackers and their pass rush in general. 

Stay tuned for updates. 

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 3

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 3.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent: vs. Ravens
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 195 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 35.5 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 1

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: vs. Steelers
2019 Stats: 11 Receptions, 108 Receiving YDS, 21.8 PTS, 2019 TE14
Previous Ranking: 2 

TIER 2: High-end TE1's

3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Lions
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 126 Receiving YDS, 27.6 PTS, 2019 TE6
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Evan Engram, New York Giants
Opponent: at Buccaneers
2019 Stats: 17 Receptions, 164 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 39.4 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 4

5. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Chiefs
2019 Stats: 16 Receptions, 220 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 50 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 7

6. Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 9 Receptions, 78 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 28.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: 12

7. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 4 Receptions, 32 Receiving YDS, 5.2 PTS, 2019 TE42
Previous Ranking: 5

8. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 111 Receiving YDS, 24.1 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 8

TIER 4: Low-end TE1's

9. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Vikings
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 133 Receiving YDS, 26.3 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 15

10. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Opponent: at Jaguars
2019 Stats: 9 Receptions, 94 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 30.4 PTS, 2019 TE4
Previous Ranking: 6

11. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: at Seahawks
Previous Ranking: 10

12. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
Previous Ranking NR

TIER 5: High-end TE2s

13. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
Opponent: at Eagles
Previous Ranking: 13

14. Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: vs. Saints
Previous Ranking: NR

15. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
Opponent: vs. Rams
Previous Ranking: 14

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2