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Virginia governor suggests D.C. in play for new Redskins stadium

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Virginia governor suggests D.C. in play for new Redskins stadium

The notion of the Virginia Governor suggesting a new Redskins stadium lands in D.C. seemed preposterous a year ago. Now, however, that may no longer be the case.

"I would just say this: I would not take D.C. off the table. Let me leave it at that," Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday on Richmond radio station WRVA.

Since Redskins owner Dan Snyder suggested last summer he may be looking for a new stadium for his team when the current lease expires at FedEx Field in 2027, the debate instantly came to a new location. Currently the team plays in Landover, Md., and many fans would like to see the team move back into D.C. proper, particularly the old R.F.K. Stadium site. Politics and controversy surrounding the team name made an RFK reunion seem like a long-shot, though recent developments between D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Snyder seem like positive steps have been made. With bipartisan support of the team and its name, Virginia had seemed a frontrunner for a new stadium to some. 

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Asked if the Redskins would eventually land with a stadium in Virginia, McAuliffe was vague: "I don't know that it will work at the end of the day. Maybe D.C."

McAuliffe's comments come as a surprise for folks that have followed the possible stadium process closely, especially as the controversy surrounding the team's name remains. WRVA host Jimmy Barrett said to the governor he thought the Redskins return to RFK was off the table because of the name, and McAuliffe made clear he was not sure that to be the case. 

The governor has aggressively pursued a new Redskins stadium, which would entrench the franchise as Virginia's team as the Redskins are headquartered in Ashburn and hold training camp in Richmond. But the governor made clear a stadium deal would need to make economic sense, and until he can look at the Redskins financial data, he can't be sure.

"There's no deal that's a marquee trophy deal," McAuliffe said. "There's no deal you have to have. Now we chase every deal very aggressively, but then we get down to the numbers and we may have to walk away."

Despite the focus on the money, the governor made clear he wants the team in Virginia.

"Would I love the Redskins to move to Virginia? Sure I would," he said. "Does it make economic sense for us? I can't answer that question sitting on the radio today. We're not at that stage."

Negotiations and meetings will continue between Virginia and the Redskins. 

"We have shown sites. I spoke to one of the owners yesterday on the phone to set up a meeting for myself coming up while they’re down here. I'm on it, but we will see what happens."

McAuliffe reiterated: "No deals you have to have."

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.

Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).  

—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen

—The team’s leading rusher from 2016

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

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10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.

Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver. 

The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it. 

The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago. 

Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season. 

Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks. 

Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.

No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl. 

Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd. 

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