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What does the Gruden extension mean for Kirk Cousins’ future with the Redskins?

What does the Gruden extension mean for Kirk Cousins’ future with the Redskins?

The Redskins have agreed to an extension for Jay Gruden, a deal that keeps him under contract through the 2020 season. That leaves the Redskins with one important deal done and another, perhaps more important contract yet to be done.

The still-unsettled situation is Kirk Cousins’ long-term deal. He’s under team control for 2017 under the franchise tag. Beyond that, his future in Washington is very much up in the air. But might extending Gruden help persuade Cousins to stay in Washington?

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Perhaps it will. While Cousins generally has been non-committal when asked if he would like to stay in Washington in the long term, he gave a hint as to how much he values continuity when asked about a situational football in December.

The longer we play together as a unit – and when I’m talking about we, I mean from Jay to Sean [McVay] to myself to Chris Thompson to Trent Williams to Pierre [Garçon] – the longer we play together, the more you can become situational masters and be very good in situational football like that situation at the end of the game, where we all know, ‘We’ve been here before, hey, let’s handle this the best way possible and be a mature football team.’

McVay, the offensive coordinator for the previous three seasons, is now gone, having moved up to become the head coach of the Rams. McVay was replace by former quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh, who has been Cousins’ position coach ever since he took the starting job. That’s a very smooth transition.  

Wide receiver Garçon is a free agent and he may or may not return. But left tackle Williams is under contract through the 2020 season and Thompson, a restricted free agent, is likely to return. Although DeSean Jackson appears to be likely to depart, Jamison Crowder is under contract for two more years. Tight end Jordan Reed, another key weapon, is signed through 2021. While you can’t have perfect continuity in the NFL, with Gruden now under contract for four more years the Redskins are doing a pretty good job of maintaining at least some semblance of stability.

Cousins has now been with the organization for five years with three years under Gruden including two seasons as the starter. He will turn 29 during training camp. The possibility of playing into his 30’s with the same head coach in the same offense likely has some appeal to Cousins.

That being said, the Gruden extension does not ensure that Cousins will stay. The money has to be right and at last report there was a good deal of ground between the two sides in the negotiation.

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And Cousins’ camp knows that a Gruden extension doesn’t mean that the coach will be around through 2020. Paying off a couple of years of a coach’s salary isn’t much of an impediment if Dan Snyder wants to make a change in the future. The same applies to almost any NFL owner. We saw the ultimate in that last year when the Rams’ Jeff Fisher was given a contract extension that started in 2017 in the summer and then he was fired before he worked a day under it.

Then there is the lack of stability in the front office. The future of GM Scot McCloughan is very cloudy after he missed the combine for personal reasons. Where that leaves the authority in the draft, free agency, and other key roster decisions is not at all certain. It’s not exactly the atmosphere for Cousins if he craves long-term stability.

But there are no perfect situations in the NFL. Usually, when a team needs a quarterback there are plenty of other issues in the organization. The Gruden extension could be a factor that persuades Cousins to stay but it’s far from being a deal clincher.

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 8

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 8

Week 7 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 8.

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8

TIER 1: RB1's

1. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings   
Opponent: vs. Redskins 
2019 Stats: 725 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 220 Receiving YDS, 164.5 PTS, 2019 RB2 
Previous Ranking: 3   

2. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers   
Opponent: at 49ers 
2019 Stats: Rushing YDS, Rushing TD, Receptions, Receiving YDS, PTS, 2019 RB 
Previous Ranking: Bye 

3. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants  
Opponent: at Lions 
2019 Stats: 309 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 82 Receiving YDS, 65.1 PTS 2019 RB30 
Previous Ranking: 4   

4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: at Saints  
2019 Stats: 300 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 30 Receptions, 315 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 121.5 PTS, 2019 RB8 
Previous Ranking: 1 
  
5. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers   
Opponent: vs. Dolphins 
2019 Stats: 235 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 231 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 100.6 PTS, 2019 RB14
Previous Ranking: Bye 

6. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks   
Opponent: at Falcons 
2019 Stats: 569 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 22 Receptions, 149 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 111.8 PTS, 2019 RB9 
Previous Ranking: 10   

7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars   
Opponent: vs. Jets   
2019 Stats: 715 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 123.8 PTS, 2019 RB7 
Previous Ranking: 7    

TIER 2: High-end RB2's   

8. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints 
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 373 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 33 Receptions, 276 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: Out 

9. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: vs. Texans 
2019 Stats: 554 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 9 Receptions, 87 Receiving YDS, 97.1 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 13 

10. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Broncos 
2019 Stats: 514 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 10 Receptions, 54 Receiving YDS, 80.8 PTS, 2019 RB20 
Previous Ranking: 6 

11. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans   
Opponent: vs. Buccaneers 
2019 Stats: 506 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 7 Receptions, 120 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 105.6 PTS, 2019 RB12
Previous Ranking: 9 

12. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 311 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 15 Receptions, 81 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 88.2 PTS, 2019 RB18 
Previous Ranking: 12 

13. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns 
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 607 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 128 Receiving YDS, 127.5 PTS, 2019 RB6 
Previous Ranking: Bye 

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's

14. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers   
Opponent: at Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 399 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 27 Receptions, 196 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 138.5 PTS, 2019 RB4
Previous Ranking: 5   

15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons   
Opponent: vs. Seahawks 
2019 Stats: 294 Rushing YDS, 27 Receptions, 209 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 93.3 PTS, 2019 RB16 
Previous Ranking: 15  

16. Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 83 Rushing YDS, 8 Receptions, 35 Receiving YDS, 19.8 PTS, 2019 RB72
Previous Ranking: NR

17. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 248 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 49 Receptions, 488 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 160.6 PTS, 2019 RB3 
Previous Ranking: 23  

18. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets   
Opponent: at Jaguars 
2019 Stats: 326 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 29 Receptions, 175 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 91.1 PTS, 2019 RB17 
Previous Ranking: 16   

19. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 81 Rushing YDS, 9 Receptions, 34 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 24.5 PTS, 2019 RB66  
Previous Ranking: 18   

20. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos   
Opponent: at Colts  
2019 Stats: 433 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 143 Receiving YDS, 101.6 PTS, 2019 RB13  
Previous Ranking: 22   

21. James White, New England Patriots   
Opponent: vs. Browns 
2019 Stats: 62 Rushing YDS, 38 Receptions, 283 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.5 PTS, 2019 RB23 
Previous Ranking: 20 

22. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers   
Opponent: vs. Panthers 
2019 Stats: 411 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 74 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 71.5 PTS, 2019 RB26 
Previous Ranking: 21   

23. Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans 
Opponent: vs. Raiders 
2019 Stats: 461 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 22 Receiving YDS, 70.3 PTS, 2019 RB27 
Previous Ranking: 19 

24. Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers 
Opponent: vs. Panthers 
2019 Stats: 227 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 48 Receiving YDS, 45.5 PTS, 2019 RB42 
Previous Ranking:  11 

25. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles   
Opponent: at Bills 
2019 Stats: 220 Rushing YDS, 16 Receptions, 230 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 65 PTS, 2019 RB31 
Previous Ranking: 25   

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8

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Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 8

Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 8

Week 7 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top wide receivers for Week 8.

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8


TIER 1: MUST STARTS 

1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans   
Opponent: vs. Raiders 
2019 Stats: 49 Receptions, 508 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 117.8 PTS, 2019 WR8 
Previous Ranking: 1   

2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons   
Opponent: vs. Seahawks 
2019 Stats: 40 Receptions, 560 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 120.1 PTS, 2019 WR6 
Previous Ranking: 2   

3. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: at Titans 
2019 Stats: 43 Receptions, 662 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 145.2 PTS, 2019 WR2
Previous Ranking: Bye 

4. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints   
Opponent: vs. Cardinals 
2019 Stats: 62 Receptions, 763 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 153.3 PTS, 2019 WR1 
Previous Ranking: 4   

5. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers 
Opponent: at Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 378 Receiving YDS, 62.8 PTS, 2019 WR51 
Previous Ranking: NR 

TIER 2: WR1's 

6. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 51 Receptions, 572 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 132.6 PTS, 2019 WR3 
Previous Ranking: 6  

7. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings   
Opponent: vs. Redskins
2019 Stats: 27 Receptions, 391 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 1 Rushing TD, 108.2 PTS, 2019 WR12 
Previous Ranking: 7   

8. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs   
Opponent: vs. Packers
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 170 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 45.5 PTS, 2019 WR70 
Previous Ranking: 8   

9. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks   
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 40 Receptions, 515 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 114.7 PTS, 2019 WR9 
Previous Ranking: 9   

10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears
2019 Stats: 44 Receptions, 564 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 118.7 PTS, 2019 WR7 
Previous Ranking: 5 

11. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts    
Opponent: vs. Broncos
2019 Stats: 30 Receptions, 306 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 90.6 PTS, 2019 WR23  
Previous Ranking: 10  

12. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots   
Opponent: vs. Browns  
2019 Stats: 45 Receptions, 496 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 110.8 PTS, 2019 WR10  
Previous Ranking: 11   

TIER 3: High-end WR2's

13. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions   
Opponent: at Giants 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 385 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 87.5 PTS, 2019 WR25 
Previous Ranking: 12    

14. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: at Titans 
2019 Stats:  27 Receptions, 464 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 99.4 PTS, 2019 WR15
Previous Ranking: Bye

15. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers 
Opponent: vs. Dolphins 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 340 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 69 PTS, 2019 WR41
Previous Ranking: Bye 

16. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns 
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 29 Receptions, 436 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.9 PTS, 2019 WR28
Previous Ranking: Bye 

17. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars   
Opponent: vs. Jets 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 581 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 123.1 PTS, 2019 WR5 
Previous Ranking: 15   

18. Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins   
Opponent: at Vikings 
2019 Stats: 24 Receptions, 419 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TDs, 95.9 PTS, 2019 WR19 
Previous Ranking: 18   

TIER 4: On the cusp 

19. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 27 Receptions, 402 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.3 PTS, 2019 WR29 
Previous Ranking: 16   

20. John Brown, Buffalo Bills 
Opponent: vs. Eagles 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 473 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 92.7 PTS, 2019 WR20 
Previous Ranking: 20 

21. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos   
Opponent: at Colts 
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 564 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS, 2019 WR11  
Previous Ranking: 21   

22. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 435 Receiving YDS, 65 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 92 PTS, 2019 WR21  
Previous Ranking: 17   

23. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: at Texans 
2019 Stats: 17 Receptions, 216 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, PTS, 2019 WR52 
Previous Ranking: 23 

24. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: at Saints
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 439 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 91.9 PTS, 2019 WR16  
Previous Ranking: 13  
 
25. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers 
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 425 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 82 PTS, 2019 WR26 
Previous Ranking: Bye

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8