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Heavy interest between Sean McVay and Rams, and maybe Wade Phillips too, per report

Heavy interest between Sean McVay and Rams, and maybe Wade Phillips too, per report

The prospect of the Redskins losing offensive coordinator Sean McVay continues to grow. McVay has already interviewed with the Rams and 49ers, and now reports show he is expected to interview again with Los Angeles. 

Should LA hire McVay, he would be the youngest head coach in NFL history at 30 years old. The Rams are an interesting prospect for McVay, as his work with Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is certainly a big highlight in his career. Cousins' development as an NFL starter is not all attributable to McVay, but the coordinator has been a big part of the quarterback's ascension. 

With the Rams, McVay would get to work with 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff. The rookie did not look impressive in seven starts this season, throwing nearly 1,100 yards, five touchdowns, seven interceptions and completing just 54 percent of his passes. Still, he has a lot of promise, and McVay would be tasked with tapping into it. 

Losing McVay would be a blow for Washington, as the Redskins offense has steadily improved under his tenure at coordinator. Jay Gruden would have to decide on a new play caller, though many expect the position would be filled internally. 

One wrinkle in the McVay story is his reported preference of defensive coordinator should he get the Rams job.

If McVay gets hired in LA, and then hires Phillips, that would eliminate the former Broncos defensive coordinator from the Redskins open job. 


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Jay Gruden views Chris Thompson as the NFL's best third-down running back

Jay Gruden views Chris Thompson as the NFL's best third-down running back

In 2016, Chris Thompson simply needed to prove to Jay Gruden that he could handle 16 NFL games.

Now, looking ahead to 2017, the fifth-year running back hopes to show his head coach he can shoulder 16 NFL games and a larger workload.

"I have a feeling that I might get a little more this year," Thompson said Monday at the Redskins Charitable Golf Foundation. "[Gruden] knows now that I'm healthy and I can stay healthy, which I think that was one of his biggest concerns. So now he sees that I can handle the load, I think that I'll get a lot more opportunities this year."

Last season was by far the best in the 26-year-old's career. He played a full slate of games after playing in just 19 over his first three seasons combined, and he set career highs in rushing attempts (68), yards (356), receptions (49), receiving yards (349) and total touchdowns (5).


He also held up well in pass protection, a key duty for him as the team's third-down running back. And it's all of those qualities — being able to contribute on handoffs and with catches while also providing help in keeping Kirk Cousins upright — that make him an excellent fit for a popular NFL duty.

The most excellent in that duty, actually, if you ask Gruden. 

"I think Chris Thompson's role is big," he said. "When you're talking about third downs, that's the most important down in football. There's nobody better as a third-down back in my opinion than Chris. He's got a huge role on this football team." 

Gruden went on to indicate that an increase in Thompson's responsibilities is likely coming, though No. 25 will still do the majority of his work when the offense needs him most.

"Whether he does some more stuff on first- and second-down will be determined," he said. "I'm sure he will. But he's so valuable on third-down that I gotta keep him in that role for now."

A 2013 fifth-round pick who came into the league with a history of injuries, Thompson has now fully gained the trust of his coaches and teammates. The 5-foot-8 running back may be small in stature, but the Redskins know he's not small in importance.  


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Fantasy football: Ranking the top eight rookie quarterbacks in 2017

Fantasy football: Ranking the top eight rookie quarterbacks in 2017

Rookie camps are in the books as teams now move to organized team activities. Does that mean it's too early for fantasy football rankings? 

Probably, but seeing as the rookies are new to the scene, we might as well start projecting where and how they fit. 


Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Sterling Shepard and Michael Thomas were among the rookies who produced and then some in 2016.

Based on the early rounds of the 2017 NFL draft, there’s hope for even more first-year standouts.  

Starting with the Bears selecting quarterback Mitch Trubisky second overall, 19 skill players were drafted in the first and second round.

That includes fellow first-round quarterback selections Pat Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. Several sleeper candidates followed. 

Here’s my look at the Elite Eight quarterbacks with the 2017 fantasy football season -- and beyond -- in mind.


2017 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings:

Running Backs - No. 1, Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

* Wide receivers - No. 1, Corey Davis, Titans