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Past articles by Ben:

Washington's uncertainty at QB won't be solved easily — 'It is a legit nightmare'

Washington prepares to face Green Bay, the model of QB stability, knowing its future at the position remains unsettled. → Read More

Can you rename the Washington Football Team? Simulation shows it may be 'mission impossible'

Washington's pressure-filled renaming process must be inclusive and authentic — and even then it's unlikely to please everyone. → Read More

Bradley Beal? Kevin Durant? Steph Curry? Who is the NBA's purest scorer? – The Athletic

There are plenty of players in the NBA who can get buckets. But who's the best? We polled coaches, execs and scouts to find out. → Read More

Washington expected to release Alex Smith: Source

Smith was NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2020 after returning from a catastrophic right leg injury and leading Washington to a 5-1 record as a starter. → Read More

Matthew Stafford's best trade fits: Saints, Colts, 49ers?

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have agreed to part ways. Our experts see plenty of NFL suitors for the quarterback. → Read More

Surging Wizards Face Daunting Schedule After All-Star Break

Washington is 2-9 this season against their next five opponents. → Read More

Diagnosing John Wall's Knee Injury Easier Than Solving Wizards Woes

The Washington Wizards announced that All-Star guard John Wall would miss Saturday’s game at the Atlanta Hawks with left knee soreness. This is good news. OK, let me clarify. Nobody is cheering over this update. Major distress could be in the mix depending on what is revealed when Wall meets next week with the surgical […] → Read More

Fair taking shots at Otto Porter’s lack of shots for Wizards?

WASHINGTON — Otto Porter was not trying to slay New Year’s Eve after putting in another day at the office, though he stated there were many reasons to celebrate 2017. He did not tick off a specific list. There was no real need. The Washington Wizards starting forward was coming off the best season of […] → Read More

Kirk Cousins has options if interested in leaving Redskins

When the San Francisco 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo just before Halloween, Kirk Cousins seemingly lost one of his most likely potential free agent destinations; however, plenty of others remain. Granted, none of that matters if the Washington Redskins use the “franchise” tag for a third consecutive year or come to terms with the quarterback on […] → Read More

Ranking All Redskins Free Agents For 2018

The Washington Redskins have 20 free agents of all shapes and sizes. The interest level for each varies greatly. You might be aware that quarterback Kirk Cousins could be elsewhere next season or remain in Washington for years to come. Meanwhile, nobody is paying upwards of $120 to hear Shawn Lauvao explain his plans, though […] → Read More

Redskins Re-Signing Quinton Dunbar 1st Move In CB Dominoes

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins opened 2018 dealing with trash bags instead of travel bags. The organization also opened its wallet for the purposes of re-signing one of its own free agents. No, not that one, but keeping cornerback Quinton Dunbar does affect other potential deals. The Redskins announced the “multi-year contract extension” Monday […] → Read More

3 things we learned from Giants victory over Redskins

The Washington Redskins and New York Giants played in Week 17 because the league schedule and rules mandated they do so despite zero postseason implications. The score was kept and the home team finished with more points. Some thoughts following New York’s 18-10 victory: Swan song? In what may have been the final game for […] → Read More

Kirk Cousins starting finale with 2018 uncertainty looming

This much with the Washington Redskins and their starting quarterback is certain: Kirk Cousins will be under center for the final game of the 2017 regular season. Head coach Jay Gruden confirmed Tuesday the Cousins would start Sunday at the New York Giants. What happens from there remains a mystery, though the potential outcomes are […] → Read More

Wizards aim for validation with Christmas Day showcase

WASHINGTON — Christmas Day marks 225 days since the Washington Wizards last laid eyes on the Boston Celtics. It’s unclear if their rivals up north — who vanquished the Wizards in Game 7 of their contentious Eastern Conference semifinal series — ever left their mind. The unpredictable denizens of Capital One Arena take their erratic […] → Read More

3 things we learned from Redskins win over Broncos

The Washington Redskins started Kirk Cousins at quarterback. The Denver Broncos used Brock Osweiler. That essentially sums up what happened in the Redskins’ 27-11 victory over their AFC West opponent in Week 16. Considering neither team is playoff-bound this season, let’s take a look at some big-picture situations rather than focusing solely on all that […] → Read More

Redskins watch | Tracking 3 Players Over Final 2 Games

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins are winding down the 2017 regular season, whether they like it or not. For the record, they don’t. The final two games, starting with Sunday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos, serve as opportunities for the collective group to finish strong and the individual to stand out. Management and the […] → Read More

Anthony Lanier Making Name For Himself With Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. — All the nameplates above player lockers at Redskins Park read as expected. Kirk Cousins. Josh Norman. Ryan Kerrigan. There are some “Who?” situations involving practice squad players and the occasional low-key addition during a season when injuries forced major roster turnover. One name shown isn’t an actual birth name at all: Lenny Longfoot. […] → Read More

3 things we learned from Redskins victory over Cardinals

The Washington Redskins are back. Well, they are back in the win column at least after Sunday’s 20-15 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Not pretty but often gritty — especially on defense — the group led by linebacker Preston Smith and cornerback Kendall Fuller repeatedly helped the Redskins (6-8) thwart the Cardinals (6-8) in the […] → Read More

Agent Saying Cravens Medically Cleared Clouds Redskins Situation

There’s a new twist in the football status of Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens. According to a statement released by agent Fadde Mikhail, Cravens “has received medical clearance to resume all football activities” after dealing with “Post Concussion Syndrome.” That’s great news for the 22-year-old. That Cravens was dealing with concussion problems is also news to […] → Read More

3 Things We Learned From Redskins Loss To Chargers

The Washington Redskins are officially eliminated from the playoff picture – not exactly a surprise – while the Los Angeles Chargers keep on rolling in pursuit of the AFC West title. Let’s get to the takeaways following the 30-13 loss on Sunday in LaLa land. Toothless defense Philip Rivers (319 yards, two touchdown passes) and […] → Read More