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Personal touch separates Ron Rivera from other head coaches during NFL draft process

Washington Coach Ron Rivera has always believed in personal interactions. That includes the draft, where he often tries to conduct one-on-one interviews with prospects.
  • May 2, 2021

In the NFL draft’s first round, Ron Rivera and Washington chose temperance over temptation

So many times in the past, the Washington Football Team has made splashy draft moves. But Ron Rivera's less impulsive approach as coach continued Thursday night, when Washington passed on any chance to trade up for a quarterback.
  • Apr 30, 2021

This draft will truly be Ron Rivera’s, and he has the luxury of choosing the best player available

At a key point in his Washington rebuild, Ron Rivera will make choices this week that will help set the franchise's direction for the future.
  • Apr 27, 2021

Trey Lance is one of the draft’s bigger mysteries, but he has been well prepared for the NFL

The North Dakota State quarterback only started 17 college games and doesn't have outlandish passing numbers, but his preparation and maturity (along with his physical tools) have impressed NFL teams.
  • Apr 24, 2021

Most athletes don’t get a second chance. Alex Smith made the most of his.

Alex Smith’s career was over, and then he willed himself to the type of second chance few athletes get. In his final year as an NFL quarterback, he made the most of it.
  • Apr 20, 2021

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington’s temporary QB fix, has mastered the art of being an NFL nomad

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s eight-team NFL career has prepared him to be Washington’s temporary fix at the quarterback position.
  • Apr 15, 2021

Wrestlers Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder win spots in Olympics while Jordan Burroughs crashes out

Two gold medalists are headed to Tokyo after the U.S. Olympic wrestling team trials in Fort Worth.
  • Apr 4, 2021

Top American wrestler J’den Cox misses weight at trials, ending Olympic hopes

J'den Cox, a bronze medalist in the 2016 Olympics, missed weight Friday at the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials and will not return to the Olympics.
  • Apr 3, 2021

Washington again is winning free agency, but this time it’s doing so the right way

In the past, Washington has won free agency by adding big-name veterans. But in signing Ryan Fitzpatrick, William Jackson III and Curtis Samuel, the team is building its roster in a smart way.
  • Mar 19, 2021

Washington Football Team signs versatile, speedy wide receiver Curtis Samuel

The 24-year-old wide receiver is coming off the best year of his career with the Carolina Panthers and will reunite with an offensive staff he knows well.
  • Mar 17, 2021