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The 2019 Redskins offensive depth chart you probably don't want to see

The 2019 Redskins offensive depth chart you probably don't want to see

Injuries hit the Redskins offense hard in 2018. That's known. What isn't known is what impact those injuries will make in 2019. 

Obviously, the quarterback position is the biggest question. Alex Smith suffered a severely broken leg in Week 10, and his availability for 2019 seems far from certain. 

There are plenty of other spots that seem highly questionable, and injuries won't be the only factor next season. Free agency and the draft will play a huge role too.

Let's also admit that looking at the offensive depth chart for a team nine months before a game is not going to be the most accurate predictor. Things will change. Still, the early returns look almost scary. 

QB: Alex Smith, Colt McCoy
Note: It seems like a very long shot Smith is ready for Week 1 2019. The team needs to prepare like he won’t play next year. McCoy is a good option but he has his own injury issues. Washington needs to draft a QB. Washington must draft a QB. 

RB: Chris Thompson, Derrius Guice, Byron Marshall, Samaje Perine
Note: The Redskins should bring back Adrian Peterson, but there’s no certainty they will. Peterson was the single best story for the team in 2018, and could help Guice in his return from a knee injury. Perine and Marshall making the team is no sure thing. Rob Kelley will also be a free agent. 

TE: Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle, Matt Flanagan, JP Holtz
Note: Reed could be a salary cap casualty, and so could Davis. Cutting both tight ends would save the team about $11 million against the salary cap next year, and the ‘Skins might need that cash. Sprinkle will definitely be back, he’s a on a rookie deal. Flanagan proved he deserves a real shot in limited action late in the 2018 season. 

WR: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Robert Davis, Jehu Chesson, Trey Quinn, Cam Sims, Darvin Kidsy
Note: This position group has a serious talent void. Richardson had 20 catches in an injury plagued first season with the Redskins last year. Doctson has never logged a 90-yard receiving game for the Redskins since he was drafted in the first round in 2016. Davis and Chesson have three catches, combined, in their careers. As a rookie in 2018, Quinn had nine catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, but he also landed on the injured reserve list. Twice. Cam Sims showed promise in the 2018 preseason before getting hurt Week 1. Kidsy got called up from the practice squad to the active roster late in the year. Jamison Crowder is a free agent, and seeing this group without him listed makes his value to the team seem much higher. Maurice Harris will also be a free agent. 

OL: Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Kyle Fuller, Timon Parris
Note: The Redskins are in dire need for a left guard, but have been for a few years now. The Redskins need a full recovery from Brandon Scherff, which should be expected. Ty Nsekhe is a free agent. Washington needs to bolster their line depth in the draft, especially on the interior. This group will likely have a number of new names by training camp 2019. 


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Kevin Blackistone on Dan Snyder: 'He’s either got to change the name or get out of the league'

Kevin Blackistone on Dan Snyder: 'He’s either got to change the name or get out of the league'

Following Washington's statement on Monday that the current team name would be retired, The Washington Post Columnist and ESPN panelist Kevin Blackistone shared his problems with the release on Twitter.

On Monday during an interview on ESPN 92.9FM's Jason & John Show, Blackistone elaborated on the issues he took with the statement.

“My first thought was ‘Where’s the apology?’ My second thought was, ‘This is disingenuous because you still got the letterhead on here with the name just glaring,'" Blackistone said.

Blackistone, who is also a professor at the University of Maryland, had mentioned the non-existent apology in his tweet. The fact that the team name and logo which are being retired were still used in a release describing the change that was coming made him believe that the team truly didn't care. That is something Blackistone feels became even more evident when one considers how the new team name is being chosen.

Among all the options for Washington's moniker -- which is meant to honor the heritage and tradition of the franchise -- that have been considered, Blackistone noted that to his knowledge the Native American community has reportedly not been involved much in the decision.

"And my third thought was, ‘What do you have to say about the name that you’re considering given that you haven’t even given voice to, or given an ear to, the native folks who you’ve insulted since buying the team 21 years ago and having the opportunity to do this before,'" Blackistone said.


Blackistone was not along in taking issue with the statement. The Sports Junkies felt it answered no questions, ESPN's Michael Wilbon called it "annoying" and "tone-deaf" and ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio saw it as "one final act of defiance" by team owner Dan Snyder

The combination of all the missing elements from the statement made it less impactful for Blackistone. Despite it being a big moment, there wasn't much to take away from the team's announcement


That's something that Blackistone believes comes from the reasoning behind the name change in the first place. Washington has heard the backlash about the name for years, but it wasn't until big-name sponsors took issue that impacted the monetary situation of the league that real moves were made. Blackistone sees that as a symbol that Snyder's decision to change the name has nothing to do with right vs. wrong.

“There’s nothing altruistic about what’s going on," Blackistone said about Snyder. "He’s being forced at the point of bayonets to change the team.”

“Basically sponsors, not individual team sponsors, but sponsors for the team via the NFL," Blackistone said. "Which means, now it’s just not your pockets, but the other 31 owners pockets that are starting to be hurting. That’s why the move is being made." 

All Blackistone had to do to understand Snyder's true opinion on the name change is look back to what the owner has said about the situation in the past. The only difference to Blackistone now is that if Snyder continued to speak in the same manner, some believe it would result in Snyder losing the team.

“This is a guy who seven years ago infamously said he would never change the name, and you could put ‘never’ in caps," Blackistone said. Well, never has come home to roost and he’s either got to change the name or get out of the league.”



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'I think it's a travesty': Former Washington kicker Mark Moseley upset by name change

'I think it's a travesty': Former Washington kicker Mark Moseley upset by name change

For many who have played for -- or even just followed -- the Washington football team over the years, the name change can be seen as a bittersweet moment. It's viewed by many as a necessary change, but also the end of an era filled with history.

Former Washington kicker Mark Moseley sees nothing "sweet" about the switch in monikers, as his feelings toward the decision are mostly bitter.

In an interview with ABC 7 News' Scott Abraham, Moseley shared how he felt about the name change, expressing great disappointment. To him, the ones most negatively impacted by the decision are the Native Americans.

“Well, I’m disappointed naturally that we’ve given up the fight here," Moseley said. "I’m disappointed here because they are the ones that are losing with this. They respected us, they loved the Redskins. That’s all I got.”

“Now, what do they gain from this? What are the Native Americans going to gain from this? Absolutely nothing. What do they lose? The constant representation of their people," Moseley said.

Moseley explained that throughout his life, and especially during and after his time with Washington, he has made an effort to connect with the Native American community. Through visits, football camps and more, he feels he has a strong understanding of how the name change really impacts the community. 

Based on his past conversations, Moseley believes that the Native American community didn't want the name change. Rather, it was the past moniker that was helping people learn about their history.

“That’s not what they wanted, I can assure you from personal experience of meeting with hundreds and hundreds of them, that’s not what they wanted," Moseley said.

"These radicals once again are going to jump up and down holler and scream that we won, we won," Moseley said. "They haven't won a damn thing. All they have done is hurt the Native Americans. I hope they are happy with themselves."


As for the conversation on how the name change impacts the history of the franchise, Moseley feels that isn't what the focus should be. To him, it's not the franchise past that will be forgotten

“That’s not the point. That’s where this is all gong wrong. That’s not the point," Moseley said. “The point is that people are taking away liberties every day and this is just another one of them. The name Redskins was not doing anything but helping the Native Americans. It was keeping their name out there, it was making people remember who they are.”

Moseley, who played 13 seasons in Washington, always saw it as an honor to represent that Native Americans with the name and logo. It was a reason he spent so much time with the franchise, stating that it was bigger than the game of football.

“Me as a player, I took great honor and respect to that name," Moseley said. "Every game, every year, year after year after year that I played here I played because that name meant something.”

“I think it’s a travesty that they’re taking that away from the Native Americans here," Moseley said.


Though Moseley is strongly against the name change, he's accepted that change is sometimes inevitable. He personally believes it was the wrong choice, but is now going to "learn to live with it."

He believes others against the decision will as well. When it comes down to it, the name is only one part of the franchise. For Moseley, as much as he loved what it represented, it's the players past and present that truly make Washington football what it is.

“It’s not really the name so much as it is the players. That’s who the fans, the fans love the players. Those guys that are out there every Sunday, those guys that every day they work their butts off to get bigger, stronger, faster so they can improve and make the team a better team," Moseley said. "That’s what it’s all about, and that’s going to continue."