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2020 Redskins Questions: Is Thaddeus Moss actually the answer at tight end?

2020 Redskins Questions: Is Thaddeus Moss actually the answer at tight end?

Thaddeus Moss caught 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns last year in college at LSU, including two TD catches in the national championship game. 

In total the Redskins tight ends registered 44 catches for 367 yards and three touchdowns. That counts all Redskins tight ends that made a catch last year, all of them, in all 16 games the team played. Moss' numbers came in just 12 games.

Yes, Moss went undrafted, but at the same time, it does seem possible Moss can take over the Redskins tight end job in 2020. The team struggled mightily at the position in 2019, and while Washington added Logan Thomas and Richard Rodgers in free agency, neither player made a significant offensive impact in 2019. Thomas made 16 catches last year in 16 games, and Rodgers has one catch in the last two seasons. 

After releasing Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis' retirement, the Redskins knew they had a big hole at tight end going into free agency and the draft. And between Rodgers, Thomas and Moss, it's debatable if Ron Rivera and the new Washington braintrust did enough to address the problem. 

Could Moss bail Rivera and Redskins personnel boss Kyle Smith out? Maybe. 

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He has soft hands and plays with a toughness at the line of scrimmage. He's also coming off a foot injury and no other NFL team drafted him. Moss is hardly a sure thing, and in a mature interview, he understands his road ahead as an undrafted player.  

"I definitely felt like it was a slap in the face not getting drafted, having picked kickers and punters, and special teams. Just seeing guys getting picked over me, I definitely felt a type of way about it. But, it’s no difference. I’ve always had to prove myself my whole life," Moss said after joining the Redskins. 

At some point it's worth pointing out that Thaddeus Moss has a very famous father, Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss. At some point it's also worth pointing out that will not impact Thaddeus' play for the Redskins in 2020 or any point beyond. 

"The last name Moss, people have always had their eyes on me and always doubted me and always wanted to see what I can do, and always had expectations. This is no different. Being an undrafted free agent, I don’t really have a lot of expectations, so going in there and playing football."

Beyond Moss, Rodgers and Thomas, the Redskins also have Jeremy Sprinkle and Hale Hentges returning to the roster. Of the five players, it seems likely Washington will only keep three tight ends. 

Thomas is slated to make the most money and the Redskins targeted him in free agency. He seems close to a lock for the final roster. After that, who knows. 

Sprinkle has been on the team for three seasons, but going into the final year of his rookie contract, he's hardly a sure thing, especially because he wasn't drafted by Rivera. Hentges is cheap, Rodgers is too, but Hentges is young and durable while Rodgers is going into his seventh NFL season and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2016.

On any NFL roster, it's hard to project an undrafted rookie for a starting spot. On this Redskins team, however, Thaddeus Moss has a real opportunity not just for a roster spot, but for serious playing time. 

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If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

As the Redskins name-change debate continues to gain steam, people everywhere are weighing in on potential options for a switch.

Scanning social media, the leaders in the clubhouse seem to be the Washington Warriors, Redtails and Redhawks.

At least one of those names has the blessing of a player fans hope will eventually become the face of the franchise.

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With several former Ohio State players on the team -- Dwayne Haskins, Chase Young, Terry McLaurin -- Bleacher Report's Matt Miller tossed around the idea of changing the Redskins to the Buckeyes. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins responded saying he liked the Redtails.

The Redtails were a group of Tuskegee airmen, all-black fighter pilots during World War II.

Haskins said "that's if we have to change the name," making clear he isn't taking a stance on whether the team should change the name.

Reports have suggested a name change is likely before the 2020 season begins.

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Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

As the Washington football team mulls over the increasingly likely decision to change its name from the Redskins, the parent company of the Harlem Globetrotters suggested Friday that it'd be interested in giving the team another option.

According to Action Network's Darren Rovell, a spokesman for Herschend Entertainment said the company would "love" for the Redskins or NFL to call about buying the rights to the Washington Generals name.

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The Generals are the frequent opponent of the Globetrotters, almost always on the losing end of the fun basketball competition. Herschend Entertainment owns trademarks for both the Generals and Globetrotters.

“We think that the Globetrotters are right up there as the most liked team in the world with Manchester United and the New York Yankees,” Brett Meister, the spokesman, said. “Our heritage includes the Washington Generals.”

The Generals also have other local ties, as the team's former owner/coach/player Red Klotz was a member of the 1948 title-winning Baltimore Bullets.

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