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2020 Redskins Questions: Is there a WR to step up opposite Terry McLaurin?

2020 Redskins Questions: Is there a WR to step up opposite Terry McLaurin?

The Redskins found a star last season in third-round wide receiver Terry McLaurin. He finished just shy of breaking the organization's record for rookie receiving yards and looks like he could be the best wideout drafted by the team since Michael Westbrook, and maybe since Gary Clark. 

McLaurin is not the topic here, however, because even with just 14 games played, he's a known commodity. He has elite speed and runs precise routes. The unknown is what happens opposite McLaurin.

Kelvin Harmon looks like the front runner to start opposite McLaurin. Another 2019 draft pick, his rookie stats aren't particularly encouraging on face value. A sixth-round pick out of NC State, Harmon went for 30 catches and 365 yards last year. 

Dig deeper and things start to look better. Of Harmon's 30 catches, 20 of them came once Dwayne Haskins got inserted into the starting lineup. Haskins and Harmon knew each other growing up in New Jersey and talk like old friends. Additionally, they've been working out together this offseason, as much as Coronavirus protocols allow anyway. 

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Harmon lacks top speed but is big and has good hands, not to mention toughness and is a willing blocker. In a normal offseason period, it would be no surprise if Harmon was on the field with the starting offense right now. 

That doesn't mean the job is definitely his. Fourth-round rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden is coming to Washington after two prolific college seasons at small Liberty University. There will obviously be a major acclimation period going from Liberty to the NFL, but Gandy-Golden has the size and speed to make the adjustment. How quickly he can make that adjustment will determine his playing time. A recent bout with the Coronavirus seems like it will not be a factor for the rookie wideout as he said in a statement he's fully recovered. He contracted the virus in March. 


Steven Sims seems to have a secure spot as the team's slot receiver, unless third-round rookie Antonio Gibson pushes for some of that work. Sims impressed as a rookie with his speed and playmaking ability, but needs to work on his hands and route running. 

Trey Quinn, Cam Sims and Cody Latimer round out the current receiving group that has been on NFL rosters. Both Quinn and Sims have dealt with more injuries than catches, and without ties to the new organization, both will need to prove they deserve roster spots. 

The Redskins signed Latimer in late March to a one-year contract. He played last year with the Giants and made 30 catches along with strong work on special teams. Latimer looked like a secure roster spot and perhaps somebody that could push for playing time opposite McLaurin before he was arrested in Denver in mid-May. It's unclear what will happen with the arrest, both legally and with the Redskins organization, but it doesn't seem like the incident will help his role as the veteran wideout on the team. 

It's also entirely possible the Redskins sign another veteran receiver as the current group is very inexperienced. Keep an eye out for cuts around the league and names that could make sense in Washington. The Redskins still have $35 million in salary cap space, second most in the NFL, and the team made a hard charge to sign Cowboys WR Amari Cooper earlier this offseason. 

The team has also signed a number of undrafted free agents Emmanuel Hall, Johnathan Johnson, Jordan Veasy and Isaiah Wright and brought back Darvin Kidsy and Jester Weah from various practice squad stints too. Before those guys get dismissed, remember that for two straight seasons an undrafted player has made the team at wideout.

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Max Kellerman says Redskins owner Dan Snyder will 'stand at a podium and change the name'

Max Kellerman says Redskins owner Dan Snyder will 'stand at a podium and change the name'

As the Washington Redskins continue to conduct an internal review of its name after facing public pressure from many of its largest corporate sponsors, many believe the team's moniker will be changed. Both NBC Sports Washington and multiple other outlets have reported that the team will likely not play another game with 'Redskins' as its name.

ESPN First Take host Max Kellerman believes a name change is long overdue and said on Thursday he wants Redskins owner Dan Snyder to apologize for not changing the name sooner.

"You will stand at a podium. You will stand at a podium and change the name," Kellerman said on Snyder. "In addition, you will apologize for not doing it sooner."

Kellerman even went a step further, saying the team should never have been nicknamed the Redskins.

"The name shouldn't have been that in the first place," Kellerman said. "It certainly should have been changed years ago."


Public pressure has amounted towards the Redskins to change in the middle of a social justice movement in America following the killing of George Floyd. Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking several protests nationwide demanding justice.

For Kellerman, he doesn't think it should have taken a major social reform movement -- like what's currently going on in the United States -- for Washington to consider ditching its name.

"It should not have taken a whole social, political movement, a pandemic [to change the name]," Kellerman said. "In fact, it didn't take that for people who just thought about [the name] for two seconds and could see that it would be offensive to Native Americans."

Over the past week, the Redskins' name controversy has been a major topic of conversation, and not just in the sports media world. D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said she is happy to see the name change, while District Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said she would propose a bill for the team to build its new stadium on the old RFK Stadium site after the name is changed.

Not everyone believes a name change is on the horizon, however. FS1's Skip Bayless doubts the franchise will actually change its name, while President Donald Trump derided the move.


On the other hand, Stephen A. Smith, Kellerman's First Take co-host, believes President Donald Trump's actions allowed Washington to keep its name for as long as it has.

Throughout his rant about the Redskins' name, Kellerman said multiple times how upset he has been that Washington has yet to change its name. A public apology from the team's owner for not changing the moniker sooner is the least Dan Snyder can do in Kellerman's mind. 

"The fact that this despicable name has not been changed is a national outrage and a disgrace," Kellerman said. "So I think Dan Snyder not only will change the name but owes an apology."


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Could Dan Snyder be forced out of owning the Redskins? One expert seriously doubts it

Could Dan Snyder be forced out of owning the Redskins? One expert seriously doubts it

With the Redskins seemingly on the verge of changing their name after 80-plus years, people are allowing themselves to wonder what other massive changes could be coming for the organization. Some have even asked the wildest question of all: Is Dan Snyder's ownership nearing its end?

Snyder himself has given no indication that he has any interest in selling the team, but the organization's three minority owners did reportedly try to convince him to part ways with his portion recently. At the very least, some movement at the top around him feels quite possible. 

Upon hearing that, there's been chatter about whether that trio would have any power to actually make Snyder give up his place with the Redskins. Sure, that sounds crazy, but a few states apparently really want the franchise to become the Washington Redwolves, so crazy things are clearly happening right now.

During his time on the Redskins Talk podcast, though, Randy Vataha — a former NFL receiver who's now the president of Game Plan LLC, which specializes in providing services to those hoping to buy and sell pieces of pro sports teams — explained why Snyder being ousted by the other stakeholders is highly unlikely.

"Being able to force an owner out would be very difficult," Vataha told JP Finlay. "They generally have absolute control over the entity and the league has blessed that back when it was first acquired. I never say anything in sports is impossible. But I doubt that he can be forced out."


The NFL itself is the only entity that could really pull something like that off, per Vataha, but even that's rare. For proof, he cited former Raiders owner Al Davis, who didn't exactly play by the rules yet still remained in charge for 39 years.

"All they went through with litigation, relocation, ignoring the league's mandate that he couldn't move to LA and back and all of that, he was never forced out," Vataha said.

So, in the end, while Vataha may expect the Redskins to soon become known as something else, he's not at all waiting for them to be led by someone else as well.

"The league is generally pretty careful that the owner of a team can not be forced out," he said.

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