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5 things to know about James Smith-Williams

5 things to know about James Smith-Williams

The Redskins selected defensive end James Smith-Williams with the 229th pick in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of N.C. State. 

Here are five things to know about Smith-Williams. 

1. 2018 was his best season for the Wolfpack 

After spending the beginning of his college career as a reserve player, the 2018 season was Smith-Williams’ very first opportunity to put his skills to the test as a full-time starter. He recorded 37 tackles, 9.5 for loss and six sacks. 

2. He’s smart as a whip

This guy has brains to match his athletic physique. Smith-Williams finished high school with an unweighted 3.9 GPA with a 4.9 weighted GPA. The 2018 graduate was an intern with IBM specializing in robotic animation and even scored a 30 on his ACT. 

3. Smith-Williams is hungry, willing to work

His former head coach at N.C. State, Dave Doeren chose the Raleigh native to wear the team's No. 1 jersey in 2019 for this work ethic, character, leadership and accomplishments. Smith-Williams told local media on a conference that he is "ready to compete," and he felt that his strongest attribute is working as an edge rusher.

4. He’s injury-prone

Smith-Williams struggled to stay on the field for the Wolfpack throughout his career mainly due to injuries. In 2015 he redshirted after four games due to an injury. In 2016 he played in eight consecutive games before suffering another season-ending illness. He only started in seven games during the 2019 season due to a lower-body injury. 

5. Smith-Williams has a plan B

With Washington's defensive line already filled there's a chance that the pass rusher will have to compete for a roster spot. But he'll be set either way. If Smith-Williams is released come September, he already has a backup plan. He's already accepted a job to work for IBM whenever his football career ends.

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Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current New York Jets and former Washington Football Team wide receiver Josh Doctson has opted out of the 2020 NFL season amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced on Thursday.

Doctson was one of 67 players around the league including Washington's Caleb Brantley and Josh Harvey-Clemons, as many have decided to sit out the season in order to lower their risk of contracting the virus. 

Doctson was placed in the " unspecified'" grouping for the opt out, while "voluntary'" and "higher risk" were the other two options. Players had until Thursday at 4 p.m. to make the decision.

The pass catcher was Washington's first round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he never quite lived up to expectations. Injuries, drops and an inability to ever get comfortable in the offense led to Doctson only compelling 1,110 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons in Washington.

Just before the start of the 2019 regular season, Doctson was released by Washington and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in just one game and had no receptions. He signed with the Jets in February.

Now, the wide receiver will wait until 2021 to see if he can change the fortune of his NFL career. 

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Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

As Washington running back Adrian Peterson enters his 14th NFL season, he sits just 4,139 yards away from Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing yards mark of 18,355.

For Peterson, who has put together one of the best careers at the position ever and currently ranks fifth on the list, surpassing Smith has been something he's chased since he first stepped foot in the league in 2007.

‘Obviously that’s one of my goals that I set for myself when I entered into the NFL was to be able to pass the GOAT," Peterson said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football.

Now just over 4,000 yards away, the goal is in Peterson's sights. But the 35-year old veteran is not only trying to catch Smith, but outlast "Father Time" as well. Though the 2012 MVP has shown no signs of slowing down over the past two seasons in Washington, the yardage total he needs equals about four more grueling seasons of football that would push him near the age of 40.

As challenging as that may be, Peterson expects to get there. He's already explained that he wants to play four more seasons, and though his body will call the shots, he's feeling healthy and fresh entering the 2020 campaign. 

“My body is feeling good. I look forward to playing a couple more years, three to four more years, who knows," Peterson said. "Depends on how my body is feeling, because it talks to me.”

He also didn't realize that he was only 4,139 yards from the record. To him, that makes the task even more plausible.

“I didn’t know it was that close. 4,000, that sounds a lot better than 6,000 or 5,000," Peterson said. "We’ll see what happens, I’ll put my best foot forward to reach it I promise you that.”

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While passing Smith is surely something Peterson will take note of as he continues to suit up each Sunday, his desire to continue playing the sport doesn't come from personal achievements.

Throughout his illustrious career, he's consistently collected personal accolades that demonstrate just how successful he's been. But, one thing that has eluded Peterson is team achievements. In 13 seasons, he's still yet to reach a Super Bowl. As he continues to show age is just a number, it's the ring that he really wants. Smith's rushing record would just be the icing on the cake.

“That’s not really my ultimate goal, it’s one of my top goals," Peterson said. "Win a championship is the one that I’m chasing the most.”

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