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Adrian Peterson is 'expecting big things' from Dwayne Haskins in 2020

Adrian Peterson is 'expecting big things' from Dwayne Haskins in 2020

Describing Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins' rookie season as a 'whirlwind' would be an enormous understatement.

Haskins was drafted 15th overall by a regime in Washington that had two different timelines; then-head coach Jay Gruden needed to win in 2019, while the passer was seen as a raw prospect. The rookie's first two appearances came in relief of veteran Case Keenum, and Haskins looked lost both times. However, Haskins was named the starter in Week 9, just a few weeks after Gruden was fired, and improved each week as the season went along.

Since taking over as head coach, Rivera has preached having competition at the position. In March, he acquired former Panthers QB Kyle Allen, who he knows quite well. But since then, Rivera has publicly stated that Haskins will be the starter entering training camp.

With the keys to the franchise now in Haskins' palm, veteran running back Adrian Peterson has high hopes for the quarterback as he enters his second season.

"I want to see him blossom," Peterson told local media on a Zoom call on Thursday. "I'm expecting big things from him."

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Peterson was encouraged by the way Haskins finished his rocky rookie season, as the quarterback's best two games were his final two of the year.

Although the Redskins wouldn't win either contest, Haskins finished with a combined four touchdown passes, zero turnovers, 74% completion and 132 QBR in those contests. The rookie was on his way to the best outing of his career in Week 16 against the Giants before an ankle injury in the third quarter ended his afternoon, and in turn, his season.

"With Haskins coming back, too, I'm really excited about him and how he ended the season last year," Peterson said. "It was just tremendous to see him just unfold and let his game go to a high level. It clicked."

The veteran running back explained that how Haskins' rookie season ended has motivated the passer to really hone his craft this offseason. In a recent interview with the Redskins Talk podcast, the second-year quarterback explained that he's dropped 7% body fat this offseason and is in the "best shape of my life."

Besides working out, Peterson explained that Haskins has spent plenty of time diving into and studying Turner's offense. The 2020 season will mark the third offensive system Haskins has played under in as many years, and rumors circulated last season that he struggled to grasp the playbook at times.

Peterson believes that Haskins has learned plenty from last season and is using this offseason to fully grasp the playbook so that when it comes time to return to the field, the quarterback will be ready.

"I know he's been in his book and he's working hard to be that leader we need him to be," Peterson said. "I think last year was an eye-opener for him, just from the transition he went through from training camp to the end of the season...You can see that by how he's working out and how he's approaching things."

It's not just Haskins who Peterson is excited about, either. The running back explained that as a team, this year's roster is the most talented of the three he's been on since arriving in Washington in 2018.

"This would definitely be the best talent pool that we have since I've been here," he said that. "I feel like we have what it takes to be that team that can take it all the way. It's all about getting the pieces together, getting in our rhythm and molding as the season starts and goes."

Peterson is a future Hall of Famer. He's played on a few really good teams, but also more than his fair share of bad ones. 

The Redskins have made major changes to their roster, and he knows that it could take time for Rivera and his staff to build it the way they want. Despite all that, the 14-year veteran is as optimistic as possible entering the 2020 season.

"We have the tools to run the table," he said. "I really feel that."

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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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