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After 3 disappointing seasons Redskins move on from Josh Doctson, shake up WR group

After 3 disappointing seasons Redskins move on from Josh Doctson, shake up WR group

Despite being a first-round pick in 2016, wide receiver Josh Doctson never logged a 100-yard game for the Redskins. He never grabbed more than six passes in a game either. Doctson never came close to a 1,000-yard season in Washington, and finally, the years of poor production caught up to him. 

Washington moved on from Doctson on Saturday, but in a lot of ways, the decision came months ago when the team did not exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. 

It's no mystery how things got here.

Doctson was a surprise pick when the Redskins took him 22nd overall in 2016. At the time, the team had gaping needs on the defensive line and stud WRs like DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon and Jamison Crowder. Former general manager Scot McCloughan took Doctson anyway, and talked about his incredible athletic potential. 

That never materialized, as Doctson missed most of his rookie year with a mysterious Achilles injury. In his second year, the breakout never happened. His best game came in a loss to New Orleans, where he had four catches for 81 yards. Last year, his third in the system and as the undisputed starter, his best game was in a loss to the Giants. He made four grabs for 84 yards. Those two games were the highest single-game yardage totals of his career. 

Put simply, Doctson never produced at the rate of a first-round pick. He hardly produced at the rate of a late-round pick. 

And this year, Washington pulled the plug on the experiment. The team drafted two new wideouts in Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon, and when McLaurin impressed everybody during training camp and proved he could play Doctson's position, the former TCU star became expendable. 

Could Washington have kept Doctson instead of unproven guys like Harmon, undrafted rookie Steven Sims or Robert Davis? Sure. Some might argue that would be the more prudent move even, becuase while Doctson is far from a star, he has shown some NFL level ability. The rest of these guys have not. 

But this was also about a fresh start for the receiver group. Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn are expected to start along with McLaurin. After that, Davis, Harmon and Sims will be young and hungry, and certainly willing to listen. There are some inside the team's Redskins Park facility that say Doctson didn't always show those characteristics, especially as his roster prospects grew dimmer. 

McCloughan was the one who liked and defended Doctson. He's been gone now for two seasons. Jay Gruden always talked up Doctson's potential too.

But sooner or later, potential needs to translate to production. With Doctson, that never happened, and that's why his time in Burgundy and Gold is done. 

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A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

Dwayne Haskins learned a lot in his first go-round in the NFL, including just how much work is required to be a successful starting QB and how intense a typical season with the Redskins can be.

He also was exposed to the dark reality of taxes for the first time, which are far scarier than even the most devastating opposing pass rush.

In a video for GQ Sports and their "My First Million" series, Haskins discussed how he, well, spent his first million dollars as a pro. It's an epic tale, one filled with wild stories and useful lessons — including the following relatable take.

"Taxes are no joke, bro," he said.

The biggest choice the first-rounder made for himself was to pick out a custom-made Bentley that cost him $250,000. He loves it and calls it "my baby" and the "Batmobile." He's also now out of the vehicle-purchasing game for a while because of it.

"I'm not buying no more cars," Haskins said. "Not a very great investment to buy cars."

Next up for the passer was to take care of his mom, so he paid for a house that totaled about $750,000. 

"Being able to just, 'Hey mom, I've got a surprise for you, here's a house,'" Haskins recalled. "Definitely made those 14-plus years of hard work worth it."

So, that's all, right? Those two items add up to a million, so we're done here? 

Well, the house isn't technically for Haskins, so therefore, it doesn't take up room on his ledger. So the story continued.

The 22-year-old committed about $70,000 to jewelry and has about $5,000 to $7,000 set aside for a vacation to the Bahamas he's got planned for next month. He also has an estimated $10,000 in murals at his place and spent about $40,000 on clothes, including some suits to wear on game day and to events.

Then, there was a rookie dinner, where he had to treat his offensive linemen to a meal. Those guys didn't go the salad route, either.

"Of course they ordered all the appetizers, all the steaks they can get," he said. "They do not want to go to Applebee's. They want to go to the best steak place they can find... I'll do it again if I have to."

For a guy who didn't have to pay for much in college aside from a car note and maybe some bills at the library, it was quite a transition into adulthood and moneyhood. He's taken steps to hire a financial adviser and put his earnings into "different buckets," though, and seems confident he'll be in good shape for a long time.

Plus, if he excels in the coming seasons, there'll be plenty more millions coming his way. And by then, he won't be surprised when a lot of that goes to taxes.

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Report: CBA proposal would change NFL playoff structure, add 7th spot in both conferences

Report: CBA proposal would change NFL playoff structure, add 7th spot in both conferences

Teams on the brink of the playoffs could receive a big boost in the upcoming NFL season. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the league's new collective bargaining agreement proposal would add an additional playoff spot in both conferences and eliminate a first-round bye for the second seed, ultimately creating a six-game slate for Wild Card weekend. 

There's growing confidence that the players and owners can strike an agreement, and that could come as early as next week, according to Schefter.

That optimism comes less than a month after NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith hinted that a two-year strike may be necessary for the players to receive everything they're seeking in the new deal. 

If the proposal gets passed through, the league would implement the playoff changes for the 2020-2021 season. 

Players that are on the top-seeded team in each conference would also receive pay during the first-round bye, which is not the case under the current agreement. 

There are still issues to resolve before the two sides reach an agreement, according to ESPN. Chief among those issues is the back-and-forth about allowing the possibility of a 17-game regular season, which the league would not phase in until at least 2021. 

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