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Chris Simms explains why he ranked Dwayne Haskins No. 39 in Top 40 QB rankings

Chris Simms explains why he ranked Dwayne Haskins No. 39 in Top 40 QB rankings

Each year NBC Sports football analyst and former quarterback Chris Simms releases a ranking of his Top 40 current quarterbacks in the NFL. His most recent list focusing on the 2020 season slotted Dwayne Haskins at 39.

That means Haskins, the presumed starter for the Redskins for the upcoming campaign, fell below multiple backup quarterbacks. Simms explained at the time that his reasoning for placing Haskins where he did stemmed from still not knowing much about the passer due to his limited showing at the pro level in 2019.

Recently, Simms joined the Redskins Talk Podcast to further explain the factors that went into his decision to tank Haskins at 39. As he said during his initial explanation, the small sample size played a large role. After starting just one season at Ohio State, the 2019 first-round pick only appeared in nine games, starting seven, leaving Simms wanting to see more before he could really give a real assessment. 

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Haskins' body of work in 2019 was filled with ups and downs. A bumpy start (four interceptions in his first 22 attempts) gave way to signs of promise in his last few appearances of the season, telling Simms that there is no reason to think the quarterback won't find success in the future. However, when strictly looking at 2020, he feels there are too many unanswered questions to rank him higher.

“I just don’t know if I know exactly what he is yet. That’s my big concern," Simms said. "Not a lot of experience in college, not a lot of experience in the NFL.”

“I love Dwayne Haskins upside, I do," But I’m not so sure I can say his upside is gonna be what we’re going to get consistently yet," Simms said.

So, how can Haskins earn a better ranking in the future? Football-wise, Simms sees Haskins arm and underrated athleticism as a great foundation. However, like many young quarterbacks, he still has work to do.

Poise in the pocket, decision making and protecting the football are all areas of the game that Haskins struggled with at times during his first season. Being that it was his first NFL experience, that is not unexpected. Simms said he has the tools to improve and eliminate those errors, but the analyst now wants to see it. 

Additionally, Haskins mechanics could use some work. Simms notes that the quarterback tends to "lean forward too much as a thrower." By doing this, Haskins' technique is off, according to Simms, resulting in more constant overthrows and missed receivers.

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This offseason, Haskins has been hard at work looking to eliminate the critiques Simms and others have of him. Training hard on the field, Haskins has spent time working with not only his receivers but experienced veterans as well. He's also dropped weight as he looks to become more dynamic in the pocket

Off the field, Haskins is making sure to go about his business and not stray away from his main focus: winning football games. His work ethic is one Terry McLaurin, Ron Rivera and others have mentioned in the offseason.

If Haskins continues to progress this way, Simms believes that success will follow and he won't be in the bottom tier of quarterbacks for long.

“I do think he’s got the talent to stretch the field and scare defenses and do those types of things," Simms said. “He has the type of talent, guys, to certainly make a huge jump going into year two.”

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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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