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Chris Thompson on Alex Smith: 'It's probably not going to happen that we have him this year'

Chris Thompson on Alex Smith: 'It's probably not going to happen that we have him this year'

FEDEX FIELD — Chris Thompson said what many Redskins fans had long assumed about Alex Smith's immediate future playing quarterback in Washington.

"We know and understand that it's probably not going to happen that we have him this year," Thompson said in an interview with JP Finlay on Tuesday. 

Smith suffered a compound fracture in his right leg last November in a Week 10 matchup against the Houston Texans. Following the injury, he also dealt with infections in the leg as he recovered from surgery.

NFL Network reported in late January that the Redskins were preparing for the 2019 season assuming Smith would not play, and Thompson's comments support that assertion. 

"He’s a hard working guy," Thompson said of Smith. "He’s going to do whatever he can to get back if he decides he wants to put that workload on his leg."

The severity of the injury not only brings questions about his immediate playing future in 2019, but if Smith will play in 2020 or beyond. It's too early to know those answers.

The Redskins also have Colt McCoy under contract for 2019, and while McCoy also suffered a broken leg in 2018, Thompson expects him back.

"I know Colt is ready to go," Thompson said. "He’s all healthy now."

Thompson's comments came during a Redskins Charitable Foundation event at FedEx Field celebrating a sizable grant from the Embassy of the State of Qatar that combined local elementary school students and Redskins players to highlight the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Thompson joked that he ran a 40-yard-dash with the kids, but his time only came in at 5.3 seconds. The Redskins third-down specialist also explained he really enjoyed getting to meet Ambassador of the State of Qatar Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani and learning more about their culture. 

Other Redskins players like Vernon Davis and Josh Norman joined Thompson along with a host of Redskins alumni. Bruce Allen also attended the event and went through drills with the students. 


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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 


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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to


Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."