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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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Kyle Shanahan has high hopes for a healthy Jordan Reed on 49ers

Kyle Shanahan has high hopes for a healthy Jordan Reed on 49ers

After more than five months on the free-agent market, former Washington tight end Jordan Reed signed a one-year deal to join Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers. 

It was a low-risk high-reward move by the 49ers to bring in the talented, yet injury-plagued 30-year-old. They have arguable the best tight end in the game in George Kittle, so if Reed's past struggles with concussions rear its ugly head again, the San Francisco offense won't be largely impacted. 

But if Reed can stay healthy enough to play a large portion of the season, Shanahan thinks he can become a serious steal for the 49ers. 

“When you have a talented guy who’s hungry to play football, it works out if they can stay healthy, Shanahan said, according to NBCS Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. And Jordan has had some bad luck over the years. I know he’s ready to go. I hope he has some good luck here. And if he does, I think it’s going to be a hell of a deal for the Niners and a really good deal for him, also.”

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A 49er offense with a healthy Reed playing in two-tight-end sets with Kittle is a scary thought, especially when you consider San Francisco's consistently strong running game. If quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo can make defenses pay downfield enough, there just wouldn't be a way to defend them. Then there's the 49ers' nasty pass rush led by Nick Bosa on the other side to give teams problems. 

This isn't the first time we've heard a coach gush about Reed's talent. His ability has never been the issue. In 2015 and 2016, Reed was in the conversation with Rob Gronkowski as the league's best tight end, catching over 150 passes for 1,638 yards and 17 touchdowns in two years. If it weren't for seven diagnosed concussions throughout his career, who knows what kind of player he could have become. 

Perhaps Reed can tap into the production he has left in him with the 49ers. Maybe he can avoid the head injuries that have plagued his career. Nobody is rooting against him making a comeback, the unfortunate part is we haven't had a reason to believe it'll happen. 

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Brandon Scherff is way more interested in talking about beer than his contract situation

Brandon Scherff is way more interested in talking about beer than his contract situation

Brandon Scherff isn't a big talker. The 28-year-old prefers blocking interior defenders, mauling cornerbacks on screen plays, spending time outdoors or simply not talking over talking.

So it wasn't a massive surprise when Scherff sidestepped a few direct questions about his contract situation during a Wednesday Zoom call with the media. The right guard is going to be playing out the 2020 season on the franchise tag, which will pay him a cool $15 million, but then he'll face the unknown after that. 

And he didn't really feel like getting too far into discussing that unknown in his session with reporters.

"I'm honestly not worried about next year at all," Scherff said. "I'm just focused on doing what coach asks and trying to be that leader he wants me to be. If I do everything right, things will fall in place."

While Scherff didn't touch on any specifics about choosing the tag over a long-term deal with the only organization he's known, he did reiterate how he overall wants his career to unfold. This time, though, there was a slight twist to the statement.

"I told you I wanted to retire as Re — or, as a player of the Washington Team," he said. 

To Scherff's credit, he did open up about other topics, including how he spent his offseason.

A quick scan through his Twitter reveals that much of his quarantine involved the wilderness and drinking beer. Those were a few aspects he was more than happy to expand on.

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"I did a lot of turkey hunting, I did a lot of fishing," Scherff said. "Busch Light was only on Saturdays, so I held off on that. They have Busch Light Apple now, so I think fruit's good for you, right?"

He was even kind enough to provide a review of that new beverage option. 

"It's pretty good," he said, "but Busch regular is the go-to now."

As for the more important things — though let's not joke around, Busch Light is plenty important — like his health and the new Washington regime, Scherff sounded upbeat about both.

He explained that his recent injury history has forced him to reevaluate how he takes care of his body and one person he's trying to emulate in that respect is Ryan Kerrigan. He's also adjusting how early he gets to the facility before activities like meetings and workouts, something he didn't quite grasp as a younger player.

Then there's Ron Rivera's takeover.

Before January, Jay Gruden was the only boss Scherff had ever known as a pro. Scherff, like nearly every other member of the Washington Football Team, has been impressed by Rivera and is eager to see where he leads the franchise.

"Change is good," he said. "You've just got to do what Coach Rivera asks, he's been very successful and I think he's the right man for the job and we're excited to have him at the top."

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