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Despite early results, Alex Smith is confident in the progress with his wide receivers

Despite early results, Alex Smith is confident in the progress with his wide receivers

The Redskins signed two new wide receivers this week in Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman, and while that might generate attention, those two players will not solve Washington's offensive funk. 

For the Redskins pass game to improve, Alex Smith needs to increase his connections with Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson. Despite poor statistics through two games, Smith sees the chemistry with his wideouts growing. 

"I think it's hard looking at the numbers with these first two weeks just the defenses we played, the style that they've played necessarily hasn’t dictated a lot of balls going outside to those guys," Smith said Wednesday. 

Smith is right that it's hard looking at the numbers.

Through two games, the Redskins top three receivers have combined for 18 catches and 173 yards. There are 11 players around the league with more than 200 yards receiving. Not teams, individual players. 

It's definitely too early to discount the Redskins wideout crew, and Smith believes in his receivers. 

"I feel really good about it. Those guys all work extremely hard. They're all crazy talented."

Talented or not, injuries could play a big role, too.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden revealed Wednesday that Richardson underwent an MRI but that everything came back clear. The speedy wideout injured his AC joint on a diving catch attempt in Week 1, and Gruden suggested he might have tweaked his knee in the Week 2 loss to the Colts. Even with modest numbers of eight catches for 85 yards, Richardson is the team's leading receiver, and losing him for any game action would be a big blow to the offense.

Richardson did not practice on Wednesday but said in the locker room that his knee is fine, though the shoulder injury has continued to bother him. 

Assuming Richardson can play Sunday, the top three wideouts need more production, and more opportunities. 

"In hindsight, you're always kicking yourself," Smith said. "We could’ve done this, could’ve done that, I could’ve done this, things like that. What's tough in that game, it felt like you also wanted to tell yourself to stay patient."

The Redskins offense lacked big plays against Indianapolis, though had Doctson or Richardson been able to haul in two different passes it might have made a difference. 

Going forward, the good news is Smith believes he can get things working well with the starting wideouts. The Redskins need that to happen. 

"It's a process that never ends. You're constantly working at that. You don't know when that opportunity is going to present itself. I think all those things, it comes in bunches. You keep working. You never stop, no matter what," Smith said. 

In Week 2, the 'Skins offense struggled to move the ball and did not score a single touchdown. That needs to be better.

"You just keep firing and you keep taking your shots when they're there and you don't think or dwell on the rest. I think you just kind of keep staying in the moment and focusing on what you have to do."

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DeMatha alumni Chase Young and Paul Rabil execute socially distant jersey swap

DeMatha alumni Chase Young and Paul Rabil execute socially distant jersey swap

Chase Young hasn't played a single snap for the Redskins yet and he's already swapping his No. 99 jersey with other pro athletes. 

Fellow DeMatha alumni and PLL star Paul Rabil got things started on Twitter by offering his No. 99 Atlas jersey for Young's, all the while abiding by social distancing guidelines. 

Young then responded, which feels like an appropriate time to mention how nonchalantly these guys throw around the triple-XL jersey as their jersey size. 

Rabil and Young, who share the same high school, have a mutual admiration for one another. A few months after the Redskins made Young the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Rabil revealed he reached out to the young pass-rusher to congratulate him. 

Chase is great, man," Rabil said in June. "I shot him a note because obviously I think he's a generational talent, his athleticism, his size and his work ethic... I'm pumped to see him wear No. 99. We have that in common. Sharing some additional commonalities is something Chase and I went back and forth on."

From Rabil to Markelle Fultz, Young has plenty of support from local stars as he gets set to begin his career with his hometown team. 

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Tony Dungy won't say Redskins team name on air: 'It's not hard to change the name'

Tony Dungy won't say Redskins team name on air: 'It's not hard to change the name'

The controversy surrounding the Redskins' team name has gained steam in recent days as numerous investors have reportedly urged Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to end their relationships with the franchise unless the name is changed. 

Several government officials have also reportedly denied Washington from potentially moving to RFK stadium in the future if they remain the Redskins. 

Now, more voices around the game have begun to let their objections be known, including two-time Super Bowl champion and Football Night in America analyst Tony Dungy. In an interview with The Undefeated's William C. Rhoden, Dungy admitted he's stayed away from using "Redskins" when referring to Washington's pro football team on the air. 

“It’s not hard to change the name,” Dungy said. “When I’m on the air, I try to just refer to them as Washington. I think it’s appropriate. If the team doesn’t want to change, the least I can do is try not to use it.”

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The increase in attention to the team's name comes at a time where racial injustice has become a paramount societal problem. Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, protests erupted across the country. 

“You can say, ‘This has been a historic name and we’ve used it for this team for X number of years, but in this day and age, it’s offensive to some people, so we’re going to change it.’ I don’t think that’s hard,” Dungy said.

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In his first public comments about his new team's name, head coach Ron Rivera said the conversation, "Is all about the moment and timing."

"But I'm just somebody that's from a different era when football wasn't such a big part of the political scene," he said. That's one of the tough things, too, is I've always wanted to keep that separate."

The Redskins have not yet responded to recent developments involving outside investors and government officials. 

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