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Does Colin Kaepernick deserve another chance in the NFL? Adrian Peterson weighs in

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Does Colin Kaepernick deserve another chance in the NFL? Adrian Peterson weighs in

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson made crystal clear that he believes former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserves another chance to play in the NFL.

"Without a doubt," Peterson said on Monday.

The Kaepernick question all of a sudden has relevance in Washington, and not because of the quarterback's political activism. When Redskins QB Alex Smith Smith broke his leg in a loss to the Texans on Sunday, the team turned to backup Colt McCoy, and there isn't another quarterback on the roster. 

On Monday, Washington brought in a host of veteran free agent passers for tryouts, but not Kaepernick. 

Kaepernick hasn't played since the 2016 season, when he got benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert despite having 16 touchdowns against four interceptions in 12 games that season. After that, Kaepernick's political activism became a national focal point as he began a movement with NFL players kneeling during the national anthem and he hasn't played in a regular season game since. 

Peterson wasn't the only one to support Kaepernick. Veteran third down back Chris Thompson agreed. 

PFT reported Sunday night that despite the QB vacancy the Redskins would not be calling Kaepernick. And considering that the team already held workouts with a number of available passers, it seems like that report will hold. 

It's also worthwhile to point out that while both Peterson and Thompson said Kaepernick deserves another shot at an NFL tryout, neither said specifically the Redskins should be making that overture. 

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The 49ers and Patriots need tackles, and the Redskins should trade Trent Williams

The 49ers and Patriots need tackles, and the Redskins should trade Trent Williams

Trent Williams does not want to play for the Redskins. If he did, he'd be playing for them.

It's time for all parties to stop the charade that Williams might come back to Ashburn and everything will be water under the bridge.

In fact, it's time to trade Trent Williams. 

On Sunday, the 49ers and the Patriots suffered injuries to their left tackles. In San Francisco, Joe Staley broke his leg and will miss a few months if not the rest of the season. The Niners are sitting at 2-0 and look to have their best chance at making the playoffs in the three seasons under Kyle Shanahan's watch. Losing Staley will hurt those chances. 

Sure, there's plenty of bad blood between Shanahan and the Redskins organization. The San Francisco coach believes the Redskins did him and his father wrong during their ugly divorce in 2013, when the organization chose Robert Griffin III over the coaching staff. 

Know what? Who cares. This is professional football and the front office needs to do what's best long-term for the Redskins, not hold a team back due to petty squabbles from nearly a decade ago. 

If San Francisco wants Trent, and makes a reasonable offer, Washington needs to listen. 

New England has already inquired about Trent. That happened. There was no real conversation about a trade then, but that doesn't mean there can't be now. 

Other teams will have injuries, and other teams certainly have needs on the offensive line. 

The Redskins appear to be taking a stand, refusing to bow to Williams' demands and waiting for his return. ESPN reported that could happen this week as Williams is racking up millions in fines. It's also worth pointing out that potential trade partners could be scared off if Williams is working behind the scenes in demand of a new contract. 

At some point, however, the organization is cutting off their nose to spite their face. Trent doesn't want to be here. It's obvious. If he wanted to be in Washington, he would be in Washington. 

There is another angle to this, now, after an 0-2 start that didn't apply in August or July or any earlier point in Williams' holdout. Earlier in the year, the Redskins had hope of delivering some strong on-field performances and proving they're not a team in the middle of a rebuild.

At 0-2 and with a defense giving up 31.5 points-per-game, it's extremely unlikely the 2019 Redskins season ends in a playoff game. Nearly 90 percent of teams that open 0-2 don't make the playoffs. 

It's time for honesty in the Trent Williams situation. He wants out. Teams could use him, multiple teams, and it stands to reason the Redskins could recoup at least a first-round pick if they move Williams. 

Going into 2020, Washington will be looking at Dwayne Haskins at quarterback and there could be a significant amount of salary cap space to maneuver in Washington. Wouldn't an additional first-round pick help the team more in the long run? Consider, too, that even if Williams returns in 2019, he's unlikely to be happy about his contract or whatever else is on his mind in 2020. Does Washington really want to elongate this drama and deal with it all of next season?

Trent Williams wants out. Teams need him. Make the deal. 

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It's been just two weeks, but the Redskins have found their No. 1 wide receiver in rookie Terry McLaurin

It's been just two weeks, but the Redskins have found their No. 1 wide receiver in rookie Terry McLaurin

The Redskins wasted no time during Sunday's contest against the Dallas Cowboys to take a shot. On their first offensive play from scrimmage, quarterback Case Keenum stepped back in the pocket and uncorked a deep spiral several yards down the middle of the field.

The play was similar to one that worked a week ago in Philadelphia. While Keenum's pass fell incomplete, it was a sign of what the Redskins offense has been trying to do so far in 2019: get the ball to No. 17.

It's taken just two games for Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin to prove he is a legit NFL wide receiver. In less than six months, he's turned himself from a speedy third-round pick to the Burgundy and Gold's No. 1 option in the passing game. 

McLaurin's production in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Dallas took a dip from his outstanding opener against Philadelphia, where he totaled 121 yards and a touchdown in his debut. Still, he led the Redskins in receiving yards (65) and targets (9) on Sunday, as well as tieing for the team-high in receptions (5), all while facing Dallas' Byron Jones, one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL.

To put it simply, he's quickly become, quarterback Case Keenum's go-to guy.

"He's poised. He doesn't get too out of his element," Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said on the rookie. "He runs great routes as well."

Peterson, like many of us, did not know much about McLaurin entering the season. After all, he had just 35 receptions as a senior at Ohio State a year ago. 

"I didn't really know too much about him. I just thought maybe he was like a speed guy," Peterson said. 

In college, McLaurin earned the reputation of being a great special teams player. But he impressed at wide receiver so much during training camp that head coach Jay Gruden had to pull him off the special teams unit and keep him strictly as a wideout, according to the FOX broadcast. That's how valuable the Redskins think he is.

Through two games, McLaurin has a total of 10 receptions, 189 yards, and a touchdown in each contest. He would've gone over 200 receiving yards in his stellar NFL debut if Keenum didn't slightly overthrow him on a deep post. 

Since 1996, only four wide receivers have totalled more receiving yards in their first two NFL games than McLaurin. The four? Anquan Boldin, Marquise Brown, Stefon Diggs, and Will Fuller. To put into perspective, both Randy Moss (184) and DeAndre Hopkins (183) had fewer receiving yards in his first two games than McLaurin has (189).

It didn't take long for McLaurin to prove he is a lot more than just a speed guy. He can run every route and has impressed many of his teammates.

"He showed that he can be crisp when it comes to running routes," Peterson said. "It's very impressive to have that, the short game and be a threat as well."

There's still plenty of uncharted potential with McLaurin as well. 

"We're still learning what Terry can do," Keenum said.

Through two weeks of the Redskins 2019 season, there has not been a lot to cheer about. Opening up the season with two losses, each to a division rival, was just about the worst-case scenario for the Burgundy and Gold. 

But if McLaurin's first two NFL games are a sign of what's to come, the Redskins will have struck gold with their third-round pick.

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