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Doug Williams says no QB from the last two drafts has the arm talent Dwayne Haskins has

Doug Williams says no QB from the last two drafts has the arm talent Dwayne Haskins has

The Redskins ended up taking talented pass rusher Chase Young second overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. But for months, there was plenty of speculation whether new head coach Ron Rivera would use the No. 2 pick on a quarterback, despite the team investing a first-round pick in Dwayne Haskins just a year prior.

So, why did the Burgundy and Gold ultimately end up taking Young instead of another quarterback, such as former Alabama signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon passer Justin Herbert?

During an interview with 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes on Wednesday, Redskins Senior VP of Player Development Doug Williams spoke glowingly about Haskins, saying the second-year QB has the arm talent that no other passer in the last two drafts has.

"I don't care who came out this year, last year, there's not a quarterback that's come out in the last two years that has the ability – from an arm strength standpoint and arm talent – that Dwayne Haskins has," Williams said.

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Coming out of Ohio State, Haskins was considered a raw prospect that had tons of arm talent. Still, with the quarterback talent that has entered the NFL the past two seasons, between Tagovailoa, Herbert, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, and 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray, that's a strong statement from Williams.

Throughout the draft process, the Redskins did their due diligence on Tagovailoa and other quarterbacks, but Rivera felt confident enough in Haskins to go a different direction with the second pick.

As a rookie, Haskins was thrown into a tough situation, where his timeline as a raw prospect and then-head coach Jay Gruden's didn't match. The passer didn't become the starter until Week 9, over a month after Gruden was fired, and struggled at first.

However, Haskins finished his rookie season on a high note, throwing for 394 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing 72 percent of his passes over his final six quarters.

Haskins has taken ownership of the job this offseason, totally committing himself to being the best possible quarterback he can be in 2020. He's trimmed around 15 pounds and been captured working out with Redskins wideouts Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims and Kelvin Harmon multiple times this offseason. 

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The second-year quarterback's dedication during this odd, pandemic-altered offseason has earned himself praise from both Rivera and new offensive coordinator Scott Turner, too.

Williams believes that is Haskins can master the mental part of being an NFL quarterback, the second-year passer has a chance to be very successful.

"Dwayne can throw with the best of them," Williams said. "Now mentally, he has to control the other part, and I think he has aligned himself and realized that's what he has to do and I think that's what he's doing. I think at the end of the day, give him the opportunity to do what everybody is doing, and that is to improve upon his game."

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Reports: Redskins' three minority owners attempting to sell their stakes in the franchise

Reports: Redskins' three minority owners attempting to sell their stakes in the franchise

The three minority owners of the Washington Redskins -- Frederick Smith, Robert Rothman, and Dwight Schar -- are trying to sell their stake in the team, according to a report from the Washington Post on Sunday night. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio first reported Sunday afternoon that Smith and Schar wanted to sell.

The three men have reportedly hired a banking firm to help the search for potential buyers, but according to Florio they have not had much luck. The trio is "not happy being a partner" to Redskins majority owner Dan Snyder, according to the Post.

Smith, Rothman and Schar are Washington's lone minority partners and makeup about 40% of the franchise's ownership group, according to the Post. The three minority owners are the only members of Washington's ownership group outside of Snyder, along with his sister and his mother.

Smith is the CEO and founder of FedEx, one of Washington's largest corporate sponsors. FedEx currently holds the naming rights to Washington's home stadium, FedEx Field, through 2025. The stadium lease expires in 2027.  

This past Thursday, FedEx became one of the first major corporate sponsors of the Redskins to publicly place pressure on the franchise to change its name. Other companies such as Nike, which removed all Redskins' products from its website, along with Bank of America and PepsiCo followed shortly after.

In response, the Redskins released a statement on Friday that the team is undergoing a "thorough review" of the team's name. All signs point toward an inevitable change. New head coach Ron Rivera has said that he hopes the name is changed prior to the 2020 season, which begins in September.

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Former Redskins CB Shawn Springs wouldn't mind a red, white and blue color scheme with new name

Former Redskins CB Shawn Springs wouldn't mind a red, white and blue color scheme with new name

Over the next few days, and in the spirit of a Presidential election year, NBC Sports Washington is polling ex-Redskins players and NFLers who grew up in the DMV for their thoughts on the burgundy-and-gold's pending name change - and what name THEY would like to see.  

With the Redskins officially reviewing their name for a seemingly imminent change, suggestions from fans have poured in. 

Not only do you see name ideas like the "Washington Red Tails" or "Washington Warriors", but nowadays you see logo mockups, uniform designs and new color schemes to go along with them. With almost too many to choose, former Washington all-pro cornerback Shawn Springs highlighted the best suggestions he's seen.

"I like the Washington Warriors or the Senators," Springs told NBC Sports Washington. "With the Senators, you have the Capitals and Nationals, so you can keep that theme in DC."

Springs, a Silver Spring native, played in Washington from 2004-to-08, tallying 12 interceptions, 250 tackles and 52 passes defended. He seemed to like the idea of including the Redskins in the nation's capital theme, especially if it meant changing the team's color scheme to match every other pro team in the city.

"I like the fact that the Nats, Wizards [and Capitals] all wear red white and blue," he said. "I think that'd be a real cool thing for DC. And hell, both the [Nationals and Capitals] won. I just like something that's gonna give you a theme with the rest of the teams [in DC]."

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Washington's controversial name could be seen as divisive for the city's sports fans, so what better way to unite everyone than every team sharing the same color scheme. Pittsburgh is the only other city whose pro sports teams (Penguins, Steelers, Pirates) use the same color scheme, and it certainly works for them. 

One obstacle going with the Senators would be the fact that the name belonged to the city's baseball team from 1901-1960 and again as an expansion team from 1961 to 1971. But Senators 1.0 moved to Minnesota to become the Twins and Senators 2.0 left quickly for Texas to become the Rangers. Baseball has since returned to DC and the Nationals couldn't be a better name for the franchise. Why not bring "Senators" back in a different sport?

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You can recapture some of the town's sports history and perhaps even recycle some of the logo/uniform concepts they used years ago. Not to mention how cool it'd be for a Walter Johnson jersey to become appropriate attire at an NFL game.

Whatever the team's name ends up being, this whole saga has bred a ton of creativity and done a lot of heavy lifting for everyone set to choose new fantasy football team names this year.

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