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Doug Williams says Redskins never discussed signing Colin Kaepernick, likely because of where they play

Doug Williams says Redskins never discussed signing Colin Kaepernick, likely because of where they play

Colin Kaepernick’s name has been thrust into national conversations again recently, as people take to the streets to protest police brutality and racial inequality following the murder of George Floyd.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, hasn’t played a snap in the NFL since bringing attention to the same issues in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem. His absence from the league has been debated in the years since, but after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s admission that the league was wrong for not previously listening to its players on matters of social justice, people are again calling for a team to hire the former signal caller.

The subject was again broached Friday when former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, the team's senior VP of player development, joined “The Dan Patrick Show.” Patrick asked whether the Redskins had considered signing Kaepernick in the past. Williams said the conversation never came up, likely due to the city the team represents.

“I think what happened here, we’re in a heavily, heavily military area,” Williams said. “And I think the guy that sits on Pennsylvania Avenue -- 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -- made such a big stink of it, the fans in this area... might’ve been a tough situation for both the team and [Kaepernick].”

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Williams is referring to President Donald Trump, who at a rally in 2017 called for NFL owners to ‘get that son of a b----’ off the field, referring to players peacefully protesting. 

“You don’t want to bring people into a situation where nobody is going to be happy,” Williams said. “I think that’s probably what happened, why he didn’t come up during that time.”

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But while Williams could see how Washington may not be the ideal landing spot, he agreed with his interviewer that Kansas City could be a good option. Patrick said he thinks the Super Bowl-winning Chiefs under coach Andy Reid would be the best situation for Kaepernick.

“Andy Reid just won a Super Bowl,” Patrick said. “He brought in Michael Vick after he went to prison. You got the most secure position in football with Patrick Mahomes. And you could bring [Kaepernick] in as a backup quarterback just to get him back in the game. And then maybe he gets a fair shot with somebody after that.”

Williams responded by speaking glowingly about Reid, and recalled a time he asked the former Eagles coach why he decided to give Vick a second chance.

“He told me, he was as real as real can get; he had two sons, and they had gotten in a little trouble,” Williams said. “He said, ‘hey, my son got in trouble.’ He said, ‘everybody deserves a second chance.’ And you know what, that was good enough for me. And I think if anybody could stomach that and handle Kaepernick and mentor him and understand where he’s coming from, it would be Andy Reid.”

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This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

One Washington Football fan took the hypothetical designs to the next level in his complete rebranding of the team under the name ‘Washington Scouts.’

Michigan-based graphic designer Zack Rueger proposed Scouts to replace Washington’s previous mascot in hopes of honoring Native Americans. In describing his inspiration, he wrote, “Scouts celebrates the proud tradition of Native American culture and the inclusion of scouts into the military.”

He went on to reference the impacts Native Americans had on the military such as the 29 Native American soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor or the Alamo Scouts during World War II who ran 108 missions without losing a single person. Rather than removing the team's previous connection to Native American culture, Rueger believed Washington could honor them in its new name.

In addition to coining a name, he created a plethora of logos, jerseys and branded designs that the team could use. First, he designed three separate logos: a word mark logo, a primary logo and a throwback logo. The word mark logo features the team’s name in a box below the city name. The primary logo is a ‘W’ with a feather in the middle. The throwback logo is a scout riding a horse on top of a football. 

Next, Rueger designed four different uniforms: home, away, throwback and color rush. The home uniforms feature the traditional burgundy jersey with gold pants and a gold helmet. The away combination is a white jersey, gold helmet and burgundy pants. The throwbacks are a burgundy and white combo, similar to the away jerseys but with a white helmet that showcases the throwback logo. Finally, the color rush jerseys are predominately gold with accents of burgundy. 

However, Rueger didn’t stop with logos and uniforms. He also created advertisements, mock tickets, hypothetical social media posts for game day, fan merchandise like branded hoodies and hats and even a website layout for the team. 

While Scouts is new to the team name discussion and hasn’t been considered a frontrunner, Rueger made it especially easy to visualize the change happening with this detailed rebranding.

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Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington's group of receivers is about to become a lot more experienced and a little deeper thanks to a pending Monday signing.

To help fill out one of the weaker areas on the roster, the team is reportedly going to bring in Dontrelle Inman, according to Ian Rapoport. Inman's physical, which Rapoport says should be completed soon, is the last step of the transaction.

The 31-year-old will immediately become the oldest option at the position, taking that designation away from the 27-year-old Cody Latimer. Ron Rivera has explained multiple times this offseason how he wants at least one established pro on the outside to help lead up-and-comers like Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims and Antonio Gandy-Golden. For now, Inman looks like he'll be the guy for that role.

Last year, Inman caught 12 passes for 181 yards in seven total games (three with the Colts and four with the Chargers). His best output came in 2016 with then-San Diego, when he posted 58 receptions for 810 yards and four scores.

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The focus for Inman will now be catching up on Scott Turner's playbook. If he's able to do that, he could have a real shot at sticking with Washington for 2020, especially with Latimer currently on the Commissioner's Exempt list and Kelvin Harmon recovering from a torn ACL.

In fact, it doesn't even feel that crazy to say Inman could eventually be in the mix for a starting spot, considering how unproven the other in-house choices are.

At the very least, the signing gives the Washington Football Team someone who's shown they can be productive in the NFL. That's a pretty low bar for an August move, of course, but it's also just the reality of what Rivera and Turner are working with on offense right now. 

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