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Drew Brees sets NFL passing record in first half vs. Redskins

Drew Brees sets NFL passing record in first half vs. Redskins

NEW ORLEANS -- It had to be the deep ball. 

Drew Brees has always shown the ability to go deep and make big plays, and on Monday night, he delivered maybe his best. 

Late in the first half, Brees had 166 pass yards and needed 35 more to break the all-time NFL passing yardage record set by Peyton Manning at 71,940 yards.

In style, Brees hit wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith down the right sideline for a 62-yard touchdown. 

The Saints quarterback already sealed a Hall of Fame spot years ago, but this record likely won't be broken for some time. He surpassed both Brett Favre and Peyton Manning on Monday night to break the record. 

Of active quarterbacks, Tom Brady trails Brees by about 4,000 yards, which is about a full NFL season's worth of yards. Should Brees retire and Brady keep playing, maybe that could change, but outside of that possibility, the record seems safe. 

A second-round pick in 2001 out of Purdue, Brees began his career with the Chargers. He left San Diego as a free agent when the team decided to go with Philip Rivers, and has been in New Orleans since 2006.

With Brees at the helm, the Saints have been a perennial playoff team and won the Super Bowl in 2009.

Redskins players were not excited about facing Brees with the record on the line, but in reality, there wasn't much Washington could do. Even a bad game for Brees would still finish with more than 201 pass yards. 

And this was not a bad game. 

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Morgan Moses most impressed with Dwayne Haskins 'knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 QB'

Morgan Moses most impressed with Dwayne Haskins 'knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 QB'

Ron Rivera might be hesitant to name Dwayne Haskins the Washington starting quarterback but right tackle Morgan Moses did not hold back with his praise of the second-year QB.

"Seeing his change, knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 QB has probably been the most impressive thing from a rookie guy that some had written off," Moses said on Friday. 

Speaking on a Zoom call with local reporters, Moses explained that Haskins' growth and improved confidence stand out compared to his rookie season. Last year it was understandable that at times Haskins would struggle with play calls or specific offensive concepts, but this year, he's taken command.

"You can hear every word he says in the huddle. Those are the things he might have struggled with the year before," Moses said. "He's developed that mental aspect of his game."

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Haskins struggled mightily early on as a rookie in a messy situation. As the year progressed and he got some understanding of life in the NFL, he improved. By the end of the season Haskins played his best football, and this offseason, it seems he's used that momentum to prepare for a big 2020 year.

"He did a great job of turning himself around this offseason," Moses said. 

While the team was unable to practice or run through organized football activities, Haskins did work out with some of the Washington wide receivers in the offseason. He also shed weight and added muscle and impressed the new coaching staff with his command of the playbook. Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner talked earlier this offseason about quizzing Haskins, and that the former Ohio State star nailed the questions. 

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In the end, however, winning the offseason won't matter. It's about what Haskins can do on the field this fall that will determine his future in Washington.

Moses said that every player in the locker room has plenty to prove this fall, to themselves and to the new coaching staff, and that includes Haskins. The biggest takeaway though is that Haskins has done his best to put himself in a position to succeed. Coaches noticed, and now players are too. 

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Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current New York Jets and former Washington Football Team wide receiver Josh Doctson has opted out of the 2020 NFL season amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced on Thursday.

Doctson was one of 67 players around the league including Washington's Caleb Brantley and Josh Harvey-Clemons, as many have decided to sit out the season in order to lower their risk of contracting the virus. 

Doctson was placed in the " unspecified'" grouping for the opt out, while "voluntary'" and "higher risk" were the other two options. Players had until Thursday at 4 p.m. to make the decision.

The pass catcher was Washington's first round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he never quite lived up to expectations. Injuries, drops and an inability to ever get comfortable in the offense led to Doctson only compelling 1,110 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons in Washington.

Just before the start of the 2019 regular season, Doctson was released by Washington and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in just one game and had no receptions. He signed with the Jets in February.

Now, the wide receiver will wait until 2021 to see if he can change the fortune of his NFL career. 

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