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Dwayne Haskins says he's 'blessed' to call Alex Smith a teammate

Dwayne Haskins says he's 'blessed' to call Alex Smith a teammate

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of Redskins quarterback Alex Smith's gruesome leg injury. He broke the tibia and fibula bones in his leg Week 11 last season in a game against the Houston Texans, and after significant infections and more than a dozen surgeries, Smith finally appears on the road to recovery. 

Elizabeth Smith, Alex's wife, posted an uplifting video to Instagram documenting the quarterback's rehab to this point. Remarkably, he's running and working out again despite some reports this time last year that he might lose functionality in that leg forever. 

Tuesday morning Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins posted to Twitter reacting to Smith's video, "This man, is one of the best people I ever been around. Blessed to be able to call him a teammate."

In the immediate months after the injury, Smith was not around the team much. He was in the hospital for a significant amount of time and then worked on his rehab. But he's been a near constant presence at Redskin Park since the summer. Smith was in Richmond for training camp, and he's been traveling with the team for road games. 

The rookie was not around last fall when the injury occurred, and since Haskins joined the team in late April, Smith has been there. 

Smith is a part of this Redskins team, and clearly Haskins views that as a resource.

That's a good tone for the rookie and the veteran to strike because on some level, the two could eventually be competing for the starting quarterback job. Smith is guaranteed more than $20 million for the 2020 season, and at this point, it seems unlikely the Redskins would release him. Perhaps an injury settlement could arrive and Smith takes a different role in the organization, but that's speculation at this point. It's also possible that Haskins puts together a string of impressive play down the stretch of the 2019 season and takes a firm hold as Redskins QB1 for 2020. 

There's also one other wrinkle for 2020 that could emerge at quarterback. With a 1-9 record, the Redskins are currently in line for the 2nd overall pick. Should LSU quarterback Joe Burrow fall to 2, or should the Redskins finish the season with the No. 1 overall pick, things could get very interesting.

For now, Redskins fans should be happy to see the relationship between an accomplished veteran like Smith and a first-round pick like Haskins. The two have much in common, being Heisman finalists and playing for Urban Meyer in college. The first overall pick in 2005, Smith knows what it takes to make it in the NFL, and that knowledge could certainly hold some value for Haskins. 

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There are a ton of creative Redskins jersey mock-ups on Twitter, so let's rank them

There are a ton of creative Redskins jersey mock-ups on Twitter, so let's rank them

It's a Saturday in early June and live major sports haven't happened in like nine years. That means it's the perfect time to rank Redskins jerseys.

There's a twist to this set of rankings, though — the threads you're about to see don't even exist. Trippy, right?

While Ron Rivera is changing just about everything about his new franchise, it sure seems like Washington's uniforms aren't getting any sort of update. But that hasn't stopped tons of Twitter users from coming up with some very interesting mock-ups.

So, here's a list of some of the more notable ones that are out there, starting with the worst and working up to the sweetest.

What, you have something better to do this weekend than check out hypothetical unis? Course you don't. Get to scrolling...

6) Here, the Burgundy and Gold becomes the Gold and Gray/Grey (why does such a boring color have multiple spellings?):

No thanks. Analysis over. Moving on.

5) OK, so the look above is really the only heinous one. The rest, starting with this white-on-white proposal, are all varying levels of fresh:

The white facemask in this mock-up is a subtle yet excellent idea, because white facemasks always work. The simple number with no trim is nice, too.

The problem here, though, is that Dwayne Haskins appears like he's taking snaps for USC and not the Redskins. This is a solid concept, yet one that still needs some adjustments to make it top-notch.

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4) The selling point for No. 4 is that it brings back the beloved spear, then puts the beloved spear on a matte helmet:

The rest is fine, but the helmet on its own is a 24/10. 

3) This ensemble delivers, as it gives off some serious Capitals-at-the-2015-Winter-Classic vibes:

Some fans seemed to get upset over the inclusion of some Cowboys-like stars (nothing like getting mad over something that isn't real!), but overall, this is sharp, even though it's not that complex. 

2) Bruce Allen was never pro-Color Rush (or pro-winning games), so the Redskins never got close to wearing gold jerseys. If they ever did in the future, however, hopefully they'd be as gorgeous as these:

The DC flag on the shoulders is dope and, yep, so is the white facemask. Unfortunately, this creation just barely lost out to the winner of this theoretical list.   

1) Here's a uniform that would feel totally new and throwback at the same time:

That helmet? Beautiful. The grey facemask? Nailed it. The gold on the shoulders? Uh-huh. The white numbers with no outline? Yes please.

In all, this is a perfect design, and one that would make every contest more pleasurable to watch. Even the ones that end with mostly visiting fans having a party at FedEx Field. 

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WATCH: Dwayne Haskins throws a dart to Steven Sims during Friday workout

WATCH: Dwayne Haskins throws a dart to Steven Sims during Friday workout

While coaches and staffs across the NFL were allowed to report to team facilities for the first time in months on Friday, the league has yet to allow players to return just yet.

But not being able to work out at Redskins Park has not stopped second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins and some of his receivers from getting some work together during this pandemic-ridden offseason. Just last week, the QB posted a picture of him with three of his fellow second-year veterans, wideouts Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims Jr. and Kelvin Harmon.

On Friday, Haskins was seen throwing deep passes to Sims, and popular burgundy and gold fan page Redskins Today reposted the footage on Twitter.

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On this route, Haskins hits Sims perfectly in stride on a vertical route down the seam, and the second-year receiver caught the pass perfectly in stride. Sims had a fantastic end to the 2019 season and the undrafted wideout could play a much bigger role for Washington next season.

Haskins, too, is expected to make a significant jump in his second season. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has stated he intends to enter training camp with Haskins as the starter, and the quarterback has used this offseason to get into, in his words, "the best shape of [his] life."

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Videos from the workout were documented on filmmaker Joey White's (@officialjoeyw) Instagram story.

Redskins fans hope the extra work Haskins and his receivers are putting in this offseason will translate to success on the field, as Washington finished 31st in total offense and dead last in points per game last season.

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