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Former Redskin Doc Walker believes there's an 'easy' fix for the team's new name

Former Redskin Doc Walker believes there's an 'easy' fix for the team's 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.

Last Tuesday, Washington head coach Ron Rivera was asked in a radio interview his opinion on the Redskins keeping their name.

"It's all about the moment and the timing," Rivera said. "But I'm just somebody that's from a different era when football wasn't such a big part of the political scene. That's one of the tough things, too, is I've always wanted to keep that separate."

His response, which was the first time he publicly addressed the team's controversial name since taking over in January, was very unlike himself, according to ESPN980's Doc Walker. That's when Walker first felt that perhaps there was some movement behind the scenes about a potential change in the matter.

"The thing that I'm surprised about is that when Ron was asked about it earlier in the week, his answer indicated to me that something's up," Walker told NBC Sports Washington. "Because he's been so straight forward and a terrific leader. But he didn't answer that with confidence, and that told me something was going on behind the scenes."

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Since then, the team has faced tremendous amounts of public pressure from its largest corporate sponsors, specifically FedEx, Nike, Pepsi and Bank of America. On Friday, Washington announced that it's undergoing a "thorough investigation" of its team name. In short, a change appears to be rather imminent.

As for what the Redskins new name will be, Walker believes there's a rather simple choice.

"The Warriors. It's so easy," Walker told NBC Sports Washington. "All you have to do is put the arrow back on the helmet. You don't have to change anything else. Warriors on the warpath, fight for old D.C. It's that simple."

The Warriors, along with the Redtails and Redhawks, have been a few of the popular choices for a potential change. However, Walker doesn't believe Washington would be able to sell the name 'Redtails' in the country's current climate of social justice.

"I've heard Redtails. I've learned about them. That was cool for me to learn," Walker said. "In this climate right now, let me see them sell that. I just think that at some point, you can't change and erase hundreds of years of neglect and racism in a month. It's just unrealistic that you can wipe everything clean with one swipe. It's going to be a struggle, but you do have to get the process started."

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Walker, who played tight end for Washington for six seasons in the 1980s, believes that switching the name is the right choice, especially since the name 'Redskins' is offensive to a certain group of people.

"When it's something that brings a group of people pride, that's one thing," Walker said. "But if it shames some of them, then you don't do that. For me, whenever it's a mixed message, I opt to the side of the people that are affected the most."

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Washington Football Team has noticed the Red Wolves movement from fans

Washington Football Team has noticed the Red Wolves movement from fans

The Washington Football Team has announced that it will not have a new moniker until the 2021 offseason at the earliest, but that hasn't stopped fans from giving their input on what the franchise's new name should be.

As part of the process for selecting a new name, Washington has asked for fans to send in their suggestions. On Monday, the team's official account shared a submission from one fan named Sarah, who is in favor of the name 'Red Wolves.'

"Once I saw it, I really fell in love. I really love the idea of Washington Red Wolves," Sarah wrote. "I have been a fan of the team since I was born, so that's over 26 years, and my dad has been a season ticket holder for a while. Can't wait for what's next."

Out of all the potential name suggestions, Red Wolves is the suggestion that has arguably gained the biggest following amongst the Washington fanbase - at least on social media.

In polls taken by NBC Sports Washington, the Washington Post and popular fan account formerly known as @RedskinsToday_, Red Wolves was the overwhelming favorite.

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Monday's post from Washington was the fourth fan submission the team has shared on its official Twitter account. However, the post on Monday was a little different than the first three.

The suggestion from Sarah was the first post the franchise shared that suggested a specific name; the first three fan responses Washington shared were generic and didn't have one individual favorite name.

The fans have made their voice heard, as Washington has received over 5,000 responses of potential name suggestions. 

While this may mean a whole bunch of nothing (this is just Twitter, after all), Washington has now officially acknowledged the Red Wolves movement from fans.

And for those that desperately want Washington Red Wolves to be the team's name from 2021 and on, that's good news no matter what way you look at it.

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Terry McLaurin ranked above AJ Green, Adam Thielen as top WRs entering 2020 season

Terry McLaurin ranked above AJ Green, Adam Thielen as top WRs entering 2020 season

Terry McLaurin had an outstanding season for the Washington Football Team in 2019, a campaign that ultimately ended just eight yards short of breaking Gary Clark's franchise rookie record.

Based on the eye test and his numbers alone, it's easy to see why Washington is so excited about the second-year pass-catcher for years to come. But if those two things weren't enough to convince you that McLaurin is going to be a star, the advanced analytics will change your mind.

Pro Football Focus has ranked McLaurin as the 13th-best wide receiver entering the 2020 season, ahead of former Pro Bowl pass-catchers Adam Thielen, T.Y. Hilton and A.J. Green, to name a few.

Here's what the advanced analytics website had to say about the Washington pass-catcher:

McLaurin had one of the biggest surprise rookie seasons in recent memory last year. The former third-round pick earned an 86.5 receiving grade, sixth in the league, but it was also the second-best grade we have ever given to a rookie wide receiver. He is an advanced route-runner who can separate downfield at a high rate — he generated separation at the sixth-highest rate in the league on targets of 10-plus yards downfield against single coverage last year. McLaurin averaged 2.05 yards per route run last year, 14th among wide receivers, and he did that despite seeing the second-lowest rate of accurate targets among rookie wide receivers. If Dwayne Haskins can take that next step forward, McLaurin figures to be a force to be reckoned with in Washington.

As the blurb mentioned, McLaurin exceeded all expectations as a rookie in 2019. His 58 catches and 919 receiving yards were by-far a team-high. The third-round pick's seven receiving touchdowns were responsible for almost half of Washington's touchdowns in 2019 via the pass.

PFF took notice of McLaurin's production in 2019 despite the little help he had around him. McLaurin earned an 86.5 receiving grade a year ago, which was the sixth-best mark in the league. That rating was the third-highest overall grade of any rookie last season.

But of all the advanced analytic stats, this one is perhaps the most impressive one: In PFF's history, only Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014 had a higher-graded rookie season than McLaurin had a year ago. 

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The last part of PFF's breakdown of McLaurin is what will likely determine the second-year wideout's success the most. While Washington head coach Ron Rivera has yet to name Dwayne Haskins the starter, many signs point towards the 23-year-old being Washington's starter in Week 1.

Once Haskins became Washington's starter midway through the season, he and McLaurin began to form a solid duo before injuries prematurely ended both of their rookie campaigns. The connection between the two can be traced back to 2016, when they first became teammates at Ohio State.

Now in Washington, no two players on offense mean more to both the short- and long-term success of the Football Team's offense than Haskins and McLaurin.

McLaurin was a third-round pick and saw 11 other pass-catchers hear them name called before Washington eventually selected him 74th overall in 2019. When Washington picked No. 17, they knew they were getting a speedy wide receiver with excellent character and a fantastic special teamer.

One year later, they have one of the league's brightest rising stars in the game, a player all the other 31 teams would love to have.

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