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Former Redskins RB Matt Jones powers St. Louis BattleHawks past the New York Guardians

Former Redskins RB Matt Jones powers St. Louis BattleHawks past the New York Guardians

Former Redskins running back Matt Jones was a force on the ground Sunday afternoon for the BattleHawks in the team's 29-9 win against the Guardians.

Jones paved the way for the St. Louis win, rushing for 95 yards and a score on 15 carries.

Jones was drafted by the Redskins in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida.

He impressed the coaching staff during his first year in D.C. (794 all-purpose yards, 4 total TDs) but struggled to hold on to the ball, fumbling five times. 

Jones was named the starting running back in 2016 after the Redskins decided to let Alfred Morris leave in free agency.

In his second season, Jones missed nine games with a rash of injuries and eventually lost his starting spot to Rob Kelley. 

He was waived shortly before the start of the 2017 NFL season by the Redskins, and he has been on the move ever since.

Jones and the BattleHawks head to Audi Field for a matchup with the DC Defenders on Sunday, March 8.

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Redskins have reportedly interviewed this LSU left tackle who could be a mid-round target

Redskins have reportedly interviewed this LSU left tackle who could be a mid-round target

The Redskins have reportedly interviewed LSU left tackle Saahdiq Charles ahead of April's draft, according to Draft Network analyst Jordan Reid. This is significant, of course, because the team's relationship with its best left tackle isn't exactly a good one these days.

Charles, according to Reid, grades out as a late Day 2 or early Day 3 target, meaning he should go somewhere in the third or fourth round. Perhaps Washington is eyeing him with their 66th pick, which comes right at the start of the third. They also will select twice in the fourth.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder started nine games at left tackle for the Tigers in their recent run to the college football title, serving on Joe Burrow's security detail. He started 10 times as a sophomore and racked up nine more as a freshman, with most coming on the left edge in addition to a few at right tackle and one at right guard.

A player with that amount of experience coming from such a strong program would seem like someone who should be higher up on boards, but Charles had some issues while in school. LSU suspended him for six games last year based on a "coach's decision" and he was also suspended for one contest as a sophomore. 

Getting to the bottom of those suspensions was no doubt a part of the Redskins' interview with Charles.

As things stand now, Cornelius Lucas appears to have the inside track on being Washington's Week 1 starter at left tackle. Lucas recently signed with the Burgundy and Gold as a free agent and could probably replicate what Donald Penn did there in 2019, but that might be his ceiling. Aside from him, no one else on the roster is that appealing.

Obviously, things would really change if the Redskins choose to trade down from the No. 2 slot. They're not going to take an offensive lineman there, but if they move out and acquire additional first-round capital, then they very well could address the issue with a premium prospect.

With their current collection of picks, however, it looks like their best option for finding competition for Lucas will come in the middle rounds of the draft. Charles is one such player who should be there, so it's no surprise the franchise used one of its allotted interviews to do extra research on him.


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DeAngelo Hall unsure that Dwayne Haskins can be Redskins starting QB

DeAngelo Hall unsure that Dwayne Haskins can be Redskins starting QB

As the NFL Draft creeps closer the discussion around the Redskins options with the second overall pick becomes more divisive, and much of that centers around quarterback Dwayne Haskins. 

Former Redskins cornerback and team captain DeAngelo Hall made no secret around what he thinks will happen for Haskins in Washington, and it's not good news. 

"The jury is still out on this kid," Hall said of Haskins during an NFL Network segment. 

When Ron Rivera took over as Redskins coach he brought a new type of energy to the building, and Hall doesn't think the 2019 15th overall pick will thrive.

"I don’t think Dwayne Haskins is going to respond," Hall said. "Ron Rivera is an old school mentality type of coach. He wants competition. These young guys they want things given to them."

it doesn't help that the Redskins traded a fifth-round pick to get Kyle Allen, another young passer that played for Rivera the last two seasons in Carolina. To Hall, that move was a telling sign of the Redskins organizational belief in Haskins going forward.

"With Kyle Allen breathing down your throat you are not going to be able to make many mistakes. I love the kid but I don’t know how [Haskins] wins the starting job. I really don’t, with Ron Rivera knowing Kyle Allen. They traded a fifth-round pick for him."

Hall's comments make sense, especially considering that Rivera and new Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner worked closely with Allen last season. He will come to Washington already familiar with the offense and the scheme while Haskins will be playing catch up. It doesn't help either that due to Coronavirus concerns the Redskins won't have any in-person offseason work, a vital time for Haskins to get up to speed and build familiarity with the new coaching staff. 

The other side of that equation is that despite an awful start to his rookie season, Haskins closed strong with his two best performances. He has a ton of talent and more mobility that people thought coming out of college, and while Rivera publicly challenged Haskins when he first took the job, the coach's tone changed about his QB during the NFL Scouting Combine. Rivera said more than once he was impressed by Haskins' work ethic and near constant presence at Redskins Park in the days before Coronavirus shut everything down. 

Allen had almost the opposite performance in 2019. He started strong but regressed as the season went on. It's important to note too that after the Allen trade, Rivera said that he believes Haskins will go into training camp as the starting QB, words that weren't on accident. 

Regardless, there will be a competition between Haskins and Allen this summer when the Redskins get back on the practice field, and Hall thinks it's Allen's job to lose.