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Hype builds for Redskins rookie WR Trey Quinn, but practice shows real promise

Hype builds for Redskins rookie WR Trey Quinn, but practice shows real promise

The hype train surrounding the final pick in the 2018 NFL Draft hit a new speed on Wednesday when Redskins head coach Jay Gruden described rookie wideout Trey Quinn with serious praise. 

"He’s a quiet assassin and he just goes out there and is very detailed in his routes," Gruden said of Quinn.

"He’s got strong hands. Very quarterback-friendly target. He can run the option routes. He’s learning from Jamison [Crowder], which is good, but he can also line up in different spots, so Trey is a guy that we’re going to rely on to be able to play multiple spots."

In watching Quinn during the Redskins OTA sessions it has become clear why Gruden likes the rookie. Quinn seems to make all the catches —both the routine and difficult ones —and finds a knack for getting open. During Wednesday's session, he caught a touchdown during red zone drills, and used his feet, not his hands, to create the separation needed to grab the ball on a short out route. 

"I’ve been very impressed with Trey," Gruden said. 

Remember, too, that Doug Williams told NBC Sports that Gruden actually wanted to select Quinn earlier in the NFL Draft, but the front office pushed back on the coach and waited to grab Quinn with the final pick. 

A highly productive player at SMU, Quinn set records both in college and high school. Some might question his size, and some might question his speed, but on the field, neither look like an issue. 

The only number that will matter for Quinn and the Redskins will be the 53-man roster. Washington will likely keep six wideouts on their roster, and Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson are roster locks. 

That means Quinn, Brian Quick, Maurice Harris and Robert Davis will likely compete for the final three spots. And while it's unfortunate, injuries could always pop up too, changing the numbers and the roster projections. 

Harris and Quick were both on the roster last season, though combined they hauled in just 10 catches. Harris has long flashed great hands, like this catch below.

If Quinn's strong play continues, especially once players had pads on in Richmond, he has a real chance at a roster spot. His size might actually help him, too. 

For three seasons, the Redskins lacked a real backup to Jamison Crowder as their slot WR. Quinn fits that mold. It doesn't hurt either that Crowder is going into the final year of his contract, and the team might be more willing to use a roster spot on somebody that could work in that role in 2019 and beyond. 

Glancing around social media, some fans seem to predict that Quinn could overtake Crowder this year. Don't bet on that. At all. 

Crowder has looked great so far this offseason, and keep in mind it is possible the Redskins try to get an extension done with their home-grown slot man. Washington has shown that the team much prefers to wrap up their own players with long-term deals before free agency hits, and Crowder along with Preston Smith are at the top of that list. 

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 

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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."

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