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If you can look past the injury drama, you'll see yet another awesome Dwayne Haskins outing

If you can look past the injury drama, you'll see yet another awesome Dwayne Haskins outing

By name-dropping Dan Snyder in his postgame press conference after the Redskins' Week 16 loss to the Giants, Dwayne Haskins drew plenty of attention to what will hopefully turn out to be a minor ankle injury.

Those able to look past that drama, however, will be able to see the more important Haskins-related storyline to emerge from Sunday.

He looked terrific. Again.

A week after putting together easily his best start as a pro, Haskins followed it up with an even more promising half. Before getting hurt on the first snap of the third quarter, the first-rounder completed 12-of-15 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. His first 10 throws were successful and he was supremely comfortable throughout his time on the field.

"It started off hot and I was feeling it a little bit," he said at the podium afterward.

A little bit? How about a lot.

Haskins' touchdown to Steven Sims — where he nicely navigated the pocket, rolled up and to the left and tossed a dart to the receiver — was a picturesque QB sequence. His second touchdown, to Hale Hentges, was one where he calmly lofted it to the tight end in the corner of the end zone. In addition to those scores, he found other options for a handful of solid intermediate gains.

"He's come lightyears from where he started in Week 4 against the Giants," Bill Callahan told reporters following the loss. "He had a really good grasp of the game plan. His management of the game was great. It was just unfortunate that he got hurt when he did."

Haskins, who was replaced by Case Keenum, badly wanted to return to the action, but was advised by Snyder and the Redskins' medical staff not to. He's hoping to be healthy again for the finale in Dallas.

Whether he ultimately is or not, though, shouldn't affect how the franchise views him. His efforts versus the Eagles and Giants should have people feeling confident about what he could one day become.

Haskins' first five starts were comprised of brief positive moments but no real sustainable stretches of breathtaking output. At best, he was adequate. At worst, he was uninspiring.

Since the offense has shifted toward a more quick-passing style, however, he's completely changed the narrative. He finished the Eagles matchup with a 121.3 rating and he had earned a near-perfect 143.2 rating before exiting the meeting with the Giants.

Numbers aside, he appeared far more in control and capable of delivering on his lofty draft status than he had in his earlier starts. 

Overall, this hasn't been the perfect rookie campaign for Haskins. Many would argue it has been close to the opposite of perfect, thanks to a head coaching change and major problems for him early, and those arguments would be strong.

Yet, thanks to six auspicious quarters, there's hope for Haskins and the Redskins. There's no guarantee those six quarters turn into six or more years of brilliance, sure, but they at least have indicated brilliance could at some point be reached.

"I feel that I can be so much better," Haskins said. "I'm just getting started."

Those words would've sounded foolish a few weeks ago. Now, they can be believed.

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Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

For most NFL assistant coaches getting fired comes with the territory, but the key is being able to stay in the league and adapt. For former Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky that plan didn't work out. 

At least this time.

Manusky played in the NFL from 1988 to 1999, including three seasons in Washington, and has coached in the NFL in various capacities since 2001. He's served as a linebackers coach and as defensive coordinator for four different teams; the 49ers, the Colts, the Chargers and most recently the Redskins. 

That makes his new job all the more bizarre. After more than 30 years in the NFL in some capacity, Manusky moved to the college ranks, but not as a defensive coordinator. 

Manusky took a job at the University of Kentucky as a defensive quality control assistant.

Typically, quality control coaches are young guys starting out in their coaching careers. All coaches grind, but the QCs usually have to do serious grunt work. And Kentucky isn't exactly a football powerhouse. The Wildcats are best known for their elite basketball team, but the football program has been to four straight bowl games and won the Belk Bowl last year. 

It's unknown if Manusky has a connection to the program or to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, but Wildcats defensive coordinator Brad White did serve on Mansuky's staff when he was running the Colts defense from 2012 to 2015. That could certainly be the connection. 

Of the former Redskins coaching staff now all of the main players have landed new jobs. Jay Gruden is the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, Kevin O'Connell is now the offensive coordinator for the Rams. Bill Callahan took over as the offensive line coach in Cleveland, and now Manusky is settled in at Kentucky. 

In 2019 the Redskins defense ranked in the bottom five NFL teams for points allowed and yards allowed and reports emerged of growing frustration with the team's defensive scheme. Washington overhauled their entire defensive staff this offseason, led by new head coach Ron Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. 

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Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

With Coronavirus forcing most Americans to stay home, it looks like NFL players might be just as stir crazy as the rest of the country. 

On Friday night, free agent safety Damarious Randall reached out to Redskins safety Landon Collins about possibly joining up this fall and playing together. Of course, this conversation took place via Twitter.

Randall started things out with this tweet to Collins, aka @TheHumble_21.

Collins responded, at which point some segments of Washington fans probably lost their mind. 

Check the Twitter feeds of both players for more similar, yet quite vague, interaction about playing together. 

It's important to point out that some reports suggested the Redskins had interest in Randall as a free agent. A first-round pick in 2015, Randall played three seasons for the Packers before being traded to the Browns the last two years. He's been versatile throughout his career, playing all over the field as a cornerback and then as a safety in Cleveland. Randall also has ballhawking skills with 14 career interceptions in 56 starts. 

Before people get too excited, however, the Redskins just signed safety Sean Davis from Pittsburgh. The plan with Davis is to pair him up with Collins, allow Davis to play deep center and let Collins stay closer to the line of scrimmage. 

That's the plan. Accept that. 

Could Randall still help in a secondary that lost both Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar? Sure, but the price will need to be right. 

Washington's biggest free agent signing this year was cornerback Kendall Fuller, and he got four years at more than $40 million with $23.5 million in guarantees. Davis got $5 million. The team won't spend that much to bring Randall in, and he's probably looking for more. 

It's a situation to monitor as free agency continues because the Redskins' staff has openly talked about their desire for versatile players, and Randall can help all over the field. Keep in mind though that once Davis signed, the chances of Randall coming to Washington took a big hit. 

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