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Joe Gibbs on Trent Williams situation: 'Ron [Rivera] can find a way to handle this'

Joe Gibbs on Trent Williams situation: 'Ron [Rivera] can find a way to handle this'

Ron Rivera played in the NFL long before he became a head coach, and that combination of perspectives will help him speak with disgruntled Redskins left tackle Trent Williams. 

At least that's what legendary former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs believes. 

"I think Ron will do a good job of that. I think the thing that you've got with Ron is someone who's played in the NFL, he has real respect from the players when he talks," Gibbs told NBC Sports Washington (see video above). "If there's anything to do with talking to a player, I think Ron will have a good sense for that."

Speaking last week before the Super Bowl, Rivera explained that he wants to sit down and speak with Williams but that the tackle is "still our guy."

The situation between Williams and Washington is complicated. He sat out all of the 2019 season after a growth on his head turned into full-blown cancer, and Williams felt the organization did not properly diagnose or help find out the problem before it became life-threatening. In comments after the Redskins placed him on the non-football injury list late last fall, Williams made clear his disgust with former team president Bruce Allen and former head trainer Larry Hess. 

Now, both Allen and Hess are gone. Rivera has overhauled the Redskins front office and the medical staff. 

"Obviously there's some issues in the background they've got to resolve," Gibbs said of Williams. "But I think all Redskins fans — it's a big deal to everybody — and hopefully Ron can find a way to handle this."

So, with Allen and Hess out of the picture, can Williams come back to Washington? Money might be the biggest remaining issue. 

When Williams spoke publicly for the first time last year, he talked about the medical situation and his distrust with the organization, but he also talked about the lack of guaranteed money in his contract. 

For 2020, Williams counts nearly $15 million against the cap, but none of it is guaranteed. Odds are, Williams won't come back to the Redskins without a significant increase in guaranteed cash this season or a new multi-year contract. 

Gibbs is right, however, that Rivera re-establishing a baseline of trust between Williams and the Redskins organization is the first step toward any reconciliation. And by all accounts, Rivera is the best man for that job.

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Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

The NFL Draft begins in three weeks, and what the Redskins will do with the coveted No. 2 overall pick remains a hot topic of conversation.

There's a large consensus from many draft experts that the Redskins will select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, who many have deemed a generational talent. However, there are still rumors surfacing that Washington is interested in drafting Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, but those have quieted down since the Redskins traded for QB Kyle Allen last week.

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith was asked if he thinks the Redskins should take Tagovailoa with the second overall pick, and he quickly shot down that notion.

"I've been told the Washington Redskins are not going to touch Tua," Smith said on First Take. "They're going after Chase Young. They're not drafting a quarterback. That's what I've been told."

Smith explained that pass rusher is arguably the second most important position on the field behind quarterback, and passing on a generational talent like Young would be a mistake. Additionally, Smith believes that Tagovailoa's durability concerns are not to be taken lightly.

"You can't have a question mark at the quarterback position due to talent, then bring in an additional question mark due to durability in arguably the most violent sport that we know," he said.

In the first part of his statement, Smith is referring to Dwayne Haskins, who the Redskins selected 15th overall last season. Haskins had his growing pains as a rookie but played his best football at the end of the season. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has preached wanting competition for Haskins, and he got his wish when he traded for Allen last week. The two are expected to battle for the starting job come training camp.

Tagovailoa has just recently fully recovered from a dislocated hip injury that he suffered last November. Last week, a video surfaced of the QB throwing for the first time since his injury.

On Thursday, a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo stated that Tagovailoa participated in a medical re-check administered by an independent doctor provided by NFL team physicians, and the results were "overwhelmingly positive." 

Despite the positive medical reports that have surfaced about Tagovailoa, Smith believes his durability is too much of a question mark to justify taking him over Young.

"He's the elite pass rusher in the upcoming draft. You've got the chance to take him with the No. 2 overall pick," Smith said on Young. "Could you imagine if they pass on him and grab Tua, then Haskins doesn't pan out and Tua gets hurt early? That would be problematic. You don't want that."

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New Giants QB Colt McCoy thinks both Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones have 'a ton of potential'

New Giants QB Colt McCoy thinks both Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones have 'a ton of potential'

Veteran quarterback Colt McCoy has spent over a decade in the NFL and been in the same room as some talented quarterbacks along the way. In 2019, McCoy had an up-close look at Redskins first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins, as the two -- along with Case Keenum -- competed for the starting job in training camp and spent the entire season in the same QB room.

After spending six years with the Redskins, McCoy signed a one-year deal in March to stay in the NFC East with the Giants. in New York, Jones will likely serve as the backup to Daniel Jones, another first-round pick from the 2019 NFL Draft.

During his introductory media session with the Giants on Wednesday, McCoy was naturally asked about the Redskins second-year passer. The veteran used the opportunity to praise both Haskins and his new young quarterback teammate.

"I think Dwayne has a ton of potential, just like Daniel," McCoy said. "I think Daniel played a little bit more [last] year, so he probably has a little more experience. But both of those guys were highly sought after in the draft last year. They both had great college careers and they both have a ton of skill at playing the position."

Last season, the Giants won both matchups between the two squads. Haskins made his NFL debut in the Redskins Week 4 loss to New York, and looked uninspiring. Coming in for an injured Keenum, Haskins threw three interceptions, as New York won handily.

But when the two teams squared off in Week 16, Haskins was a different and much-improved quarterback. The Ohio State product completed 12 of his 15 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and was on his way to the best game of his young career before an ankle injury in the third quarter ended his afternoon, and then his season.

Jones also dazzled in that Week 16 matchup, a game that resulted in a Giants' 41-35 overtime win. The Giants passer turned in his best game as a pro, throwing for a career-high five touchdowns and 352 yards in the victory.

After spending a season working alongside Haskins, McCoy is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with another young quarterback in Jones.

"I know Dwayne is very talented throwing the football," he said. "I’m excited to work with Daniel after having worked with Dwayne last year. I know he has a bright future. His future is bright, his ceiling is high and he seems like a really great person."

Now with the Giants, McCoy is excited for the chance to face Washington, a place he called home for six seasons.

"I get to play against the Redskins for at least this year, and we’ll see what happens," he said. "It should be fun."

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