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Kurt Warner offers his support to Dwayne Haskins: 'I didn't start my first game until 28'

Kurt Warner offers his support to Dwayne Haskins: 'I didn't start my first game until 28'

Despite being the 15th overall pick, Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins is yet to start a game this season. According to Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner that's nothing to worry about. 

The conversation between Warner and Haskins started after the rookie passer tweeted out that the chip on his shoulder is "staying there." What that means specifically is up for debate, but Warner wanted to offer the former Ohio State star some encrouagement. 

Warner's story is practically unparalled in the NFL. Undrafted out of Northern Iowa in 1994, Warner didn't make it to the NFL until 1998. He had stops in NFL Europe as well as the Arena League, but once he caught on with the St. Louis Rams, he stuck around. He was the backup in 1998, but when Trent Green went down in 1999, Warner erupted onto the scene. The Rams won the Super Bowl and Warner won the NFL MVP. He threw 41 touchdowns, and eventually, rounded out a Hall of Fame Career between the Rams, Giants and Cardinals. 

So for Warner, the adveristy that Haskins is going through seems minimal. 

For Haskins, however, it might seem like a lot. He's played about a half of football in six games, and it didn't go well on the field. He threw three interceptions against the Giants. Off the field there have been reports about his readiness as well as his relationship with Jay Gruden, the former Redskins head coach that was fired after Week 5. 

Things seem to be back on the upswing for Haskins though. Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan spoke highly of the rookie after Wednesday's practice in which the rookie got all the first-team work while veteran Case Keenum got a rest day. 

"His growth is starting to show in practice and also in his preparation. He’s in earlier, he’s out later, so it’s all coming to fruition," Callahan said of Haskins. "It’s going to take a little time, but it’s good to see him take a major step today in practice."

Whatever happens next for Haskins it sounds like he can lean on Warner for advice. 

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Breaking down Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice's first NFL touchdown

Breaking down Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice's first NFL touchdown

Although the Redskins suffered a brutal loss to the Jets in Week 11, a glimpse of hope occurred in the fourth quarter between two players the Burgundy and Gold expect to be a large part of the future of the franchise.

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw his first NFL touchdown pass, a 45-yard screen pass to second-year running back Derrius Guice. The touchdown was the Redskins first in 16 quarters, and also Guice's first NFL touchdown as well.

Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan broke down how the play unfolded.

Jordan emphasized that on the play design, Guice was instructed to follow right guard Brandon Scherff on the screen and to follow his release. Scherff did an excellent job of releasing off his initial blocker and getting to the edge, allowing Guice to do the rest.

"The biggest thing for Derrius is trusting his landmarks, getting on the numbers, working his angle blocks and getting the ball out on the edge," Jordan said.

Guice found himself in open space down the right sideline, with only one Jets defender in his path from the end zone. The LSU product was not going to let New York safety Marcus Maye stop him from scoring.

"What I really like about this play, is at the very end, we always talk about scoring. Don't allow one defender to bring you down to the ground," Jordan said. "He ends up setting them up with a chop cut, a foot fire, ends up running by the [defender], and he ends up scoring for a big play."

Unfortunately for the Redskins, the touchdown came when they were down by multiple scores, as the big play had no impact on the final result. But Washington hopes the Haskins and Guice connection is a staple in the Redskins offense for years to come.

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One year after injury, Redskins QB Alex Smith’s wife posts emotional recovery video

One year after injury, Redskins QB Alex Smith’s wife posts emotional recovery video

Almost exactly one year ago, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith's life changed forever.

On November 18, 2018, Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury in the third quarter of the Redskins clash with the Texans, ending his season and putting his football career in jeopardy. 

The quarterback's road to recovery has been far from smooth. He's had multiple surgeries on his leg and was forced to wear a metal fixator for several months. But Smith has never given up, with the goal to eventually play football again.

On the one year anniversary of his injury, Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted on Instagram a motivational montage showing how far Smith's recovery has come. 

Although he hasn't played at all in 2019, Smith has been around the Redskins plenty. He made the trip down to Richmond for training camp, he's a regular at practice, and has served as a mentor for Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

What the future holds for Smith football-wise still remains uncertain, but he's done everything he can to help the team while sidelined.

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