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Landon Collins admits Redskins 'needed a different change' and believes Ron Rivera will bring it

Landon Collins admits Redskins 'needed a different change' and believes Ron Rivera will bring it

Landon Collins is no doubt hoping his second year as a Redskin will go better than his first.

Like many others involved with the organization or who follow it, he's optimistic that it will, too, thanks to one person in particular.

Ron Rivera.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, Collins was given the chance to assess his new head coach. Like most before him, such as Rivera's former players to his new ones as well as analysts and even agents, the safety was very approving of the hire.

"I think it's a good pickup for us," Collins said. "We definitely needed — structural-wise, team — just needed a different change. Guys are really going to buy into this system. I think Ron is a very good asset to this team."

It's one thing to hear outsiders opine about how Washington has to restart in a lot of ways, but it's another to actually see a member of the roster come out and say it. Collins was in that locker room and in those meetings and on that field day in and day out, so he's absolutely aware of all that went wrong in the Redskins' recent 3-13 campaign. 

Fortunately, there's a new voice at the head of the operation, and Collins believes that leader has a system he and his teammates will follow.

But why exactly does the Pro Bowler feel that way? Well, because Rivera has the all-important reputation of being someone that's invested in his team through it all.

"He's there for his players," Collins explained. "A lot of guys need that because loyalty and trust is a big thing for a lot of us. You get that from your guys, they'll go through a wall for you. That's big-time."

That's a quality that can't be tallied by Pro Football Reference or telestrated by a color commentator, but it's absolutely a valuable one. And if a leader like Collins is ready to commit to Rivera, then others will probably follow his lead and do the same.

Obviously, Rivera's presence doesn't automatically mean the Burgundy and Gold will now go 11-5 on a regular basis. He can't single-handedly fix all the questions this depth chart has, from what will happen at quarterback to all the injury issues that have plagued recent groups.

However, he can immediately step in and do a better job of keeping the players together, ensure that he gets the most out of everyone and install a vision that positions Washington for sustainable success. Collins, for one, can't wait to be a part of that vision. He likely won't be alone. 

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Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskins' wideout Josh Doctson has found another home, again. 

Doctson, 27, signed with the New York Jets the team announced Saturday morning via twitter. 

Washington selected Doctson with their 22nd pick in the 2016 NFL draft after he put up monster numbers at Texas Christian University. However, his collegiate success never quite translated to the professional level. During his three seasons in D.C. he played 33 games, recorded 81 receptions for a total of 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns.

After Washinton released Doctson last September he joined the Minnesota Vikings, but injuries held him to only one appearance and no catches. 

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Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

New Orleans Pelican Josh Hart tried to recruit Stefon Diggs in a twitter exchange Thursday surrounding Jordan Reed’s release from the Redskins.

Reed was released on Thursday after six seasons and seven years on the team.

In a tweet commemorating Reed’s accomplishments, the Redskins called him “one of the best in franchise history” and thanked him for his years on the team.

Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed his disappointment in Reed’s release by quoting the tweet with a crying emoji. Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs shared similar feelings by responding to the quote saying “not my dog j reed…”.

Diggs is a Maryland native but has been with the Vikings since he was drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft in the fifth round.

In response to this exchange, Hart chimed in and pleaded with him to “Come on home bro #HTTR”.  Hart, a D.C. native and long-time Redskins fan, is not the only one who has been looking to help the Redskins with their player recruitment.

Haskins has also made recruiting for the Redskins a habit this season, engaging with players like Ron Rivera and Antonio Brown through social media regarding coming to play in DC.

Hart's interaction with Diggs is particularly notable considering that his recent social media has left Vikings fans wondering what his next moves are. In addition to cryptic tweets potentially linked to his dissatisfaction with his team, Diggs also took down all of his Instagram pictures which feature him in a Vikings uniform.

Could Diggs be heading to the Redskins? If Hart has any say in the matter, maybe.

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