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No mixed messages, Alex Smith sounds fired up to be on the Redskins

No mixed messages, Alex Smith sounds fired up to be on the Redskins

Over the last three seasons, Kirk Cousins absolutely played his hardest for the Redskins. He played well too. Off the field, however, it never sounded certain that Cousins wanted to be in Washington for the long-term. 

Just one week after being traded to Washington, Alex Smith sounds quite different. 

"I'm jacked. I'm really excited," Smith said on KNBR 860 in San Francisco this week. 

The comments marked the first real public acknowledgement of the move that sent Smith from Kansas City to Washington, and in turn, made Smith the Redskins' replacement for Cousins. 

"Once I found out that things in Kansas City were going in a different direction, I was pumped at the opportunity and when Washington came calling I was hopeful that was a possible destination and I'm just jacked that it worked out and that they wanted me because the feelings were mutual and I'm looking forward to it."

Smith's comments come on the heels of Redskins RB Chris Thompson saying that some Washington players got "mixed messages" from Cousins about his desire to stay in Washington. Cousins himself, speaking at his end of season radio interview, explained that the "short answer is yes" to wanting to stay with the Redskins but the long answer sounded much different. 

Throughout Cousins' time as Redskins starter, the team never seemed fully ready to commit to the quarterback. The past two seasons it became obvious Cousins wasn't willing to commit to the Redskins either. 

Now, it looks like Smith will be the quarterback going forward.

Smith explained that Redskins tight end Vernon Davis reached out almost immediately after hearing about the trade. The two players teamed up with the 49ers for six seasons and experienced some great success together. 

This marks the second time in his career that Smith will be replaced by a younger quarterback. He got benched, and eventually traded, from the 49ers in favor of Colin Kaepernick. Now, Kansas City has decided to go with second-year man Patrick Mahomes instead of Smith, and that's after the best season of Smith's 14-year NFL career. 

Losing Cousins will sting for the Redskins. He's thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the least three seasons and set numerous franchise passing records. 

Having Smith in place, and having him in place through at least 2020, should dull the pain. And Smith being "excited" to be with the Redskins should help even more. 

(H/T 24/7 Sports for transcription)

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

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Timeline 

Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.

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