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Punt returning isn't exactly a problem for the Redskins, but it could be much better

Punt returning isn't exactly a problem for the Redskins, but it could be much better

The Redskins should aim to make quite a few changes during their bye week, most namely at quarterback. The team absolutely should commit to Dwayne Haskins once and for all, and if they don't, fans will have the right to (further) seriously question what the franchise is doing.

Other drastic adjustments should be executed as well, such as an increase in aggression on both sides of the ball. Then there are some smaller, yet still important, things that must be considered, like a switch at punt returner.

Of course, of Washington's numerous problems this season, Trey Quinn's production on special teams is on the second or third page of the lengthy list. That said, while he's been serviceable, the Burgundy and Gold need to stop accepting serviceable output at that spot.

So far this year, Quinn has taken back 10 punts for 64 yards, giving him an average of 6.4 yards per return. Of qualified players, that number puts him at No. 15 in the NFL, meaning he's essentially a league average option going by that stat.

However, his long in 2019 is just 15 yards, which is 27th best in that category. He's sure-handed, which matters to an extent, but he's not putting any fear into opponents when he lines up to receive a kick.

One would think that the Redskins, who are mired in a 13-quarter touchdown-less streak that's help set an ignominious franchise record, would look to generate chunk plays however they can. Unfortunately, Quinn isn't contributing in that way.

Perhaps someone like Steven Sims could.

Sims hasn't fully thrived as the Redskins' kick returner yet, but he does have a 45-yarder to his name and he also scored a TD on a massive run against the Patriots. The 22-year-old has serious speed and wiggle, and it'd be interesting to see what he could do in Quinn's role.

Now, it's necessary to point out that, under Callahan, Sims' snaps have decreased big-time. JP Finlay reported that the interim coach has full control on personnel decisions, and maybe Sims is someone that Jay Gruden liked more than Callahan does. 

At some point, though, in all of the self-scouting that Callahan says he's doing, he has to realize that Washington could be getting and should also want to get more out of their special teams. Quinn hasn't done anything wrong there, but he also hasn't really done anything right, either.

Throughout the franchise, there's an apparent obsession with maintaining the status quo and striving for middle-of-the-pack production. Making a change at punt returner wouldn't cure the larger issues that exist on this roster and in the front office, obviously, but at least it would show that someone, somewhere has a desire to do something more than simply be fine. 

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Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Washington Redskins (3-9) take a two-game winning streak to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers (9-3).

The game will serve as a reunion for a couple of former Redskins. First-year Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Redskins' quarterbacks coach from 2010-2013, and linebacker Preston Smith spent the first four seasons of his career in Washington before joining Green Bay this year.

LaFleur has led the Packers to a 9-3 record, including a 31-13 rout of the New York Giants last week, and Smith leads one of the league's top defenses in sacks. The Redskins took down the underperforming Carolina Panthers 29-21 last week thanks to a dominant performance from Derrius Guice.

The Packers lead the all-time series 20-16-1, however, the Redskins have won the last two matchups, both of which were played at home. Washington's last win in Green Bay came in October 1988.

Here's everything you need to know about their Week 14 matchup:

REDSKINS at PACKERS WEEK 14

Who: Washington Redskins (3-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (9-3)

What: Week 14 of the 2019 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV, Pregame and postgame coverage streaming on NBCSportsWashington.com

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Spread: Packers, -12.5

Over/Under: 42

Weather: 40 degrees, mostly cloudy

REDSKINS at PACKERS TV SCHEDULE:

8:30 a.m.: Pro Football Weekly

9:00 a.m.: Redskins Talk: Week 14

10:00 a.m.: Inside the Redskins

11:00 a.m.: Redskins Coaches Show

11:30 a.m.: Redskins Nation

12:00 p.m.: Redskins Kickoff Live

4:00 p.m.: Redskins Postgame Live 

REDSKINS 2019 SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles (L, 32-27)

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, (L, 31-21)

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, (L, 31-15)

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, (L, 24-3)

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, (L, 33-7)

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, (W, 17-16)

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 9-0)

Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (L, 19-9)

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m. (L, 24-9)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 34-17)

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m. (W, 19-16)

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m. (W, 29-21)

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.

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Dwayne Haskins invites Antonio Brown to play with the Redskins

Dwayne Haskins invites Antonio Brown to play with the Redskins

Can you imagine Antonio Brown catching footballs from Dwayne Haskins in a Redskins uniform? Apparently Haskins can.

Antonio Brown has not suited up for an NFL game since Week 2 of the season. Yet, Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins is all on-board on giving the WR a chance in D.C.

On Friday, Brown posted on Instagram an apology for his actions for anyone that he offended. He admitted to not handling the situations throughout 2019 in the best way possible and called his own actions inexcusable. He also said he is looking to get back to the NFL and mending relationships with the organizations involved. 

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First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended. I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love. I’ve worked hard over the years to earn a chance to compete in the greatest game on earth. Over the years I was met with challenges and I can honestly say I didn’t handle those challenges in the manner that I should have. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to think about everything that’s transpired and I am deeply sorry to all who I’ve offended. While my behavior was inexcusable, sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret. I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke. I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.

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Haskins replied to the post "Letssss gooo bro. AB to DC" with the looking eyes emoji. During the offseason, the pair of them teamed up for a workout before Haskins even made it to training camp. 

The last year of AB's career has been marred in controversy. He basically stiff-armed his way into a trade out of Pittsburgh, had helmet and feet issues in Oakland, and his stint with the Patriots was cut short due to reports of sexual assault.

Brown is still one of the top talents in the NFL despite not playing for the majority of the season. Wide receiver is still clearly a need for Washington. Don't necessarily expect the Redskins to come calling though after Haskins' endorsement. 

The team has had over 10 weeks to pursue the four-time All-Pro. There have been no reports out of Ashburn in that time. 

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