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Redskins are meeting with the best QB prospects available, and that includes Kyler Murray

Redskins are meeting with the best QB prospects available, and that includes Kyler Murray

INDIANAPOLIS - Washington team president Bruce Allen revealed that the Redskins met with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray this week during the NFL Scouting Combine. 

With a big hole at quarterback for the 2019 season, the Redskins might target a rookie passer in the first round of this year’s draft. 

The team holds the 15th pick in the first round, but a talent like Murray might not last that long. There were questions about his size, but he measured at 5-foot-10 and over 200 lbs

“Size matters, but so does speed,” Allen said when asked about Murray. 

The Heisman Trophy winner is one of the most elusive players in college football history and has elite speed. 

Beyond Murray, Allen said the organization will meet with all of the QB prospects attending the scouting combine. That list includes other likely first round picks in Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones as well as guys expected to be drafted later like Will Grier, Ryan Finley and Brett Rypien. 

Of the teams selecting ahead of the Redskins in the draft, there aren’t that many with certain needs at QB. The Giants need a passer and pick sixth, and Jacksonville needs a passer and drafts seventh. After that, teams like Arizona, Denver and Miami might take QBs, but could do plenty of other things too. 

Free agency will also impact draft plans. 

Former Eagles Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will hit free agency, and has been heavily linked to the Jaguars. If he signs in Jacksonville, that could push another QB further down the draft list. 

It seems possible one of Haskins, Lock or Jones could make it to 15. Murray, however, seems like he won’t get out of the Top 10. 

Remember too, the draft isn’t for nearly another two months. The situation will be very fluid.

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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.

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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.

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