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The Redskins chose Brian Quick over Dez Bryant, and the logic makes sense

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The Redskins chose Brian Quick over Dez Bryant, and the logic makes sense

The Redskins brought back veteran wide receiver Brian Quick on Tuesday as the team is beset by injuries at the position.

Rookie Cam Sims got moved to the injured reserve list, and questions remain about the health and status of Maurice Harris and Trey Quinn. Without Quick, the Redskins have just three healthy wide receivers in Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson. 

Plenty of folks noticed that last Sunday, during the Redskins thrashing of Arizona, former Cowboys Pro Bowl WR Dez Bryant tweeted about his interest in playing with Washington. Bryant got released from the Cowboys this summer, and despite some interest and tryouts around the NFL, he remains unsigned. 

So if Dez wanted to play in Burgundy and Gold, and the Redskins had a need at WR, why didn't that pass get completed? Two simple factors.

  1. Know the system - Brian Quick can step in for the Redskins and immediately know the playbook and the play calls. Quick spent all of last season with the Redskins, and was one of the team's final cuts just 11 days ago. He was with the team throughout training camp in Richmond as well as the preseason. Perhaps more importantly, Quick is a stellar special teams player and the Redskins will need him on kickoff and punt coverage units. One thing that gets forgotten in Washington is the makeup of the special teams group. On most teams, backup running backs and tight ends play a huge role on special teams. With the Redskins, four of those six players play little or no specials: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis. Special teams coach Ben Kotwica needs players that can help, and Quick certainly fits the bill. Bryant would be coming in with zero knowledge of the offense, and unlikely to be a special teams contributor.
  2. Know the role - Quick played 11 games with the Redskins in 2017, and caught just six passes. He knows exactly what will be asked of him in Washington, and more than likely, it won't include many targets or even offensive snaps. On the other hand, Bryant caught 69 passes for more than 800 yards and six TDs last season. Coming to Washington in a reserve role would probably be a hard situation for Bryant.

Bryant can still help an NFL team. He has tremendous size and strength for the position, and excels in red zone situations. 

That said, to bring Bryant in at this point in the regular season, there needs to be a role. As long as the Redskins top three wideouts stay healthy on the field, that role doesn't exist for Bryant. And the attention signing Bryant will bring is not worth disrupting the Redskins young, evolving WRs. 

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Derrius Guice reportedly hurt his knee again before Washington released him

Derrius Guice reportedly hurt his knee again before Washington released him

A news storm ensued after Derrius Guice was arrested on domestic violence charges and subsequently released by the Washington Football Team. Seemingly lost in the shuffle was some news about yet another knee injury for the third-year running back. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Guice hurt his knee again the day before he was released.

This would have been huge news for the former second-round pick, who's grappled with knee injuries throughout the first two seasons of his career. He suffered a torn ACL as a rookie, a meniscus tear at the beginning of last season and an MCL sprain later on in 2019 as well.

There was hope for Guice to become a featured back, and he certainly had the ability to become one had he been able to stay healthy. 

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It's unclear how much another knee injury had to do with Guice's release, though it certainly couldn't have made things easier on Guice's hopes to stay on the roster. He later went unclaimed on waivers, making him a free agent for the first time in his young career.

Washington doesn't have much time to worry about Guice now. They have to figure out how to distribute the carries between Adrian Peterson, J.D. McKissic, Peyton Barber, Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love without a preseason schedule to test things out.

With their first taste of game action this season set as a September 13 clash with the Eagles, Peterson figures to start off as the lead back behind Dwayne Haskins based on experience alone. Peterson has over 3,000 career carries under his belt while the other four options have combined for 639.

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Alex Smith could make 'interesting' battle for QB practice reps with Dwayne Haskins

Alex Smith could make 'interesting' battle for QB practice reps with Dwayne Haskins

Training camp should be a major opportunity for Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins to get a lot of work with new offensive coordinator Scott Turner and the new playbook, but if Alex Smith is healthy, the reps for Haskins might shrink.

"The biggest thing we’ve got to do is not make sure we’re divvying up the reps as evenly as possible, but we divvy up who they work against. This could be a very interesting challenge for us because of QB Alex Smith. If Alex is healthy and continues to get healthy and we do activate him, he’s going to be in the throes of this competition," head coach Ron Rivera said on Monday. 

The Washington Football Team drafted Haskins 15th overall last year, only after Smith suffered a broken leg in November 2018. Rivera wasn't around for either of the decisions to draft Haskins or trade for Smith, but now the new coach gets to try and solve the QB riddle in Washington. 

Haskins struggled as a rookie in part because he didn't get much practice work with the first team offense. It was obvious how little Haskins knew of the offense and his offensive teammates when he first got on the field in Week 4 last year. Some of that might have been self-inflicted, regardless, Haskins needed the work. 

Now in his second season, Haskins got exactly zero team drills in this offseason due to Coronavirus. None. 

So, with what should be the most important training camp of his young professional career, Haskins again might face another hurdle in the return of Smith. 

Smith deserves tremendous accolades for his recovery after 17 surgeries and intense infection in his leg. But is Smith getting back on the field the best thing for a young Washington team trying to rebuild?

Haskins is 23. Smith is 36.

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Haskins has tremendous potential, Smith has already proven he can produce.

Haskins has started seven NFL games. Smith has started seven NFL playoff games. 

Considering all of that, Haskins should get the most work of any Washington passer.

Take note that Rivera didn't say the reps needed to be equitable, but rather the level of competition. Haskins needs more reps than Smith or Kyle Allen.

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Smith has been in the NFL since he was drafted first overall in 2005. Allen started 13 games for Rivera and Turner in the last two seasons. Haskins hasn't even been through a padded practice with Rivera and Turner. 

It makes total sense to get Allen reps against the first-team defense. He needs to be prepared. And should Smith get medically cleared to be back on the field against a defense, he should get some of those reps too. Washington needs to see what Smith has left if he actually gets cleared for football.

Still, Haskins should get the majority of that work. He needs it, and Rivera needs to see what he has in the former Ohio State star. 

Smith's recovery is an incredible story, but Rivera's plan in Washington is a long-term rebuild to put together a consistent playoff team. That means getting Haskins on the field as much as possible. 

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