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Redskins Inside Look: Clinton Portis praises Vernon Davis for playing vs. Eagles despite a family tragedy

Redskins Inside Look: Clinton Portis praises Vernon Davis for playing vs. Eagles despite a family tragedy

Just a few hours prior to kickoff, Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was unsure if he was going to play in the team's season opener against the Eagles. The day prior, the 35-year-old tight end lost his grandfather.

But the 14-year veteran suited up for his teammates, and it didn't take long for the tight end to make an impact. On the Redskins first drive of the game, Davis caught a short pass from quarterback Case Keenum, hurdled Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, then outran the remaining Philadelphia defenders for a 48-yard touchdown. As he was trotting off the field, tears started to run down his eyes. 

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis was very impressed with Davis' ability to cope with emotions and still suit up for the Burgundy and Gold.

"Really impressive situation from Vernon Davis, you know, because most guys sit this game out," Portis said on Redskins Roundup. "Most guys can't go on the field and continue after such a devastating situation, especially with family."

"The realization of fame. Fans don't see the human side," Portis continued. "For Vernon to be able to pour out his emotions in this situation, still be out on the field making those type of plays. You give the guy so much respect."

Chris Cooley, who suited up for the Burgundy and Gold for nine seasons, echoed his former teammate's thoughts on Davis.

"One of the best teammates I've seen," Cooley said. "He's going to do that for his guys in the locker room and the guys he's playing with because he really cares about it."

After the game, Davis spoke with the Voice of the Redskins, Larry Michael, on his emotional weekend.

"The last 24 hours has been up and down with the emotions," Davis said. "Last night I only slept probably around three hours because I was tossing and turning thinking about my grandfather. Just super emotional."

Davis' touchdown was one of the most impressive plays of the tight end's lengthy NFL career. Asked if anything specific was going through his head during the play, Davis played it cool. 

"I just wanted to make a play. I just wanted to contribute to help this team win," he said. "I know how bad the organization and my teammates want to win games. So whatever I can do on my part to help contribute, I'll do it. Whatever it takes."

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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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