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Redskins make another major front office move, this time promoting Kyle Smith to VP of player personnel

Redskins make another major front office move, this time promoting Kyle Smith to VP of player personnel

The Redskins promoted Kyle Smith to vice president of player personnel and in the process made the new picture of their front office much clearer. 

In the last two weeks, the Redskins hired Ron Rivera to overhaul their football organization and dismissed former team president Bruce Allen and senior vice president of player personnel Eric Schaffer. Doug Williams also got reassigned from personnel to player development.

That left a large hole in the front office that Smith will now fill. 

"I have been impressed with Kyle’s track record and player evaluation process, and I’m confident in the vision we share for the future of the Washington Redskins,” Rivera said in a statement.

The statement isn't the first time Rivera complimented Smith. In his introductory press conference, Rivera spoke highly of the Redskins last three draft classes. Smith, with the title of Director of College Scouting, oversaw those three drafts. 

Now, Smith will take even more on, combining the pro personnel side with the college side. 

"I am excited for the opportunity to oversee both the college and professional sides of the scouting department,” Smith said via statement. “Our staff is looking forward to working together with Coach Rivera to build the best team possible."

Smith could be in a strong position to build the Redskins. The team has the second overall pick in the draft and could easily go into free agency with more than $90 million in salary cap space. There are still plenty of questions, particularly at offensive line, where both Redskins starting guards are pending free agents (Brandon Scherff and Ereck Flowers) and star left tackle Trent Williams sat out the 2019 season. 

With Smith heading personnel and Rob Rogers now running contracts, the Redskins are prepared for the offseason. Alex Santos remains in his role as the director of pro personnel, a source confirmed, while Tim Gribble could be in line for a promotion. Gribble had served as assistant director of college scouting under Smith. 

It's worth noting, too, that while Rivera and Smith haven't worked together in the NFL, Rivera worked with A.J. Smith during his time with the Chargers. Rivera was the defensive coordinator then in San Diego from 2008 to 2010, and A.J. Smith, Kyle's dad, was the general manager. 

Plenty of speculation pointed to Rivera and the Redskins finding a new general manager after the NFL Draft in April. If Smith performs well in the next few months, that could change. 

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Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskins' wideout Josh Doctson has found another home, again. 

Doctson, 27, signed with the New York Jets the team announced Saturday morning via twitter. 

Washington selected Doctson with their 22nd pick in the 2016 NFL draft after he put up monster numbers at Texas Christian University. However, his collegiate success never quite translated to the professional level. During his three seasons in D.C. he played 33 games, recorded 81 receptions for a total of 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns.

After Washinton released Doctson last September he joined the Minnesota Vikings, but injuries held him to only one appearance and no catches. 

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Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

New Orleans Pelican Josh Hart tried to recruit Stefon Diggs in a twitter exchange Thursday surrounding Jordan Reed’s release from the Redskins.

Reed was released on Thursday after six seasons and seven years on the team.

In a tweet commemorating Reed’s accomplishments, the Redskins called him “one of the best in franchise history” and thanked him for his years on the team.

Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed his disappointment in Reed’s release by quoting the tweet with a crying emoji. Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs shared similar feelings by responding to the quote saying “not my dog j reed…”.

Diggs is a Maryland native but has been with the Vikings since he was drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft in the fifth round.

In response to this exchange, Hart chimed in and pleaded with him to “Come on home bro #HTTR”.  Hart, a D.C. native and long-time Redskins fan, is not the only one who has been looking to help the Redskins with their player recruitment.

Haskins has also made recruiting for the Redskins a habit this season, engaging with players like Ron Rivera and Antonio Brown through social media regarding coming to play in DC.

Hart's interaction with Diggs is particularly notable considering that his recent social media has left Vikings fans wondering what his next moves are. In addition to cryptic tweets potentially linked to his dissatisfaction with his team, Diggs also took down all of his Instagram pictures which feature him in a Vikings uniform.

Could Diggs be heading to the Redskins? If Hart has any say in the matter, maybe.

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