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Redskins make the difficult but right choice to finally place Jordan Reed on injured reserve

Redskins make the difficult but right choice to finally place Jordan Reed on injured reserve

Two months ago, Jordan Reed had just finished up a training camp in which he looked like he was ready to re-establish himself as one of the NFL's most dangerous tight ends.

But then, on Aug. 22, Reed was involved in a collision with Falcons safety Keanu Neal in the Redskins' third preseason game. Many deemed Neal's hit a dirty one, and it resulted in yet another concussion for Reed, who's suffered a concerning amount in his football career.

On Saturday, the team finally placed the 29-year-old on injured reserve, which likely ends his 2019 season. The choice was a difficult one, but also the right one.

Since his Atlanta concussion, Reed has attempted to return to the field multiple times. Early on in the year, there were days where he participated in drills for the Burgundy and Gold and appeared to be on track to suit up again, only to encounter setbacks and be sidelined.

Reed's been absent for quite some time now, and while he'd be mentioned in the Redskins' daily injury report following practices, it never felt like he was close to getting fully healthy. In fact, about three weeks ago, it was reported that his overall future in the league was at risk, never mind his status for 2019.

In a corresponding move, the team elevated safety Jeremy Reaves to the active roster. Reaves will provide depth for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, a contest that Deshazor Everett will miss due to injury.

The truth is, with Washington starting 0-5, it was difficult to envision Reed being rushed back to play. Even if they were 5-0, it'd be very hard to justify it. 

Now, the pass catcher can take some time to think about his next move. If he wants to continue on as a pro, he'll have plenty of time to recover. If he chooses not to, that'll be absolutely understandable.

It's a sad ending to what was setting up to be an impressive campaign for Reed. But it's also hopefully the best ending for him, even if he'd much rather be starring in the sport he's devoted so much to.

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Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins will be the Redskins' starting quarterback the rest of the 2019 season, head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday.

The news came one week after Haskins’ first career start in Buffalo. The 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins played decent against the Bills, avoiding any major mistakes and mostly operating the vanilla game plan. 

In the minutes after the 24-9 loss to the Bills, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan hesitated to name Haskins the starter. The coach said he needed to review the game film and check on the health of former starter Case Keenum. Callahan continued his privacy around the quarterback decision throughout the team’s Week 10 bye before making the announcement.

On Monday, Callahan committed to Haskins, and frankly, it makes sense.

At 1-8, the Redskins season is shot and the team should focus on developing their young passer for the 2020 season and beyond. 

The Jets come in at 2-8, and while they’re coming off a win over the Giants, this game marks a real opportunity for a Washington win. His start Sunday vs. the Jets will be his first-ever start at FedExField in front of a home Redskins crowd.

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets in Week 10, and that should be a real reason for optimism with Haskins and the Redskins. 

Additionally, running back Derrius Guice should be back on the field for Washington when the Jets come to town. 

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Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

It ends up that not playing might be the best move the Redskins could make this season. On Sunday, while Washington rested for their bye week, the Dolphins won their second game in a row and the Jets beat the Giants. 

That leaves the Redskins with the second-worst record in the NFL at 1-8; the lone one-win team in the league. At 0-9, only the Bengals are worse.

While very little of this is good news, there is a silver lining: Washington is now in line for the second overall draft pick. If the season ended today, the draft order would be as follows:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)
  2. Washington Redskins (1-8)
  3. New York Giants (2-8)
  4. Miami Dolphins (2-7)
  5. New York Jets (2-7)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
  7. Cleveland Browns (3-6)
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
  9. Denver Broncos (3-6)
  10. Arizona Cardinals  (3-6-1)

Plenty can still change as the Redskins have seven games remaining and will face the New York Jets on Sunday. It will be the first time this season the Redskins are favored at home, though that line could shift by the weekend. The Jets dropped 34 points on the Giants in Week 10 and second-year QB Sam Darnold impressed. The Redskins haven't scored a touchdown since October 13th. 

Looking ahead to the 2020 Draft might be the focus for many Redskins fans, but this Sunday could show its own glimpse of the future. Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice should be on the field together, and along with Terry McLaurin, that could be the beginning of a young talented offensive trio. 

Still, the second overall pick in the draft should hold tremendous value, either with the pick or via trade. 

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