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Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins likes the look of Cam Newton in a Patriots uniform

Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins likes the look of Cam Newton in a Patriots uniform

Thanks to social media and photoshop, which allows talented graphic designers to make super realistic jersey swaps, fans typically don't have to wait long to see what their new signees and draft picks look like in their respective new team colors.

Former longtime Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, ending his three-plus month spell as a free agent. Just minutes after terms of the deal were released, ESPN tweeted out a picture of Newton in his new Patriots uniform.

The look of Newton in Patriots gear caught the eye of Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who tweeted his liking of how the 31-year-old quarterback looks in the New England blue, red and silver.

In the design, Newton was pictured doing his signature 'Superman' pose, one he does after every touchdown he scores. To Haskins' credit, Newton does look quite natural in a Patriots uniform.

The Redskins second-year quarterback also might be slightly relieved that Newton will not be reuniting with his former head coach in Ron Rivera, who just so happens to be Haskins' boss now in Washington after taking over as the team's head coach this past January.

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Both Rivera and Newton have a great relationship with one another, one that stems back nearly a decade. Rivera was hired as the head coach of the Panthers in 2011, and just a few months later, he drafted Newton with the No. 1 overall pick.

The two spent nearly nine seasons together with the Panthers and had plenty of success along the way. The duo won four NFC South titles during their tenure together, peaking in 2015 with a 15-1 record and a Super Bowl appearance. Newton earned league MVP honors that same season.

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Since Rivera took over as the Redskins head coach, he was asked several times if signing Newton was a possibility. After all, Haskins had plenty of struggles as a rookie, and with a new regime in charge, there was no guarantee the second-year passer would be Rivera's guy in 2020.

While Rivera never downright denied that signing Newton was a possibility (he even said he would "never bet against" a healthy Newton), the head coach stuck to his word that the Redskins' starting QB job in 2020 belongs to Haskins. 

Haskins has put together a tremendous offseason despite the pandemic preventing the team from holding in-person offseason activities. The recently turned 23-year-old has completely transformed his body this offseason and earned plenty of praise from Rivera as well as offensive coordinator Scott Turner and many of his teammates, too.

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From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

A typhoon of momentum washed over the Washington football organization in the last week and all of a sudden one thing seems quite clear: The Redskins will never play another game.

There will still be football played at FedEx Field and that team seems very likely to still wear burgundy and gold, but after a series of public comments and private conversations with sources in and around the NFL, a Redskins name change is imminent.

Over and over and from different people, one phrase got repeated when asked if the Redskins were actually going to change the team name: "It's done."

The exact timeline remains murky, and there are difficult logistic, marketing and financial questions looming, but too much happened too fast for any other outcome than a name change.

Speaking with numerous sources one misconception emerged however.

While the Redskins publicly announced that the team is conducting a “thorough review” of the team name on July 3, multiple sources explained that internal conversations about changing the name have been going on for some time.

In fact, one source explained that after the murder of George Floyd in May and the massive public protests and demands for social justice that followed, the conversations about changing the Redskins moniker heated up the first week of June.

It’s unclear what the new name will be.

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Redtails and Warriors seem to have the most momentum, but that doesn’t mean either will be the new name. The organization wants to consult with a wide variety of people and resources before finalizing a selection.

The team is proud of its history, understandably, and does not want to abandon all of the team’s success and tradition. What exactly that means will be revealed, likely in the next month or so.

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Let’s be clear - public pressure from FedEx, Nike and Pepsi hastened the call for change.

When FedEx publicly requested on July 2 that Washington change its team name from Redskins, this process got sent into overdrive. The team announced its plan for an internal review of the name the next morning. But conversations, some extensive, had already begun inside the organization prior to FedEx’s announcement.

What once seemed unthinkable now seems inevitable - the Washington Redskins won’t take the field again. 

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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