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Redskins release WR Robert Davis, promote TE JP Holtz, per source

Redskins release WR Robert Davis, promote TE JP Holtz, per source

As the Redskins continue to monitor the status of tight end Jordan Reed as he works through the NFL concussion protocol, the team promoted tight end J.P. Holtz from the practice squad, a source told NBC Sports Washington. 

In turn, Washington needed to release a player from the 53-man roster to make room for Holtz. That player ended up being wide receiver Robert Davis, per a source, though the team hopes to bring him back to the organization next week. 

Davis impressed the front office and coaching staff during training camp, and made plays in the preseason, including two touchdown catches. Still, Davis' primary value on the field looked like as a special teams player, and with no decision yet on Reed, the team needed the roster spot. The Athletic first reported the roster moves. 

Washington definitely wouldn't release Reed even if he's not cleared for action Week 1 in Philadelphia. That news has not come down yet, but some expect the tight end to sit out the game against the Eagles, though Reed is scheduled to travel with the Redskins to Philadelphia, per a source.

Holtz has never been active in an NFL game, but should he play, he'd be the third tight end behind Vernon Davis and Jeremy Sprinkle. It's also possible the Redskins could keep Reed, Davis, Sprinkle and Holtz active, with Holtz expected to play on all special teams units as Davis would have, but it seems unlikely.

Releasing Davis presents a few wrinkles too. Expect all five Redskins receivers on the roster to be active, and that means rookie Steven Sims will be suited up in Philadelphia.

What does it mean at the running back spot though? There has been growing speculation that veteran RB Adrian Peterson could be a healthy scratch for the Eagles game because he's not a special teams contributor. With Davis gone, the Redskins lose a core special teams player. Wendell Smallwood, the Redskins fourth running back signed this week from Philadelphia, can play on every special teams' group. 

Lots of moving parts, but Reed's status will be the biggest part of the jigsaw puzzle. 

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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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