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Redskins reportedly add to already crowded RB room, sign Peyton Barber to two-year deal

Redskins reportedly add to already crowded RB room, sign Peyton Barber to two-year deal

The Redskins running back room, which had appeared to be full, just got a bit more crowded.

Washington has reportedly signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber to a two-year deal worth $3 million, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

After going undrafted in 2016 out of Auburn, Barber signed with the Buccaneers. After being released during final roster cuts, Barber was brought back on the practice squad a day later. Just a week or so after that, Barber was promoted to the active roster in September and played in 15 games as a rookie. The running back has played in all 48 games over the past three seasons and was Tampa Bay's leading rusher in 2018 with a career-high 871 yards on the ground. A season ago, he split carries with Ronald Jones, and saw his numbers drop significantly.

Barber is the second running back the Redskins have signed during free agency. The Burgundy and Gold added former Detriot Lions pass-catching back J.D. McKissic last week on a two-year deal as well.

With the addition of Barber, the Redskins currently have five running backs on their roster: Barber, McKissic, Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, and Bryce Love.

Most teams only carry four at the position, meaning one will likely be cut during final roster cuts in September. Peterson, a future Hall of Famer, is almost certainly a lock to make the roster. Even at age 35, he's been the Redskins leading rusher the past two seasons and topped the 1,000-yard mark in 2018.

Guice, a rising third-year back, has shown promise when on the field but only played in five of a possible 32 games due to multiple injuries. Does this signing show that the new Redskins regime doesn't trust him to stay healthy? Only time will tell.

Love was the Redskins fourth-round pick a season ago, but has yet to play a snap while recovering from a knee injury he suffered at Stanford in 2018. It's worth wondering what type of role he will have in 2020 with the Redskins, if one at all.

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Should the Redskins follow the recent trend and update their uniforms?

Should the Redskins follow the recent trend and update their uniforms?

The first wave of NFL free agency is in the books and the NFL Draft is still a couple of weeks away, meaning there is some downtime in the league's offseason right now.

There's even more time now in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic with stay-at-home orders in almost every city in the United States.

So earlier this week, two NFC South teams took advantage of the unexpected free time and released updated uniform designs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released three different uniforms on Tuesday that were a little bit of a throwback style, similar to their uniforms from the squad wore in the early 2000s. A day later, the Atlanta Falcons released a completely new arsenal of jerseys, and they were quite controversial. Even another NFC South opponent took the opportunity to troll the new Falcons design on Twitter.

The Redskins have made minor alterations to their uniforms over the years, but they've had the same basic design since 1983. So, is it time for the Burgundy and Gold to join the recent trend and give the fans a new design?

Honestly, there's no better time to make a change.

The team is entering a new era of Redskins football. Longtime team president Bruce Allen has been ousted, along with head athletic trainer Larry Hess. The team has brought in well-respected head coach Ron Rivera to turn the culture around in Ashburn, and there's more optimism surrounding Redskins Park than there has been in years. Heck, even the team's official Twitter account reads "new vibe. new szn. new rivERA."

If the Redskins were to release new uniforms, they have two options: rebrand an old uniform (there are several good ones to choose from), or completely make a new design. Let's start with the first option.

Over the past decade, the Redskins have sported four regular uniforms combinations: burgundy jersey with gold pants; burgundy jersey with white pants; white jersey with burgundy pants; and white jersey with gold pants. 

The team has shied away from a burgundy-on-burgundy or a white-on-white look, arguably the two cleanest uniform combinations the Redskins currently have. Bringing these back would be a super easy, yet worthwhile change.

The one color uniform was worn often by the Redskins during the 2000s, as some of the team's best memories with Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, and Sean Taylor came in the white-on-whites. Multiple current Redskins still love the white-on-white design and sported the look at practice at times last season.

But if Washington was to alter the uniform design slightly, it wouldn't have to look far to find an easy solution. Some of the Redskins throwback uniforms could easily be modernized, and as a result, be turned into one of the cleanest looks in football.

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The helmet is one of the easiest things that could be upgraded, and the Redskins have two options they could turn to.

During the 1960s, the Redskins wore a spear on the side of their helmet. It was fierce, intimidating, and clean. The spear is one of the Redskins' best helmets in franchise history. The spear was last donned during the Steve Spurrier era, but only as an alternate. 

The other helmet the Redskins could revert back to would be the classic 'R' logo, inspired by Vince Lombardi. The Redskins wore this helmet for just two seasons in the early 1970s, but it certainly made its mark on the fans. It has also been used as a Redskins alternate uniform, but not been worn on a game day since 2007.

This uniform as a whole deserves to be modernized and brought back. The retro logo is terrific, as are the yellow helmets, single red stripe, and gray facemasks. The striping on the shoulder pad, meanwhile, looks nice, and the red numbers set on top of the pristine white jersey complete it all.

Of course, the team could also release a completely new design that no Redskins fan has seen before. With the burgundy, gold and white color scheme, the Redskins certainly would have options with a new design. 

But if the Redskins were to learn one thing from recent uniform releases, avoid gradient color meshes. It doesn't look good. If you don't believe me, just ask the Falcons or Jaguars.

Deion Sanders once said, "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good."

Well, maybe it's time for the Redskins to listen to Primetime.

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Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

A few days ago, Ron Rivera identified Kyle Allen as the Redskins' contingency plan if Coronavirus really disrupts the NFL's offseason. Well, Peter King expects the team will ultimately have to use that plan.

During an interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, the longtime football analyst explained that he, like most, is unsure what's going to transpire over the next handful of months. However, King thinks the pandemic will continue to change offseason programs and also have a "major" effect on training camp.

And if those consequences come to fruition, he's confident Allen will prove to be the team's best option to start.

"I believe the way that this year is moving that it's pretty likely that opening day, at quarterback for Washington, is not going to be Dwayne Haskins," King told Redskins Talk. 

While some originally accosted the Burgundy and Gold for giving up a fifth-round pick in their trade for the ex-Panthers passer, King actually praised it. The transaction, in his mind, was "very, very smart" and gives the Redskins viable insurance if Haskins isn't able to pick up a new system because of a truncated schedule. 

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"If you're Ron Rivera, you want a guy who you know can walk in Day 1," King said. "If you have to face the New York Giants on September 13, you want a guy who knows everything about Scott Turner's offense and who's well-versed in everything he's going to have to do."

To be clear, King explained that it wouldn't even really be Haskins' fault in the above scenario. In a regular year, he makes much more sense as the Redskins signal caller in 2020, and Rivera recently revealed that's the way he's leaning for now, too.

Yet at some point, if the 2019 first-round selection is only able to communicate with his new coaches through a phone and not face-to-face on a field, Allen's experience with Rivera and Turner may end up as the difference in a competition. 

Should that occur, King will monitor how Haskins handles it. His reaction could be telling.  

"Obviously, it's not an ideal situation for Dwayne Haskins," King said. "But if you can't, in this particular situation, if you can't adapt and adjust, then I would really question whether you're the guy for this job for the long haul.

"I would really question your value to this team."

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