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Report: Kevin O'Connell to become offensive coordinator for the L.A. Rams under Sean McVay

Report: Kevin O'Connell to become offensive coordinator for the L.A. Rams under Sean McVay

Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell is reportedly joining Sean McVay's staff in Los Angeles in the same role.

While both O'Connell and McVay held the role of offensive coordinator in the nation's capital, their paths did not cross on the Redskins staff, with McVay leaving D.C. for the Rams head coaching position just eight days prior to the former taking the quarterback coach position in Washington.

Redskins fans know all too well of McVay's coaching success in Los Angeles and his rapid rise to prominence. O'Connell was held in similar regard when he assumed the position prior to the 2019 season. O'Connell held the role through the end of Jay Gruden's time with the Redskins and through then-interim head coach Bill Callahan's regime in D.C. 

Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has decided to bring in some of his own personnel for his coaching staff, notably bringing in veteran coach Jack Del Rio as the team's new defensive coordinator, as well as bringing in Scott Turner as the team's offensive coordinator.

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Tua Tagovailoa expects full medical clearance, and that's great news for the Redskins

Tua Tagovailoa expects full medical clearance, and that's great news for the Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa expects to be fully cleared by his team of doctors on March 9th, and with that news, expect the NFL Draft to turn into full TuaMania. 

The former Crimson Tide passer spoke on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine and displayed a unique blend of sincerity and humbleness rarely seen in NFL players, let alone quarterbacks. Tagovailoa did his best to avoid talking about himself, complimented the only QB that seems likely to be drafted higher in Joe Burrow and explained that he will be thrilled by whatever NFL team selects him. 

It was an impressive performance from a player that many scouts have described as a stud "both on and off the field."

On the field, Tua was phenomenal. In three years at Alabama, he threw for nearly 7,500 yards with 87 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions while completing 69 percent of his passes. Injuries are the only concern for Tagovailoa, but they're a significant concern. That's why the medical clearance will mean so much, followed by his personal Pro Day in early April. 

For Washington, any and all news about Tua is great news. 

The Redskins hold the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft, and the more interest drives up around Tua, the more valuable the second overall pick becomes. It remains entirely possible Washington will take Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young at No. 2, but if a team gets desperate for Tua, a trade offer could get wild. 

After drafting Dwayne Haskins in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, it seems unlikely the Redskins would again take a quarterback in 2020. It's not impossible, as Arizona proved last year, but it is unlikely. 

No matter what happens, good news for Tua is good news for the Redskins. 

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Looks like the Redskins will have a chance to go after Austin Hooper, per this report

Looks like the Redskins will have a chance to go after Austin Hooper, per this report

If the Redskins really want to go hard after Austin Hooper, then they can probably start getting their finances in order to do so.

That's because the Falcons are reportedly planning to let the tight end test his market in free agency, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Atlanta hasn't ruled out" keeping the 25-year-old, per Rapoport, but it also appears like they're prepared to lose him if his price tag gets too high. 

Washington recently decided to release Jordan Reed, which opened up about $8.5 million in salary cap space. Perhaps Ron Rivera — who shared a division with Hooper for most of the last four seasons — will opt to use that money on the Falcons pass catcher.

A very encouraging thing about Hooper is that he's consistently improved since reaching the NFL in 2016. The former third-round selection is coming off of back-to-back 70-plus catch campaigns and he hauled in six scores in 2019. 

Also encouraging? His ability to suit up week in and week out. That was obviously a massive issue with Reed, but Hooper has missed just five contests in four years.

Now, Hooper is going to be the best available tight end if he and the Falcons do ultimately part ways, and he's set to command a hefty contract (one ex-agent is already predicting a deal that carries an average annual value of $11 million). At that number, he'd become the highest-paid option at his position, and that may scare some considering he's yet to reach the level of Travis Kelce or others he'd surpass.

However, considering the Redskins' putrid offense last season and the fact that they need to surround Dwayne Haskins with more viable targets, they might be fine paying Hooper that much. And while he's not a true, tier-one tight end yet, he very well could reach that status during his next contract — and perhaps that agreement will happen with Washington.

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