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Reports: Redskins to hire Jennifer King, first African-American female assistant coach in NFL history

Reports: Redskins to hire Jennifer King, first African-American female assistant coach in NFL history

The Redskins are reportedly set to make history by making Jennifer King the first full-time African-American female assistant coach in NFL history. She’d report to head coach Ron Rivera as an offensive assistant, according to ESPN. The news of Washington's interest in hiring King was first reported by The Athletic.

King first cracked an NFL coaching staff as an intern under Rivera in 2017 when he was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. She worked as an assistant wide receivers coach of the Alliance of American Football’s Arizona Hotshots last spring before joining Dartmouth’s football staff as an offensive assistant.

Her resume also includes head coach of the Johnson and Wales University women’s basketball team as well as two championship titles of the semi-professional Women’s Football Alliance that she won as a quarterback, wide receiver and safety for the Carolina Phoenix.

King would join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Lori Locust (assistant defensive line coach) and Maral Javadifar (assistant strength and conditioning coach) and the San Francisco 49ers’ Katie Sowers (offensive assistant) as the only active full-time female coaches in the NFL.

ESPN reported that King “met with multiple members of the organization” prior to Super Bowl LIV. The Redskins have slowly assembled their coach staff for 2020 under the newly hired Rivera, with King appearing to be the latest addition to that group.

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Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed's first 329 receptions in the NFL came with Washington. Number 330, though, is likely going to happen out west.

Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the tight end is signing a one-year contract with the 49ers that is "incentive-laden." In that report, Schefter noted that Reed is currently healthy.

The 30-year-old didn't play at all for Washington in 2019 after suffering his latest concussion in a preseason collision. All kinds of injuries have plagued Reed as a pro, but it's the head trauma that is most worrisome. He has remained committed to staying in the league, however, and is slated to now do so with one of the sport's top contenders.

Reed will reunite with Kyle Shanahan, his old offensive coordinator, and Trent Williams, a longtime ex-teammate, with the Niners. The thought of him pairing up with George Kittle is frightening, as long as Reed can get right and return to somewhere that's even close to his usual form.

Reed was having a stellar training camp last summer before suffering that concussion in Atlanta. It's going to be nerve-racking watching him take hits again for San Fran — it has been nerve-racking for years now, in fact — but he believes he still has more to offer and the NFC West franchise clearly does as well.

Washington is scheduled to visit the 49ers this December. 

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Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

The linebacker position is one of the more crowded spots on the Washington Football Team. That crowd decreased by one on Monday, though.

Josh Harvey-Clemons has opted out of the 2020 season, the team announced. The 26-year-old was set to enter his fourth year with the franchise and figured to compete for a depth spot for Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio.

He is the second player on the Burgundy and Gold to make that choice this offseason. Lineman Caleb Brantley opted out last week, too.

A seventh-round draft pick in 2017, Harvey-Clemons has appeared in 35 regular season contests for Washington. He's mostly been a special teamer and reserve option since coming out of Louisville and wasn't a lock by any means to make the 2020 roster. 

The Harvey-Clemons news wasn't the only personnel move that came down on Monday.

The organization also waived three guys — defensive end Cameron Malveaux, defensive back Maurice Smith and tight end Caleb Wilson — and released running back Josh Ferguson. 

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