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Ron Rivera asked Dwayne Haskins to trust him and ‘it worked out’ for the young QB

Ron Rivera asked Dwayne Haskins to trust him and ‘it worked out’ for the young QB

Dwayne Haskins hasn’t actually played for Ron Rivera yet, and still, the quarterback believes in his new coach. 

Before the Coronavirus sank the NFL’s pre-draft process two months ago, rumors ran wild about the Redskins having interest in Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the second overall pick in April’s draft. Considering the Redskins drafted Haskins 15th overall last year, that clearly would have created a problem.

Despite the speculation, that pick never happened, and according to multiple sources, was never even close to happening. Washington wanted Ohio State defensive end Chase Young all along, and took Young. 

So a few weeks after the draft, Haskins explained that he was never worried about Tagovailoa coming to the Redskins. 

“Throughout the whole process Ron was just telling me to trust him," Haskins said via the Redskins Talk podcast. "I did so it worked out."

In the interview Haskins seemed more comfortable in his role as the Redskins quarterback than at most points in 2019, his rookie season. That year was filled with tumult, as Haskins was put into tough spots with coaches that didn’t seem thrilled about the front office’s decision to draft him. 

In 2020 that vibe seems different.

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“I feel really confident having guys that believe in me,” Haskins said. “I think I’m going to have a good year this year.”

Rivera did not give a glowing endorsement of Haskins when he first took the Redskins job in January, but in subsequent months, the coach has seemed much more encouraged with the second-year passer. 

“We just feel about the things we saw from Dwayne,” Rivera said last week on The Sports Junkies. “I feel good enough about him that I’m willing to take that chance, that opportunity.”

The coach also recently talked about Haskins improvement as the 2019 season went on, and focused on the passer's performance in a late November win against Detroit. 

"He was very calm. He was very calculated. He showed his poise. He showed his leadership and put them in a position to win a football game," Rivera said of Haskins' first-ever comeback win. "And that's what you want from your quarterback, a guy that gives you a chance to win, a guy that can help you win because of him and you can win with him. That's what's exciting."

Washington did trade for Kyle Allen earlier in the offseason. He’s a passer that started for Rivera last season and already knows new Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner’s scheme, but Haskins did not seem concerned with that. 

In fact, he seemed excited about the new quarterback room, and excited about the 2020 season. 

“I have the urgency right now. I’m itching.”

Trust. Belief. Urgency.

Simple concepts, but nothing was simple for Haskins in 2019. 2020 is a new year and a new beginning for Haskins and for Rivera, and so far, the simple stuff is working. 

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This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

One Washington Football fan took the hypothetical designs to the next level in his complete rebranding of the team under the name ‘Washington Scouts.’

Michigan-based graphic designer Zack Rueger proposed Scouts to replace Washington’s previous mascot in hopes of honoring Native Americans. In describing his inspiration, he wrote, “Scouts celebrates the proud tradition of Native American culture and the inclusion of scouts into the military.”

He went on to reference the impacts Native Americans had on the military such as the 29 Native American soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor or the Alamo Scouts during World War II who ran 108 missions without losing a single person. Rather than removing the team's previous connection to Native American culture, Rueger believed Washington could honor them in its new name.

In addition to coining a name, he created a plethora of logos, jerseys and branded designs that the team could use. First, he designed three separate logos: a word mark logo, a primary logo and a throwback logo. The word mark logo features the team’s name in a box below the city name. The primary logo is a ‘W’ with a feather in the middle. The throwback logo is a scout riding a horse on top of a football. 

Next, Rueger designed four different uniforms: home, away, throwback and color rush. The home uniforms feature the traditional burgundy jersey with gold pants and a gold helmet. The away combination is a white jersey, gold helmet and burgundy pants. The throwbacks are a burgundy and white combo, similar to the away jerseys but with a white helmet that showcases the throwback logo. Finally, the color rush jerseys are predominately gold with accents of burgundy. 

However, Rueger didn’t stop with logos and uniforms. He also created advertisements, mock tickets, hypothetical social media posts for game day, fan merchandise like branded hoodies and hats and even a website layout for the team. 

While Scouts is new to the team name discussion and hasn’t been considered a frontrunner, Rueger made it especially easy to visualize the change happening with this detailed rebranding.

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Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington's group of receivers is about to become a lot more experienced and a little deeper thanks to a pending Monday signing.

To help fill out one of the weaker areas on the roster, the team is reportedly going to bring in Dontrelle Inman, according to Ian Rapoport. Inman's physical, which Rapoport says should be completed soon, is the last step of the transaction.

The 31-year-old will immediately become the oldest option at the position, taking that designation away from the 27-year-old Cody Latimer. Ron Rivera has explained multiple times this offseason how he wants at least one established pro on the outside to help lead up-and-comers like Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims and Antonio Gandy-Golden. For now, Inman looks like he'll be the guy for that role.

Last year, Inman caught 12 passes for 181 yards in seven total games (three with the Colts and four with the Chargers). His best output came in 2016 with then-San Diego, when he posted 58 receptions for 810 yards and four scores.

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The focus for Inman will now be catching up on Scott Turner's playbook. If he's able to do that, he could have a real shot at sticking with Washington for 2020, especially with Latimer currently on the Commissioner's Exempt list and Kelvin Harmon recovering from a torn ACL.

In fact, it doesn't even feel that crazy to say Inman could eventually be in the mix for a starting spot, considering how unproven the other in-house choices are.

At the very least, the signing gives the Washington Football Team someone who's shown they can be productive in the NFL. That's a pretty low bar for an August move, of course, but it's also just the reality of what Rivera and Turner are working with on offense right now. 

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