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Ron Rivera knows that Redskins tight end is a 'big question mark'

Ron Rivera knows that Redskins tight end is a 'big question mark'

The Redskins need improvement at plenty of positions, but tight end might be near the top of the list. Vernon Davis just announced his retirement and Jordan Reed has major health questions. 

For new Washington head coach, it's obvious tight end needs help. 

"Do we have our tight end? Probably not," Rivera said on Redskins Nation. "That’s a big question mark." 

With Davis retired and Reed still on the injured reserve, currently the Redskins only have two tight ends on their roster with NFL experience in Jeremy Sprinkle and Hale Hentges. Sprinkle is going into the final year of his rookie deal, and in turn, due for a significant pay increase. His cap number will be near $3 million for 2020, and though Sprinkle made 26 catches last year, they came on 40 targets. 

Neither Sprinkle nor the undrafted Hentges are a certainty for the Redskins 53-man roster in 2020, especially as Rivera will move quickly to make the roster his own. If the speed with which Rivera overhauled the coaching staff and front office is any indication, expect significant roster turnover.

Former Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will visit the Redskins this week, and since he's a free agent, Washington could sign him immediately. Olsen also has a visit planned with the Bills and will have serious consideration from television networks as well. Olsen has a tremendous resume, but will turn 35 in March. Olsen could help in the locker room, for sure, and instill Rivera's cause among players.

Still, even if Olsen signs in Washington, he's hardly the Redskins long-term answer at tight end.

The elephant in the room is Jordan Reed, and it doesn't sound like Reed is in Rivera's plans. 

"We're not sure on him as far as health," Rivera said of Reed.

On a personal level it's hard to hear that about Reed. He's gifted and incredibly nice off the field. For Redskins fans, however, it might be welcome news for Rivera to admit what many have already seen. 

Reed will turn 30 in July and has never played a full 16-game schedule in his seven-year career. His best season came in 2015, five years ago. He didn't play a single snap in 2019 and has a long history of concussions. 

The Redskins had a major problem of relying on players with frequent injuries under Bruce Allen's leadership. It sounds like Rivera is ready to turn that page. Reed also has two years remaining on his contract at nearly $20 million, but if Washington releases the tight end this offseason, would save nearly $9 million in cap space. 

The Redskins have major question marks at tight end this season, and got practically no production from the spot last year. 

Rivera knows it's a problem, and seems prepared to address it. If Olsen signs will be step one, but that needs to be one of many. The draft will offer options, and there will be other free agent prospects too.

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There are a ton of creative Redskins jersey mock-ups on Twitter, so let's rank them

There are a ton of creative Redskins jersey mock-ups on Twitter, so let's rank them

It's a Saturday in early June and live major sports haven't happened in like nine years. That means it's the perfect time to rank Redskins jerseys.

There's a twist to this set of rankings, though — the threads you're about to see don't even exist. Trippy, right?

While Ron Rivera is changing just about everything about his new franchise, it sure seems like Washington's uniforms aren't getting any sort of update. But that hasn't stopped tons of Twitter users from coming up with some very interesting mock-ups.

So, here's a list of some of the more notable ones that are out there, starting with the worst and working up to the sweetest.

What, you have something better to do this weekend than check out hypothetical unis? Course you don't. Get to scrolling...

6) Here, the Burgundy and Gold becomes the Gold and Gray/Grey (why does such a boring color have multiple spellings?):

No thanks. Analysis over. Moving on.

5) OK, so the look above is really the only heinous one. The rest, starting with this white-on-white proposal, are all varying levels of fresh:

The white facemask in this mock-up is a subtle yet excellent idea, because white facemasks always work. The simple number with no trim is nice, too.

The problem here, though, is that Dwayne Haskins appears like he's taking snaps for USC and not the Redskins. This is a solid concept, yet one that still needs some adjustments to make it top-notch.


4) The selling point for No. 4 is that it brings back the beloved spear, then puts the beloved spear on a matte helmet:

The rest is fine, but the helmet on its own is a 24/10. 

3) This ensemble delivers, as it gives off some serious Capitals-at-the-2015-Winter-Classic vibes:

Some fans seemed to get upset over the inclusion of some Cowboys-like stars (nothing like getting mad over something that isn't real!), but overall, this is sharp, even though it's not that complex. 

2) Bruce Allen was never pro-Color Rush (or pro-winning games), so the Redskins never got close to wearing gold jerseys. If they ever did in the future, however, hopefully they'd be as gorgeous as these:

The DC flag on the shoulders is dope and, yep, so is the white facemask. Unfortunately, this creation just barely lost out to the winner of this theoretical list.   

1) Here's a uniform that would feel totally new and throwback at the same time:

That helmet? Beautiful. The grey facemask? Nailed it. The gold on the shoulders? Uh-huh. The white numbers with no outline? Yes please.

In all, this is a perfect design, and one that would make every contest more pleasurable to watch. Even the ones that end with mostly visiting fans having a party at FedEx Field. 


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WATCH: Dwayne Haskins throws a dart to Steven Sims during Friday workout

WATCH: Dwayne Haskins throws a dart to Steven Sims during Friday workout

While coaches and staffs across the NFL were allowed to report to team facilities for the first time in months on Friday, the league has yet to allow players to return just yet.

But not being able to work out at Redskins Park has not stopped second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins and some of his receivers from getting some work together during this pandemic-ridden offseason. Just last week, the QB posted a picture of him with three of his fellow second-year veterans, wideouts Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims Jr. and Kelvin Harmon.

On Friday, Haskins was seen throwing deep passes to Sims, and popular burgundy and gold fan page Redskins Today reposted the footage on Twitter.


On this route, Haskins hits Sims perfectly in stride on a vertical route down the seam, and the second-year receiver caught the pass perfectly in stride. Sims had a fantastic end to the 2019 season and the undrafted wideout could play a much bigger role for Washington next season.

Haskins, too, is expected to make a significant jump in his second season. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has stated he intends to enter training camp with Haskins as the starter, and the quarterback has used this offseason to get into, in his words, "the best shape of [his] life."


Videos from the workout were documented on filmmaker Joey White's (@officialjoeyw) Instagram story.

Redskins fans hope the extra work Haskins and his receivers are putting in this offseason will translate to success on the field, as Washington finished 31st in total offense and dead last in points per game last season.