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Steve Smith does not approve of Ron Rivera hiring Scott Turner or his removal of the ping pong table

Steve Smith does not approve of Ron Rivera hiring Scott Turner or his removal of the ping pong table

Former Panthers star wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. spent three seasons in Carolina under new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera. 

But on Wednesday, Smith went out of his way to take multiple shots at some of the decisions Rivera has made during his short time in Washington when discussing new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule on WFNZ Sports Radio.

"Coach Rivera goes up to Washington, what does he do? Takes away the ping pong table," Smith said. "C'mon now, really. That's the biggest impact we're going to make? Really? The ping pong table and the shuffleboard?"

The ping pong table had been a staple in the Redskins locker room for a number of years under former head coach Jay Gruden. Players were often seen engaging in competitive competition before and after practice, and it became a mainstay in the locker room.

But the table, along with the shuffleboard table, was removed from the locker room almost immediately following Rivera's hiring, as the 58-year-old attempts to turn the culture around in Washington.

On Tuesday, Scott Turner accepted the Redskins offensive coordinator job, and the team made the move official on Wednesday. Turner had previously been the quarterbacks coach in Carolina under Rivera, and ironically, was promoted to offensive coordinator in December after Rivera was fired.

Smith was not a fan of that hire from Rivera, either.

"You're going to hire the same weak a-- offensive coordinator that you had in Carolina?" Smith asked, referring to Rivera's decision.

The five-time Pro Bowler was not done there. Smith went on to say that with the Redskins general manager position still vacant, a lot more responsibility falls on Rivera's shoulders. And if removing the ping pong table is the biggest change the new head coach has made, things aren't going to change much in the nation's capital.

"I'm just saying, you don't have a general manager," Smith said. "You're the new coach and the biggest impact you make is the ping pong table?"

Only time will tell if Rivera is able to turn things around in Washington, but Smith does not think he's off to a great start.

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Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskin Josh Doctson signs with New York Jets

Former Redskins' wideout Josh Doctson has found another home, again. 

Doctson, 27, signed with the New York Jets the team announced Saturday morning via twitter. 

Washington selected Doctson with their 22nd pick in the 2016 NFL draft after he put up monster numbers at Texas Christian University. However, his collegiate success never quite translated to the professional level. During his three seasons in D.C. he played 33 games, recorded 81 receptions for a total of 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns.

After Washinton released Doctson last September he joined the Minnesota Vikings, but injuries held him to only one appearance and no catches. 

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Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

Josh Hart tries to recruit Stefon Diggs to Redskins amidst trade rumors

New Orleans Pelican Josh Hart tried to recruit Stefon Diggs in a twitter exchange Thursday surrounding Jordan Reed’s release from the Redskins.

Reed was released on Thursday after six seasons and seven years on the team.

In a tweet commemorating Reed’s accomplishments, the Redskins called him “one of the best in franchise history” and thanked him for his years on the team.

Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed his disappointment in Reed’s release by quoting the tweet with a crying emoji. Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs shared similar feelings by responding to the quote saying “not my dog j reed…”.

Diggs is a Maryland native but has been with the Vikings since he was drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft in the fifth round.

In response to this exchange, Hart chimed in and pleaded with him to “Come on home bro #HTTR”.  Hart, a D.C. native and long-time Redskins fan, is not the only one who has been looking to help the Redskins with their player recruitment.

Haskins has also made recruiting for the Redskins a habit this season, engaging with players like Ron Rivera and Antonio Brown through social media regarding coming to play in DC.

Hart's interaction with Diggs is particularly notable considering that his recent social media has left Vikings fans wondering what his next moves are. In addition to cryptic tweets potentially linked to his dissatisfaction with his team, Diggs also took down all of his Instagram pictures which feature him in a Vikings uniform.

Could Diggs be heading to the Redskins? If Hart has any say in the matter, maybe.

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