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Watch Jordan Reed's top five plays with the Redskins

Watch Jordan Reed's top five plays with the Redskins

The Redskins released Jordan Reed on Thursday, marking the end of six seasons and seven years with the team.

The 2013 third-round pick was one of the NFL's elite tight ends when he was at full health, but concussions and other injuries have prevented the athletic pass-catcher from ever playing a full 16-game NFL season.

Reed had some spectacular moments in the nation's capital, highlighted by a terrific month of December in 2015 where he totaled 30 receptions, 411 yards and five touchdowns in just one month. The Redskins won their final four contests that season, clinching the NFC East.

At his best, Reed made several acrobatic catches at times and was unguardable at others. He consistently was a matchup nightmare for opponents and a dynamic weapon for the Redskins.

So, to pay tribute to Reed's tenure in Washington, take a look at his top five catches with the Burgundy and Gold.

5. Reed's one-handed catch against the Giants in 2016

The tight end's hands were never something to question.

In a tight Week 3 contest with a divisional foe, the Redskins offense was in need of a play. On a second-and-10 midway through the third, quarterback Kirk Cousins spotted an open Reed, but his throw was slightly behind the tight end.

Reed reached back and acrobatically hauled in the pass. Then, instead of going out of bounds, Reed made three Giants defenders miss before running upfield to pick up the first down. 

The Redskins would take the lead on a field goal later in the drive, and hold on to win, 29-27.

4. One-hander against Green Bay in the 2016 playoffs

With the Redskins holding an early lead in the first quarter with the ball near midfield, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins looked Reed's way to convert an important third down. 

Reed, lined up as a receiver on the left in the slot, ran a three-step out route off the line. As Cousins released the ball, Packers cornerback Casey Hayward made a break on the ball, putting himself in the perfect position to intercept Cousins' pass and return it the other way for six.

But at the last second, the tight end stuck out his right arm and hauled in the pass with one-hand in between Hayward and another Packers defender. Reed split the two defenders and ran upfield for a 20-yard gain.

Later on in the drive, Reed hauled in a 24-yard touchdown to extend Washington's lead to 11. Unfortunately, it didn't last for the Redskins, as the Packers went on a 35-7 run to close the game and handily win the Wild Card clash.

3. Reed's dominant effort to clinch the NFC East in 2015 vs. Philadelphia

There are a number of moments from Reed that one could single out during this contest, but his overall body of work deserved praise on this day.

The Eagles simply had no match for the tight end, who finished with nine receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins 38-24 Week 16 victory over Philadelphia in Lincoln Financial Field. 

Perhaps no play from this game was more impressive than Reed's signature crossover move. Matched up against Mychal Kendricks, Reed shook the Eagles linebacker before breaking open in the middle of the field. Cousins found the open Reed for a 12-yard touchdown.

Just watch the video below and let the nostalgia flow.

2. Reed's one-handed catch on Thanksgiving against Dallas in 2016

The tight end had one of the best games of his career against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 2016. Dallas had no answer for Reed, who finished with 10 receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

But Reed's best moment of the game came on a streak route down the right sideline. Playing with a separated shoulder, one that caused Reed to miss the next two games, the tight end hauled in an incredible, one-handed grab with Byron Jones draped over him.

This picture explains it all.

The Cowboys went on to win the Turkey Day clash, but Reed was the best playmaker on the field that day.

1. Game-winning touchdown to cap 24-point comeback vs. Tampa Bay

The Redskins victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015 will always be remembered in history as the Cousins' "You like that?!" game. But, the final touchdown to cap the comeback victory is largely Reed's doing.

Washington lined up in an odd formation: four receivers were bunched on the left with Reed isolated on the right. The bunch was almost used as a decoy, as Cousins did not even look to his left.  

The touchdown tied the game for Washington, with Dustin Hopkins extra point giving them a one-point lead with just 24 seconds to play. Reed has a spectacular afternoon, finishing with 11 receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

Bonus: Reed making defenders foolish

Like many tight ends in today's modern NFL, Reed grew up with a basketball background. Well, the crossover move never left his arsenal.

Several times throughout his tenure in Washington, Reed shook defenders with a simple crossover move, sometimes with the ball in hand, sometimes without. No. 86's ability to make defenders look foolish was unparalleled. 

The crossover was just one of the many things Reed had in his bag of tricks. Watch and enjoy some of his best moves.

Best of luck to Reed in his next stop.

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Kyle Allen was 'surprised' by trade to Redskins but thrilled to reunite with Ron Rivera

Kyle Allen was 'surprised' by trade to Redskins but thrilled to reunite with Ron Rivera

Kyle Allen was in his car on Monday, driving home from a workout when his phone started to ring.

The 24-year-old quarterback answered, and just moments later, found out he had been traded from the Carolina Panthers to the Washington Redskins. Allen, who started 12 games for Carolina a season ago, was not expecting the move at all, despite seeing the Panthers sign quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and P.J. Walker in free agency.

"It's a shock. I wasn't expecting it," Allen told Redskins Nation. "I signed a contract with Carolina two weeks ago. But I know contracts don't really mean anything."

Over the 24 hours that followed after the trade, Allen started to process it all. He quickly realized how much sense the move made, and the situation he would be walking into in Redskins Park was something he was plenty familiar with.

Allen reunited with head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner, who were both in Carolina the past two seasons. With the NFL offseason full of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, Allen has a ton of familiarity with Turner's offensive system. Although Rivera told a radio interview on Wednesday that the team plans to enter training camp with second-year passer Dwayne Haskins as the starter, Allen was brought in to compete with him, too.

"I got to think about it a lot the past 24 hours, and I'm excited to be back with coach Rivera and coach Turner," Allen said.  "The more I sat down and thought about it after the call, the more it makes complete sense. I think the continuity of the system, being with them before, the coaches, the need for that spot on the team, I think it's perfect. The more I think about it, the more I get excited about it."

The third-year passer has had plenty of twists and turns during his football career. As a true freshman at Texas A&M, Allen started 10 games for the school. But as a sophomore, the passer was forced to split time with another talented quarterback, current Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray. Allen transferred to Houston following the 2015 season (Murray would transfer as well), and was forced to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. Allen started just four games for Houston in 2017 before being benched. Unhappy with his situation, Allen forewent his final year of eligibility and declared for the 2018 Draft.

Unsurprisingly, Allen went undrafted. But it was Rivera who gave him a chance to compete, bringing him into Carolina as an undrafted free agent. After injuries to both Cam Newton and Taylor Heinicke, Allen made his first career start in December of 2018, leading the Panthers to victory. After another Newton injury early last season, Allen emerged as the team's starter. Just a year and a half after going undrafted, Allen started 12 games for Rivera's club.

Once again back with Rivera, Allen could not be happier.

"It's awesome. It's incredible to play for Ron Rivera," Allen said. "I've told a lot of people, he's my favorite head coach I've ever played for, and I've played for my fair share."

Allen then went into detail about his respect for the Redskins head coach, and how Rivera gave him an opportunity when no one else did.

"He's always there for you. He's a player's coach," Allen said. "Wins or losses, he was always at my locker after the game, talking me through it, helping me through it. He always had that confidence in me, he always believed in me, and he gave me such a great opportunity. I was undrafted two years ago, and he saw something in me. Even after they cut me, he brought me back and gave me the opportunity to make a name for myself. Can't ask for anything more from him, he's been an incredible coach every time I've been with him."

Coincidentally, Allen's final game working with Rivera was against the Redskins, a Washington victory this past December. Rivera was let go by Carolina two days later. Now, they're back together.

"I'm not too fond of that memory, to be honest with you," Allen joked. "I'm glad I'm on the other side now."

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Rewatching 'All Or Nothing': Young Redskins will get their chances under Ron Rivera

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Rewatching 'All Or Nothing': Young Redskins will get their chances under Ron Rivera

Pete Hailey is rewatching Amazon's All Or Nothing, a behind-the-scenes look at the 2018 Panthers, to learn about Ron Rivera and other key people who are now a part of the Redskins. Here's his review of episode four, "Look Good Play, Good."

After he was fired by the Panthers and before he decided to take over the Redskins, Ron Rivera studied a handful of Washington games to evaluate the team's roster. While doing so, one aspect jumped out at him in particular.

"For the most part, the way they play, the way they fought, some of these young guys didn’t know any better," the coach explained during his first presser back in January. "They showed up and they played hard. That was impressive to me."

Rivera has since reiterated that the Burgundy and Gold's collection of young and hungry talent was a key reason he chose to land with the Redskins. When you check out their depth chart, it's easy to see what he means.

Currently, the following players are all between 22 and 26 years old: Dwayne Haskins, Daron Payne, Derrius Guice, Tim Settle, Steven Sims, Kelvin Harmon, Cole Holcomb, Montez Sweat, Terry McLaurin, Jonathan Allen, Fabian Moreau, Ryan Anderson, Landon Collins, Matt Ioannidis and Chase Roullier. 

Every name on that list figures to factor in to whether Rivera is able to right the Redskins. They better be prepared for that effort, too, because he's likely going to lean on them often, even through their mistakes. 

In episode four of Amazon's 2018 All Or Nothing show, which followed Rivera's Panthers, DJ Moore has a very forgettable afternoon (ironically, in a game at FedEx Field). The then-rookie fumbles twice, once on a punt and once after a catch, and those turnovers lead to 10 points for the hosts. In the end, Carolina falls to Washington, 23-17. 

Afterward, a reporter asked Rivera how he balances showing a struggling, unseasoned pro he's still on his side versus punishing that pro when he continues to slip up.

"This is all about building confidence," he answered. "DJ is going to be a part of what we do for a long time and we’ll stick with him."

It was a simple answer and one that hinted at a simple philosophy: If you're suiting up for Rivera, he's going to trust you to contribute and also stand by you if those contributions don't come right away, because he knows that could make the difference in the long-term future.

That should most excite those who want to see Dwayne Haskins succeed. A quarterback with little NFL experience such as Haskins is going to have days where the interceptions stack up and the yards don't. It sounds like Rivera will ride out those days in order to see the ones where Haskins breaks out.

It's a mindset that'll apply everywhere else, too. Whatever draft picks the Redskins end up with in April, some of the free agents he's already acquired and the rest of the 26-and-under group outlined above should be in line for lots of snaps and lots of chances to grow. The goal is that the majority of them will improve in that action and form the core Rivera so badly wants.

Of course, even a leader with as much time as Rivera has to correct a franchise will run out of patience. Plus, he's made a point to keep veterans like Adrian Peterson and bring in others like Thomas Davis to ensure there's a crew of established options to call on in 2020 — a season he'd no doubt like to end with a trip to the playoffs.

But realistically, the Redskins will enter 2020 coming off of a 3-13 campaign, meaning expectations should be modest at best. One thing fans can expect, though? Seeing young Redskins on the field in main roles every weekend.

Look for Rivera to prioritize building their confidence immediately in hopes of building a winner eventually. Year 1 could be a slog because of that, but the years that follow could very much be worth it.

Links to past reviews:

Episode 1: Rivera doesn't flinch after adversity hits

Episode 2: Rivera shows his feelings on distractions

Episode 3: Special teams truly mean something to Ron