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What do the Redskins have to play for? Matt Ioannidis has a few reasons

What do the Redskins have to play for? Matt Ioannidis has a few reasons

It would be easy for the Redskins to give up.

With just two contests remaining in the 2019 season, Washington has won just three of their first 14 games. For the fourth consecutive January, the Burgundy and Gold will have to press a button on a TV remote in order to watch playoff football.

Although the final two weeks of the season are essentially meaningless for the Redskins in regards to 2019, defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis doesn't believe this team will let up or change their focus at all.

"As a young team, we see it still [the season] as game in and game out, no matter the situation, as an opportunity to improve and get better, work on your craft," Ioannidis told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "We've been in a good mindset this year cohesively as a team that no one has gotten down on the fact, no one has been into the whole 'Oh, it's over, Let's call it a day.'"

The 25-year-old pointed out that Washington has been playing a lot of young guys on both sides of the ball. Heck, in just his fourth NFL season, Ioannidis is already the longest-tenured player on the Redskins defensive line.

The youth on the team is a major reason the Redskins continue to play hard each week, Ioannidis says.

"We are very young. A lot or rookies playing, a lot of second-year guys playing," he said. "When you have a young team like that, I don't think that, 'Oh, we're not playing for the playoffs,' I don't think that creeps in as much. Guys are still ascending, rising and developing."

Take a look at the Redskins defense; it's not just the offense that has a young core to build around. Ioannidis is 25. Jonathan Allen is 24. Daron Payne is just 22. First-round pick Montez Sweat is 23. Cole Holcomb is 23. Landon Collins, who has five more years on his contract, is only 25. Quinton Dunbar, who has had a career-season in 2019, is just 27.

Of course, with any team that plays a lot of young guys, there are growing pains. We've seen multiple coverage busts and missed tackles form the Redskins defense this season. Those things are going to happen.

"At times, we haven't done our best for everyone to do their job individually," Ioannidis said. "I think the scheme is really good, and we just have to focus as players on executing our role within the scheme. The scheme is solid and it falls on us to execute. It's better for everyone to be on the same page then for 10 to be in the right."

While the results may not be what the Redskins want in 2019, they have a lot of young pieces to assemble a devastating defense in the future.

"I think the future is bright. We have a tremendous upside," Ioannidis said. "I think we've scratched the surface of it at times. I know that when we all play on the same page, when everyone does their 1/11th, there is no limit to how good we can be."

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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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