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Why Landon Collins believes CB Jimmy Moreland is due for a breakout in 2020

Why Landon Collins believes CB Jimmy Moreland is due for a breakout in 2020

The Redskins defense just added Chase Young and also features up-and-comers like Daron Payne, Tim Settle and Montez Sweat. But when it comes to a potential breakout player for the unit in 2020, Landon Collins is actually looking elsewhere.

During a Twitter Q&A at the end of March, Collins mentioned cornerback Jimmy Moreland's name multiple times as someone he's expecting a lot out of this season. While on a Zoom call with local reporters on Wednesday, the safety got the chance to explain why he's so optimistic about the former seventh-round pick.

“Jimmy was supposed to have seven picks last year," Collins said. "He just didn’t trust himself within his ability to do those things. That is just a rookie not being sure or seeing what they want to do and just going for it."

Considering Moreland finished the campaign with zero interceptions and only four pass deflections in 14 games, some may understandably scoff at Collins' assessment of the corner and how he could've been one of the league's best at forcing turnovers. 

Collins, however, was completely serious. Part of the reason is that he once went through what Moreland did in 2019.

"That’s how it is as a rookie," Collins said. "I saw things and didn’t do it because I was scared that a veteran was going to be mad at me."

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At James Madison, Moreland proved how dangerous he can be when he's comfortable and acting on his instincts. He set the school record for career interceptions with 18, and he turned six of those into touchdowns on his own. 

Moreland appeared well on his way keeping that up as a pro, too, as he was a menace in OTAs and at training camp last offseason. Once he started going up against different offenses and better QBs every week, though, he started getting exposed.

Despite those issues, Collins still saw the makings of a "special" defender when watching Moreland. And now that Moreland has a year's worth of experience in the NFL, his veteran teammate is ready for him to make those splash plays.

"I think he has the confidence now and the trust," Collins said. "He knows we trust him in his ability to do something."

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If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

As the Redskins name-change debate continues to gain steam, people everywhere are weighing in on potential options for a switch.

Scanning social media, the leaders in the clubhouse seem to be the Washington Warriors, Redtails and Redhawks.

At least one of those names has the blessing of a player fans hope will eventually become the face of the franchise.

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With several former Ohio State players on the team -- Dwayne Haskins, Chase Young, Terry McLaurin -- Bleacher Report's Matt Miller tossed around the idea of changing the Redskins to the Buckeyes. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins responded saying he liked the Redtails.

The Redtails were a group of Tuskegee airmen, all-black fighter pilots during World War II.

Haskins said "that's if we have to change the name," making clear he isn't taking a stance on whether the team should change the name.

Reports have suggested a name change is likely before the 2020 season begins.

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Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

As the Washington football team mulls over the increasingly likely decision to change its name from the Redskins, the parent company of the Harlem Globetrotters suggested Friday that it'd be interested in giving the team another option.

According to Action Network's Darren Rovell, a spokesman for Herschend Entertainment said the company would "love" for the Redskins or NFL to call about buying the rights to the Washington Generals name.

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The Generals are the frequent opponent of the Globetrotters, almost always on the losing end of the fun basketball competition. Herschend Entertainment owns trademarks for both the Generals and Globetrotters.

“We think that the Globetrotters are right up there as the most liked team in the world with Manchester United and the New York Yankees,” Brett Meister, the spokesman, said. “Our heritage includes the Washington Generals.”

The Generals also have other local ties, as the team's former owner/coach/player Red Klotz was a member of the 1948 title-winning Baltimore Bullets.

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