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If Josh Gordon ends up signing with Washington, expect OC Scott Turner to have something to do with it

If Josh Gordon ends up signing with Washington, expect OC Scott Turner to have something to do with it

Entering the 2020 season, Washington has plenty of question marks at the wide receiver position. Those questions only grew on Tuesday, when second-year wideout Kelvin Harmon announced he had torn his ACL and will miss the entirety of the fall campaign.

Should Washington look to the free-agent market to find a replacement for Harmon's roster spot, there are two talented pass-catchers still available: Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon.

On Tuesday, the latter of them commented on an Instagram post about Harmon's injury with the 'eyes' emoji, which led Washington passer Dwayne Haskins to reply back.

While this might not be anything more than comments on an Instagram post, there actually is a connection between Gordon and Washington.

That connection? Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner, who served as Gordon's wide receivers coach in Cleveland for one season in 2013.

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After a solid rookie season with the Cleveland Browns in 2012, Gordon emerged as one of the league's best wideouts a year later. In just 14 games (after missing the first two due to suspension), Gordon led the NFL in receiving with 1,646 yards, while totaling a career-best nine touchdowns. The pass-catcher was named to his first Pro Bowl and also selected to the NFL's All-Pro squad.

After Gordon's spectacular year in 2013, Turner departed from Cleveland, taking the quarterbacks' coach position in Minnesota. Gordon, who has had well-documented off-the-field troubles, has never returned to his 2013 form.

In an interview with Cleveland.com in 2014, Gordon explained that his relationship with Turner, as well as Turner's father Norv, helped him stay clean during his incredible 2013 season. Gordon admitted that he was personally hurt when both Turners, along with Rob Chudzinski, were fired following the 2013 season, and that led him down the wrong track once again.

"It definitely is (hard),'' Gordon said. "When I first came in, I wasn't sure how long Pat (Shurmur) was going to stay. Three years, three coaches, it's difficult for anybody. You want to get close to them on a personal level and become friends, and we have, but the fact that they're taken away that quickly, you realize it's strictly business -- just about."

In late August of 2014, Gordon was suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy for the fourth time. Since then, he's been indefinitely suspended by the league twice and is still currently seeking reinstatement from the NFL.

Gordon's best season since his time with Turner in Cleveland came in 2018 with New England, where he amassed 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns. None of those marks are even half of what he did in Cleveland that season.

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If Gordon is reinstated -- and that's still a huge if -- Washington would make sense as a landing spot. Gordon and Turner previously had a close relationship, and the wideout thrived the most under Turner's watch.

Plus, the team was already thin at wideout and is even thinner with Harmon's injury. Even with a healthy Harmon, Washington's No. 2 wide receiver spot was full of uncertainties. Adding a veteran to the group later on was still much in play, even prior to Tuesday.

So, if the Burgundy and Gold do end up taking a shot by signing Gordon, it'll be a low risk, high reward signing that the new offensive coordinator likely had something to do with. 

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Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Washington linebackers Thomas Davis and Reuben Foster are at two very different points in their respective NFL careers.

The former is entering his 15th NFL season and is on the tail-end of an incredible career, while the latter is still trying to find his place in the NFL. The two are separated by 11 years in age.

Yet, both linebackers are expected to have significant roles in Washington's defense come this fall, a team they have yet to play a snap for. In a Zoom conference call with local media on Friday, Davis shared his excitement for what Foster has the chance to bring to Washington's defense.

"Reuben is a physical specimen," Davis said. "I was telling somebody the other day you have people who are born to play a position. When you look at Reuben, he’s one of those guys. I feel like he was born to play the linebacker spot."

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It's been a long and windy road -- both on and off the field -- for Foster since Washington claimed him off of waivers in November of 2018.

Foster was released two years ago by San Francisco after two separate domestic violence accusations. Washington claimed the linebacker, yet he would not play for the team at all that season after immediately landing on the Commissioner's Exempt List.

Later that year, Foster's former girlfriend recanted her testimony on the first incident, and charges were dropped on the second. The linebacker got clearance from the NFL to play shortly after.

Foster returned to the field for OTAs in 2019, but his first practice with his new team ended rather quickly. On just the third snap of the session, Foster suffered a gruesome, non-contact knee injury, tearing multiple ligaments. His recovery took longer than usual, as he lost feeling in his toes in January -- months after the surgery. 

Earlier this week, Foster was removed from the active/PUP list and placed on the team's active roster, 21 months after he was originally claimed by Washington and 15 months after his devastating injury. Foster spoke with reporters shortly after Davis did on Friday, and opened up about his life from the past year and a half.

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If there's someone who can relate to Foster's rehab process, it's Davis. Over a 23-month span from 2009-2011, Davis suffered three (!!) separate ACL tears.

Yet, Davis bounced back from those injuries in tremendous fashion. Since returning from the final ACL tear in 2012, Davis has been extremely durable. Over that span, he's earned three Pro Bowl nods and was named to the NFL's All-Pro squad in 2015. Even at age 36, Davis racked up 112 tackles for the Chargers last season.

"Just seeing [Foster] make progress each and every day has truly been special," Davis said. "As a guy who has his own rehab story, to see Reuben being able to do the things he’s doing day in and day out, I’m extremely impressed and I’m excited for him."

With so many twists and turns in his young NFL career, Foster has finally reached the point where he can make football his top priority.

And now in Washington, he has someone he can look up to as a mentor in Davis.

“I try to talk to Reuben as much as I possibly can," Davis said. "Reuben, he’s excited, man. He’s energetic, he’s up-tempo. He’s always just ready to get back on the field as much as he possibly can when he was that opportunity. He’s just out there working hard and we’re just trying to constantly encourage him to continue to fight, continue to work and just let the chips fall where they may at the end of the day."

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SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

Another day, another Washington Redwolves concept. 

Except this time, we may have found a winner. 

On Friday afternoon, an unaffiliated team account, @WashRedwolves posted a concept by Raymond Santiago that combines the classic Burgandy & Gold color scheme with the highly requested Redwolves logo.

Take a look:

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As you can see nothing really changed from the team's current uniform, just the Redwolves logo rather than the numbers they're currently rocking.

And that's absolutely fine. 

Because the team seems to be committed to keeping the identity intact as much as possible post-name change, less would serve as more. 

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