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Ron Rivera now sounds far more interested in finding additional help at wide receiver

Ron Rivera now sounds far more interested in finding additional help at wide receiver

About seven weeks ago, Ron Rivera was asked about his level of interest in signing Antonio Brown to strengthen his offense. Rivera's answer was polite, but in that answer, he basically shut down the thought of acquiring Brown or any other free agent help for the outside.

"If you bring in a veteran right now, you're going to stunt the growth of somebody young," Rivera told the media back on June 10. "We've got some young guys at wide receiver that have shown potential over the last season and now into the offseason."

Well, on Tuesday, Rivera faced a similar inquiry during a pre-training camp chat with reporters on Zoom (though Brown's name wasn't specifically mentioned; instead, Rivera was pressed for his thoughts on whether he believes he "has enough" at that spot in general).

This time around, the coach delivered a much different response.

"That’s something we’re going to look at," Rivera said.

It doesn't take a mega-genius, or even a regular genius, or even a semi-genius, to figure out why the his stance on the idea has changed.

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Since Rivera explained that he was originally against the notion because he wanted to really see what he has in Burgundy and Gold first, Kelvin Harmon has torn his ACL and Cody Latimer has been placed on the Commisioner's Exempt List. The former is now out for the season and the latter is basically serving an indefinite suspension while his legal matters are tended to

So, Rivera and the offense are down one of their promising second-year players as well as a guy who could've, at the very least, provided serviceable depth. That's why the Washington Football Team's leader has a more urgent-sounding tone.

"If there was a position that we are concerned with in terms of being able to bring more guys on, it's most certainly that position," Rivera said. 

Rivera stopped his evaluation there, well short of identifying any potential additions. Fans can figure out the pool of candidates rather easily on their own, though.

Brown, of course, is one, as is Josh Gordon. If those two are deemed too unreliable, then there are pass catchers like Jarius Wright and Chris Hogan waiting for a call, and they both have ties to Rivera and Scott Turner. Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas are also current free agents with track records of success, albeit success that came some time ago.

Overall, an event that once felt like a longshot currently appears to have a way more than decent chance of happening. For Rivera to properly evaluate Dwayne Haskins, he's going to have to find Haskins another threat.

And that finding of a threat could occur on the sooner side of things.

"We’ve got four days with the quarterbacks coming up and then a few days after that we’ll have eight days of pretty much a ramp-up period, where we’ll really get the chance to look at our guys and see what we have and make a determination," Rivera said.

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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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