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In losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, Redskins would make free agency history

In losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, Redskins would make free agency history

DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon were vital members of a potent Redskins offense in 2016. Combined, the two receivers went for more than 2,000 receiving yards as the Washington offense accumulated the 3rd most yards in the NFL. 

Once free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jackson and Garçon will leave the Redskins. Jackson is headed south to join the Bucs, reportedly, and Garçon will move west, reuniting with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, reportedly. And with their exit, Jay Gruden's offense will lose more than 40 percent of the team's receving yards from the 2016 squad, making some history along the way.

To provide some context to the stat, it takes a few stars aligning for an offense to lose two 1,000 yard receivers. First, a team needs a good offense. Second, a team needs two good receivers. Third, a team needs both of those receivers to hit free agency at the same time.

For Washington, it was the perfect storm. 

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.

"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.

Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.  

"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.

Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.

Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."

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Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol. 

Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play. 

It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career. 

There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime. 

Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.

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