The unexpected departure of Connor Halliday left the Redskins scrambling for a fourth quarterback to fill out their roster for OTAs and training camp. They found one during their rookie minicamp this weekend.
According to multiple reports the Redskins have signed Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason to a free agent contract. He was one of two quarterbacks who were at Redskins Park for the three-day camp on a tryout basis.
Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has said that he likes players from the big college conferences, particularly the SEC, so the 15 games he started for the Bulldogs in 2013 and 2014 likely helped his chances of landing a contract. Mason took the starting role late in 2013 after Aaron Murray suffered a knee injury and he kept it for all 13 games last year.
Mason completed 188 of 277 passes (67.9 percent) for 2,168 yards (7.8 yards/att), an impressive 21 touchdowns to just four interceptions. His passer rating of 155.7 was 10th in the nation among qualifying quarterbacks. It should be noted that Georgia ran a very run-heavy offense that featured Todd Gurley earlier in the year and then after he was first suspended and then injured, Nick Chubb. They passed about 25 times a game and ran it 42 times.
Scouting reports issued prior to the draft praised his accuracy and that showed in the minicamp as most of his throws were on target. He also seemed to catch on to things well and he was not at all overwhelmed by being in an NFL camp. Mason’s on-target passes, poise, and ability to pick things up quickly make him a good fit to be the Redskins’ fourth quarterback for OTAs and, if he does well there, perhaps at training camp.
Mason’s arm strength is below average and the chances of him getting into the mix to get any regular-season snaps this year are extremely remote. Even in the long term his prospects are slim at best. But you have to be on a team before you have any chance at all and Mason does have that going for him for now.
Training camp comes for the Redskins near the end of July, and in mid-June, not much looks overly worrisome. Except for the Trent Williams situation.
As fans well know, Williams missed all of mandatory minicamp amid reports that the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle was upset with his contract. There are also reports that Williams is upset with the Redskins medical staff, and one report that the former Top 10 pick "vowed" never to return to Washington.
That's serious stuff.
Jay Gruden rotated between calling Williams the Redskins best player and one of the team's most important players when the coach spoke about the situation during minicamp. Regardless of the exact assessment, Williams is obviously important to the Redskins plans for 2019, and how good the team can possibly become.
Looking to the fall, there are a few probable outcomes for the Williams situation to end. Here's a look at the possibilities:
- Redskins trade Trent Williams - This seems like quite a long shot, but not impossible. Williams has started 119 games in Washington since 2010, but just two playoff games in that time. He's a very valuable player, one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and could obviously draw interest around the NFL. A trade seems quite unlikely, but if a contending team wanted to move for Williams, he might actually want to go. This doesn't seem likely until closer to Week 1, and it doesn't seem likely anyway. The Redskins won't be able to get close to equitable value for Williams on the trade market.
- Redskins cut Trent Williams - There is zero chance this happens. Zero. ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
- Redskins make it work with Trent Williams - The reality of pro football doesn't bode great for Williams. He's under contract for two more seasons and the salary structure of the NFL means there isn't much money without game checks. All of that suggests Williams arrives for the Redskins somewhere in mid-August, perhaps after training camp in Richmond but well before Week 1 in Philadelphia. That doesn't mean, however, that the 'Skins couldn't make a goodwill offer to Williams. His deal in 2020 holds barely any guaranteed cash, and perhaps making more of his salary a certainty could help him come back to the fold.
- Trent Williams never returns - This seems highly unlikely, but has been reported. Williams seems very angry at the Redskins medical staff based off his Instagram posts, and if he can't trust the doctors, maybe he can't play for the organization. Williams has made a tremendous amount of money during his NFL career, with nearly $100 million in career earnings, so never say never.
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Bryce Love hopes he'll have the opportunity to carry many footballs in his NFL career. But this past weekend, the running back picked up something that'll be just as, if not more, valuable than the attempts he'll be getting on Sundays.
How's a college diploma from Stanford sound? Pretty solid, right?
Oh, how about a college diploma from Stanford in human biology? Yeah, probably something worth hanging up on the ol' fridge, huh?
Well, that very hard-earned and impressive degree is what Love is now in possession of:
Drafted by the Redskins in late-April and walking across the stage at Stanford in mid-June, Love is doing well for himself recently. He passed up the chance to enter the draft early to ensure he graduated, and now he has.
His college GPA isn't known, but once you find out his high school GPA was 4.5 (that's apparently possible) and add that to the fact that he was able to finish up school out west while also churning up yards for the Cardinal, you can imagine it was very, very good. And if his yards-per-carry average as a pro matches or exceeds it, then the Redskins will be thrilled.
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