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Nate Sudfeld thanks Scot McCloughan for drafting him

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Nate Sudfeld thanks Scot McCloughan for drafting him

While the Redskins front office was splintering apart a few weeks ago, quarterback Nate Sudfeld was on a different continent checking on things he had helped put together.

The second-year player was in the middle of his third trip to Uganda, working with a humanitarian group and doing things such as running a sports camp while also visiting a house he once assisted in building. Therefore, as he told JP Finlay in a #RedskinsTalk podcast, the news that the team had fired Scot McCloughan caught him off guard.

"I didn't really see it coming," Sudfeld said. "Maybe some people did. I don't really keep up with reading stuff very much, but I was pretty surprised."

The franchise dismissed the general manager on March 10. Since then, aside from a few free agent signings, things have mostly been quiet as both sides look to move on.

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Sudfeld, meanwhile, is happy with simply focusing on his job while also remembering the very important role McCloughan played in the start of his career.

"I mean, I'm not the one up there in the front offices," he said. "I don't know what's really going on so I just try to do what I can do. But I am very thankful to Scot for giving me the opportunity and drafting me, and I wish him well."

The former Indiana passer was a sixth-round selection in last April's draft, and while some reports have since questioned how much power McCloughan truly had in decision-making, it is fair to label Sudfeld as a McCloughan pick. With that in mind, while McCloughan's two-year tenure in D.C. was up-and-down and came to an abrupt end, Sudfeld's feelings about the talent evaluator are simple.

"Nothing but love for Scot," he said. "I hope he does really well in the future."

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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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