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OPEN THREAD: Rodney Harrison - Redskins hater or Redskins critic?

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OPEN THREAD: Rodney Harrison - Redskins hater or Redskins critic?

For the second time this season, former Patriots safety turned NBC NFL analyst Rodney Harrison blasted the Redskins on national TV, seemingly out of nowhere.

Last month, Harrison launched an attack on Robert Griffin III, calling the former star quarterback a "flat-out jerk." These comments came one month into a season where RG3 had been largely invisible, relegated to third-string QB and widely quiet to the media and on social media. To many, the comments seemed a personal attack without much provocation. 

Then on Sunday night, while the NBC Football Night in America program showed highlights of the Redskins loss to the Patriots, the cameras quickly showed Washington players smiling and laughing on the sideline. Harrison jumped in and said, "They're laughing and joking, this is the reason why they're 3-5, right there."

Not finished, Harrison added, "That's embarrassing."

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The clip of Redskins players laughing on the sideline came in the waning minutes of a 4th quarter blowout. Should players laugh on the sideline while getting soundly beaten? Probably not. Then again, is that the reason the Redskins are 3-5? Probably not. 

ESPN 980 radio program The Drive played Harrison's comments Monday night, and its hosts discussed the situation at length. (Full audio here) Former Redskins players Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley weighed in on the issue, and both had interesting perspectives.

"What would you prefer to see, a guy sitting on the sideline crying? Showing weakness?" Portis asked. "Would you rather see me in the Greg Hardy position arguing with my teammates?"

Cooley said that he could understand some of Harrison's perspective since the former New England safety played under Bill Belichick. The Patriots, Cooley opined, would never tolerate players laughing on the sideline during a blowout loss. Considering the level of success seen in New England over the last 15 years, perhaps Harrison has a point. But Cooley then added, "the laughing does not have anything to do with" the Redskins 3-5 record.

It's entirely possible that Harrison's two recent Redskins related comments are coincidental. Yet, it's also possible that Harrison has seen the comedy of errors produced by the Redskins since his playing days and beyond, and perhaps enjoys taking the organization to task. 

Whatever the case may be, here's another example of Harrison laying out the Redskins. Not too dissimilar from his playing days.

Disagree? Is Harrison a Redskins hater? Let us know in the comments. 

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.

On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:

You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization. 

It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis were among those absent at Monday's open Redskins OTAs session, and both absences were surprising considering each player's somewhat unsteady spot on the roster.

Nicholson's second year with the Redskins was a struggle both on and off the field, while Davis is often mentioned as someone who might be in line for a contract restructuring or even a release. 

However, thanks to a video that the Redskins posted on Instagram, it's now clear that the safety and the tight end have since returned to Ashburn to work with their fellow teammates:

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It's an especially encouraging development for Nicholson, who should be doing whatever he can to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Whatever the reason for his absence was on Monday, it's a good sign to see that he didn't stay away too long. 

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