The Redskins reeling defense suffered a devastating blow Monday when it was announced that star linebacker Brian Orakpo will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left pectoral muscle.Orakpo, two-time pro bowl selection, suffered the injury early in Sundays 31-28 defeat in St. Louis while wrapping up Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for his first sack of the season. Its the same pectoral Orakpo tore in the 2011 regular season finale and aggravated in the preseason. This tear, though, in a different spot.Rak tore his pec in a little different spot on the right side, Shanahan said. It will be about four-month recovery time. So hell be gone for the season as well.Moments earlier, Shanahan confirmed what most had suspected: Defensive end Adam Carriker will also miss the remainder of the season. He tore a ligament between the quadriceps and knee, Shanahan said.The loss of Orakpo, however, was a stunner.After getting hurt early in the game, the 26-year-old returned to the game twice, including early in the second half. Both times, however, he was forced to leave the field again.According to the MRI, its a completely different area than the initial tear, Shanahan said, asked if the new injury was related to the prior one.Shanahan said Orakpo and Carriker will have surgery this week. Shanahan said Orakpo will miss four months, while Carriker will be sidelined five.Neither player was available to speak to reporters Monday.Orakpo is expected to be replaced by Rob Jackson, who said earlier in the day that he was preparing as though he would be the starter against Cincinnati. Orakpo's absence figures to result in Chris Wilson will receiving additional playing time, too. Shanahan hinted that Jackson and Wilson could compete to be Orakpo's full-time replacement.They both have to step up and play at a very high level because we all know what Rak has meant to our defense and how well hes played, Shanahan said of Jackson and Wilson.Orakpo has averaged 9.5 sacks per game during his first three seasons in the NFL. And after an offseason spent rehabbing and working on technique, he was hoping to have a breakout year."He's a guy who can do it all," Shanahan said. "He can cover, he rush, he can play the run, he's very physical, very smart, a team player. All the things you look for in a Pro Bowl player. Obviously, we're going to miss him."
Ohio State named former quarterback Dwayne Haskins the 2019 Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, a few months after the Washington Redskins drafted Haskins in the first round.
Wow, thank you lord for I am undeniably blessed 🙏 https://t.co/AyEFumOCIg— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) June 19, 2019
Washington drafted Haskins 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, after Haskins threw 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns with Ohio State in the 2018 season, the first season he started for the Buckeyes.
Haskins also set 28 Ohio State and seven Big Ten records in his junior year with the Buckeyes, after which he was awarded the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award.
Now Haskins vies for a spot as the Redskins' starting quarterback, after attending both Washington's voluntary organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. The rookie is one of three players––including Case Keenum and Colt McCoy, who is working back from injury––fighting for that spot in the starting lineup, as Washington prepares for the preseason.
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No Redskins receiver caught more than 45 passes last season, and the team lost their steadiest wideout of the last two years when Jamison Crowder signed with the Jets in free agency.
Even with that, the Redskins coaching staff remains bullish on the team's pass catchers for this season, and second-year pro Trey Quinn is a big reason why.
Last season as a seventh-round rookie, Quinn made the team after showing great hands and a consistent ability to get separation from defenders. Listed at 6-foot and 200 pounds, Quinn is a natural slot receiver in the NFL, but last year, that role very clearly belonged to Crowder.
With Crowder gone, that role has changed.
"Trey Quinn has taken over the inside slot role," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said during minicamp. "He’s confident, he’s quick, he’s got strong hands, he’s physical, [and] he’s tough,"
The toughness will be key, as Quinn twice landed on the injured reserve list in his rookie season. He played in just three games last year but made an impact when he was on the field, grabbing nine catches and scoring a touchdown in Dallas.
Looking at Crowder's production over the last four seasons, Quinn will get lots of opportunities.
In four seasons with the Redskins, Crowder played in 56 games and averaged 5.8 targets per game. He averaged about 12 yards-per-catch in Washington, and was good for 60+ catches per season in his first three years with the 'Skins before injuries limited Crowder to just nine games in 2018. That's a lot of action for the slot role in Gruden's offense.
Looking at the Redskins potential quarterbacks, Quinn would be an asset for any of them. Case Keenum's game definitely works well with skilled slot WRs - like Stefon Diggs in Minnesota two seasons ago. If rookie Dwayne Haskins gets the starting job, he could certainly use a consistent target in the middle of the field, and Quinn should serve that role. Should Colt McCoy take over as Redskins starter, he and Quinn actually found success on the field last season, particularly against the Cowboys.
In fact, Keenum is already speaking highly of the former Mr. Irrelevant.
"Trey Quinn is going to be really special," Keenum said during minicamp.
Health is never a guarantee. Quinn struggled to stay on the field as a rookie, but when he was on the field, he did not struggle. Redskins receivers coach Ike Hilliard is typically a man of few words, but even he praised Quinn this offseason and considers him a breakout candidate for the 2019 season.
Summer is the time for optimism in the NFL. Nobody has fumbled, players are mostly healthy, and nothing has gone wrong.
With Quinn, there is plenty of optimism. More importantly, based on Crowder's targets, there are reasons to buy the excitement around Quinn.
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