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7-9, 3rd in NFC East
Smith can still contribute to Redskins QB room (1:20)
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3dJohn Keim

QB Smith: Big step will be learning to run again

In his first public comments since suffering a devastating leg injury in November, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith says he hasn't abandoned hope of playing football again but knows there are a number of steps to get there.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins said his main focus is on just improving and being ready -whether he starts week 1 or at a later time.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Redskins safety Landon Collins told reporters at a charity event Saturday that Washington is using him the way "Spags did," referring to former Giants defensive coordinator and interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo. This heat map from NFL Next Gen Stats shows Collins' pre-snap alignment in 2018 under Pat Shurmur and James Bettcher. The two prior seasons Collins lined up as a deep safety away from the line of scrimmage much more often.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Leftover observations from minicamp: 1) The Redskins absolutely need Trent Williams back, which should be obvious. It's very hard to measure the play of the OL or DL without pads, but it's hard to imagine Ereck Flowers being a viable option at this point. I'm not sold on him as a LG, but we'll see more in camp; poor technique at one spot doesn't turn into good technique at another. But we'll learn more in August. 2) Rookie QB Dwayne Haskins makes some throws that reveal his special arm talent; and then other times he'll fail to get his feet turned to make a throw under duress, leading to poor throws. The key for him will be quickening his reads to give his feet more time to turn. Sometimes those throws, even with his feet turned elsewhere, work. Sometimes. But the talent is obvious. 3) Trey Quinn didn't practice Thursday, but overall seems to have had a good spring. He'll be a factor; he's tough. But they will need to see who can back him up. They have young options, but all unproven. 4) I've enjoyed watching Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie. He's a smart, savvy vet who will make others better. If a receiver does not sell a certain route, he will not bite. That's good for the young wideouts, such as Terry McLaurin. Coaches will focus on his ability to change speeds to con the corner. Rodgers-Cromartie isn't easily fooled. Entering camp, he appears to be someone who can have a range of value – as a mentor and someone who shares information with offensive guys (including Haskins). He can play slot corner and outside and will rotate to safety in various coverages (no, not full-time).

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a little ritual he does every day with the running backs as they gather to work. It starts with a bow with Chris Thompson.

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19dJohn Keim

Williams ditching Redskins also due to procedure

In addition to financial reasons, Redskins tackle Trent Williams is frustrated with the team after undergoing a procedure to remove a benign growth from his head this offseason.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tackle Morgan Moses said of Trent Williams not showing up in part because of dissatisfaction with how the growth on his head was treated this offseason. "It's about time someone like that stands up," Moses said. "It's not just a situation here; it happens throughout the league. To have one of our peers like Trent to stand up like that means a lot. His scare is one you never want to have, but you've got to take care of yourself." There have been complaints over the years about the medical staff, often centering around communication during recovery periods, per multiple sources.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

A few observations from Redskins minicamp work: 1) Terry McLaurin ran a terrific double move vs. Jimmy Moreland and left him behind. Credit to Moreland, though, for good makeup and for not holding – an official at the camp complimented him on how he played the ball. But McLaurin ran a terrific move; that's one reason they like him so much. 2) Cam Sims made a few nice plays, too. His length stands out. He sometimes runs the wrong route so he might not be Mr. Reliable. And I'll be interested to see how he fares vs. press coverage this summer. But the talent is obvious; he caught a deep ball from Case Keenum during the two-minute drill. 3) I like when Montez Sweat rushes inside. Can come with some quickness and power. 4) Josh Norman didn't look bad at all for someone who has missed the voluntary portion of the offseason. 5) The Redskins need Trent Williams without a doubt and the depth is a concern. But at age 30 and with the accumulated injuries it'll be hard to give him a new deal that extends his current deal too long. He's a free agent after 2020. The lack of depth is obvious especially when a Dwayne Haskins is under center. He received a lot of pressure today.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwayne Haskins showed off his arm – again – but he had an inconsistent day throwing the ball. Perhaps his big mistake was running the ball late in a two-minute situation when the offense had no more timeouts; the clock would have expired. Case Keenum had the best ball of the day: an approximate 60-yard strike to receiver Cam Sims, hitting him in stride in the two-minute drill. Keenum looked more in sync.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards188.828th
Rushing Yards110.917th
Points For17.629th
Points Against22.415th