Extra Points: Redskins, Supplemental Draft, Jets

The Redskins are going to be one of the more interesting teams to monitor during training camp. They have a bunch of interesting storylines, none bigger than the battle between rookie Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum to be the team’s starting quarterback. Speaking to Steve Wyche of NFL Network recently, Redskins GM Doug Williams indicated that the front office and even ownership would play a role in determining when Haskins starts (Twitter link).

Williams specifically indicated the decision would not be head coach Jay Gruden’s alone, saying that he, Gruden, team president Bruce Allen, and owner Dan Snyder would come together to make a decision. That news is sure to rile up Redskins fans, who have mixed feelings on Snyder, to put it nicely. Williams said he was excited about Haskins’ development, but made sure to emphasize they wouldn’t just throw him out there if he wasn’t ready. That’s the language any team is going to speak, and the part about it being a collaborative process is the real eyebrow-raiser here. Gruden appears to be coaching for his job this season, and Washington won’t be able to keep Haskins on the bench too long unless Keenum looks lights out during the preseason.

Here’s a couple of other notes from around the league on a slow Saturday evening:

  • The supplemental draft got a lot more interesting earlier today when Washington State safety Jalen Thompson announced he’d be entering. The three previous players to enter July’s supplemental draft weren’t too noteworthy, but Thompson is intriguing. Thompson seems like a near-lock to get drafted, and Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com tweets that scouts had given him a 3rd/4th round grade prior to last season. Pauline also notes that the three-year starter has scheduled a July 8th workout for NFL teams in Los Angeles. It’ll likely be heavily attended. While we don’t have the full details yet on why Thompson was ruled ineligible for the 2019 NCAA season and had to declare, Washington State did issue a statement, per Jessamyn McIntyre (Twitter link). In their statement, the Cougars simply said he lost his final season of eligibility “due to a violation of NCAA rules.”
  • The Jets took a gamble by drafting defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd in the third round last year, and so far it hasn’t paid off. Shepherd played at small-school Fort Hays State so he was a bit hard to scout, but the team banked on his upside when they took him 72nd overall. Shepherd played around 30 percent of the team’s defensive snaps as a rookie, but didn’t play particularly well and appears to be falling out of favor with the new coaching staff. While breaking down the team’s depth chart, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com writes that Shepherd’s stock has gone down so far this offseason, saying it “sure seems like it only took one season for Shepherd to turn into something of a forgotten man,” and adding that he “hasn’t proven enough.” There’s still a long way to go, so Shepherd could always find himself back in favor with Adam Gase, but right now things aren’t looking great.
  • In case you missed it, the Chiefs could reopen extension talks with Tyreek Hill now that it looks like he’ll emerge from the league’s investigation relatively cleanly.
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5 comments on “Extra Points: Redskins, Supplemental Draft, Jets

  1. kevin

    well haskins will start . hc can’t decide who to start it has to be a bunch of people lol Snyder is among them so haskins will start for sure

    • crosseyedlemon

      There might be some logic to having Haskins as a clipboard holder if Alex Smith was healthy but Keenum is just a glorified backup guy. No point in delaying the inevitable.

  2. kylewait89

    Chiefs made the right move by dumping Hunt. I don’t know how they just hold on to a guy who is on his second round of abuse. Just because they can’t prove it doesn’t mean he isn’t guilty.

    • lautrec

      Yeah man you got it. I can tell if a guy is guilty just by looking in his eyes and knowing his past. If someone ever made a mistake in their past we for sure should immediately assume guilt. Do we really even need a due process? We all know just from our superiority and reading blogs and stuff when people are REALLY guilty. Enough with proof and stupid stuff like that.

  3. Mazr

    We have “mixed feelings on Snyder,”?! The only mixed feelings on Snyder are whether he should be tarred and feathered or drawn and quartered. The guy is the worst thing that has ever happened to the team. I waited almost 30 years to get season tickets only to dump them after one year due to his arrogant idiocy. He sold better ticket than I could get to our opponents, FOR LESS. Takes a real piece of crap to do that.

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