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Tensions High in Jets/Redskins Joint Practices Involving Former Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor

There’s no love lost between Terrelle Pryor and the Redskins, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ Advance Media reports.

The Jets’ wide receiver and his former team came into this week’s joint practices surrounded by controversy. But for the most part, they’ve stayed out of trouble.

That changed Tuesday, though.

After Pryor went one-on-one with Redskins’ safety D.J. Swearinger, the two started jawing back and forth. That led to Swearinger throwing a fake punch, which Pryor fell for – and flinched in a major way.

That incident was just one of a few during the teams’ final joint practice on Tuesday.

Jets defensive end Nathan Shepherd got into a shoving and wrestling match with Shawn Lauvao during team drills, drawing a crowd. A little earlier, a full-team skirmish broke out between the Jets’ offense and Redskins’ defense, though no punches were thrown. Jets’ defensive back Rashard Robinson got into a verbal war with Redskins’ tight end Cam Sims during 7-on-7 drills, too.

That was tame compared to Sunday’s practice, though. The first joint workout between the two teams devolved into chaos with a handful of large fights, which Todd Bowles later admonished.

Redskins WR Josh Doctson Goes Down with Shoulder Injury in Training Camp Practice

Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson went down with a shoulder injury during Wednesday’s practice that “sounds like an AC sprain and/or shoulder bruise according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

This is good news after Doctson went down hard on the shoulder while battling for a ball with cornerback Josh Norman and immediately left the field to seek treatment inside the team facility.

AC sprains are considered day-to-day injuries. The Redskins will likely hold him out of practice for the rest of the week as a precaution but the 25-year-old does not appear to be in danger of missing any preseason action. Originally the No.22-overall pick in the 2016 draft out of TCU, Doctson missed most of his rookie season due to injuries.

He led the Redskins in receiving touchdowns with six during his sophomore campaign in 2017 but was wildly inconsistent, catching only 44.9% of the passes thrown his way. Doctson needs as much work as possible to get his timing with new QB Alex Smith down as the team is looking for him to take a major leap forward in 2018.

Washington Redskins 2018 Training Camp Capsule

OPEN CAMP: July 26, Richmond, Virginia

LAST YEAR: Injuries, ineffective running game and porous run defense derailed playoff hopes. Nine starters were on injured reserve by end of season, including left tackle Trent Williams, tight end Jordan Reed, and linebacker Mason Foster. Quarterback Kirk Cousins surpassed 4,000 yards for third straight year, threw for 27 touchdowns and ran for four, but had three interceptions in season finale that turned out to be final game with team. Blowing 31-16 lead at New Orleans in November ended realistic postseason hopes before Thanksgiving. Receiver Josh Doctson showed hope for future with 35 catches for 502 yards and team-high six TDs. First-round pick Jonathan Allen flashed elite ability on defensive line before foot injury halted season five games in. Defense allowed 348 yards and 24 points per game. Offense couldn’t keep up while down several key weapons.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: QB Alex Smith, WR Paul Richardson, LB Pernell McPhee, CB Orlando Scandrick, rookie RB Derrius Guice, rookie DL Daron Payne.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: Cousins, WR Terrelle Pryor, WR Ryan Grant, TE Niles Paul, C Spencer Long, LB Will Compton, CB Kendall Fuller, CB Bashaud Breeland.

CAMP NEEDS: Sort out crowded field of running backs that includes Guice, previous starter Robert Kelley, Chris Thompson, and 2017 fourth-round pick Samaje Perine. Guice has talent and pedigree to emerge as feature back. Smith must get on same page with coach Jay Gruden and develop chemistry with Reed, Doctson, Jamison Crowder and rest of targets after years of them working with Cousins. Williams will get opportunity to show he’s healthy after surgery to repair torn tendon in right knee. On defense, Scandrick will compete with Fabian Moreau and Quinton Dunbar for starting spot along with Josh Norman. Three days of joint workouts with Jets after two camps without outside competition should help Redskins prepare better than years past.

EXPECTATIONS: Winning season is realistic if Smith is as good as or better than Cousins and running game gets on track. Defense should be better with Alabama products Allen and Payne and return of Brown. Best case is competition for playoff spot behind NFC East favorite Philadelphia, while worst case is significant step back that endangers Gruden’s long-term job security.

Can Alex Smith Overcome Past Failures and Lead the Redskins to the Promise Land?

Alex Smith is a scarred player, Vernon Davis said. The 12-year veteran tight end meant that as a good thing, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post reports.

“He’s playing at a totally different level than he’s ever played,” Davis said Saturday at the fifth annual White Party, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

The newest Redskins quarterback has seen the good, the bad and the ugly during the first 13 years of his career. There were enormous expectations as the No. 1 draft pick in 2005, but Smith never seemed to get fully settled in with San Francisco. He played under three coaches and six coordinators in seven years with the 49ers and, when the team reached the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, Smith watched from the bench as Colin Kaepernick directed the offense.

The organization then handed the keys to Kaepernick and traded Smith to Kansas City, where he played five seasons before he was dealt to Washington and replaced by Patrick Mahomes.

Davis, who was a teammate of Smith’s in San Francisco from 2006-12, believes all those trials and tribulations have prepared Smith for this moment.

“You can tell by an individuals’ scars, right?” Davis explained. “Based on their scars, that’s how they’re able to be successful. That’s why they’re successful, based on the scars that they have. Alex has been through so much. So many ups and downs. So many scars. So many offensive coordinators. Being traded from San Francisco. A lot of scars. The reason he’s successful is not by accident. It’s supposed to be. It’s inevitable.”

It cost the Redskins quite a bit to go out and get Smith, so having him come in and have any sort of issues upstairs is a major stumbling block that he’s got to come over.

We will see if Davis is right and Smith can get right and help the team get moving in the right direction in 2018.

Redskins Limiting Reps for DL Jonathan Allen So He’ll Be Ready for the Season

The Redskins plan to be cautious with Jonathan Allen after the defensive lineman missed 11 games last season with a foot injury, Matthew Paras of the Washington Times reports.

Coach Jay Gruden said Allen, a 2017 first round pick, was fully healthy, but the Redskins limited Allen’s reps last Wednesday at OTAs.

In October, Allen had surgery to repair a Lisfranc sprain. He began working with trainers off to the side in late November, though was ultimately held out of the Redskins’ final two games.

“He’s just slowly working back into it, but just watching him in Phase 2, watching him in individual, he looks good,” Gruden said. “He’s 100 percent, but we’re still going to try to take care of his reps and monitor how much he’s doing to make sure he’s full-go for training camp. But I’m very pleased and anxious to see him get more work.”

“When we lost Jonathan, things really seemed to kind of change, and that’s unfortunate because we do feel like we have a lot of depth in the room already,” linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said in April. “Jon was as advertised in how he played the run and how he played the pass and how he got after the passer, so his loss was huge.”

Redskins Hire Brian Lafeminaas Teams’s President of Business Operations and COF

Redskins have hired Brian Lafemina as the teams’s president of business operations and chief operating officer in a newly created position, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post reports.

Lafemina will head the business side of operations and report to team owner Daniel Snyder, the team announced. He worked for the NFL the last eight years and spearheaded the Club Business Development. Lafemina also put together the team that developed and distributed best practices to each franchise in the league. He was directly involved in NFL-wide programs focused on fan experience, ticketing strategy, Super Bowl strategy, Pro Bowl strategy and stadium development.

“I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the Washington Redskins,” Snyder said in a statement. “Brian has been one of the most highly regarded NFL executives amongst league ownership for many years because of his deep understanding of our business, his focus on partner relationships and his genuine belief that fans must be at the center of every decision we make.”

“Brian is coming to Washington with fresh thinking and big ideas to implement, and I have full confidence that with Brian’s addition and with Bruce Allen continuing as team president, the Redskins’ success will continue to grow, both on and off the field.”

The hire was a year in the making after Snyder first tried to poach Lafemina from the league offices. He previously held multiple positions over a 22-year span with the Madison Square Garden Company, finishing as senior vice president of Madison Square Garden Sports.

Former Defensive tackle A.J. Francis Says Redskins Logo is “Racist”

Defensive tackle A.J. Francis found a new job just days after being released by the Redskins and celebrated the moment by ripping his old team on Instagram, including calling out their “racist” logo, ESPN reports.

Francis signed with the New York Giants on Wednesday. He was one of three defensive tackles released by the Redskins on Monday after they selected two defensive tackles in the draft.

After signing with the Giants, Francis posted an Instagram picture of himself laughing. He wrote, “When the team you were on didn’t appreciate you but the team you played against actually pays attention to the film,” and added in the hashtags he was looking forward to playing the Redskins twice next season.

He then added, “#AndYourLogoIsRacist.”

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has remained firm in his desire to keep the team’s nickname and logo. Despite increasing pressure from Native American groups, led by the Change The Mascot campaign, Snyder hasn’t budged, once telling USA Today that he’ll never change the nickname and “you can use caps.”

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