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Redskins Looking to Re-Sign Journeyman QB Josh Johnson

The Redskins may not have Alex Smith back for much if not all of the 2019 season but they will have Colt McCoy and are trying to re-sign journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.

McCoy is still under contract for 2019 at the reasonable salary of $3.5 million but Johnson is the more interesting of the two. Signed off the street in early December, Johnson was thrown into action for the Redskins in Week 14 with less than a week’s worth of practice after Mark Sanchez completely face-planted. The 32-year-old went 1-2 as a starter and completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 590 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions last season.

Before anyone gets too excited about Johnson, it should be noted that he has appeared in only 33 games with eight starts since entering the NFL in 2009 and had not started a game since 2013. And he struggled mightily for the Redskins the final two games.

Johnson originally was slated to play in the Alliance of American Football this season after the San Diego Fleet made him the first pick. But the AAF released Johnson from his contract to return to the NFL. While it sounds like he will find an NFL home in 2019 and will likely be paid better than the AAF, it seems doubtful he will see another regular season start in the NFL anytime soon.

Redskins Hire Rob Ryan to Coach Teams Inside Linebackers

Rob Ryan has returned to the NFL as the inside linebackers coach for the Redskins according to the team’s official website.

The 56-year-old less famous Ryan last coached in the NFL as assistant head coach/defense on his brother Rex’s staff with the Buffalo Bills.

Prior to that, Ryan was the Saints’ defensive coordinator from 2013-2015, which was mostly a failure. Ryan has the “name”, but he has long overseen some weak defenses. He will work closely with Reuben Foster and Zach Brown and may have some say in the defensive plan.

Redskins Interview Former Bengals OC Bill Lazor for QB Coach Opening

Former Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor interviewed for the Washington Redskins quarterbacks coaching vacancy according to Albert Breer of

The 46-year-old Lazor was the Bengals QBs coach starting in 2016 before taking over the offensive coordinator duties in September 2017 after the Bengals fired Ken Zampese.

He lost his job in Cincy along with most of the rest of the coaching staff when long-time head coach Marvin Lewis was fired. Washington is determined to bring in some fresh voices on both sides of the ball.

In-house QBs coach Kevin O’Connell was promoted to OC on Tuesday, so Lazor would be a candidate to take O’Connell’s old gig while being a backbone for O’Connell. Lazor worked for the Skins from 2004-2007.

Redskins Hire Ray Horton as Defensive Backs Coach

The Redskins have a new defensive backs coach who has a solid NFL resume, that being former Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim first tweeted the news Thursday afternoon.

The Redskins have hired Ray Horton as their defensive backs coach, per source. Horton last coached in 2016 as the defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns. He also served as a defensive coordinator with Tennessee and Arizona.

Horton last coached with the Browns in 2016, but has plenty of experience as just a defensive backs coach, as he started his career with the Redskins 1994 as a defensive assistant.

He was the Skins assistant defensive backs coach from 1995-1996. He moved on to coach defensive backs/secondary for the Cincinnati Bengals(97-01), Detroit Lions(02-03), and Pittsburgh Steelers (04-10).

Redskins CB Josh Norman Still Ticked Over Incident with Titans LT Taylor Lewan

It was an ugly scene at the end of the Redskins loss Saturday to the Titans, as cornerback Josh Norman and Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan went at it after the game with a lot of shouting and a little shoving.

Norman told ESPN that the Titans tackle should have been more worried about protecting quarterback Marcus Mariota than about taunting Norman.

Norman, who did not address the media following Saturday’s incident in Nashville, called Lewan’s actions the “maximum disrespect.” Lewan said after the tilt that he had singled out Norman because he felt he had been trying to hurt running back Derrick Henry during the game.

“Oh, you was coming for your running back? You should have made the same excuse for your quarterback, because you sure didn’t do a good job blocking for him,” Norman said. “We got young tackles and young ends and they ran through your face. That’s what he should have been worried about, his quarterback walking off the field something wrong with [his] arm. He decided to pick on a cornerback who had nothing to do with him. I don’t understand that, but that’s the guy he is.”

When Lewan sought out Norman, the cornerback was sitting on the Redskins bench. Lewan yelled “Get the f— out of my stadium!” and, as Norman threw his helmet and ran at him, Lewan shot an imaginary bow and arrow — something Norman once did to celebrate big plays. Norman swiped Lewan’s arms away, then shouted at Lewan before being pulled away.

“For a relevant player, it’s kind of crazy — if you are that relevant. Why would you come to another man’s sideline?” Norman said. “And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way.

Redskins Safety Montae Nicholson Won’t Play Saturday Following Arrest

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson has been ruled out for Saturday’s game at Tennessee following his arrest earlier this week., the Associated Press reports.

Nicholson was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with assault and battery and being drunk in public stemming from a fight at a restaurant and retail complex near the team’s practice facility in Ashburn, Virginia.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell confirmed Nicholson’s arrest. He said Tuesday the 23-year-old had been released on $2,500 bond.

Police say Nicholson and 24-year-old Sydney Maggiore were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated to a physical assault of two victims, one man and one woman.

The team has yet to officially suspend the second-year player from Michigan State.

“We don’t know yet,” coach Jay Gruden said about Nicholson’s status for the rest of the season. “We’re going to have a discussion up here right after this practice and then decide what to do.”

Report: Redskins Captain Slams Both Team and Fans in Leaked Message

A report out Wednesday says one of the Redskins captains allegedly cursed out the team and the fan base, and the coach shrugged it off because the comments were made in a private message he believes shouldn’t have been leaked, Zach Braziller of the New York Post reports.

The Redskins, at 6-7, are still in the playoff race, but losing out seems more likely at this point.

In private messages on Instagram that were leaked, linebacker Mason Foster went off on the franchise and its fans, saying he won’t be blamed for the team’s big-money players who aren’t producing, but coach Jay Gruden had no problem with it.

“I really don’t even care,” Gruden said Wednesday. “It’s a private message. I know Mason and how hard he’s worked and how hard he plays. I know he wouldn’t say anything publicly to do that. That was a private deal. He could’ve been messing around. I don’t know the intent of that message, I don’t really care.”

“I do, however, disagree with that guy posting a private message out on social media. He broke a code there that I don’t agree with. As far as Mason, I have nothing but respect for him as a person and a player.”

Foster wasn’t made available for comment, but the leaked messages appeared to say a lot.

“F–k this team and this fan base…” he wrote, adding six crying-laughing emojis. “Yeah and I’m not f—-n wit it or being a scape goat to make fans feel better about all these big money ppl who ain’t playin or getting dogged out.”

In a later text, he wrote: “Yeah I’ll try my chances and go to a winning team next year…love the redskins but this ain’t it for the African #LOVE.”

Redskins Had Chats About QB Colin Kaepernick; Not Likely to Sign Him

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says the team “talked about and discussed” bringing in quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a tryout “but we will probably go in a different direction,” the Associated Press reports.

Gruden told reporters during a conference call Tuesday that would there have been “a greater possibility” of considering Kaepernick if the Redskins were in need of a QB in Week 1 rather than at this stage of the season now.

Washington lost Colt McCoy to a broken right leg in a 28-13 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night that dropped the Redskins’ record to 6-6. McCoy had replaced Alex Smith as the starting quarterback after Smith broke his right leg last month.

Kaepernick hasn’t played since the 2016 season, when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and social and racial injustice.

He filed a grievance against the NFL last year, saying team owners colluded to keep him off rosters.