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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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Redskins Make Statement Regarding Cheerleader Claims; Remove ‘Who’s Hotter’ Feature from Website

In a case that is sure to get more negative attention as for the franchise, today the Redskins got rid of a “who’s hotter” feature from their official website following allegations from team cheerleaders that they were forced to take part in a topless photo shoot in front of sponsors back in 2013.

For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint. Given the resort’s secluded setting, such revealing poses would not have been a concern for the women — except that the Redskins had invited spectators.

A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots.

The “Cheer 365” section of the site, which invited readers to rate the women’s attractiveness and bared the slug line “The hottest way to pass time all year long,” was deleted on Thursday.

Redskins Not Worried About the Rumors Surrounding Draft Pick Derrius Guice

Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams shot down any worries about second-round running back Derrius Guice according to an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Williams was particularly adamant about the whispers around the league of off-field concerns that may have damaged Guice’s draft stock. “For this kid, who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, hasn’t been arrested, no failed drug tests,” Williams said. “He’s a happy-go-lucky kid.”

Williams also said he grew up in the same area as Guice, so he understands what it took for him to get where he is today. Rumors of immaturity plagued the 20-year-old Guice throughout the process and seemed to contribute to his slide out of the first round all the way to the Redskins at No. 59. If those concerns prove to be unfounded as Williams claims, the Redskins just may have gotten the biggest steal in the entire draft.

Redskins Release Veteran DL Terrell McClain

The Redskins have released veteran defensive lineman Terrell McClain after one season according to John Keim of ESPN.

McClain signed a “four-year, $21 million” contract last year which reportedly included guaranteed money this season but Keim reports that the 29-year-old’s $3.25 million base salary was not guaranteed for 2018. He became expendable after the Redskins drafted Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne in the first round Thursday night and added defensive lineman Tim Settle in the fifth.

McClain’s first year in Washington was lackluster at best, with only two sacks in 12 games and the entire Redskins defense was notoriously weak against the run. Originally a 2011 third-round pick by the Carolina Panthers out of South Florida, McClain also made stops in Houston and Dallas before signing with the Redskins. He should have little trouble finding another team as a rotational lineman.