Washington was looking at taking a potential quarterback of the future with their first-round pick in the spring’s draft. But with five off the board by the time the Football Team came on the clock, linebacker Jamin Davis was the pick at No. 19 overall.
Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera noted the other day that as his franchise attempts to re-sign its defensive line stars over the coming years, it is helpful that the WFT does not at the present time have to pay a franchise QB. Indeed, finding "cheap labor'' somewhere on the roster is a way to be able to afford the pricy talent.
“There’s nothing that says Ryan Fitzpatrick can’t be the guy for a while,” Rivera said. “If this dude continues to play at the level he has, and with (Tom) Brady showing everybody that these veteran guys can do it, just ask Phil Mickelson, he’ll tell you — then why not?
There are probably not enough microphones in all of The Washington Football Team's HQ to record all the things to like about the WFT's defense, ranked in some measures as the No. 2 unit in the NFL in 2020. Talent is a reason for that ranking.
Amid discussions of “quarterback competitions” in the lead up to training camp, on top of the endless conversations about Washington’s “long term solution” at the position this offseason, one consistent theme - from just about everyone except the coaching staff - has been the perceived inadequacy of 2021’s most likely starting option: Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Photo credit: All-Pro Reels At the age of 38, Ryan Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal with the Washington Football Team. He is viewed by many observers as a stopgap solution at quarterback for Washington. However, head coach Ron Rivera doesn’t see why Fitzpatrick can’t be the team’s QB “for a while.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick is entering his 17th season in the NFL and his first with the Washington Football Team. He also turns 39 years old in November and is easily the oldest player on the Burgundy and Gold's roster. So, conventional wisdom would say that his time with Washington will be relatively short.
Here are some numbers from Washington's tight ends last season: the group had 75 receptions on 116 targets for 688 yards and six touchdowns. Nearly all of that production came from Logan Thomas. Washington is all in on making its offense more explosive, which means those numbers from the tight ends ain't gonna fly in 2021.
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As one of his first orders of business this offseason, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera brought veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on board to compete for the starting job. Months later, he has an important admission about the state of the position. In an interview with the Washington Post, Rivera said that Fitzpatrick has the potential to be “the guy” in Washington for a while.
After winning the NFC East last year at 7-9, Washington upgraded at quarterback by signing veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal. As a 38-year-old, Fitzpatrick would not appear to be a long-term option as a starter. But after the Lions quickly agreed to trade Matthew Stafford to the Rams in January, the Football Team concluded Fitzpatrick was one of the best options available.
Washington Football coach Ron Rivera has previously said that he likes to break Washington's schedule down into quarters and focus on those morsels as opposed to the entire thing. Going off of that, he better be ready for the second quarter of his team's 2021 slate.
Quarterbacking the Washington Football Team seems like an inviting task right now, and someone is going to benefit. According to WFT coach Ron Rivera, it's Ryan Fitzpatrick's job to lose - well, to win. "Ryan has the job right now, and it’s his to have," Rivera told The Athletic's Ben Standig.
Ron Rivera's second offseason as head coach of the Washington Football Team included another lengthy to-do list, this one focusing primarily on remaking the front office and upgrading the roster. Though questions remain, every decision has been methodical, he said, and part of his broader vision for rebuilding the team.
During his near two years with the Washington Football Team, Dwayne Haskins flashed his raw talent at times on the field. But, his play was far too inconsistent and not nearly good enough to warrant his actions off of it. From taking selfies with fans as a rookie to violating coronavirus protocols multiple times last fall, Haskins did little to eliminate maturity concerns that followed him since he was a draft prospect.
Share this article After the Washington Football Team wrapped up the mandatory minicamp last week, head coach Ron Rivera joined Ben Standig of The Athletic for a wide-ranging interview covering several topics. The biggest topic, of course, was Washington’s quarterback situation. In the interview, Rivera spoke of two players he and the coaching staff were watching closely at quarterback.
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Share this article Defensive end Montez Sweat of the Washington Football Team made headlines two weeks ago when he said in an interview he had not received the COVID-19 vaccine and wasn’t planning on doing so in the immediate future. “I probably won’t get vaccinated until I’ve got more facts and all that type of stuff, but I’m not a fan of it at all,” Sweat said.
Morgan Moses was surprisingly released by the Washington Football Team in late May. The long-time starting tackle became expendable after the team drafted Sam Cosmi and signed former Bears tackle Charles Leno Jr. in free agency. Ron Rivera confirmed as much in a press conference after the release.
After Taylor Heinicke outperformed Ryan Fitzpatrick in Washington's three-day minicamp, a collection of fans are beginning to wonder if the playoff star can actually overtake the cunning veteran and start for the team in Week 1. Ron Rivera, however, doesn't seem to be seriously entertaining the idea — at least not yet.