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QB Dwayne Haskins released by Washington Football Team



The Washington Football Team released quarterback Dwayne Haskins one day after he was sidelined in a misfortune to the Carolina Panthers – and hours after he was downgraded behind a player endorsed to the training crew not exactly a month prior.

In an assertion, Washington mentor Ron Rivera said he met with Haskins on Monday to advise him regarding his choice.

“I told him that I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways. We want to thank Dwayne for his contributions these last two seasons and wish him well moving forward.”

In a tweet, Haskins expressed: “I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of a NFL QB & will become a better man & player because of this experience.”

Two hours sooner, Rivera told the media on his video telephone call that Washington would begin Taylor Heinicke if Alex Smith couldn’t play in Sunday’s season finale at Philadelphia. Washington (6-9) can win the NFC East with a triumph.

The delivery flagged one more advance in Haskins’ end since he was drafted fifteenth by and large by Washington in 2019.

Haskins will include $8.5 million in dead compensation cap space one year from now. Rivera educated proprietor Dan Snyder of his longing to proceed onward from Haskins late Monday morning and was given the green light to take the action.

Haskins got uphold from previous Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, who tweeted: “You are only 23! Learn from this and bounce back.”

Rivera alluded to a potential move during his media session.

“Sometimes you have to go through hard knocks. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can dig your way back out of it. Sometimes a change helps,” Rivera said. “With Dwayne, it’s: What have you learned? What are you going to take from these experiences that are going to help you grow and get better? That’s the big thing with him and the thing I hope he learns from these experiences. Hopefully, they’ll make him stronger and they’ll help him and, hopefully, when he gets his next opportunity, he’ll make the best of it.”

The release happens multi week after a maskless Haskins was shot at his sweetheart’s birthday celebration with strippers, hours after a misfortune to Seattle. Washington fined Haskins $40,000 for his second break of COVID-19 conventions and removed his captaincy. Prior in the season, Haskins was fined for reserving a spot for a family companion at the group lodging the night prior to a game in New York. There was a feeling that maybe playing in his old neighborhood didn’t help Haskins, giving an excessive number of interruptions.

On the off chance that Haskins had delivered on the field, Washington probably would not have taken such an action. However, he neglected to deliver and on Sunday was outflanked by Heinicke. The group was disappointed that Haskins would experience his movements erroneously and with how he’d set assurances – unobtrusive however indispensable pieces of the position. He would entice with great quarters, getting into a cadence suggestive of his time at Ohio State, when he tossed 50 scores to eight capture attempts in 2018.

Haskins began Washington’s initial four games this season however was sidelined after a 30-10 misfortune to Baltimore. The mentors didn’t care for how he was getting ready during the week, saying it missed the mark concerning the guidelines for a NFL quarterback. After that Baltimore game, in which Haskins had his initial 300-yard passing game, various individuals said they felt he was praising that accomplishment in the storage space. The following day, Rivera declared his sidelining.

Haskins was third-string behind Kyle Allen and Smith for the following four games. Be that as it may, when Allen broke his lower leg on Nov. 8, Haskins turned into the essential reinforcement. Despite the fact that his in-week arrangement had improved, group sources said it actually wasn’t to the ideal level – and that it would require some investment for it to really help him.

Haskins played in 15 games more than two seasons with Washington, gathering a Total QBR of 29.4 – the association normal during that time was 63.5. He tossed 12 score passes to 14 captures.

Haskins’ time in Washington began fairly disputably, as the scouts and mentors campaigned against drafting him with the fifteenth pick – however Snyder needed him. Haskins was a major name locally, having featured for three seasons at Bullis High School. Snyder’s child right now goes to a similar secondary school however had met Haskins just quickly before the draft.

Washington’s mentors were told by Ohio State’s mentors that they should have been persistent with Haskins. He had begun only 14 games in school and shocked Buckeyes mentors by pronouncing for the draft.

After he was drafted, the association lectured persistence. Different individuals with the group said Haskins expected to sit throughout the season as he studied not exclusively Washington’s offense yet additionally how to play quarterback at the NFL level. They focused on that he expected to figure out how to call plays in the group and read protections at a quicker speed, in addition to other things.

Before the finish of the 2019 season, with Washington went to a 3-13 completion, Haskins had become the starter. He demonstrated improvement, however various mentors said they were worried about how hard it was for them to get him to set up how they would have preferred.

Be that as it may, when Rivera was employed, he revealed to Snyder they had an arrangement to help Haskins. Rivera later said previous Ohio State mentor Urban Meyer, who instructed Haskins in school, said they expected to challenge him. Rivera did as such by discussing Haskins’ ability yet additionally focusing on the longing for him to turn into a more grounded pioneer. Washington preferred how Haskins took care of himself in the offseason enough for him to turn into a commander.

In any case, Rivera likewise said had there been a typical preseason, he would have opened up the beginning position to an opposition, with Allen and even Smith, who was all the while shaking the rust from his 2018 broken leg by then.

However, Rivera focused on what others did before him: Haskins’ arm strength. It’s the reason different groups will be charmed by the 23-year-old.

“Well, like I’ve always said, you watch his talent and you see the arm,” Rivera said. “That’s the thing that I think is his most redeeming quality as a quarterback, which I think is probably the most important thing.”


Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract



Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season



Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons



The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.

Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”

The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

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