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Redskins starting quarterback, Alex Smith, went down with a gruesome knee injury in their Week 11 game against the Houston Texans. Given his age (34) and the severity of the injury, it was in question if Smith would ever play again. Thankfully the Redskins expect that to happen someday, although they don't think it will be anytime during next season.
Lets take a look at some quarterbacks who could step in and replace Smith next season in Washington.
5. Teddy Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater is one of the best feel-good stories in the NFL after returning from his devastating knee injury to play in the NFL again. More than that, he actually looked good during moments of preseason this year. The Redskins could strike gold with Teddy, or they could have a stop-gap QB before they look for their long-term solution.
4. Blake Bortles
It has been reported that the Jaguars are finally prepared to move on from former No 3. overall pick, Blake Bortles. While Bortles definitely had his moments and stretches in Jacksonville, he certainly wasn't stellar overall. A fresh start could be just thing thing the doctor ordered for Bortles, especially in a situation like Washington, with no pressure, knowing Smith is expected to return the following year. If the Jags release him, which is expected, signing Bortles could make sense for Washington.
3. Nick Foles
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has made it clear that Carson Wentz is still the team's starting quarterback of the future. That means, unfortunately, Nick Foles' time in Philly is probably finished. Foles is definitely the most accomplished quarterback on this list, after leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl win last season. He will definitely be looking to be a starter if and when he moves on from Philadelphia. Could a division rival be his next stop? Would take a king's ransom via a trade, but he could also be released by the Eagles, in which case it makes more sense.
2. Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor has been somewhat unappreciated for most of his career or just a victim of bad luck. He was traded by the Bills to Cleveland after leading Buffalo to their first playoff appearance in ages. He then had his 2018 season cut short when he was replaced by rookie Baker Mayfield following a game where he suffered a concussion. Taylor never got the job back.
Washington might only make him a short-term solution, but then again, who knows if Smith will ever be able to return to form. The Redskins will at least provide Taylor the opportunity to prove himself again over the course of a full season.
1. Robert Griffin III
What a comeback story this would be. RG3 has never gotten back to the level of performance we saw him have in his first stint with Washington. He has spent time with both Cleveland and most recently the Baltimore Ravens, but a resurgence in Washington would be a storyline the league and NFL fans would love. It would be interesting to see if RG3 were able to stay healthy and, given a fair shot, what he could become once again. If that's going to happen anywhere, it only seems right that it's in Washington.
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