NFC Notes: 49ers, Cowboys, Redskins


  • Per NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco, the only real decision the 49ers need to make at linebacker this offseason is on restricted free agent Elijah Lee, whom he expects them to bring back. 



Redskins executive Doug Williams said their staff was encouraged with how Dwayne Haskins played in Week 16 against the Giants prior to sustaining an ankle injury. 

“The way he was playing that last game is the way we want to see Dwayne Haskins play this game because he has talent. He hurt his ankle… but had thrown two TD passes, was like 12 of 15, and it gave you some hope that this is where he’ll start off,” said Williams, via SiriusXM NFL Radio

Williams added that veteran QB Alex Smith has been mentoring Haskins. 

“…When he was able to come back and stand up, go to meetings, and workout; he’s been in Dwayne’s ear. I saw Patrick Mahomes talk about him all the time and I can see it translating in Dwayne,” said Williams.

As for Smith (leg) playing again, Williams said the veteran is preparing like he’s going to play next season and the Redskins plan on supporting him.

“I won’t count him out. It’s hard to believe, but when you watch him every day in the weight room and what he’s doing; you said it yourself, ‘Wow, how is he doing that?’ So, I think in his mind, he’s going to play and we’ll go along with him until he says, ‘I can’t do it,’” said Williams. 

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