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Redskins’ Alex Smith Puts Pressure on Team to Improve

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Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith isn’t pleased about the team’s blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 5 and is putting the pressure on the team to step up their play and improve.

“I think every guy in there has got to look at themselves in the mirror and be real with themselves, things they have to get better at, need to get better at to help this team and we all have them,” Smith said, according to Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team’s official website. “If you do that and then you do move on. It’s one game. We’re four games into the season. We have a lot of football left ahead of us. We’re playing a really good football team right now, so we have new opportunity, new challenge, new week. I think once you do move on from it and start your prep, you do. You leave it behind you and get ready for this next challenge.”

Smith is hoping the Redskins can turn it around and will now have an opportunity to do just that as they prepare to face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6.

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Falcons’ Calvin Ridley Suffers Bone Bruise

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The Atlanta Falcons are breathing a sigh of relief after an MRI on the injured left ankle of rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley came back clean, leading the team to believe that he simply has a bone bruise.

According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, Ridley’s status for their Week 7 game against the New York Giants is currently up in the air, and the Falcons will me monitoring how he responds to rehab ahead of next week’s Monday Night tilt.

Ridley is off to an impressive start to his career, hauling in 22 catches for 349 receiving yards and a league leading 6 receiving touhdowns.

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Vikings Place Mike Hughes On IR

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The Minnesota Vikings are placing first-round pick cornerback Mike Hughes on injured reserve after he tore his ACL during Minnesota’s Week 6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

The Vikings hope Hughes, whose rookie contract runs through the 2021 season with a fifth-year option in place for 2022, can be healthy in time for the start of the 2019 regular season as he will miss the remainder of this year.

 

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Buccaneers Fire Mike Smith

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are one of the NFL’s worst defenses thus far in the 2018 regular season, have  fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith following their Week 6 loss, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Smith, who was made the NFL’s highest-paid DC after signing with the Bucs in 2016 following his stint as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, will be replaced, at least temporarily, by linebackers coach Mike Duffner, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

To illustrate just how bad the Bucs defense is, Tampa Bay is on pace to give up the most points in NFL history, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.

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