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    Flashback Wallpaper: Sean Taylor

    Flashback Wallpaper: Sean Taylor

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 8th 2016


    Ten Day Edition, in case you missed anything.

     

    The Washington Post reports Redskins LG Shawn Lauvao (foot, ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp.

    Lauvao underwent five foot surgeries after landing on injured reserve last season, but he said last month he will be ready for camp. If he can get healthy, Lauvao will compete with Spencer Long for the starting spot at left guard. Long has also seen some snaps at center this offseason.
    Jun 7 – 9:57 AM

    Matt Jones is practicing with a football which emits a warning signal if he does not apply pressure to every key point.

    After Jones fumbled five times in just 163 touches last year, the Redskins are pulling out all the stops to improve his ball security. “We’ve got all kinds of things that help him out,” coach Jay Gruden said, “mainly focus on the ball not just when he’s in contact or in the line of scrimmage, but outside of contact where he had a lot of trouble last year.” Jones is expected to carry the load for Washington, but he will have to protect the ball better to retain the workhorse role. Jones is shaping up as a risk/reward RB2.
    Jun 7 – 9:20 AM

    DeSean Jackson was on the field for practice Monday.

    Jackson had been skipping OTAs to this point, forfeiting a $500,000 workout bonus along the way. He is still owed $7.5 million in salary and bonuses in the final year of his deal. He will turn 30 in December.
    Jun 6 – 12:24 PM

    Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic says the Redskins are being “ultra-cautious” with first-round WR Josh Doctson (foot).

    Doctson hasn’t participated in OTAs since Tuesday, but Tandler described the injury as “something that we might not even hear about if it happened in October.” There’s little doubt Doctson will be ready for training camp.
    Jun 5 – 12:18 PM

    Redskins signed third-round CB Kendall Fuller to a four-year contract.

    Coming off microfracture surgery his final year at Virginia Tech, Fuller has been cleared fully for team drills at OTAs. He’s expected to compete for the Redskins’ nickel back job behind starters Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.
    Jun 2 – 4:29 PM

    Matt Jones wants to show he is “capable of being a No. 1 back all the time.”

    Jones had some impressive flashes last season, but ball security and inconsistency plagued him as a rookie. Some of those inconsistencies could have resulted from the “hot-hand” approach the Redskins utilized last year. “I felt like if I had a bad game, the next game I wouldn’t get so many carries,” Jones said. “If I had a good game, I felt like I had to put so much pressure on myself to have a good game again. It was a lot of highs and lows.” Now healthy and comfortable as the clear No. 1, Jones should be in line for a more consistent and successful season. He is a solid RB2 with some upside.
    Jun 2 – 8:49 AM

    Redskins undrafted WR Reggie Diggs underwent a knee scope and will be sidelined until training camp.

    Diggs (6’4/200) is an UDFA out of Richmond. He’s an extreme roster long shot.
    Jun 1 – 2:20 PM

    First-round WR Josh Doctson “hurt his foot” Tuesday and will be sidelined at least one week.

    The words “foot injury” associated with a skill player are never something a team wants to hear. But X-rays came back negative on Doctson’s foot, and the rookie will sit for at least the next 7-10 days. He’ll miss the remainder of OTAs and doesn’t sound optimistic for this month’s mandatory minicamp. Doctson should be fine well ahead of training camp, but this is something to watch.
    Jun 1 – 2:17 PM

    Redskins TE Niles Paul has bulked up to 250 pounds.

    A college wide receiver and punt returner, Paul measured 6-foot-1, 224 coming out of Nebraska, so this is a considerable size increase. In order to earn snaps behind $50 million starter Jordan Reed, Paul will need to hold up in the running game. He could become a fantasy factor with an injury to Reed.
    Source: ESPN.com
    May 31 – 9:50 PM

    DeSean Jackson forfeited a $500,000 workout bonus by skipping OTAs.

    Must be nice. In order to collect the bonus, Jackson needed to participate in at least 90 percent of Washington’s offseason activities, which began on April 18. “He has been here, he has popped in and had a cup of coffee,” coach Jay Gruden said. “Last time I looked up the word ‘voluntary,’ that is his choice, and he has been in the league nine years.” Jackson is still owed a $3.75 million base salary in addition to a $3.75 million roster bonus.
    Source: ESPN.com
    May 31 – 8:56 PM

    ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim said “there’s little incentive” for Kirk Cousins to sign a long-term deal unless Washington meets his asking price.

    Keim reports both sides want a long-term deal, but he predicts Cousins will play 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag. That decision could end up working for both sides. The Redskins are understandably hesitant to shell out long-term guarantees after one season, and Cousins probably thinks he will be in a better position to negotiate if he puts together another solid season. It would still be slightly surprising if the two sides did not work something out, but it is not out of the question.
    Source: ESPN
    May 31 – 1:20 PM

    Redskins third-round CB Kendall Fuller (microfracture surgery) has been cleared for team drills.

    Fuller said he was “90 percent healthy” earlier this month. He remains on track for the start of training camp. Fuller should open the season in a nickel role behind Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.
    May 28 – 4:17 PM

    Kirk Cousins thinks first-round WR Josh Doctson can be “a great weapon in the red zone.”

    Doctson might not beat out Pierre Garcon for a starting job by Week 1, but he has the size and ball skills to be an immediate threat in the red zone. “Looks like he can make the contested catch. It’s very natural for him to go up and catch that type of pass,” Cousins said. “He can run well. He has got great size. I almost thought he was a tight end when he showed up because of his size.” If DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed can stay healthy, Cousins should have no shortage of weapons to target this season.
    May 28 – 11:55 AM

    Kirk Cousins said he expects 2015 fourth-round WR Jamison Crowder to make a sophomore jump.

    “When it’s your second year and you caught [that] many passes in your first year, you come in a little more confident and sure of yourself,” Cousins said. “All of that lends itself to taking another step forward.” Crowder saw plenty of targets with DeSean Jackson sidelined for a good chunk of last season, but he was limited to 604 yards and two scores on 59 catches. A limited slot receiver, Crowder will struggle to carve out a big role if Jackson, Pierre Garcon and rookie Josh Doctson stay healthy.
    May 28 – 11:47 AM

    Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) is still in a walking boot.

    Riley injured his foot late last season and was initially slapped with a 3-6 week timetable after requiring surgery to put a pin in his fifth metatarsal. Six months later, the foot is still giving him pain and discomfort. Riley expects to be ready for camp, but is due for a second opinion on his foot soon.
    May 27 – 10:37 AM

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    Projecting Proficiency: What Can We Expect From The 2016 Washington Redskins Offense?


    So, you’re a Skins fan with visions of touchdowns dancing in your head.  All you’ve been thinking about since the draft is how many extra towels you’ll need to wipe up the drool over the potential of this 2016 Washington offense.  After all, unless Kirk Cousins completely regresses it seems unfathomable the passing offense could not be highly successful.  Desean Jackson is healthy.  The virtually non-productive Andre Roberts has been replaced by the perhaps not-so-surprisingly productive Jamison Crowder.  Teams can no longer double Garcon, whose production suffered as a result of a lack of a depleted receiving corps.  Ryan Grant, who had 23 receptions last season is ostensibly 5th on the depth chart.  Speedster Rashad Ross is 6th.  The tight end situation has been taken from dire to delicious with not only the return of a healthy Niles Paul but also the signing of Vernon Davis.  The position is solidified to such extent Logan Paulsen may be fighting for a roster spot.  To be perfectly frank, we have a split decision on newly anointed starter Matt Jones at running back.  There really isn’t much history upon which to base a substantive opinion.  For the purposes of projecting numbers reason dictates Jones will see at least the same number of carries primary back Alfred Morris saw last season, possibly more.  Certainly the backs in combination will see many opportunities and with a healthy and revamped offensive line it is reasonable to expect at least marginal improvement to meet the league rushing average per carry.

    Considerable deliberate thought and careful consternation were given to the following projections based upon not only last season but also taking into account the roster changes for the 2016 NFL season.  The figures are intended to be reasonable and attainable based only upon each individual remaining healthy for the full season.  If your first inclination is to balk at the numbers for Cousins my first inclination is to remind you he’s playing on the franchise tag for a contract at the time of this writing and nothing should lead anyone to believe he will not perform under those circumstances.  Quod erat demonstrandum

     

    Projections

    Kirk Cousins
    600 attempts
    400 completions (67%)
    5,000 yards
    35 Touchdowns
    6.0% TD Percentage
    2.0% Interception Percentage
    312.5 YPG
    20 Sacks

    Matt Jones
    250 Carries
    1,000 yards
    30 receptions
    300 yards

    Other Backs
    150 carries
    600 yards
    85 receptions
    500 yards

    Desean Jackson
    60 receptions
    1,100 yards
    8 Touchdowns

    Pierre Garcon
    75 receptions
    800 yards
    6 Touchdowns

    Jamison Crowder
    50 receptions
    500 yards
    5 Touchdowns

    Josh Doctson
    40 receptions
    500 yards
    5 Touchdowns

    Other Receivers
    60 receptions
    600 yards
    5 Touchdowns

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web In Bite-Sized Pieces


    The Redskins’ wide receivers group is receiving national attention:

    http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2016/06/02/washington-redskins-wide-receivers-offense-nfl

    Jamison Crowder is likely to be a big part of the Redskins’ offense:

    Spencer Long is working at both center and left guard:

    Shaun Lauvao is healthy and has not been ruled out as the starter at left guard:

    David Bruton is ahead of Duke Ihenacho at strong safety:

    Will Blackmon is playing behind Deangelo Hall at free safety:

    Su’a Cravens continued to work exclusively at second-team inside linebacker for a second straight week. Eventually, he will expand his duties to play some safety and some nickelback:

    UDFA Robert Kelley just might’ve looked like the best running back out there today (Wednesday) according to Matt Jones and Randy Jordan:

    Kelley is a player we at THN have been touting since his signing.  Watch the highlight video he made and posted on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrndMLIop3s

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2016/06/01/observations-from-wednesdays-practice-at-redskins-park/

    Steven Bowen Retires As A Redskin:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2016/06/01/stephen-bowen-retires-as-a-member-of-the-redskins/?tid=a_inl

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    Wallpaper Wednesday: Washington Redskins Football


    Washington Redskins Football

    Washington Redskins Football

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    Remembering Our Real Heroes


    Enjoy your Memorial Day.

    memorial day 2016

    memorial day 2016

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    Wallpaper Saturday?


    It’s a little slow in the way of Redskins news for the next two months so if you’re looking forward to the 2016 season, and we know you are, you can look for a variety of ways to keep your desktop or mobile device hailing to the Washington Redskins between now and September as well as the usual exclusive content for which you’ve come to trust the site.

    Redskins logo on old paper

    Redskins logo on old paper

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    Flashback Friday: Us!!!


    I thought for a Flashback Friday this week, I would take a look back at a little bit of history about the site. There’s method to my madness.

    Yesterday I archived over 1300 articles. They were technically the “first” articles ever written by thehogs.net, and they were housed in a very rudimentary old database. It was there that I started, and it was there that I was inspired to write this blog.

    First of all, technology. There were no content management systems in 2002. No such thing as a blog. There weren’t even any good scripts to pillage. I had to build a rudimentary mySQL database. And then learn PHP so that I could use the information on a website. My “hack skills” were born. Deconstructing working scripts that did similar things, and then re-arranging them and learning as I went, to try and accomplish the task. Ultimately, I was able to create a front end and back end to start holding our content in 2003. For the first year-plus – we basically wrote on the fly and over top of what was there the day before.

    So it’s funny / aggravating / heartbreaking to be sitting here some 13-14 years later and trying to figure out how to migrate that “crappy old database” over to a new home.

    Secondly, I couldn’t help but notice the content. I expected to look back and find garbage – a bunch of hacks that just thought they knew what they were doing, and driven by ego; but that isn’t what I found. I found some really good stuff. Partisan for sure, but quality nevertheless. We had weekly features like The Cheap Seats, Sun Tzu: The Art of Coaching, Scooter’s 6 Pack, and The 5th Quarter – all the way back to 2003 when we started the database.

    That crappy old database… man, does it hold something very special… history.

    As I scrolled the contents looking for mathematical ways to extract the data effectively, I kept being bombarded with memories. Redskins memories… personal memories… things that happened… people I met… people who have helped me throughout the years… content of ours that has been boastfully claimed by others as “original”… people that have moved on to different things… even people that have passed away.

    And so I went on an emotional roller coaster where I didn’t expect to. Too many friends made, to single any out. Too much help given, to thank everyone individually. Too many experiences had, to even try and relay them in a concise manner. Too many doors opened, to amply explain.

    After all, 2016 will be our fourteenth season online. When I started the site, they told me that I wouldn’t last 2. Couldn’t last 2. And I think most of the sites that existed back then, are long since forgotten with a few exceptions.

    We’ve been through many incarnations. We’ve been through many trials and tribulations. I’ve learned a lot about a lot of different things in my years running this community. And not just about football.

    This site has been more than a hobby for a very long time. It is a passion. And while sometimes my responsibilities as a family man and father lend me less time than I would sometimes like, to devote to my passion… it never wanes.

    Upon successful completion of migrating all of the old articles over to the blog database where we have been writing our content for a few years, we surpassed the 2500 blog mark. Over 2500 articles written by volunteer Redskin fans here at the site. It’s incredible to think about. I’m proud to have written 2500 times about anything. It takes sticktuitiveness. Fed by that aforementioned passion.

    I might actually bleed THN harder than I bleed burgundy and gold. There are friends here. There is family here. There is camaraderie here. There is history here.

    And a lot of it is in that crappy old database.

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    Su’a Cravens in S.T.’s Uniform – Photoshop


    Yeah, yeah, yeah… before you even start, I did this graphic up to pay homage to Sean Taylor, not to exploit him or his good name.

    After all, not only is Taylor a favorite of many-to-most Redskins fans, he was also the favorite player of the Redskins 2nd round draft pick Su’a Cravens (53rd overall).

    cravens

    Click on the image for a 1280×800 wallpaper sized version.

    Cravens wore number 21 at USC.

    It’s not likely Cravens will actually ever see himself in the number 21 of the burgundy and gold – nor will anyone else – so I hope there’s no feathers ruffled with a little bit of Photoshop manipulation to show what it would look like.

    The composite uses Sean’s jersey AND pads, and then there is just helmet accents laid over top of the USC helmet. Yeah sure, there are some quirky bits, but it’s just for some burgundy and gold fun. See both images below to see where the composite came from.

    Send all complaints to 1-800-EAT-SH… oh, nevermind.

    More about Cravens’ pre-NFL days here.

    You can actually reach me on Twitter @TheHogsdotNet.

    Our Sean Taylor Tribute Page.

    Hail. To the Redskins. To Su’a. And especially to Sean. May he rest in peace.

    Original images:

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     (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

    (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

    And just because there is never not a good reason to post this, the original Sean Taylor Tribute wallpaper:

    sean

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    Back, By Popular Demand


    It’s possibly the worst kept secret in the organization that the Washington Redskins need insurance at the running back position.  Dismissing all of the questions surrounding the abilities of Matt Jones to be the primary back and operating under the assumption he will, in fact, be the primary back due to both verbal confirmation from the powers that be and lack of evidence to the contrary, the team needs a proven veteran backup who has shown an ability to carry the workload should Jones become either injured or ineffective.

    The free agency options are plentiful and while none necessarily make one think any player currently on the waiver wire is a better starting option than Jones there are several who have started far more games in their respective careers.  Keeping in mind the backup is not part of a youth movement but rather part of a, “Dear Lord, get us to the next draft so we can address this need.” movement, the following players seem viable options in that role.  Obviously each comes with caveats otherwise they’d not be in the free agency market.  The salary figures are from the 2015 NFL season.  Those costing over $1.0MM appear on chart #1 while those costing under $1.0MM appear on chart #2.

    Statistics alone say the Redskins should be looking at Arian Foster or Steven Jackson, both of whom have been workhorse primary backs in the past.  Foster is coming off a major injury but ran for 1,246 yards in just 13 games in 2014.  If he can pass a physical he has to be considered a serious option.  Jackson’s last productive season was 2012.  He is not a viable option.  Bell had a poor 2015 season but carried the ball 390 times for 1,510 yards in 2013-2014.  Gerhart has never carried the ball more than 109 times in a season and has totaled 160 carries in the last three seasons.  He is not a viable option.  Bush has carried the ball just 84 times for 325 yards the past two seasons.  He is not a viable option.  Of the ‘expensive’ backups only Foster and Bell potentially fill the necessary role.

    Of the lower priced backs, Bradshaw has played just 19 games the past three seasons.  Durability issues eliminate him from the equation.  Jackson has carried the ball just 165 times for 625 yards the past two seasons.  Age has caught up with him.  He is not a viable option.  Pierce has carried the ball just 99 times for 370 yards the past two seasons however he did carry the ball 150 one season and is only 25 years of age.  Thomas played four games with the Skins last season but has only carried the ball 75 times for 350 yards the past three seasons combined.  He is not a viable option as a primary back.

    The long and short of the situation is that, at present, there are limited viable options for a backup who can double as a primary back if necessary and the Redskins need to jump on one of the few options before there are none.  Arian Foster at even 75% of what he once was would be a tremendous asset as a backup.  Joique Bell could possibly regain his former form with better run blocking than he had in Detroit.  Pierce could potentially be a low cost, low risk, high reward backup.  There also may be a player unexpectedly released at some point who fits the bill.  What doesn’t fit the bill is having Chris Thompson and Keith Marshall as the backup plan.  Journalists are supposed to tell the story, not write the story, but if someone like a Robert Kelley wants to step up into the role of primary backup that would be a story I’d enjoy writing.  Why not?  If the team is willing to trust Jones as the primary back then why not Kelley as the backup?

    P.S.> I know Steven Jackson is in both charts.  Kindly overlook that egregious error.  You may flog me later when the team goes in an entirely different direction.

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