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.
Matt Jones is practicing with a football which emits a warning signal if he does not apply pressure to every key point.
DeSean Jackson was on the field for practice Monday.
Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic says the Redskins are being “ultra-cautious” with first-round WR Josh Doctson (foot).
Redskins signed third-round CB Kendall Fuller to a four-year contract.
Matt Jones wants to show he is “capable of being a No. 1 back all the time.”
Redskins undrafted WR Reggie Diggs underwent a knee scope and will be sidelined until training camp.
First-round WR Josh Doctson “hurt his foot” Tuesday and will be sidelined at least one week.
Redskins TE Niles Paul has bulked up to 250 pounds.
DeSean Jackson forfeited a $500,000 workout bonus by skipping OTAs.
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.
Redskins third-round CB Kendall Fuller (microfracture surgery) has been cleared for team drills.
Kirk Cousins thinks first-round WR Josh Doctson can be “a great weapon in the red zone.”
Kirk Cousins said he expects 2015 fourth-round WR Jamison Crowder to make a sophomore jump.
Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) is still in a walking boot.
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 The virtually non-productive Andre Roberts has been replaced by the perhaps not-so-surprisingly productive Jamison Crowder.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
400 completions (67%)
6.0% TD Percentage
2.0% Interception Percentage
The Redskins’ wide receivers group is receiving national attention:
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
Steven Bowen Retires As A Redskin:
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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.
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.
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).
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.
Hail. To the Redskins. To Su’a. And especially to Sean. May he rest in peace.
And just because there is never not a good reason to post this, the original Sean Taylor Tribute wallpaper: