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  • Best Loss Ever

    It’s hard to keep your head up when your team is losing constantly – for years, I could never do it. I’d drag my ass around town until Thursday or Friday after every single Redskins’ defeat. Given the win/loss record for most of the last two decades – that makes for gloomy weeks and winters.

    Over the years, my ability to ‘get over’ losses improved. Gradually I would be able to peel back that layer of disappointment more quickly, and not let a game’s result affect my well-being so much. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Special Redskins Outfit For Game One

    I’m not artsy craftsy… I’m not good with a needle and thead – as a matter of fact, I don’t think I have ever used them except on skin – but my boy’s first cognizant Redskins football game required something drastic – something memorable.

    Many moons ago at Redskins training camp, I met a friend – and I met him because his little boy was running around in the cutest pair of Redskins overalls that I had ever seen. His mom made them for him. Jackson was the happiest kid at Redskins Park that day, and probably because he looked the coolest.

    So fast forward ten years to this past week. I’m sitting there trying to think what I can do for Tommy that will make his first Redskins experience a special one. The overalls spring to mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Redskins Updated List of Roster Cuts

    With the 6:00 p.m. deadline looming for the Redskins to trim their roster to 53 players, numerous reports have surfaced as to what players on the bubble were waived or notified that they had made the team. The Redskins plan to send out their official list of cuts at 6:15 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Observations from Redskins at Buccaneers

    Keeping in mind that this blog is in the context of analyzing reserves in the fourth preseason game, there was plenty to take away from Washington’s 30-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Observations from Redskins vs. Bills

    The Redskins improved to 3-0 in the preseason with their well-rounded 30-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills Saturday afternoon. Although scores and records don’t matter in the preseason, performance does. Here’s what I took away from yesterday’s game:

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    Redskins Legends Gather on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

    Last night, I had the chance to head across the Chesapeake Bay to take in the 9th Annual Mickey Steele Poker Tournament, which honors a fallen friend of former Redskins quarterback Mary Rypien and raises money for charity.

    Throughout the night, Redskins legends streamed in and out of the Fisherman’s Inn in Grasonville, Md. Players ranging from Rypien to Gary Clark to Reggie Branch to Jeff Bostic were in attendance.

    Attending the event for my employer, What’s Up? Magazine, I was able to catch up with Rypien and Bostic as well as Ricky Sanders and general manager Bruce Allen.

    We covered a variety of topics, including the tournament and how the the current Redskins squad will fare in 2013 and the debate surrounding the team name. Bostic did not hold back about his feelings on the team name.

    Here is a snippet and a link to the story. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Some Successes of the 2013 NFL Draft

    The Washington Redskins walked away from this year’s draft with 7 players from rounds 2-7, and they acquired an array of talent. Several of the guys fell in the draft because of their behavioral issues in college, some fell because they spent some time on the injured list for severe injuries. But off of pure talent alone, Mike Shanahan & Bruce Allen may have acquired one of the better groups of players in the entire league, but their mental composure and their ability to stay off of the injury report will be what takes them as far as we hope they can go. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Redskins 2013 Draft Day 3

    On Friday night, the Redskins chose to address two needs with their top picks. One was a pressing need. The other, not so much.

    Washington needs bodies in the secondary and they addressed that spot with the selection of North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson. For the second time on the night, the Redskins decided to pass on the most pressing need, safety. Instead, Washington’s brass went by who they felt was the best player available in Florida tight end Jordan Reed, an athletic and elusive receiver who was a highly touted quarterback coming out of high school.

    The Redskins hold five picks on Saturday and have a chance to build on their depth throughout their roster.

    Round 4, Pick 22 (119)
    Round 5, Pick 21 (154)
    Round 5, Pick 29 (162) (From Patriots)
    Round 6, Pick 23 (191)
    Round 7, Pick 22 (228)

    4th Round – No. 119 Overall – Phillip Thomas – S – Fresno State

    Photo by Eugene Tanner/Associated Press.

    The Redskins were able to get some value with their 4th round pick with Phillip Thomas falling in their lap at 119 overall. Safety was the biggest need coming into the draft and they were able to address it.

    Thomas, an admitted lifelong Redskins fan, led the nation with eight interceptions in 2012 after missing the 2011 season with a broken left leg and dislocated left ankle.

    Thomas is a playmaking safety with good anticipation skills but could work on developing more of a killer instinct.

    5th Round – No. 154 Overall – Chris Thompson – RB – Florida State

    AP Photo/Phil Sears

    The Redskins decided to take a change-of-pace running back with this selection. In what is a rite of passage for Mike Shanahan’s drafts, a runner was taken in the mid rounds by Washington.

    Thompson is 5’7, 192 pounds and ran for 687 yards and six touchdowns in eight games in 2012 before tearing his ACL and missing the final six games of the season.

    In 2011, Thompson appeared in only five games before breaking his back against Wake Forest. He appeared in 38 games as a Seminole and ran for 1,735 yards, 14 touchdowns and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.

    5th Round – No. 162 Overall – Brandon Jenkins – LB – Florida State

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    A defensive end in college, Jenkins missed 13 games with a lisfranc injury in 2012. Has 22.5 sacks in his Florida State career. He had 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles and two passes defended in 2010. He had 8 sacks in 2011.

    6th Round – No. 191 Overall – Bacarri Rambo – S – Georgia

    Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

    Yet again, Washington found value at the safety position when Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo fell to them in the sixth round after being projected as a third-to-fourth round pick.

    Rambo failed his second drug test after eating pot brownies and was suspended the first four games of the 2012 season for it. Like Thomas, Rambo is a ballhawk, logging 16 career interceptions as a Bulldog. He finished his senior season with 67 tackles and three interceptions.

    In his college career, Rambo started 36 games and played in 47. He logged 235 tackles, 16 interceptions and six forced fumbles.

    7th Round – No. 228 Overall – Jawan Jamison – RB – Rutgers

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    Jamison ran in the zone-blocking scheme at Rutgers. He ran for 1,075 yards and four touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns in last season. In 2011, he ran for 897 yards and nine touchdowns. An ankle injury played a factor in production in 2012.

    He told local reporters on a conference call that he entered the draft with two years of eligibility remaining because his mother is battling breast cancer and wanted to help her out the best he can.

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    Redskins 2013 Draft Day 2

    The only thing predictable about this draft so far has been its unpredictability. After one round, we’ve seen Shariff Floyd fall from a projected third overall choice down to No. 23 with the Vikings, who ended up drafting three players in the first round. We’ve seen the Bills take E.J. Manuel as the first quarterback off the board. The Cowboys traded back and drafted a projected second rounder with the 31st selection.

    Heading into Day 2, names like Manti Te’o, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Eddie Lacy, and Jonathan Cyprien remain available.

    With their first pick not until No. 51 in the second round, it’s clear the biggest needs for the Redskins are safety and cornerback but with talents like Robert Woods from USC and Keenan Allen from Cal still on the board, wide receiver could still be a possibility. However, the second round could be where the cornerback dominoes start to fall and force the Washington to select one before the top of the group is selected.

    The Redskins own the 51st (2nd round) and the 85th overall selection (3rd round).

    2nd Round – No. 51 Overall – David Amerson – CB – N.C. State

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    With their second round selection, the Redskins decided to take cornerback David Amerson out of North Carolina State.

    Ranked as the 19th best safety in the country coming out of high school, Amerson transitioned to become a skilled cornerback, picking off 13 passes as a sophomore in 2011 and earning him the Jack Tatum Award. Amerson also possesses size with his repertoire at 6’1″. However, he had a down year in 2012, getting burned deep regularly. He finished last season with 61 tackles and five interceptions.

    He told local reporters in a conference call that the coaches will keep him at cornerback and playing safety was not mentioned.

    However, he is still regarded as a bit raw and was burned deep a bit in 2012. The Redskins coaches hope working with DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers, all of whom have expiring contracts after 2013, will help give him time to develop into a pro.

    Here’s a summary of Amerson provided by Pro Football Weekly: “Overhyped, enigmatic, Jekyll-and-Hyde interceptor who looked like a slam dunk first round pick during his 13-interception sophomore season but was repeatedly burned as a junior. Zone, off-man corner who will never be a shutdown cover man, and the team that drafts him must be willing to sacrifice consistency for turnovers.”

    3rd Round – No. 85 Overall – Jordan Reed – TE – Florida

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    The Redskins opted to select a young security blanket with their third round pick. Reed adds depth to a tight end spot that may be without starter Fred Davis after he becomes a free agent in 2014.

    Reed, 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds, was a quarterback coming out of high school but made the move to tight end with the Gators. His versatility should help his adjustment to the dynamic Redskins offense.

    During a conference call with local reporters, Reed shed light on head coach Mike Shanahan’s approach to the draft, admitting he had no idea the team was interested in him and that the team had not contacted him at any point before tonight.

    In his 2012 senior season, Reed started 12 of 13 games and caught 45 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns.

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    A Silver Lining of Burgundy and Gold!

    “Mara”
    The moniker has become an epithet in Redskins nation.
    Well… it is truly an ill wind that blows no good. It’s slowly looking more and more like Shanahan and Company have found the silver lining.
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