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  • Bacon Bits: 10



    No.  Not that guy.  If you still care about that guy seek professional help.  Ten is the number of days until the Redskins must trim their roster from 90 players down to the maximum of 53.  That means a lot of fringe players will be released this week and several quality ones will be released next week.  The roster is largely set, however there are a few position battles upon which an eye is worth keeping.


    The first cut (is the deepest) or so I’ve heard.  The following players are unlikely to survive that unpleasantry:

    Receivers: Turner, Thompson, Diggs, Stewart, Showers, Thorpe.

    Offensive Line: Booth, LeRibeus, Reiter, Kasitati, Bond, Williams.

    Tight Ends: Paulsen, Jensen, Carrier.

    Backs: Brown, Kerridge.

    Quarterbacks: Sudfield.

    Defensive Line: Crawford, Lanier, Powe.



    The following players are virtual locks to make the roster.  While something untoward could always happen, unless or until it does we’ll be seeing these men sporting the burgundy and gold this season:

    Offense: (24)

    Quarterbacks: Cousins, McCoy

    Offensive Line: Williams, Lauvao, Lichtensteiger, Scherff, Moses.  Reserves: Nsekhe, Cofield, Long, Kouandjio.

    Receivers: Garcon, Jackson, Crowder.  Reserves: Doctson, Grant, Ross.

    Ends: Reed, Paul, Davis.

    Backs: Jones, Thompson, Kelley, Marshall.

    Linebackers: Jefferson, Wakefield, Fields, Ederaine, Trail, Davis.

    Cornerbacks: Carrington, Harris, Cooper.

    Safeties: Everett, Mattias-Smith.

    Defense: (26)

    Defensive Line: Baker, Golston, Reyes.  Reserves: Ioannidis, Paea, Jean-Francois, Hood.

    Outside Linebackers: Kerrigan, Smith.  Reserves: Bates, Murphy.

    Inside Linebackers: Foster, Compton.  Reserves: Riley, Spaight, Garvin.

    Safeties: Hall, Bruton.  Reserves: Blackmon, Ihenacho, Cravens.

    Cornerbacks: Norman, Breeland, Fuller.  Reserves: Dunbar, Phillips.

    Teams: (3)

    Specialists: Sundberg, Way, Hopkins.


    Several of these predictions are predicated on the injuries to starters and key reserves at a handful of positions.  Player who may have been otherwise retained will simply become the victim of a numbers game.  If history is any indication, Scot McCloughan will opt for youth over experience in close battles.  Having said all of that, each of the players not expected to make the roster has an opportunity to change minds in the next two games, and one or two usually take said opportunity.

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    The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And McCloughan

    It already looks like the Matt Jones experiment is an abject failure.  Not only has he looked less than stellar in his limited preseason action but now he has been diagnosed with an AC sprain of the left shoulder and could miss up to four weeks.  The backup plan is no plan, as Chris Thompson is not a primary back.  Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley have not shown enough to believe either could be a week one starter if necessary.  Look for the Redskins to scour the waiver wire if Jones is out for any length of time.

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    Will The Redskins Repeat As NFC East Champions?

    With a completely irrelevant preseason game now under their belt, it seemed a perfectly “poke the bear” time to ask the question…

    The Washington Redskins shocked a large portion of the NFL world in 2015, rattling off nine victories en route to winning the NFC East. They will look to build upon that performance during the 2016 campaign, and while the NFC East won’t be as easy to run away with, things at least look good on the improvement front. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Important Takeaways From Preseason Game 1

    Here are the important takeways from the Washington Redskins first preseason game of 2016 – a 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.



    It’s preseason, get over it. You can’t draw any concrete conclusions. You think you can. You want to. It’s in your armchair nature to even need to.

    But you can’t.

    Because it’s just a worthless preseason game.

    Having said that, here are some more concrete observations… Read the rest of this entry »

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    Bacon Bits: Preseason Game Preview – What The Coaches Will Be Watching

    “Running backs, all you’re looking for – well, number one – you’re looking for how they pick it up mentally, their footwork and obviously the pass protection,” Gruden said. “We take very seriously our pass protection around here. But as far as running the football, we’re going to see that on game day. You know, some guys I’ve seen in shorts, running backs like, ‘Holy cow, this guy can’t be tackled,’ and then he gets into a game and then he gets into a game and he gets tackled and runs backwards the wrong way. So we’ll see how it works out. But I really am excited to watch these guys run.”


    “I think the biggest thing to keep an eye on is how they handle their stamina, you know what I mean?” Gruden said. “When you get out in a game, guys will be playing more than three, four, five, six plays in a row and we’ll see how they handle it, the receivers, defensive backs, pass rushers. It will be good to see. It will be good work for us and we’ll see where we are exactly from a conditioning standpoint and from a skillset.”



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    Camp Fodder

    Camp Fodder


    This is a rolling blog covering the 2016 Washington Redskins Training Camp.  Be sure to check back often for updates.



    Camp opens at 9:30 a.m. today.

    First walkthrough scheduled at 10:35 a.m.

    Practice at 3 p.m.


    Junior Galette has been placed on the Reserve / Non-Football Injury List.


    Four players begin 2016 training camp on the Active / PUP List:

    Doctson, Josh – Achilles / Toe Sprain

    Lauvao, Shawn – Foot

    Riley, Perry – Foot

    Carrier, Derek – Knee



    The Redskins signed undrafted rookie wide receivers Kendal Thompson and T.J. Thorpe on Wednesday. They now have 13 wide receivers on the 90-man roster.


    Update (08:16A.M. EST):

    WR Josh Doctson‘s stay on the PUP list should be very short, I’m told. Mostly procedural.

    If you’re planning on attending camp today, pack an umbrella or a poncho.



    Update: (03:00PM EST)


    Trent Williams receives high praise from Jay Gruden.

    Gruden gives Cousins the seal of approval as his long=term quarterback.

    Gruden says Doctson and Riley are both close to being ready to go.

    First Camp Practice officially starts now.




    Day Two


    Scot McCloughan hurt his hand by PUNCHING A WALL when a team doctor told him that Josh Doctson (Achilles) could be out 3 months.

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    If I were a betting man

    In the land of sports, all men make wagers. Everyone involved in the spectrum toss the dice in one manner or the other. Sportscasters bet their reputations when they make predictions, they set up the preamble of their story for the season knowing that reality hardly keeps to the script. Coaches gamble with play calls, each down being the difference between achieving skillful victory or losing face, the locker room itself, or worst of all…their employment. As fans, we know better than most the gamble we take with our hearts and hope, and the dark depression that follows each loss. Not all fans are alike in their investment, some even include their wallets, but when it gets down to it all sports fans ante up their heart to the pot.

    The fact that when mine hits the table it leaves a little burgundy and gold is a matter of pride.

    While none of us are right all the time, for the sake of argument let’s take a brief dive into recent history and see who has smiled more.

    Sports Media has blossomed in this vein. ESPN, once a humble idea that could barely secure the rights for slow pitch softball, has transformed into a juggernaut of correspondents and pundits. Its broadcasts now consist of several suits talking over each other, each crafting their story line for the season. Who will rise, who will fade, and who will be the one to get it all right…not the teams mind you, but the men and women making the guesses. Their career depends on getting it right; hindsight is always cruel and it isn’t healthy to eat crow all day. So let’s take a look at the accuracy in the near past and see who cashed in and who should’ve cashed out (mind you, as Skins fans the rest of the NFL falls second to the happenings of the NFC EAST and it is there that we will keep our focus):

    I dug through the archives of the internet to put together the preseason predictions for the two largest media conglomerates (it’s harder than it sounds, as you can imagine both of them do their best to wipe away the entries in which they couldn’t get the color of the field right much less the scoreboard). After enough scavenging, I was able to go back up to 2010 and compare the predications made by ESPN and Fox Sports for the final regular season rankings compared to the actual result. Upon analyzing the results several things become apparent. The first and most obvious point being that both ESPN and Fox Sports tend to overvalue the Cowboys (big surprise), but sans the 2015 season they were both accurate at predicting where the Giants would end up every year which just goes to show you can always count on Mara and company to provide a consistent level of sucking. All in all, unless a breakout performance occurred, you could count on the two placing the teams within quartile of their actual ranking (i.e. if they said the Eagles would be 7th, the Eagles would be +/-4 of 7th at the end of the season).

    Having said that, when they missed they missed BIG. The sweetest example of this which should put a huge smile on the faces in D.C. is this past year in which Fox had us at 27th and ESPN had us DEAD LAST at 32nd. Likewise, the Cowboys in all their pomp were pre-ordained to be 6th and 8th respectively only to end up 29th. In fact, in no season did the mainstream sports media get the narrative more wrong on the NFC East than this last one.  Both ESPN and Fox Sports had the Cowboys and Eagles ending up in the top 10, with the Giants at the back end of the teens and the Skins getting the first overall draft pick. In happy reality we now know that no one except the Skins would get below 20th overall for the regular season (and we all loved picking at 22nd overall).

    Having said that, when you average out their rankings versus reality the pundits really have been within only a few ranks of the final standings with their picks (again, minus overreaching on the Cowboys). But betting isn’t about breaking even or getting close, it’s about taking home the pot. No one understands this better than the people who eat breathe and sleep risks and wagers. I’m talking about the purveyors of Sin City.


    When you want a prime example of how to properly ensnare the wallets of fools and the hopeful, look no further.  Skip Bayless may say a lot of crazy ridiculous nonsense (a simple Google search should be able to illustrate this), but he is at least smart enough not to back his word vomit with his own money. The same spineless behavior is not seen at Caesar’s, and for good reason, THEY WIN.

    Vegas doesn’t waste times with frivolous things like team rankings and potential season storylines. They have the same laser focus akin to most owners and ask only one thing, “DID YOU WIN?”

    Well the answer for Vegas is, “Yes, we did.”  And then some. In the past five years, Vegas has won 14 to 6 in predicting the Win/Loss totals for the NFC East. No team beat the Vegas odds more than twice, and in fact other than the Redskins, no team was over the Vegas odds by more than more a single win and that was only accomplished during the amazing breakout season of 2015 (yet another reason why 2015 was such a spectacular year).

    While they may have taken our money with reckless abandon, there is one fact that should vindicate them: they rake in massive profits off of fools in Dallas. No team has been overvalued and underperformed in Vegas like the Cowboys. The hype generated on SportsCenter directly translates to blown paychecks in Sin City. 2014, their 12 win season where they finished number 1 overall for the regular season is the ONLY time they rewarded the pansies who root for them. Every other year not only did they lose out, they lost out by the smallest of margins (half a win in most cases) and the only thing close to the glory of a Skins victory is the thrashing of the hopes of the silver and blue.

    I had originally planned on running a thought experiment on what would have happened in NFC East fans bet loyally on their teams but the results are the same across the board. WE LOSE, VEGAS WINS. There is in fact no hypothetical scenario I can put together in which Vegas does not walk away with both their money and yours eventually. Having said that, the current numbers at Vegas are The Cowboys at 9 wins, The Eagles at 7.5, The Giants at 7.5, and our Redskins at 7.5.

    So to conclude this gamble ramble, remember luck never gives it only lends. Sports Media will be in the ballpark, but that’s about as close as they get. Vegas will take your money, so keep it in your pockets. If you HAVE to bet, bet with your heart and put it all on burgundy.




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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of July 27th 2016



    ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim projects Jamison Crowder as a starter ahead of first-rounder Josh Doctson.

    The Redskins have spent the offseason raving about their second-year slot man, leaving another obstacle for Doctson to hurdle as he hunts for rookie year snaps. We still wouldn’t be surprised if Doctson eventually nudged by Crowder, or even Pierre Garcon, in three-receiver sets, but these aren’t artificial hoops. Doctson should be viewed more as a Dynasty league stash than immediate re-draft contributor in fantasy leagues.
    Jul 21 – 2:56 PM

    Redskins TE Derek Carrier (knee) could open the season on reserve/PUP.

    Carrier is seven months removed from tearing his ACL. He isn’t going to be rushed back with Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen returning. Carrier will compete for a backup role when healthy.
    Jul 22 – 7:15 PM

    Redskins OLB Junior Galette has suffered another torn Achilles’ tendon, and is done for the season.

    Galette’s second year as a Redskin will end the same as his first: With zero snaps. Per PFT, Galette tore his right Achilles’. It was Galette’s left Achilles’ that cost him all of 2015. Headed into what would have been his age-28 season, Galette’s career is now in serious doubt. It’s an on-paper blow for the Redskins’ thin pass rush, but realistically DC Joe Barry should never have been counting heavily on Galette considering his off-field and injury histories.
    Jul 25 – 3:24 PM

    Redskins waived/failed physical DB Kyshoen Jarrett.

    Unless he is released with an injury settlement later, Jarrett will likely spend 2016 on the Redskins’ injured reserve list. A sixth-round steal out of Virginia Tech last year, Jarrett shined as a hybrid safety-slot corner before suffering from nerve damage in his shoulder and neck. He was reported to have lost 30 pounds in April. There is fear Jarrett’s career is in danger.
     Jul 25 – 4:10 PM

    ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim does not view seventh-round pick Keith Marshall as a threat to Matt Jones’ workload this season.

    A size-speed specimen who spent most of his college career injured, Marshall went back on the shelf this spring after running behind someone named “Mack Brown” at rookie camp. Marshall is talented enough to make up ground quickly in August, but he hasn’t given any reason to buy into him as an NFL player just yet.
    Jul 25 – 4:25 PM

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    Doctson A Gamble, Or A Calculated Risk?

    Armchair quarterbacks may have jumped up and screamed after the Washington Redskins made their first selection of the 2016 NFL Draft, but there’s no doubt in most experts’ minds, that they got the best player available on the board.

    Back in April at the NFL Draft, Washington GM Scot McLoughan wasted no time rolling out his usual draft philosophy of trying to gain more picks and traded down one pick in the first round. The Redskins dealt their number 21 pick to the Houston Texans, who gave up their 22 pick and a 7th round pick for the right to move up one selection.

    Then McLoughan surprised many, and didn’t grab a defensive player, but instead grabbed Josh Doctson. The 6’2″ wide receiver out of TCU was the top receiver on many to most sheets (for future reference, Houston selected wide receiver Will Fuller), and Josho was surely the best player available on the Washington Draft board at the time. But the Redskins do not appear to have much of a need at the position with DeSean Jackson, and Pierre Garcon already comfortably filling the one-two, and Jamison Crowder occupying the slot. So, was this a gamble?

    Personally if I’m going to gamble, I try to take the best odds of winning possible and play online slots at All Jackpots casino; but when it comes to football, I prefer to see my draft gambling done in the later rounds.

    But this wasn’t really a gamble at all, it was a calculated risk. You only see it as a gamble if you differ in drafting philosophies.

    Both DJax and Garcon are only under contract through the 2016 season. Not only that, Doctson immediately provides something that Washington hasn’t had in a long time, a big receiver who can go up and win tough Red Zone catches. He’s two inches taller than Garcon and 4 inches taller than Jackson. The selection also gives options, in that Garcon can offer an almost $8 million cap savings if cut, to a team that only currently has $4 million in space.


    Coming out of TCU, Doctson offers a mature and polished 23-year old player.

    So while a draft day wouldn’t be a draft day without a good, “best player available” vs “best player that fills a need” conversation, that doesn’t make it a gamble. It’s that philosophical difference of opinion that I was referring to. Josh Doctson is not a gamble.

    Just a couple more things for you to think about…

    He broke his wrist in November and still blasted out 14 reps of 225 at the Combine. He’s a tough kid.

    He has a 41 inch vertical. Serious hops. Grab a tape measure and see how high that actually is.

    Of course the reality is, that there doesn’t seem to be any scientific way to determine wether a player’s particular skillset is going to translate or carry through to the pros. If there were, then Doctson would surely possess many-to-most of the attributes that you would want to see at the position. He’s arguably the best receiver in the draft, and that’s a good deal at number 22.

    And that’s a calculated risk, not a gamble.

    Hail to the Redskins.

    Agree? Disagree? Hit me up on Twitter @TheHogsdotNet and let me know what you think.

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    Goodbye Old Friend


    I was saddened to hear of the death of Chief Zee, as I’m sure many of you were. He was an incredible fan. A Super Fan. I didn’t know him personally, but had met him many times and felt as though I did. As I’m sure many of you did.

    There aren’t many Redskins fans that don’t know who Chief Zee is, if they’ve ever been near a Redskins game or event. After all, they probably had their picture taken with him. He was just one of the nicest and most approachable men that you could ever meet, and I never saw him deny a request to anybody. Always with open arms, and a warm and welcoming smile.

    Zema Williams was his proper name, and burgundy and gold blood coarsed through this man’s veins for decades. He was an institution. The headdress wearing and tomahawk waving began way back in 1978 in a Monday Night Football match-up with the rival Dallas Cowboys. He missed very few games since then. Even when Eagles fans broke his leg at the old Veterans Stadium in an altercation in 1983, they couldn’t keep him down – couldn’t even keep him out of the Vet.

    Because he truly was a Super Fan.

    The team issued the following official statement, “The Washington Redskins will always appreciate Zema Williams’ unique passion and dedication to our football team and his fellow Washington Redskins fans.”

    According to multiple sources, Zema Williams went peacefully in his sleep. He was 75-years old.

    Rest in Peace Sir. Your fandom was an inspiration to us all. Thank you for touching our lives.

    All Hail Chief Zee.

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