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  • By The Numbers: Raiders

    It was a big win for the Redskins on Sunday, despite being just the fourth game of the regular season. Going into the bye week at 1-3 might not seem all that majestic, but with the Eagles and Giants at 0-4, and the Cowboys at 2-2, Washington is very much still in the thick of things in the NFC East thanks to the victory, despite the slow start.

    Here is a look at some of the more interesting, and telling numbers and statistics from the Redskins 24-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Most of these stats are from the official NFL stats, and I got the NFL betting lines at Sportsbook. Read the rest of this entry »

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    PSA: Blogs vs Articles And A Walk Down Memory Lane

    Way back when I began the site and we started writing about the Redskins in 2002, there was no such thing as ‘blogs’. We were just a few rabid fans that were sick of reading the rigamarole of everyday media, and in a new world of technology, thought it might be of interest to other fans to give our very lay, ‘non-educated’ viewpoint of all things Redskins. I remember people telling me that I was crazy to think that anybody would care what your average Joe said about the Redskins. Over time, we developed a following, almost a cult following of sorts, and I think people realized that we were actually a group of pretty educated fans, and that we had some fairly intelligent and informed things to say – and with nobody pulling our purse strings. Read the rest of this entry »

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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

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    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

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    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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