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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).

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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:

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Mind Reading: A (Too Early) Guess At The 2016 Washington Redskins Final Roster


Yes, it’s early.  Too early.  The FNGs haven’t even been dragged through the week that is rookie camp yet.  Furthermore, anyone who witnessed the last two Washington Redskins drafts knows it’s impossible to read the mind of Scot McCloughan.  The first person who says they saw the Brandon Scherff pick last season or the Josh Doctson pick this season coming before it happened is the first liar.  So, admittedly, this is spitting into the wind.  Nevertheless, it’s the off-season and a) a Skins fan always needs something Skins to talk about, and b) trying to break in and get a feel for what draws interest during the season seems like a would-be exercise in futility.  With that in mind …

Quarterbacks (3) – Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfield.

Running Backs (4) – Matt Jones, Keith Marshall, Pierre Thomas, Rob Kelley.

Tight Ends (3) – Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Vernon Davis.

Wide Receivers (6) – DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross.

Tackles (3) – Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe.

Guards (4) – Brandon Scherff, Spencer Long, Shawn Lauvao, Arie Kouandjio.

Centers (2) – Korey Lichtensteiger, Austin Reiter.

And the Defense …

Defensive Ends (4) – Chris Baker, Stephen Paea, Kendall Reyes, Ricky Jean-Francois.

Defensive Tackles (3) – Kedric Golston, Jerrell Powe, Matthew Ioannidis.

Inside Linebackers (5) – Will Compton, Perry Riley, Mason Foster, Steven Daniels, Martrell Spaight.

Outside Linebackers (4) – Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Junior Galette, Houston Bates.

Safeties (4) – Sua Cravens, Deangelo Hall, David Bruton, Duke Ihenacho.

Cornerbacks (5) – Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Will Blackmon, Quinton Dunbar, Kendall Fuller.

Kicker (1) – Dustin Hopkins.

Punter (1) – Tress Way.

Long Snapper (1) – Nick Sundberg.

 

 

 

 

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Kirk Cousins By The Numbers


When a team makes a player the highest paid player at his position for the year there are going to be high expectations.  When that team is the Washington Redskins and that player is Kirk Cousins we had better like that.  More importantly, Scot McCloughan had better like that or we’ll be back on the quarterback search trail.  But what does Cousins have to do for Scot McCloughan to like that?  There were things Cousins did exceptionally well last season.  But when you’re paying a player like a top five player at his position, even if it’s on the franchise tag, he needs to perform as such.  Did Cousins?  Let’s take a look.

The Good:

7th in Completions but outside top ten in attempts.
7th in Passing Yards Per Attempt.
5th in Passer Rating.
Outside the top ten in Interceptions.
8th in Adjusted Yards Per Pass Attempt.
7th in Net Yards Per Pass Attempt.
8th in Adjusted Net Yards Per Pass Attempt.
10th in Pass Completions Per Game.
1st in Pass Completion Percentage.
7th in Sack Percentage.
8th in Game-Winning Drives.
10th in Comebacks.
2nd in Fumbles Recovered.

The Bad:

7th in Completions but 10th in passing yards.
Outside the top ten in Passing Attempts Per Game.
Outside the top ten in Interception Percentage.
Outside the top ten in Passing Touchdown Percentage.

The Ugly:

Outside the top ten in Passing Touchdowns.
Outside the top ten in Passing Yards Per Game.
Outside the top ten in Yards Per Completion.
8th in Fumbles.
Outside the top ten in Total Offense.

What Cousins has to do to justify the Franchise Tag and command a long-term contract:

Cousins threw 29 touchdowns last season. The top five quarterbacks threw an average of 35 touchdowns.
Cousins’ touchdown percentage was 5.3%. The top five average was 6.5%.
Cousins’ yards per attempt was 7.7. The top five average is 8.4.
Cousins’ adjusted yards per attempt is 7.8. The top five average is 8.6.
Cousins’ yards per completion average is 11. The top five average is 13.
Cousins’ yards per game is 260.4. The top five average is 300.
Cousins’ net yards per attempt is 6.99. The top five average is 7.7.
Cousins’ adjusted net yards per attempt is 7.14. The top five average is 7.75.
Cousins’ sack percentage is 4.6. The top five average is 3.0.

One can gather from the above much improvement is expected of Kirk Cousins this season.  Not only should he have better passing protection thanks to the replacement of Josh (What’s the snap count, again?) LeRibeus but he also has an additional receiving weapon in 2016 1st round draft selection Josh Doctson and another red zone target in off-season acquisition Vernon Davis.  One has to assume the rushing attack will be better this season. (How could it possibly be worse?)

Cousins will be on a long leash this season because when you’re paying a player over $1.0MM per game you’re not paying him to sit on the bench.  The only way he’s not playing is if he is injured.  That could be good for Cousins or it could be disastrous.  If he’s playing up to expectations expect him to get paid like a top five quarterback.  Before complaining about the potential cost involved take a moment to remember the quarterback history of the team over the course of the last twenty-five seasons.  If he’s not playing up to the level expected it’s going to be a long and painful season for him, for Scot McCloughan, who will have to begin scouting quarterbacks mid-season, for Jay Gruden whose job is balancing on Cousins’ performance, and for the fans.

The real question is: If Cousins performs marginally well, as in top ten but not top five, what does the team do?  They almost certainly won’t tag Cousins again.  That gets very expensive.  If the Skins offer him top ten money but not top five money will he take it?  Or will he take his chances on the open market?  Is he really a team player?  If he is, I like that.

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Minion Monday: Playoff Bound!


Winners of the NFC East…

Playoff bound…

Your Washington Redskins.

Bidoo!

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Hail!

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Redskins NFC East Champs Graphic


Here is a graphic for your Washington Redskins – the 2015 NFC East Champions.

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Congratulations and Hail.

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Jordan Reed: #WallpaperWednesday


After sitting out the previous two games with a concussion, it didn’t take long for Jordan Reed to make an impact when he returned.

Reed’s presence was obvious. Not only did he catch 11 passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns, but his last catch was the game winner in Washington’s thrilling 31-30 come-from-behind victory over the Bucs. The Redskins lined up 4 receivers left, Reed to the right, and what looked like a good position and time for a fade, turned into a quick slant for a touchdown when Reed immediately planted, went inside, and too quickly for anyone to react. Cousins hit him in stride en route to the end zone, and the Redskins polished off the biggest comeback in franchise history.

Reed’s Touchdown

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Just click on the picture for a full 1440×900 wallpaper.

Trent Williams had some pretty high praise for Reed after the game, “You show me anyone in the league who can guard that man one-on-one. I haven’t seen that yet. As long as we’ve got him, we got a chance. He’s the best receiving tight end that I’ve seen.”

Welcome back Jordan. Stay healthy.

Enjoy. Share. Hail.

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Minion Monday: Bucs


Bidoo, bidoo!! The minions and all of #RedskinsNation joined together last night to celebrate the largest comeback in Redskins history.

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It looked impossible when the Redskins fell behind 24-0 before the half, but they clawed their way back – largely on the performance of Kirk Cousins, who finished the day an impressive 33 of 40 for 317 yards. He had three touchdown passes and ran for another, and didn’t turn the ball over. On the game winning two-minute drive, Captain Kirk was an unconscious 9 of 11 for 75 yards.

Cousins himself offered, “It was a good lesson: Just keep playing and you never know what can happen,”

Amen to that.

Happy Victory Monday to all of #RedskinsNation and Hail!!

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Redskins vs Bucs: Gameday Final Graphic


Wow.

Speechless.

What a comeback.

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This guy was incredible… ice running through his veins in yet another 2-minute drill.

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Enjoy the rest of your day. And tomorrow.

Hail.

And please share.

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Redskins vs Jets: Gameday Graphic


It’s the Jets today! It’s a 1pm start at Met Life Stadium, so get your grill on and get ready. It’s beer o’clock!

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Check NFL.com’s Game Center for all the details.

Enjoy.

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Hail.

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Week 6 NFL Picks


Once I get about five or six games into a season, I start to gamble with a little bit more fervor. After all, you have a much better sense of all 32 teams’ relative ability by this point.

I generally only gamble in two veins – football picks, and online casino games. So when I’m not trying my luck at netbet online casino games, I’m scouring over the weekly NFL odds, and looking for opportunity. My experiences are that just gambling every week for the sake of it, is not a worthwhile venture. So with an eye to actually winning, I offer you my four best options this week and a brief explanation of each:

Redskins (2-3) at Jets (3-1)
LINE: NY JETS by 6
Call me a homer, but I just don’t think the Jets deserve 6 points. The Redskins play solid defense, and the Ryan Fitzpatrick led Jets don’t really put the fear of God into anyone offensively, which just lessens the possibility of them winning by a touchdown. I struggle to see that happening regardless of the game’s result, so I’m taking Washington to cover.

Pick: Washington

Bengals (5-0) at Bills (3-2)
LINE: CINCINNATI by 4

Sometimes I let math run it’s course when I gamble and this is a case in point. It doesn’t even matter what I think about the game or the match-up, the line has just moved too much. This game opened as a straight pick-em in many venues, but due to the fact that the Bengals were getting the lion’s share of the action, the line moved four full points! Don’t overthink this or let your ego get in the way – the slide gave you four more points than you should get – take the Bills.

Pick: Buffalo

Patriots (5-0) at Colts (3-2)
LINE: NEW ENGLAND by 9.5

I have every confidence that the Patriots CAN cover whatever spread is put in front of them, especially against the Colts. Indianapolis may have won 3 times, but it was against the Texans, Titans and Jaguars. In their losses to the Bills and Jets, Indy lost by double digits. For your consideration, the Pats have won the last 4 match-ups by a combined score of 189-73 (45-7, 42-20, 43-22 and 59-24). That’s an average score of 47-18. Gulp. Bill Belichek won’t take his foot off their throats and this one will be ugly.

Pick: New England

Chargers (2-3) at Packers (5-0)
LINE: GREEN BAY by 10.5

In a complete about face, I struggle to see Green Bay covering double digits this week. The Chargers have covered 7 of the last 8 times after playing the Monday Night game and this week will be no different. Sure the Packers are going to win the game and remain undefeated, but 10.5 points is just an awful lot to give Phillip Rivers on any day.

Pick: San Diego

It doesn’t matter what I post here, you’re going to make decisions that you like. I chose these four games this week, because for me, they have the most up-side. Pop on over to NFL.com’s Game Center and pick up all of the latest information you need to make an informed decision about any game, and have fun!!

Hail!

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