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  • Camp Battles: LineBackers


    The Redskins linebacker group has had a tough couple of seasons after transitioning to the 3-4 defense. The 3-4 is a defense that works much better with a lead. However, with the lackluster performance the offense has displayed the defense has been tasked with keeping the team in games rather than attacking at will like it is designed to do. Most of the linebacker group was either a part of the transition from the 4-3 at a different position or came from a team where they played defensive line. The staff seems to have a knack for finding players that can make the transition well though, with Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo being super examples. In 2011, the team had good starting players but, depth was an issue, mainly because of inexperience. In 2012 however, the linebacker camp battles we will witness will be epic. If the defensive line and secondary can play better this season, the Redskins linebackers could rise to be the top threat in the NFC East. Let’s get to know a little about this group of players. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Nationals Turn Back the Clock with a Comeback


    As each week goes by, a playoff berth is looking more and more realistic for the Washington Nationals.

    The pessimistic D.C. sports fan in me always errs on the side of caution when it comes to expecting postseason production out of the local teams. For the past two decades, the Redskins average one playoff appearance every four years. The Capitals have turned second round playoff appearances into a common occurrence over the past five years. Advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals has been another task altogether. The Wizards had a good run by tinkering with the first round several times in the mid-2000′s prior to Gilbert Arenas’ firearm catastrophe. D.C. United has been Washington’s most successful pro sports franchise since their inception in 1996 but given the level of popularity of soccer in the area in contrast to the “big four” sports, that success doesn’t resonate quite like the rest.

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    Interview with Texans running back Ben Tate


    This summer, I’ve been given the opportunity to write a piece for What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine to profile local athletes from Anne Arundel County (my home county) and Maryland’s Eastern Shore who have made it to the professional level.

    I’ve been trying to kick it into second gear and actually talk to some of these players.

    Fortunately, some have been receptive, including Houston Texans running back Ben Tate, who grew up on the Eastern Shore.

    I had the chance to talk to him on Thursday. Most of the conversation centered around his time growing up in Salisbury and going to school in Berlin, Md. and how it helped him get to where he’s at now. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Redskins Training Camp Schedule


    The Washington Redskins announced today, that training camp would kick off on Thursday, July 26th.

    There will be thirteen practices open to the public: Read the rest of this entry »

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    Tough Decisions: The Washington Redskins Secondary, Who to Keep?


    It’s hard to believe, but there truly looks to be “more” competition for roster spots on the Washington Redskins this year than last year. Seriously, other than quarterback, kicker and punter, there’s an abundance of quality players battling for a position. The offensive line, defensive line and receiving corps all could see some changes, but the most intriguing area to me is the defensive secondary.

    Take a look at the names on the roster: Read the rest of this entry »

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    Throwbacks For Sure


    With the new uniforms being launched yesterday, Redskins Nation is of course waxing poetic today about whether they like them… are they original enough… whether or not they will buy them… yadda yadda yadda.

    For the record, I personally like them.

    I liked them in 1994 when we first used them. <cough!> Read the rest of this entry »

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    Redskins Launch New Uniforms Today


    The Redskins will unveil the team’s new 80th Anniversary uniforms today.

    Here is the Anniversary patch that has been circulating: Read the rest of this entry »

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    Follow Friday – ‘New Redskins’ Edition


    There are are a lot of new faces at Redskins Park these days, especially today as the Redskins kick off the offseason schedule with the Rookie Mini-Camp. Combine that, with the fact that it’s Friday, and that means Follow Friday on Twitter, I thought it would be prudent to put together a (hopefully) comprehensive list of the twitter handles of all the new blood. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Mini-Camp and OTA Dates


    The Redskins have officially announced the dates of their mini-camps and Offseason Training Activities (OTAs)

    Minicamps: May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14;

    OTAs: May 21, May 23-24, May 29-31, June 4-7

    Training camp dates have not yet been announced, and probably won’t be until some time in June.

     

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    2012 Washington Redskins Schedule


    DATE                                       OPPONENT (NETWORK)                             TIME (ET)   
    
    Sunday, Sept. 9                      @ New Orleans Saints (FOX)                   1:00 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Sept. 16                    @ St. Louis Rams (FOX)                          4:05 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Sept. 23                    vs. CINCINNATI BENGALS (CBS)               1:00 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Sept. 30                   @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)               4:15 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Oct. 7                        vs. ATLANTA FALCONS (FOX)                   1:00 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Oct. 14                      vs. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (FOX)                 4:15 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Oct. 21                      @ New York Giants (FOX)                           1:00 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Oct. 28                      @ Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX)                      1:00 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Nov. 4                       vs. CAROLINA PANTHERS (FOX)                1:00 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Nov. 11                     BYE
    
    Sunday, Nov. 18                     vs. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (FOX)              1:00 p.m.
    
    Thursday, Nov. 22                 @ Dallas Cowboys (FOX)                             4:15 p.m.
    
    Monday, Dec. 3                       vs. NEW YORK GIANTS (ESPN)                  9:00 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Dec. 9                        vs. BALTIMORE RAVENS (CBS)                 1:00 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Dec. 16                      @ Cleveland Browns (FOX)                        1:00 p.m
    
    Sunday, Dec. 23                     @ Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)                     1:00 p.m.
    
    Sunday, Dec. 30                     vs. DALLAS COWBOYS (FOX)                     1:00 p.m.
    
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