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Ryan Plackemeier Waived; Guy From Lindenwood Now the Only Redskins Punter

Posted by Matt Terl on February 12, 2009 – 4:00 pm

The punting drama just never stops at Redskins Park. Ryan Plackemeier was waived today, leaving recent futures contract signee Zac Atterberry as the Redskins only punter.

When Plackemeier arrived in relief of rookie Durant Brooks, he was notable mainly for his size; in fact, he described himself as “not too interesting.” He had a rough start punting for the Redskins, but seemed to have settled into something of a groove by the end of the season, including NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for Week 15.

Atterberry, on the other hand, is an undrafted free agent from NAIA school Lindenwood (it’s in Missouri) who spent last season’s training camp with the Chicago Bears. His listed weight is 186, which finishes off that particular avenue of amusement (and also means that the team has shed 61 pounds at the position, equivalent to an average nine year old boy).

I don’t know much else about Atterberry, but a YouTube video of his second NFL punt is after the jump, and it certainly seems promising enough. (Although it does make me wonder about his first NFL punt, and any subsequent NFL punts. Still, at least it’s something to generate some optimism.) Read more »

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Thursday, February 12: The NFL Network Is Pretty Sure You Want More Favre

Posted by Matt Terl on February 12, 2009 – 9:54 am

Brett Favre’s latest retirement made me happy. Not because I hate Favre (I don’t), and not because I care about the Jets’ quarterbacking situation (I really don’t), but because I thought that maybe, just maybe, this would be it.

That it would mean that we wouldn’t have to hear about gunslingin’ and being like a kid out there and all that other Favrey stuff. That maybe we could have a blissfully Favreless offseason.

Oh, sure, I knew that immediately following the retirement, we’d get insanely overblown Favrospectives — like Gene Wojciechowski’s understated “No Favre, Less Fun For the NFL,” or Jay Marriotti’s carefully considered and not-at-all excessive “Yes, Brett Favre is Finished — and No One Was Better” — but I figured that they’d die down quickly, and by this weekend I might be able to turn on my TV without seeing a montage of Brett Favre passes set to Kenny Rogers’ maudlin “Through The Years.”

The NFL Network, on the other hand, has some different plans. From a press release they sent out with the enthusiastic subject line “ROUND-THE-CLOCK FAVRE SATURDAY ON NFL NETWORK”: Read more »

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