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More Jumping With Keith Eloi

Posted by Matt Terl on July 23, 2009 – 11:25 pm

My favorite part of the video that turned rookie WR Keith Eloi into a YouTube sensation — the one where he jumped into the back of a pickup truck — was his buddy at the end yelling “JUMP OUT THE POOL ON THAT!” That challenge was in reference to a previous YouTube phenomenon in which Bears rookie Jarron Gilbert does, in fact, jump out of a pool.

All of that led to something of a friendly rivalry between Eloi and Gilbert, much of which seemed to focus on who could do more impressive feats of leaping and put the video on the internet. Honestly, though, I sort of figured the whole thing would die down as we got closer to training camps and the chance for these guys to impress people in non-internet-video ways.

Shows what I know. Intern Matt received a link to this video late Thursday and forwarded it on to me, and it appears to be Keith Eloi jumping out of the pool, a la Jarron Gilbert … only Eloi is doing it backwards.

Something about the jump looks strange to me, although it’s not like I’ve seen a lot of similar stuff to compare it to, but I figured it was worth posting either way. Per Intern Matt, Eloi says this was shot with a phone, and that he’s done with the stunts after this one. I’ll try to catch up with Eloi for more details soon. Read more »

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The Draft Moves To Prime Time, For Better Or Worse

Posted by Matt Terl on July 23, 2009 – 5:01 pm

The NFL Draft is moving again, making my stories of watching the old two-day affair sound even MORE like the ramblings of a deluded old man. The latest move — which takes effect with the upcoming 2010 draft — takes round 1 to prime time on Thursday night, where it kicks off at 7:30 on the East Coast. Rounds 2 and 3 will be on Friday at 6:30, and rounds 4-7 start Saturday at 10:00.

And, to add to the crotchety old man-ness of it all, I absolutely do NOT like any of these changes, for a whole slew of reasons. Read more »

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Thursday, July 23: Kevin Barnes Signs, Marking Five Down And One To Go (Sort Of)

Posted by Matt Terl on July 23, 2009 – 11:54 am

With just over six days to go until the start of training camp, the Redskins today signed third-round draft pick CB Kevin Barnes to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, as is the way with these things, and DE Derek Walker was released to make room on the roster.

This leaves first-round LB/DE Brian Orakpo as the last remaining unsigned member of the Redskins 2009 draft class, along with supplemental pick DE Jeremy Jarmon. (I’m not exactly sure if he’s classified as part of the draft class or not, hence the awkward phrasing.)

Anyhow, it’s Orakpo’s signing status that has people a bit worried, based on the questions I’m getting here, at Redskins Nation, and even on Twitter. I have no specific information on Orakpo’s negotiations, but here are three reasons I’m not particularly concerned: Read more »

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