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Edwin Williams Gets To Live His Dream (But Can't Understand Casey Rabach)

Posted by Matt Terl on November 23, 2009 – 5:02 pm

Getting to live your childhood dream isn’t the kind of thing that just happens to people. Say, as a purely hypothetical example, that you’re a kid who went to school at DeMatha and grew up rooting for the Redskins. You played football at the nearby University of Maryland, but went undrafted in the NFL.

Even if some team wants you, there’s no guarantee it’ll be the one you rooted for as a kid.

Even if that team does want you, there’s no reason to assume you’ll make the roster.

Even if you do make the roster, you probably won’t ever be active on gameday.

Even if you are active on gameday, the odds against you actually playing are still pretty slim.

And even if you do play, it’s probably not going to be against your favorite team’s biggest rival on the turf of their brand new stadium. I mean, that kind of thing just doesn’t happen.

Except to Edwin Williams, I guess.

“I feel like sometimes somebody’s writing my story for me, you know,” Williams said today. “The only thing that could be different is that I just wish we could’ve won that game yesterday. It’s different watching the game, but when you get into it, it hurts even worse.”

Much to his surprise, Williams even managed to avoid butterflies when he was called into action, at least initially. “To be honest, I wasn’t nervous at all, strangely enough,” he said. “I’m usually Mister Anxiety, but I wasn’t nervous at all until I got to the huddle and everybody was like, ‘You got to go out there and punch people in the face!’ all this, ‘play hard, keep your head back!’ All this stuff.”

He stopped for a beat, remembering. “Then I was like, ‘Okay, I’m nervous now.'”
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Roster Moves Galore!

Posted by Matt Terl on November 23, 2009 – 4:32 pm

Some upbeat and cheerful afternoon roster moves for you, if you consider ‘putting three guys on injured reserve’ upbeat and cheerful. Here’s the rundown:

  • Ladell Betts goes to injured reserve.
  • Chad Rinehart goes to injured reserve.
  • Eddie Williams goes to injured reserve.

Two of these roster spots have already been filled; the third move will presumably come later this week.

First, running back Marcus Mason has been re-signed. Again. See previous “Marcus Mason Re-Signs” posts for more information on Mason. He’ll be wearing number 32 this go around, marking his third set of digits with the Redskins.

Second, the team signed offensive guard Paul Fanaika (fun-EYE-kuh) from the Eagles’ practice squad. Fanaika was a seventh-round draft choice for the Eagles in the 2009 draft, meaning that he’s — that’s right! — a young offensive lineman. So that should make some people around here very happy.

The Eagles have a terrific media guide; here are some of their tidbits about Fanaika. Read more »

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Monday, November 23: LaRon Landry Doesn't Give A [Darn] How He Played

Posted by Matt Terl on November 23, 2009 – 1:28 pm

I only seem to find myself talking to LaRon Landry about things that do not make him happy. Getting run over by Brandon Jacobs, for example. So I was actually kind of excited today — even though the team lost a heartbreaker in Dallas — to be able to finally ask Landry about one of the best games I’ve seen him play. The stat line wasn’t that remarkable, just two tackles and three assists per NFL.com, but he was breaking up passes all over the field.

Landry, on the other hand, didn’t see quite so much reason for enthusiasm.

“I felt good out there,” he said, but continued, “I ain’t gonna say it was my best game, but I felt good out there. But the bigger picture is we lost. I don’t give a [darn] how I played, how the defense, offense, special teams did. At the end of the day, we lost. And no matter how we played, it wasn’t good enough.” Read more »

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