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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.
• Started in 35 of 48 games in his four-year career. Twice garnered All-Pac 10 honorable mention honors, as a senior in 2008 and as a sophomore in 2006
• Was named Arizona State’s Most Outstanding Lineman following his senior season
• Was the recipient of the Mike Bartholomew Most Improved Offensive Player award following the 2006 season

• Parents are Sunia and Tina. Tina played volleyball at Fresno State
• Has two brothers; Manase and Andrew, and one sister; Lavinia. Andrew and Lavinia are twins and Lavinia is a guard on ASU’s women’s basketball team
• Earned his degree in B.I.S., interdisciplinary studies, from ASU
• Enjoys listening to Reggae and Island style music, lists Bob Marley as his favorite artist
• Full name: Pauliasi Fanaika

MISCELLANY (The Eagles call this ‘Birdseed,’ but that pun no longer applies)
• Is the first generation of his family to be born in the United States. Both his mother and father came to the U.S. from the Kingdom of Tonga
• Calls baseball his first sport but started playing football in high school. “I always liked watching football and when I got to high school, since I was blessed with size, I decided to try playing. I’ve definitely grown to love it and I’m still getting to know the game in more detail and learning new things every day.”

And some quotes….

His definition of an O-lineman:
“Tough, hard working guys that have to be consistent. That’s the most important thing about being on the o-line. They are guys that love what they do, they love to grind on every play.”

What it’s like in the trenches:
“It’s fun, it has to be, otherwise why are you playing this position? I love going at it with the guy across from you on every play, the contact and grinding it out every single play.”

Favorite O-lineman:
“Jesse Sapolu was my favorite player growing up because he was Polynesian and he played for my hometown team, the 49ers. I enjoyed watching him play when I was younger because I watched football as a fan and for the
pure enjoyment of the game.”

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