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The Offensive Line Gets Used To Chris Samuels, Coach (And To Someone Else Wearing 60)

Posted by Matt Terl on May 21, 2010 – 2:28 pm

Redskins seventh-round draft choice Selvish Capers is learning a lot as he gets used to life on the professional level.

“It’s different,” Capers says. “It’s a lot faster, there’s a lot more that they’re putting in and installing at one time, but I can pick it up. The veterans are there helpin’ me out throughout the process. I’ve been grateful and it’s been fun.”

And Capers isn’t just dealing with the usual rookie whiplash. He’s also wearing number 60, which — for the entire last decade — belonged to all-pro, all-star, all-everything left tackle Chris Samuels.

The pressure doesn’t daunt Capers, though. “Not really,” he says. “Not much. I just keep hearin’ that I’m wearin’ a big-time jersey, and it’s probably gonna be retired, and all this other stuff. We’ll see what happens.”

So far, the only thing that’s happened is that his teammates are slightly confused. I ask center Casey Rabach how he feels about seeing someone else wearing 60 after all this time.

He says, “Who is?”

Selvish Capers, I say.

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Devin Thomas Loves His Mom, New Twitter Account; Hates His Hamstrings

Posted by Matt Terl on May 21, 2010 – 11:40 am

That’s wide receiver Devin Thomas‘s Mother’s Day greeting from CaptivateMagOnline, included as a screenshot because the Mother’s Day piece is a long Flash animation that resists direct linking.

The only reason I was able to find this now-out-of-date gem is because Rich Campbell of the Free Lance-Star pointed me toward Thomas’s new twitter feed. And if the Mother’s Day thing isn’t reason enough to give him a follow, there’s some entertaining football stuff, too: Read more »

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Hail! Solves A Pressing Mystery

Posted by Matt Terl on May 21, 2010 – 9:25 am

Everyone remembers Mike Williams‘s story from last season: out of football for awhile, he came into Redskins Park tipping the scales over 400 pounds. Most observers believed he had no chance at contributing as a part of the team’s offensive line. Over the ensuing four and a half months, he lost more than 100 pounds and found himself not only contributing but STARTING in eight games.

The whole story is neatly summed up in this easy-to-read graph from Hogs Haven, but there’s always been one unanswered question that I had never even considered. Fortunately, Ben Ceccarelli reveals all in this week’s edition of the Hail! comic strip.

As always, click on this first panel (or on the Read More link) to see the rest of the strip.

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