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Brandon Banks Can Jump As Well As Run

Posted by Matt Terl on May 25, 2010 – 4:21 pm

Both times I’ve written about Redskins undrafted rookie Brandon Banks, I’ve focused on how undersized he is. And I’m not the first. Banks is listed at 5’7″, 150 pounds — and possibly exaggerated in both categories — so it’s been something that he’s been judged by for much of his life.

So of course when I had a chance to talk to him today, after a solid OTA that included the leaping catch pictured above (click the photo to see a larger version), the first question I asked him was if he would be able to crack a pro roster despite concerns about his size. Read more »

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Another Post Kedric Golston Did Not Approve Of

Posted by Matt Terl on May 25, 2010 – 3:23 pm

Today’s picture of a rookie carrying helmets wasn’t the first thing I’ve done this year that Kedric Golston didn’t approve of. Back when I posted about Mike Sellers trying on Ma’ake Kemoeatu‘s helmet, Golston took issue with that as well.

“You don’t even know the guy,” he told me. “You can’t just write stuff like that without having met someone.” This came after a number of people in the building had mentioned that Kemoeatu had been asking about who wrote the blog.

So I went to Kemo and owned up. I apologized, explained that I have an enormous skull, that my kid has a head that measures in the 95th percentile, that I didn’t mean any offense, so on and so forth for what felt like an hour. Eventually, he stopped being able to keep a straight face, told me it was fine, and that was that.

Still, Golston was still insisting that I had been out of line, even interrupting group media sessions to mention the topic. I, of course, felt guilty about all of this, until Casey Rabach pulled me aside and told me a story about Kemoeatu’s rookie year, when both had been in Baltimore. Read more »

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Kedric Golston Does Not Approve Of This Blog Post

Posted by Matt Terl on May 25, 2010 – 1:07 pm

The guy in the foreground of this picture is Trey Jacobs, an undrafted defensive tackle out of Liberty who was notable in the run-up to the draft for having an “outstanding” pro day. He was a standout at his small school, albeit one who was knocked at times for not being quite mean enough. He’s scrambling to earn himself a spot at a very crowded position with the Redskins, and I really haven’t had a chance to get to know him yet at all, but this profile on the website of his college NBC affiliate makes him sound like a good dude.

Though he’s 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, Jacobs comes across as a fairly soft-spoken guy, one who spends his free time away from football reading books and refining his culinary skills. So he had to do something to change that demeanor on the field. He continued to watch [teammate Terry] Adams, who is one of the Flames’ most feisty competitors. In the season opener at West Virginia, Adams lit up a Mountaineers player on a kickoff return and responded by screaming while running alongside the WVU bench.

“I use him as an example, and base my playing style off him,” Jacobs said.

This is Jacobs after practice, as you can see, carrying a lot of helmets. I assumed that this was part of rookie non-hazing (also known as “hazing”) and stopped to snap a quick picture of it with my iPhone. Jacobs’ fellow defensive lineman Kedric Golston, walking just behind, took some issue with this. Read more »

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