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Kareem Moore Is Finally Getting Closer To His Potential

Posted by Matt Terl on August 12, 2010 – 3:10 pm

A little more than a year ago, I had a long conversation with safeties coach Steve Jackson. Some of what we discussed no longer applies — Jerry Gray has moved on to coach elsewhere, Albert Haynesoworth‘s impact of the defense is no longer hypothetical, LaRon Landry is finally playing closer to the ball, and Chris Horton is now the one coming of an injury-shortened season instead of Reed Doughty — but that’s pretty much the nature of interviews like that.

Still, much of his personnel remains on the team, and you would assume that the player evaluations wouldn’t have changed too very much. In fact, it’s possible that some of them are even more accurate now.

See, Jackson’s analysis of Kareem Moore was enthusiastic enough that it really stuck with me heading into last year, and made me feel pretty optimistic about the then-second-year guy’s chances. Here’s what Jackson had to say in May of ’09:
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Jammal Brown Explains His Knee Braces

Posted by Matt Terl on August 12, 2010 – 12:43 pm

I largely ignored the announcement that the Buffalo Bills — tomorrow night’s preseason opponent! — were making it mandatory for all their offensive linemen to wear braces on both knees. Then I noticed that new Redskins tackle Jammal Brown, a two-time Pro Bowler with no history of knee problems that I could find, chose to brace both knees at practice. And that made me a little curious.

“It’s ’cause of college,” Brown told me. “You know, in college they made us wear ’em. It just got to a comfort level to where I feel more comfortable wearing ’em.”

That’s primarily “comfortable” in a psychological sense, of course, not a physical one. “If somebody falls into your knee or what-not,” Brown said, “it’ll always give you some type of comfort on the ACL.”

For Brown, though, the braces also do provide a bit of physical comfort. “I’m a little slew footed,” Brown said. “And real, real flat footed. Like a lot of people see me walking and think I’m walking with a limp. But no, I’m just real flat footed. And it helps that, too. It helps that for me.”

(Actually, that last bit came as something of a relief, since more than a few people had asked me about Brown’s apparent limp after seeing him at open practices, and it’s nice to have an answer to give.)

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Some Pre-Gameday Redskins Links

Posted by Matt Terl on August 12, 2010 – 10:08 am

It’s a bit of quiet day at Redskins Park today. With a game tomorrow, this is the equivalent of an in-season Saturday. That means that the players will have a short jog-through and some meetings before heading out to the team hotel. No open practice, no media at the park. It’s a veritable oasis of calm in the maelstrom of training camp, if you feel like taking your metaphors from this morning’s D.C. weather drama.

So it felt like a good time to stop, look around, and see what other Redskins stuff was out there on the interwebs.

Like, for example, this heartwarming CSNWashington video of Kelli Johnson telling Mike Sellers that his forthcoming child is a boy. (How often can you say “heartwarming” without any sense of irony? Because this is one of those times.)


And, while I’m posting videos from CSNWashington, here’s another chunk of my sit-down with Russ Grimm and Joe Bugel from last weekend. This time: Bugel tells the story about the time he thought a frustrated Grimm was going to hit him on his way off the field.


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