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Tyrone Carter Discusses The Importance Of Communication

Posted by Matt Terl on August 23, 2010 – 4:28 pm

With Mike Shanahan announcing today that safety Kareem Moore had his knee scoped and is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks, some clarity has come to the role newly-signed Tyrone Carter will be expected to play. Reed Doughty and Chris Horton will be competing to fill the free safety spot, and Carter becomes the presumptive backup to LaRon Landry at the strong safety spot.

At least, clarity has come to everyone besides Carter himself. “I haven’t heard anything,” he said after practice today. “I just came here, practiced, and now I’ve gotta go see what my next task is.”

What Carter does have, though, is six years experience in Pittsburgh’s very similar edition of the 3-4 defense. “It’s just like learning how to walk again,” Carter said. “It’s easy. And once you get it, the concept of it is easy. Learning their terminology to compare it to ours is a little different, but it won’t take long to learn that.”

(Forgive the guy for reversing his theirses and ourses — he’s been here for, like, twenty seconds.)

So he knows what it takes to make this scheme successful. It was something that he mentioned repeatedly when he talked after practice, and it wasn’t exactly what I’d expected. Read more »

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Post-Ravens Roster Moves

Posted by Matt Terl on August 23, 2010 – 1:35 pm

Coming into the preseason, the Redskins were a team that seemed pretty set at safety. Four guys with extensive — often successful — game experience, plus the raw-but-athletic Lendy Holmes and undrafted rookie Anderson Russell. And fullback didn’t seem like much of a concern either, with Pro Bowler Mike Sellers the unquestioned starter, converted LB Darrel Young showing some promise in training camp, and even draft pick Dennis Morris a possible backup.

And yet here we are, a couple days after the second preseason game, announcing that the team has signed fullback Carey Davis and safety Tyrone Carter. Go figure.

Part of this is down to injury, of course — with Kareem Moore looking likely to miss a few games and Mike Sellers getting a little roughed up on Saturday, the team needs bodies at those positions. But these two guys actually have a chance to make some kind of an impact. Davis is considered a blocking back, and has experience blocking for Willie Parker, who’s expected to see significant action in the third preseason game.

Carter, meanwhile, is something of a journeyman safety, but he’s had some production over his ten year NFL career, including a Defensive Player of the Week honor for a two interception game against the Broncos last year.

In fact, by sheer coincidence, the best Tyrone Carter highlights I could find online both have tenuous connections to current Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan. First, that game against the Broncos, in their first year after Shanahan’s departure:

And then this monster hit against the Bears, also from last year. The guy receiving the hit is Greg Olsen, which is insignificant to the tenuous connection I’m making. But the guy throwing the ball, that was Jay Cutler, formerly of the Denver Broncos, where he was coached by Mike Shanahan. Read more »

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Some Reassurance From Brian Orakpo

Posted by Matt Terl on August 23, 2010 – 10:10 am

It’s a truism that football fans will overreact to preseason games. Wins — like, say, a 42-17 romp over Buffalo — lead to visions of a thirteen win season. Losses, especially frustrating losses like a 23-3 loss to the Ravens, lead to doom and gloom and predictions of epic failure.

In the postgame locker room on Saturday, Brian Orakpo shrugged off the defeat — and, hearing him say it, it was much more convincing than just a rote It’s only preseason (even if it did start in exactly that way).

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