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Reed Doughty Is Ready To Fill In … Again

Posted by Matt Terl on August 24, 2010 – 4:16 pm

During yesterday’s open locker room media session, Reed Doughty found himself in a familiar position: surrounded by a crowd of reporters being asked if he was ready to fill in for an injured member of the Redskins secondary. Doughty answered the questions patiently and without complaint, repeating answers as new mediaites approached and asked questions for the second and third time, and he generally looked like a guy who’s done this before.

Probably because he has, again and again and again. He’s had to fill in at various points for Adam Archuleta, Vernon Fox, Chris Horton, Pierson Prioleau, and, of course, the late Sean Taylor. (At least. I may have missed one or two.) And now it’s Kareem Moore‘s injury that had the media horde all aflutter, and asking Doughty — who has sixteen starts in his four NFL seasons — if he’s prepared to step in for Moore, who has one start in two years.

So once the crowd dispersed, I asked Doughty if he felt he had perfected the art of answering the question, “Will you be able to fill in?’
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Mike Shanahan's Birthday Greeting: No McNabb, Sellers In New York

Posted by Matt Terl on August 24, 2010 – 3:38 pm

Today is head coach Mike Shanahan’s birthday — he’s pictured opening a brownie that a bunch of the radio guys gave him — and to celebrate, the coach was more forthcoming than usual with AWESOME news:

Donovan McNabb will not be playing on Friday night. Mike Sellers will not be playing on Friday night. Malcolm Kelly will not be playing on Friday night. “There’s nothing you can do about it,” Shanahan said. “If somebody sprains an ankle, they sprain an ankle.” Other than that, happy birthday, Coach!

One other birthday of note today: DeAngelo Hall‘s mom. Hall recorded a video greeting for her for Redskins Nation, but I’ve also posted it after the jump. Read more »

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Carey Davis May Benefit Willie Parker

Posted by Matt Terl on August 24, 2010 – 11:44 am

For the past three years, newly-signed Redskins fullback Carey Davis played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where one of the guys he regularly blocked for was (relatively) newly-signed Redskins running back Willie Parker. In 2007, Davis helped pave the way for Parker to run the ball 321 times for 1,316 yards — a 4.1 ypc avg. — and two touchdowns.

Parker has had an up-and-down training camp and offseason with the Redskins, and there have been persistent rumors that his roster spot was far from secure. “I’m the so-called ‘running back that’s been counted out’,” Parker said today.

But then Larry Johnson had a rough outing on Saturday night, which some believe muddied the depth chart a bit, and the upcoming game against the Jets is slated to be Parker’s chance to stake his claim. So it’s kind of serendipitous for Parker that Davis was signed this week. Read more »

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Donovan McNabb Is A Gentleman (And A Really Good Quarterback)

Posted by Matt Terl on August 24, 2010 – 8:44 am

There’s a nice long interview with Donovan McNabb over on GQ.com, which I suppose makes him an official gentleman (four times a year). It’s a well-written piece, and author Steven Rodrick asks all the questions you’d expect — T.O., booing, the trade — bluntly and without trying to be overly clever.

McNabb does his usual amiable job of answering with apparent honesty without giving anything too interesting or inflammatory, and — like most 2010 McNabb interviews — it’s still very Philadelphia-centric, but there are enough interesting tidbits to make it worth reading. I found myself particularly interested in this one: Read more »

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