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Brandon Banks And Anthony Armstrong Continue To Debate Who's Faster

Posted by Matt Terl on December 1, 2010 – 5:27 pm

Brandon Banks is known primarily for his blazing speed, a fact that seems to mildly irritate Anthony Armstrong. Armstrong has continually maintained that he’s as fast as — or faster than — Banks, an argument that Banks hotly disputes. The two appeared together on ESPN980’s John Thompson Show today, and were goaded by Rick “Doc” Walker into continuing the debate live on the air.

Which, I think you’ll all agree, pretty much demands a transcript.

DOC: “The two of you are here. I wanna know who’s the fastest guy on the team. I’ve asked both of ’em, and both of ’em have separately said they were. So can we get this worked out?” Read more »

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Anthony Armstrong, Success Story For Practice Squad Guys (Including Two New Ones)

Posted by Matt Terl on December 1, 2010 – 3:59 pm

Anthony Armstrong‘s rise from unfamiliar football leagues to the Redskins’ starting lineup is a story that’s been told and told and told again, but it’s also in some ways the story of this Redskins season. Two new guys were signed to the practice squad — WR Maurice Price and RB Shawnbrey McNeal — to fill the spots left when Terrence Austin was signed to the active roster and Kestahn Moore was released.

In most years, on most teams, these would almost certainly be deeply insignificant moves. But the 2010 Redskins have been making use of their practice squad guys, with Armstrong, Austin, Brandon Banks, Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams, and James Davis standing as just a few potentially major contributors who spent time on the practice squad this year. It’s the embodiment of the new coaching staff’s offseason assertion that the guys who showed best in practice and offseason work would be rewarded with roster spots regardless of draft pedigree.

So when Price and McNeal showed up in the locker room today, they garnered a little bit more interest than might otherwise have been normal. But first, Armstrong was asked again about life as a practice squad success story.

“You’re a part of the team, but you don’t get to partake in everything,” Armstrong said. “In some instances I guess you could sorta get overlooked just because of the fact that you’re not making those trips, you’re not really playing on Sundays. But you earn those guys’ respect by how you perform in practice and what you do in practice, and it kinda works out in the end. They kinda go, hey, this guy can play and they kinda take you under their wing and you end up being good friends with ’em and it goes from there.”

Sometimes, Armstrong explained, you try to pick the practice squad that’s best for you. That wasn’t the case for him. “You have to kinda consider what’s around and what situation you’re gonna go into and kinda what offense they’re running, things like that,” he said. “But I got here, you know, it was a totally different staff, and I didn’t have a choice. I just took the first thing smoking and it ended up working out good for me in the end.”

The two new guys, though … they clearly had some sense of what they were getting into.
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Ticket Prices Will Hold Steady In 2011, And Full Refunds Will Be Given In Event Of Canceled Games

Posted by Matt Terl on December 1, 2010 – 3:31 pm

Two big announcements today regarding 2011 Redskins tickets:

  • 1) General admission ticket prices will remain the same for the 2011 season; the team has maintained general admission ticket prices since the 2006 season.
  • 2) The team will offer a full refund policy any 2011 games — preseason and regular season — that are cancelled due to a work stoppage of any sort. In a move that extends beyond the policy the NFL announced yesterday, the Redskins will apply this policy to all seats, including GA, Premium Club, and Suites. The refunds will be offered in two ways: either in the same form as payment rendered (credit card or check as appropriate) or in credit toward future games, whichever the season ticket holder prefers.

“We remain hopeful that an agreement can be successfully negotiated between the League and the Players Association,” Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said in a statement. “If that does not occur, all Washington Redskins season ticket holders will be offered full refunds for any games that are missed.”
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Area High Schoolers Learn From Redskins Players

Posted by Matt Terl on December 1, 2010 – 9:39 am

More than five hundred high school football players from five area counties gathered at FedExField on Tuesday to learn a few things from current Redskins players. But the lessons weren’t about running precise routes or executing a perfect bull rush; instead, Anthony Armstrong, Phillip Daniels, Santana Moss, and Darrel Young — along with moderator and host Rick “Doc” Walker — were taking the time to explain how important everything else in life can be.

The Redskins Charitable Foundation’s annual 4th & Life Forum (sponsored by Coca-Cola) lets the professional athletes explain exactly what went into their successes — and, often more interestingly, failures — as they made the long, sometimes-random journey to the pros from high school teams just like the ones the audience members are part of.

“I wanna be real frank with you,” Walker told the students, “because I want you to have the opportunity to get here. It’s one in a million. This is not accidental, and you’re gonna hear some stories that drive these points home.”

Here are just three of the stories that were told yesterday. Read more »

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