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Rob Jackson Is Ready To Play, Finally

Posted by Matt Terl on December 22, 2010 – 4:10 pm

Thanks to the vagaries of the depth of field in iPhone photographs, this is a picture of a tree. But in the foreground of the photo, just off to the side, is Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t recognize him immediately; his face is shadowed (more photographic genius on my part) and not really among the most recognizable faces in this locker room anyhow, and — perhaps more importantly — he has yet to take a snap in a game of any sort wearing the number 50.

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On Rex Grossman's Reputation And Jake Plummer

Posted by Matt Terl on December 22, 2010 – 12:27 pm

Rex Grossman does not have a particularly good reputation as an NFL quarterback. If you didn’t already know this, listening to any of the coverage of Mike Shanahan’s recent decision to start Grossman in Dallas would’ve made it abundantly clear. There were literally thousands of words devoted to just how awful Grossman was bound to be; this transcription at the D.C. Sports Bog can serve as a thumbnail of all of them if you really need a taste.

One person who is keenly aware of this perception is Rex Grossman himself. “I know that a lot of people weren’t expecting a positive performance,” he said today, “and that was motivation for me to go out there and prove everybody wrong. But the biggest motivation is to go out and win, and we didn’t, so that was a disappointment.”

But Grossman was asked further about the perception of him, and the idea that he had been stereotyped as a subpar quarterback, and his answer was surprisingly revealing.
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Redskins Add Two To Active Roster, Two To Practice Squad

Posted by Matt Terl on December 22, 2010 – 10:30 am

Sad truth: the Redskins seem to have fully entered an end-of-season evaluation period. In some cases this is by design (perhaps you heard about the switch from Donovan McNabb to Rex Grossman?). In others, it’s almost by accident — an injured player is moved to the injured reserve list, opening a spot on the active roster. The spot often goes to a young practice squad guy, opening a spot on the practice squad, which goes in turn to even younger guy.

Today sees more than a few such moves.

First, the departures: Phillip Daniels and Ma’ake Kemoeatu officially move to injured reserve, and offensive tackle Jacob Bender has been released from the practice squad.

Then, the arrivals:

  • Linebacker Rob Jackson (formerly known as defensive end Rob Jackson) is signed to the active roster. Jackson was a seventh-round draft pick for the Redskins in the 2008 draft. He joins Kareem Moore and Fred Davis in trying to redeem a draft class that can at this point charitably be called star-crossed: of the team’s ten selections in that draft, two are on injured reserve (Chris Horton and Malcolm Kelly) and five are no longer on the roster (Devin Thomas, Chad Rinehart, Justin Tryon, Durant Brooks, and Colt Brennan).
  • Defensive lineman Darrion Scott is also signed to the active roster. Scott was with the Redskins through training camp; here’s his college highlight that I linked to the last time he was signed.
  • Offensive tackle Xavier Fulton joins the practice squad; he was a fifth round pick of the Buccaneers in 2009 and got quite a bit of playing time during that preseason before suffering an injury that knocked him out for the entire year. Since then, he’s spent time with the practice squads of the Colts and 49ers.
  • And defensive lineman Rashaad Duncan fills out the last practice squad spot. He was an undrafted free agent in 2009 who has bounced around to a few practice squads but has yet to crack an active roster.

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James Davis, Twihard

Posted by Matt Terl on December 22, 2010 – 9:39 am

(If you’re one of the people who doesn’t like the slightly off-topic stuff, this post is completely not for you. It does not mention Donovan McNabb, disrepect, controversy, Albert Haynesworth, Rex Grossman, the losing season, or firing or cutting anyone on the team. If you want an update on those current events, check out Gary Fitzgerald’s excellent job covering McNabb’s Tuesday radio appearance over at the Redskins.com homebase. You have been warned. If you read this and can’t believe this is what I’m writing about today, you have only yourself to blame.)

Last Tuesday, it seemed like all of the Redskins were enjoying their day off by heading to the Verizon Center to watch the Lakers take on the Wizards; if you had a Redskins Players Twitter feed set up, that’s a huge chunk of what you’d have seen. The glaring counter-example, though, belonged to backup running back James Davis, who tweeted this:

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Watching The Twilight Saga: Eclipseless than a minute ago via Twitter for Android

Which seemed unlikely enough that — at some point in the seven days since — I remembered to ask him about it.

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