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Sean McVay On Tight Ends And Pottery

Posted by Ross Leonhart on May 25, 2011 – 11:48 am

Redskins tight ends coach Sean McVay is entering his first full season with the Redskins after taking over the job on an interim basis at the end of last year. He talked to Amanda Mitchell of the Redskins Broadcast Network about the team’s tight end situation, compliments from Chris Cooley, and … um … pottery. intern Ross Leonhart has the report for those of you who don’t enjoy watching video.

Tight ends coach Sean McVay knows that he’s coaching an enviable assortment of players.

“I really feel good about the group that we have,” McVay tells Amanda Mitchell, in an interview aired on Redskins Nation. “One of the things that’s unique about the tight end position is you ask the guys to block and pass protect like an offensive lineman, but then you also expect them to run routes like a wide receiver and I think Chris (Cooley) is one of those guys that can really do all those things, and Fred (Davis) and Logan (Paulsen) also. So it’s a neat group.”

Last season, the Redskins tight end corps had 100 catches for 1,175 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Various Reports From Players-Only Practice

Posted by Matt Terl on May 25, 2011 – 10:54 am

Around forty Redskins players met at an area field for a players-only practice yesterday. Here’s a few of the more interesting things to emerge from that session.

• A chance to hear from some rookies, via NBCWashington’s Capital Games blog:

Ten observations on the day, from the reliably observant John Keim of the Washington Examiner. Read more »

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Miami Writer Provides Rumor Round-Up

Posted by Matt Terl on May 25, 2011 – 10:12 am

There’s a nice, smart post over on Homer McFanboy today: Brian Murphy realized that South Florida Sun-Sentinel Dolphins beat guy Omar Kelly has ties to quarterback John Beck and rookie wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, and was also among the first to float the Vince-Young-to-Washington rumors. So Murphy got in touch with Kelly and got his up-close take on all three stories (although he’s split the Hankerson stuff off for a separate item tomorrow). The whole post is worth reading, but here are two quick highlights.

On Beck’s Miami days:

“I think in time – and he’s now had that time – he might be a decent quarterback,” Kelly said of Beck. “The issues that he struggled with when he was with the Dolphins were partly caused by the changing of the regime. They wanted him to play right away and wouldn’t let him grow at a respectable pace.”

On launching the Vince Young to D.C. rumor:

“I honestly don’t pay much attention,” Kelly said. “When you hear stuff like that, you sort of say ‘That’s interesting’ and you pass it along. Of course, it set Washington on fire. Vince Young in a west-coast offense could work. From what I understand though, the real teams that are interested will step forward once he’s released and once Tennessee isn’t trying to get draft picks for him.”

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Ryan O'Halloran And Larry Michael On Yesterday's Workouts

Posted by Matt Terl on May 25, 2011 – 9:30 am

Ryan O’Halloran of CSNWashington dropped by the Redskins Nation TV studio yesterday to give Larry Michael an analysis on the first day of players-only workouts. My primary takeaway from the clip: Mike Sellers has not slacked on the weight room work during his time away from the facility. He looks enormous. Read more »

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Redskins Cheerleaders And Limping Devils At The Calendar Shoot

Posted by Matt Terl on May 24, 2011 – 4:23 pm

Redskins Blog travel correspondent Jordan Beane checks in again from the Redskins Cheerleaders calendar shoot in Punta Cana, D.R.

For reports from the cheerleaders themselves, be sure to check out their blog on Redskins Rule. For even more, including (I believe) some exclusive photos from the calendar shoot, download the Official Redskins Cheerleader App. Until then, though, here’s Beane.

There’s a fairly simply formula for most calendar shoots here in the Dominican Republic. One beautiful girl plus water, sun and sand equals a gorgeous shot. Repeat. It’s a proven winner. However all good photographers need to be willing to change their plans at a moment’s notice.

Like when these guys show up. (Click photos to enlarge.)

The masked men dancing with Redskins cheerleader Emerald are two Diablos Cojuelos, the most popular costumes worn during the Dominican Republic’s Carnival. Dressed up to “symbolize the opposite, a world upside”, they also really add something to a calendar shoot.

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The Return of Chris Neild’s Epic Beard?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 24, 2011 – 3:54 pm intern Brian Tinsman gives us this update on Redskins seventh-round pick Chris Neild, and also invents the “epic beards” tag.

What do Merlin, Chuck Norris, and Chris Neild have in common? Not much, really, but they all sport some serious facial hair. Or, they did, until Day 3 of the 2011 NFL Draft.

It was on this fateful Saturday that Neild fulfilled a promise to shave his beard off after he was selected with the 253rd overall pick. Here’s the deed, via his twitter account (@TruckNeild):


After today’s player-only workouts, Neild talked to 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) about his infamous “Mountain-Man” look.
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Redskins Players Need Passports

Posted by Ryan Gracia on May 24, 2011 – 2:58 pm

by Ryan Gracia

The distractions seem never-ending during this NFL offseason.

As we all know, people within the Redskins organization – like everyone else who is engrossed in all things NFL – must deal with the effects of the current labor situation. But now Bruce Allen has recently brought another important situation into the light – one that Redskins players may not be as familiar with.


On October 30, 2011, the Redskins will be visitors to the Buffalo Bills’ recent one-game-per-(regular)season home stadium located in Toronto, Canada.

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Posted in General | No Comments » Celebrates a Crushing Redskins Defeat

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 24, 2011 – 12:50 pm

by Brian Tinsman

Football analyst Elliot Harrison of the NFL Network’s Red Zone Channel recently began compiling his top-20 games of the 2010 NFL season. At No. 18 he remembers a game that many Redskins fans would like to forget: a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Texans in Week 2.

Harrison justifies this game’s inclusion, saying:

This interconference meeting was an offensive explosion of the highest order. And any time you have a game in which one guy can take over, or a tandem — like Schaub and Johnson — it adds to the experience. Especially with a guy like Johnson, who is one of the most dominant players in the NFL.

Despite the fact neither would be a playoff team, all of the deep balls and the crowd going crazy for four hours made this an easy inclusion into our top 20.

Regardless of the outcome for Washington, Harrison is dead-on in picking this game, which bore some historical significance for the NFL. Here are some observations that put the game in context: Read more »

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Neal Olkewicz Talks Terps On The Golf Course

Posted by Ross Leonhart on May 24, 2011 – 11:11 am intern Ross Leonhart is — like me, Larry Michael, and cornerback Kevin Barnes — a University of Maryland guy. He’s also a Redskins fan. So he seemed like a natural choice to talk to Terrapins and Redskins great Neal Olkewicz at the Mickey Steele Golf Celebrity Golf Tournament.

By Ross Leonhart

History wasn’t my best class, so I’m still learning about people and events that came before I was born. For example, despite being a proud Terp and a lifelong Redskins fan, I can’t necessarily pick linebacker Neil Olkewicz out of a crowd. But one thing I can recognize is the logo of iconic College Park bar R.J. Bentley’s, which Olkewicz was proudly sporting on his golf shirt at Friday’s 7th Annual Mickey Steele Celebrity Golf Tournament in Queenstown, Md.

Olkewicz joined the Redskins in 1979 after graduating from University of Maryland, where he established himself as a force at middle linebacker.

In his senior season at Maryland, the middle linebacker set the single-season record for tackles with 188. To put that in perspective, Alex Wujciak, the hugely productive middle linebacker for the Terps of the last few years (last mentioned on the blog here), would have needed to add three (or four, or five) more games to his best season in 2008 (133 tackles) to catch Olkewicz’s record. Olkewicz’s 138 tackle junior campaign is also in the record books, tied for 19th all-time.

At 54 years old, Olkewicz can’t contribute on the field anymore, but he still keeps a careful eye on his alma mater’s teams. He used to attend almost every football game until a recent move back to his native Philadelphia, and I was curious to hear his thoughts on the recent coaching changes. Read more »

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Lorenzo Alexander, Firefighter

Posted by Matt Terl on May 24, 2011 – 9:02 am

Lorenzo Alexander has never been one to shy away from a challenge, and he’s always been one who likes to contribute to his community. So it shouldn’t really be a surprise that Alexander would use this time of labor uncertainty to find out exactly what firefighters go through — axes, facemasks, iconic hats, hoses, and all. FOX5’s Dave Ross has the report (and the accidental soaking of his cameraman).

It certainly appears to be the sort of thing that’ll keep a guy in shape. “You know what that’s like?” Alexander tells the Fox cameras, still sweating from being run through firefighter basic training in full gear. “It’s like a two minute drill in the fourth quarter and the offense is coming out [with] like a Peyton Manning, just running it, running it, running it.”

There’s a couple of notable differenecs, of course. “You’re trying to save somebody’s life,” Alexander says. “Got eighty pounds of gear on you. Gotta crawl, gotta climb, gotta save your own life at times.”

It’s amazing to see how firefighters train, and to understand just how grueling their work is. But for Alexander, the practical aspect of this experience is probably what he says after struggling to control the firehose: “That’s a workout right there.” Read more »

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