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Rookies Roadmap for Redskins Park

Posted by Ross Leonhart on July 25, 2011 – 4:00 pm

For the dozen Redskins draft picks, it will be like the first day of school all over again.

In the words of Billy Madison: “I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohh back to school, back to school, back to school. Well, here goes nothin’.”

The rookies have yet to be signed by the team, but with the labor dispute resolved, they should be one of the first priorities of the new NFL year.

The rookies are: Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue, DE), Jarvis Jenkins (Clemson, DT), Leonhard Hankerson (Miami, WR), Roy Helu (Nebraska, RB), Dejon Gomes (Nebraska, S), Niles Paul (Nebraska, WR), Evan Royster (Penn State, RB), Aldrick Robinson (SMU, WR), Brandyn Thompson (Boise State, CB), Maurice Hurt (Florida, OT), Markus White (Florida State, DE) and Chris Neild (West Virginia, DT).

This won’t be a big-man-on-campus-stroll at their alma mater, but rather a swift walk-with-a-purpose through these doors:

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The Players’ Response to Labor Agreement: A Twitter Narrative

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 25, 2011 – 3:53 pm

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At the joint press conference between the NFL and NFLPA this afternoon to announce the new labor deal, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced “Football is back.”

Cue the chorus of angels and break out the Burgundy and Gold body paint, it’s football season once again.  The players had similar responses across the Twitterverse:

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Evan Royster Is Getting Big

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 25, 2011 – 2:00 pm

Through much of the offseason prognostication and chatter, Evan Royster has been the forgotten man in the open competition for starting running back.  Whether it’s Ryan Torain, Roy Helu, or an unknown free agent, Royster has managed to fly under the radar.  His workouts with Insane Training Systems, however, have been pretty…well, insane.

Courtesy of his twitter account (@EvanRoyster22), he’s showing off his impressive footwork:


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A Look Back at the 1987 Super Bowl Champs

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 25, 2011 – 10:10 am

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In anticipation of a new football season, it seems appropriate to look back at one of the best seasons for Redskins fans.  Tonight at 9 p.m. on the NFL Network presents a re-airing of the 1987 Redskins Championship team from the series “America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions.”

For the ’87 squad, the foundation for success was a unified team and a good showing by replacement players.  The team finished in first place in the division with an 11-4 record and a first-round bye.  After a hard-fought battle against the Bears on the road in the divisional round, the team won the rematch against the Vikings in the NFC Championship.

Behind a record-setting performance by quarterback Doug Williams, the Redskins topped off perhaps the most dominant Super Bowl performances in history, winning 42-10 over John Elway’s Broncos.

All of this is the stuff of Redskins lore and it makes for a great story.  Jeff Bostic, Darrell Green and Williams are interviewed, as Gene Hackman weaves it into a narrative.  As you’ll remember, Hackman is also the head coach of the fictitious Washington Sentinels in the movie “The Replacements,” written about the 1987 strike.

One interesting parallel between the 1987 and 2011 seasons is the nearly identical schedules.  The Redskins will face 13 of the same 16 teams that they played in 1987, and hope to have similar results this time around.

Check out the NFL Network production tonight at 9 p.m. or watch the full episode courtesy of Hulu any time.


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