The Three Musketeers. The Genie’s three wishes. The Three Stooges. The John Mayer Trio. Okay, not the last one, but typically good things do come in three’s, and there”s no exception with the Redskins rookie wide receivers. Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul, and Aldrick Robinson have a chance to be impact players for the Redskins, and today, for the first time ever, they were in the same room together.
There was no time to pose for commemorative pictures though. Too much work to be done.
“This was our first day together, and we were learning the system,” Paul said. “So we were trying to concentrate on that and not bonding. I talked to Hank the last time I was here [for the player workouts] and I just met Aldrick.”
Robinson agreed, adding: “This was me and Niles’s first time meeting each other. The first time we had a workout, he came, and the second I came. We both talked to Hank before this.”
The trio spent most of the afternoon in meetings with the coaching staff, getting a crash course on the Redskins playbook. Both wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and special teams coach Danny Smith took a keen interest in these guys as they came out of the meeting rooms. \
If they get up to speed, all three could factor into different aspects of the passing games and should be a consideration for special teams. If they don’t catch on fast, the Redskins are covering their bases.
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When the Redskins swapped reserve defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon for wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, they dealt from a position of strength to fill a need.
Here’s what it means…
For Jeremy Jarmon:
Jarmon is young and talented and will have a chance to make the Redskins regret trading him. But at 6-3, 286 pounds, he was undersized for the 3-4 scheme and was not tabbed to make the transition to outside linebacker. In his career, Jarmon only appeared in 16 games over two years, with five appearances and zero starts under Shanahan. In 2010 he was credited with only six tackles and was not a factor on special teams. While we will never know what could have happened had he stayed, he was unlikely to have add value to the team by staying and was doubtful to make the roster.
In Denver he will be reunited with the 4-3 scheme and will have a better opportunity to be an impact player. All the best of luck to him.
For Defensive Ends:
The team drafted Jarvis Jenkins in the second round of this year’s draft, and he fits the prototypical build of a 3-4 end. He’s likely to see playing time this year and could prove to be a major factor going into the future. He’s a Shanahan guy that the coaching staff can train from the ground up, and on the current roster he has a chance to start.
With the subtraction of Jarmon, it appears likely that the Redskins will address the position via free agency or trade. The team has been linked to various free agents in the offseason, but the drafting strategy of the team indicates that the team is getting younger. If the staff feels that Jenkins or other veterans on the roster are ready to step into a starting role, they could sit on this position and wait for players to develop. The team also has the opportunity to bring back free agent Kedric Golston to help share the responsibilities.
For Jabar Gaffney:
This is a position in transition on the Redskins roster. With the team adding three wide receivers in the draft and exploring options in free agency, this could be one of many moves in the next few weeks addressing the position. Despite recently playing for Houston and Denver, Gaffney has never played for either Kyle or Mike Shanahan (missing Kyle in Houston by a year and missing Mike in Denver by a year), so there is no personal track record. His 2010 stats in Denver would have made him the second-most productive receiver on the Redskins behind Santana Moss. Over the course of his career he’s shown the ability stretched the field for his offense and brings good size to the position. At age 30, he’s still in his physical prime and has a chance to start for the Redskins in 2011 and beyond.
This is a minor, but good trade for the Redskins because they’re able to subtract what they can’t use for something they can. There is no guarantee that Gaffney will be a factor in the Redskins offense, but it was almost certain that Jarmon would not. Gaffney brings a veteran presence to the position and a legitimate, consistent down-field target.
This trade certainly maximized the value of a reserve defensive lineman.
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Don’t look for offensive tackle Trent Williams at your local fast food joint anymore.
As a senior in college, Williams reported to the NFL Combine at 315 pounds, and in prime physical condition. By the middle of his rookie season, he had slipped off his good habits and gained 10 to 12 pounds.
Over the summer, he refocused his diet and cut out his old friends, the colonel and the king. He looks to be in Combine-shape again.
“I shed a few pounds, but mostly I was trying to shift it around,” he said, talking about adding muscle. “I’m right around 319, 318. I mean, I wasn’t focused on losing weight, I was just eating better and, y’know, being a healthier being. I was about 326 last year.”
Williams has no reason to gain or lose weight at his position, but it’s nice to see him look closer to his physical peak. While he attributed many of his errors last year to mental mistakes, junk food and carrying extra weight won’t help your brains or your waistline.
Williams attributed some of his problems to partaking in “fourth meal,” but said he also had to exorcise a worse demon: pork.
“I tried to stop eating pork, y’know,” he said. “It’s in everything!”
He confessed: “Y’know, I fell victim a couple times to letting myself cheat, but for the most part, I just tried to cut out the fried food three-times a day. I can’t do that no more. I can’t be eating Burger King at 2 o’clock in the morning. I tried to cut out stuff like that.”
For anyone concerned about Williams slimming down too much, take a deep breath–a man has to eat. “Yeah, you gotta eat, but eat healthier,” he said. “There are way better options than a Whopper.”
Williams’s development will help define the expectations for the team in 2011. When asked if he was leaving the park for some Taco Bell, Williams laughed and said, “No, I might hit Subway.”
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As yesterday was the first official day of the new league year, 28 Redskins showed up at the facilities. It was a cross-section of the team, with a handful of stars, a handful of rookies, a handful of guaranteed roster spots and a few that are trying to make the team. Players don’t have to check in with the team until tomorrow, but most will make some sort of appearance here and settle in.
By an unofficial check, seven of the dozen rookies did not report yesterday, which was mostly a product of a quick turnaround time on the labor agreement. According to Twitter, today should feature some of the newest Redskins as they prepare for their first day at Redskins Park before.
Today could mark the hyped arrival of wide receiver Leonard Hankerson:
Tags: aldrick robinson, chris neild, leonard hankerson, markus white, Niles Paul, Robert Henson
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Clearly the person who coined the phrase, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes,” has never driven in the notoriously bad DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. If they had, they would know that police radar, toll roads, and crippling traffic snarls were also a certainty between wherever you are and wherever you need to be.
Several Redskins players found that out first-hand on Tuesday as they reported to team facilities in Ashburn. Read more »
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There is no gold medal for being first in the door on Day 2, but they at least deserve an “‘Atta boy!” Linebacker Chris Wilson, offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg and wide receiver Anthony Armstrong were first through the doors this morning.
Left tackle Trent Williams, rookie outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and brand new free safety O.J. Atogwe were all in the building before 9 a.m.
Today is scheduled to be a relatively calm day at Redskins Park (calm before the storm). Players don’t have to report to facilities today, but many are coming in to get in their workouts and meetings in. For the rookies, this is a chance for first impressions and settling in. For everybody, the chance to make up lost time meeting with the coaching staff could prove to be critical when training camp breaks.
Tags: anthony armstrong, Chris Wilson, clint oldenburg
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